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Flynn73Flynn73 Posts: 19
Hi everyone,

Is there an easy way to feed your plants in containers? When I see other peoples containers on GW they usually look lush, large and vibrant. Mine look spindly and more the other way.

Is there a one-stop solution to feeding your plants such as putting a small ball of slow release fertiliser in the container at the start of the season? I'd rather go for the one hit solution as I'm not very good at feeding throughout the season and it's a bit hit and miss.

Thanks for any help. :)


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,246
    It depends on what plants you have.
    Heavy flowerers like most annuals, need a regular feed of high potash, so tomato food is good, or those slow release pellets/granules you can get. The amount used will depend on how many plants etc, and what your weather is like. Liquid feeds tend to get washed through more readily, so the granules are better if that's the case, or if you don't remember to feed.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,821
     What you need to remember is that general potting media composts only contain enough fertiliser for a max of 90 days and it will be usually have a lot of nitrogen for foliage.   It is thus a good idea, when filling your pots, to work in some slow release granules or pellets of fertiliser which promotes flowers eg rose or tomato feed.

    The nutrients will be released to the plants thru the season and you can further perk things up by regular watering - that can be daily in hot spells - and maybe a weekly dose of liquid rose or tomato feed in the water.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 281
    Monty has mentioned "feeding Fridays" so you don't forget.
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