What techniques do you use with liquid plant feed?
Historically I have not used liquid plant feed much, for outdoor plants, apart from with hanging baskets. I have relied on yearly or twice yearly manure for roses etc. and some use of slow release fertiliser granules. I would like to start using a seaweed feed to promote better floral displays, for plants like dahlias, roses and such bedding as I have. If I did just roses and dahlias, I would need around 25-30 buckets a week, just for the small garden, which seems like a big job. Having a dodgy back, I wince to think of it, and suspect his is part of the reason I haven't used liquid feed for outdoor plants very much. I use buckets or five litre bottles rather than watering cans as I find them easier to fill and carry. I don't grow veg at moment, so am thinking about just standard flowers. I gather too much fertiliser can be worse than none at all.
And so to questions:
- Would you use all of a five litre bottle+ on one rose (for example) or spread a little on lots of plants?
- Do you find that feeding makes a big difference for established plants?
- Is there benefit in feeding plants like hollyhocks, foxgloves, mullein?
- Do any respond badly to feeding (apart from plants that like poor, low nutrient soil)?
- Do you find that feeding helps plants battle disease like rust or blackspot, or get healthier and overcome or avoid aphid, larva and slug attacks? (Some people say that healthy plants get targetted less)
- do you find slow release fertiliser granules just as good, better, or you use them in conjunction?
- Does clematis like tomato / seaweed feed?