To feed or not to feed ???

hello, I have a few shrubs in very large ornamental containers that are looking a bit down. we've had a quite a dry summer (for Wales that is !!) and although I watered regularly perhaps I should have also fed them as well ???

my questions are -- should I feed them every year and should I also try and remove some of the top layer of compost and replace this with some new stuff as well ??

many thanks

shazza    

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Shazza, you have to feed any plants in pots. Feed with a general purpose fertilzer and remove the top layer of compost every year. I normally do this in spring, but you can do it now if they are looking a bit sad.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115
    They rely entirely on you for their food; maybe they exhausted the food in the pots long ago.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,492

    I agree with Dave and also suggest you use a John Innes No3 when you replace the top layer of compost as that formula is designed for permanent container planting. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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