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Plants

Miracle-Gro is based on soluble salts, which are hygroscopic and must be stored in a well-sealed container in a dry location.  If the container is not properly sealed then moisture can be absorbed from the atmosphere resulting in the product becoming sticky.  However this does not affect the quality of the product, although it may make it slightly more difficult to measure. Damp product can be used as recommended without risk to plants to which it is applied. 

The Miracle-Gro Feeder operates with a simple venturi action, were the water passing through the head under pressure, draws up small quantities of the concentrated feed solution from the container. A fine jet of water constantly squirts water into the container to agitate and dissolve the Miracle-Gro Food to form a dark blue concentrated solution. When the solution becomes a paler blue, this shows that the feed is running out and needs to be replaced. To empty the container of water, with the water passing through the head, turn it upside down, the water will drain out of it. Once empty, remove and fill with up to a maximum of 500grams, one sachet of Miracle-Gro Soluble Plant Food. 

Yes it is safe to eat your vegetables after feeding them with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food, use in accordance with label instructions.

In theory this is a balanced plant food offering a good supply of all three nutrients. In practice the nutrients are released over different time scales so the plants don’t receive balanced feeding at any one time. For example, the nitrogen in blood and fish meal is released almost immediately giving a rush of greening effect that will last only a few weeks. On the other hand the phosphates in steamed sterilised bone meal will have little immediate effect on growth. The phosphates are released after a few months, gradually releasing this one nutrient over a longer period.

As long as you’re feeding your plants, then that’s a very good start. Both methods are effective, and it really comes down to personal preference. One application of a controlled release plant food will feed your plants for several months, releasing nutrients depending on soil temperature (the warmer the soil, the more nutrients are released). Alternatively you can feed and water every fortnight with soluble food or a liquid concentrate. This is particularly beneficial if you are growing lots of flowering bedding plants that need regular watering to thrive.

Plant food can only be absorbed by roots when there is sufficient moisture in the soil - if the plants are dry, you need to water before feeding. Applying the right amount of feed is important in order to achieve the best results and overdosing is not only wasteful but could harm your plants. Always make sure you read the on-pack instructions to get the right amount of plant food.

Plants need feeding just before they start to grow, or while they are actively growing. For most this is in the Spring when new growth is being produced, and during the Summer. Don’t feed outdoor plants in late Autumn or Winter as excessive nitrogen may encourage growth that is more prone to frost damage. Feed and water every 7-14 days, ideally in the evening or early morning and avoid watering during the mid-day sun at all costs because you’ll lose a lot of the water to evaporation and risk scorching the leaves.

The NPK value relates to the amount and type of nutrients in the plant food. (N) Nitrogen promotes strong, healthy stems, leaves and shoots and helps keep foliage rich and green, (P) Phosphorus aids sturdy root growth and finally (K) stands for Potassium – this helps to improve flower quality and strengthens a plant’s resistance to disease.

You don’t need green fingers or have special equipment to produce thriving houseplants. Instead, a little loving care is all that’s needed. The rain can’t reach houseplants, so we need to water them and their roots can’t reach out into the ground for nourishment, so we need to feed them. It sounds simple really - and it is! If you observe your plants you’ll soon realise that different plants have different needs and you’ll begin to learn when more water is required, when misting is beneficial and when a dose of food would be welcome.

Acid-loving plants (sometimes known as lime-hating or ericaceous), such as azalea, camellia and rhododendrons need some special care if you want them to thrive. They don’t like hard water or alkaline soil, so the first thing to do is to use a pH soil testing kit. If the results show your soil is naturally acidic then you can plant away with no problems. If it’s neutral then you can still plant but feed with a plant food specially formulated for these plants. If you’ve got alkaline soil then your best bet is to plant in a container filled with suitable ericaceous compost. If you follow these guidelines you should have no problems achieving the beautiful results that these plants are renowned for.