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Hello, is there a general rule of thumb for fertilising? eg plants that flower in spring, fertilise late winter; plants flower in winter, fertilise late autumn. Or, is this a much more complex issue altogether? TIA :)

Submitted: 10:17AM, 18 Apr 2010
Answer: Dear Valerie,

Fertilising is best done when the plant is actively growing. This is usually done from spring through to autumn. There are different types of fertilisers available.

Slow release fertilisers are applied in spring and again in autumn. This type of fertiliser provides a long-term balanced feeding solution as well as encouraging strong leaf growth and stromg root development.

Soluble and liquid fertilisers are used more frequently (every 2 weeks) while the plants are actively growing and flowering and can be applied to variety of plants such as annuals, vegetables, bulbs, indoor plants and shrubs.

Granular fertilisers e.g. Thrive Granular Citrus Food, Rose food, camellia food, lawn food, and all purpose granular food is a complete fertiliser used to enrich the soil by adding a balanced mix of essential nutrients and trace elements required for strong healthy growth. This type of fertiliser is applied twice a year in spring and autumn to garden beds. It is not recommended for fertilising pots. A slow release fertiliser such as Acticote is a suitable fertiliser for pots.

Organic fertilisers, e.g. Dynamic Lifter Plant Food is a slow release fertiliser and again is applied to plants during the growing season.

Hope this information will help you decide on which fertiliser best suits your garden.

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