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How long does liquid feed last?

graigrai Posts: 37
Hi everyone

I've got about 4 liquid feed bottles and a tomato feed bottle all still half full because every year I keep buying more but never used it all

Does anyone know how long this stuff is effective? if I put it on the plants would it be doing absolutely nothing or even be harmful?

Thanks xx

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,251
    Does it have a use by date?
    If not, I’d consider it within date.

    I have a bottle of gentian violet in my bathroom cupboard that was bought by my dad in 1957. Still works.👍
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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,662
    @Pansyface, I remember using that.
    In my teens spilled some on the front of my white crimplene sheath dress (supposed to make me look sophisticated, some hope!)
    Had to dye it purple!
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,626
    @Pansyface, I remember using that.
    In my teens spilled some on the front of my white crimplene sheath dress (supposed to make me look sophisticated, some hope!)
    Had to dye it purple!
    Ah crimplene, wasn't it nasty stuff?  Mostly used to make ladies' trouser suits with flared legs and long sleeveless tunic tops.  They seemed to appeal to ladies of a certain age.  That was in the '70s, the decade style forgot.  I wore split-knee jeans and no bra.  I wasn't as bad as some of the lads who unpicked the side seams of their jeans and sewed in triangles of fabric to make massive flares.

    Gentian violet, green salve, minadex, cherry flavoured cough mixture for children, white horse liniment, national dried milk ... I was pleased to discover recently that you can still buy Zambuk.  Haven't had occasion to use any, but the smell takes me back.  Gee's Linctus is still available off prescription, but very few pharmacies stock it.  Too good to be reserved for medicinal use, it deserves to be sipped from the best liqueur glasses.

    Sorry, was someone asking about feeding plants?
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,662
    Yes, linctus was always a real treat, almost worth being ill for. Colds were best though, mum used to give us hot elderberry wine, sweetened a little, as a cure!
  • graigrai Posts: 37
    Shall I buy more plant feed or will last years be ok
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954
    I would use the old stuff up first.  I am on the year before lasts still.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,120
    I am currently using tomato feed purchased last year. I'll buy more at less than half price in the end of season sales for using in 2019, have done this for years with no problems 😁.
    I say yes, use up the old stuff first.
  • graigrai Posts: 37
    Thanks x
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,783
    josusa47 said:

     I wasn't as bad as some of the lads who unpicked the side seams of their jeans and sewed in triangles of fabric to make massive flares.
    I did this in the 90s in rural Pennsylvania.. never thought of myself as bad.. just poor, and trying to fit old jeans into new fashion.   ;)   I was also an abnormally tall teenager, and had to add fabric around the cuff to avoid teasing for jeans that were ’high water'.  
    Utah, USA.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,438
    I do something similar to Kitty. Buy some at the end of the season for the following year.
    I use quite a lot for my sweet peas and other heavy flowering plants, so mine would never be very old. Not had any issues either  :)
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