Plants commiting suicide, is it blood fish and bone?

Hi all,

First post, this looks like a great forum!

This year I was having some success with bedding plants, and got some sunflowers starting off early for the kids school stuff, to try to get them really big.

Managed to plant everything out in the decent weather, and they all started along really well.

Some of the soil was old, so I thought I'd fertilise it.

I put some Blood FIsh and bone around the plants and the sunflowers, and those particular plants, the sunflowers, pansies, and lobellia all died within about 2 days of puttign it around them.  The sunflower and hanging baskets that I didn't use the BFB on are still doing well.

It's pretty obvious that this is my fault with the BFB, but why did it happen?  I'm really annoyed to have killed heathy plants!

Posts

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    Did you mix it in the soil or just lay it on  the surface?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Mozza3Mozza3 Posts: 35

    Whaaa...I think i know what you're going to say.  I put it on the surface, then got a deluge of rain, and mixed it in the next day

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    Ooops.

    Its better mixed in the soil. Applied neat its too strong.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Mozza3Mozza3 Posts: 35

    Do you know what it does to them?  I didn't think an organic compound could do so much damage!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Welcome Mozza - we all make mistakes - onwards and upwards image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Hi, new to the site ( and gardening too). Would organic chicken pellets have the same effect as we're being quite generous with these too?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    One pellet per 3 inch. spread them thinly. tickle into soil surface, water in.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Hi, Welcome Alan Smith image Chicken manure pellets tend to be a bit more 'slow release' so shouldn't 'burn' plants as much, but it's still a really bad idea to overdose - you'll get lots of soft lush growth which will scorch in the sun, or get damaged by the wind, or burnt by frosts.  Stick to the recommended dose image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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