Feeding Your Plants

Plants are very clever in that they are able to make their own food by capturing energy from the sun and converting carbon dioxide into water and sugar. But they also need to take nutrients from the soil to bear flowers and fruit, and just to stay healthy. This is where problems may come in, and it’s up to us to provide plants with the nutrients they need to grow well and be the best that they can be.

Sometimes it’s necessary for plants to get instant nutrients to their roots, which is when a liquid fertiliser like Nutrisol is indispensable. Once mixed with water, it can be applied as a foliar feed or as a soil drench to get directly to the roots where the important elements like nitrogen (N) for leaf and stem growth, phosphorous (P) for root growth and potassium (K) for flowers and fruit are absorbed for the plant to use.

Where a more gradual feeding system is required to last longer, a product like Organic 3:1:5 is used. An application is raked into the soil and then watered in every 6 weeks during the growing season for long-lasting nutrients for healthy, top-quality plants.

These products are available at garden centres countrywide. For more information visit www.starkeayres.com.

The Gardener