Feeding Your Plants
One of the most difficult messages to get across to gardeners is that plants need extra feed to reach their full potential. Even though they may seem to be growing well you will be amazed how much better they will perform with a proper feeding regime.
Garden soils are quickly depleted by heavy rain and vigorous plant growth and one of the first things to become unavailable are specific minerals and trace elements. These are essential to healthy plant growth and can be replaced using a good quality plant food.
Make Feeding Plants Simple
To make feeding simple, use Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food. It is specially formulated to suit most garden plants and will provide a generous proportion of all the essential plant nutrients, plus trace elements to keep plants performing.
However, for the best results with ericaceous plants use Gro-Sure Ericaceous Plant Food that is tailored to provide a high-quality diet for these specialist plants. Often the soil they are growing in is alkaline, so it is important to acidify their root zone and supply them with an easily assimilated fertiliser.
Use Gro-Sure Ericaceous Plant Food, it has a low pH which helps to unlock essential nutrients from the soil, and it also contains iron that alleviates plant chlorosis (yellowing leaves) and helps provide these special plants with just the right diet to suit their needs and perform to their full potential.
Targetted Plant Feeds
For more targeted feeding for other garden plants choose a plant food specially formulated for your plants from the extensive Westland Garden Health range. For example Westland Rose Food is specially formulated for roses and shrubs and is a particularly good choice for flowering shrubs.
Use this for a summer feed to boost the plants before autumn. Be sure not to feed the plants too late in the season or you will encourage soft and sappy growth that may be damaged by the winter weather.
Flowerbeds and borders can be fed using Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food. It is a liquid concentrate that can be diluted and watered onto the soil around your plants for fast acting results. It’s the perfect choice for all garden plants and it gives fast, effective results.
This formulation contains trace elements, which are important where mineral deficiencies in the soil or compost may be present. It is also high in potassium to encourage the development of strong, healthy flowers and has a generous proportion of nitrogen too, for healthy leaves.
For a natural feed for healthy yield of tomatoes and other crops try Gro-Sure Super Enriched Tomato Food.
Remember to keep feeding your container plants throughout the summer. They need plenty of food to keep them in tip-top condition. Several plants growing in a container will quickly use up the fertiliser held in the compost. While your plants are at their peak and to keep them performing into the early autumn, feed them now with one of the Westland fertilisers.
Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food is the perfect choice for containerised plants as it gives fast, effective results. This formulation contains trace elements, which are important where mineral deficiencies in the soil or compost may be present. It is also high in potassium to encourage the development of strong, healthy flowers and has a generous proportion of nitrogen too, for healthy leaves.
How to Feed your Plants
Plants make their own food in their leaves from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to create sugars and oxygen. But they also need additional nutrients and trace elements, which they derive from the soil around their roots.
Most plants will grow without additional plant food, however they will not thrive and they will not achieve their full potential. It’s easy to get the very best from your plants by ensuring that they have all the nutrients they need and more. Simply feed them at every level to provide for their exacting needs.
The first step in feeding your plants is to get the soil right. If they are growing in a container then that’s easy, choose a top quality planting compost that provides feed for several weeks and the correct additional nutrients to support plant growth and plenty of flowers. West+ Container and Basket Compost is a great choice and will feed your plants for up to four months.
If your plants are in the garden borders then feed the soil first. Improve the soil before planting with Soil Conditioner or organic Farmyard Manure, and plant with a nutrient rich planting compost. If the plants are already in the border then top dress around them with Soil
If you are pushed for time and want to be sure that your plants have the right amount of food, opt for a clever technique that trickle feeds plant food on a regular basis. Choose a slow release fertiliser that gently releases nutrients to your plants over several months.
Gro-Sure Slow Release Plant Food granules are activated by warmth, exactly the time when garden plants are growing fast. The granules release food to your plants when they need it the most, all you have to do is to mix them into the soil or compost around your plants.
Some gardeners love the routine of weekly or fortnightly feeding; it puts them in touch with their plants. Others just use a liquid feed as a fast food tonic when their plants are ailing or looking hungry.
It’s best not to let your plants become stressed from inadequate feeding but when you need to get food into them fast a liquid feed is ideal. For ornamentals choose Gro-Sure All Purpose Plant Food.
When you’ve got some specialist plants, they need expert care and attention. That’s why we have formulated a range of dedicated plant foods. Roses are a good example. These heavy feeders have large blooming stems to support and need extra nutrients to perform to their full potential.
Choose Westland Rose Food for roses and other flowering shrubs. Acid loving flowerers such as rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias have different needs. For these and other ericaceous plants choose Gro-Sure Ericaceous Plant Food.
When you garden plants are also a source of food for the family, consider growing them organically for the healthiest garden produce. Avoid using pesticides and choose organic plant food that feed your plants naturally. The Earth Matters range offers gardeners everything they need for a natural, sustainable alternative.