Meeting a plant's water and food requirements plays a big part in making it happy and performing well for you.
The three basic plant food elements
Nitrogen (N) - encourages healthy leaf growth.
Phosphorus (P) - is important in the growth of roots.
Potassium (K) - vital to flowering and fruiting also hardens growth and increases resistance to pests, disease, and frost.
Trace Elements - are added to fertisers to give the plant a boost of anything it may be lacking in.
Feeding methods and forms
Liquid Feeds -are mixed into water and supply the plant with readily available nutrients.
Controlled Release Feeds - Such as Osmacote, release food according to temperature, the warmer the weather (the more plants are growing) the more it releases. Lasts for a pre-set time.
Slow Release Feeds - Most organic foods come into this category, releasing nutrients gradually as they are broken down in the soil.
Plant Tonics and Stimulants - Such as seaweed extract which contain little in the way of major plant foods, but do contain a wide range of trace elements, plant hormones and specific carbohydrates that can stimulate plant growth and strengthen the plant against pests, diseases and stress.
We supply a good selection of plant foods many professionally formulated. Ask us during your visit to the Nursery for advice on the best fertilizer for your plants needs if you have any doubts.