"Feeding" Your Plants

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A fertile soil is a living entity and not simply a conglomeration of chemical elements.  Whilst chemical fertilizers feed plants, organic fertilizers and compost, help to build a healthy fertile soil by stimulating “soil life”, raising the humus status and improving mineralisation, nitrification, cation exchange capacity, soil structure, aeration etc.
 
Liming

KZN soils are inherently acid, especially where chemical fertilizers have been regularly used. Apply FIELD Lime at 100g/m2 per annum, in winter, to all areas other than to acid loving plants, which do not thrive on Lime (eg. Hydrangeas and Azaleas). Lime also supplies the essential plant food elements, Calcium and Magnesium.

New Gardens

One month before planting apply and dig in to ±15cm:
  •     GROMOR Compost – 4kg/m2
  •     FIELD Agricultural Lime – 300g/m2
  •     FIELD Superphosphate – 50g/m2
Vegetable and Flower Beds
  •     PREPARE by forking in GROMOR Compost – 4kg/m2
  •     PLANT with FIELD 2.3.2(14) – 50g/m2 and
  •     GROMOR Accelerator at 150g/m2

Acid Loving Plants

Prepare by forking in GROMOR Acid Dressing 2kg/m2 and also add 2kg to each planting hole.  Fertilize with Ammonium Sulphate at 30g/m2 in spring and autumn.

Established Areas and Shrubberies (Acid Lovers Excluded)

    GROMOR Compost – 2kg/m2 in spring and autumn
    FIELD 2.3.2(14) – 50g/m2 and GROMOR Accelerator at 150g/m2 in spring and autumn.
    Mulch bare soil with GROMOR Pinebark Mulch

Lawns

Establishment:  Before planting, fertilize as per “NEW GARDENS”
Maintenance:  In winter apply FIELD Lime at 100g/m2. In spring apply GROMOR Lawn Dressing 2kg/m2.  If very vigorous growth is required, topdress every 6 weeks, alternating with FIELD 4.1.1(21) at 30g/m2 and GROMOR Accelerator at 150g/m2.

Pot Plants

Plant in GROMOR Potting Media.Wet media before filling containers.Give your potplants a weekly feed, by watering them with a solution of one teaspoon GROMOR Plant Food in five litres water. If the vegetative growth is lush and dark green coupled with poor flowering, you are probably overfeeding.  Give a heavy watering to ensure there is runoff through the holes in the bottom of the pots and lay off feeding for a month.

Seedlings

Germinate and grow seedlings in GROMOR Seedling Mix.  “Feed” twice  a week by watering them with a solution of one teaspoon GROMOR Plant Food in five litres water.

The Organic Option

FIELD Lime 100g/m2 in winter, GROMOR Compost 2kg/m2 and GROMOR Accelerator* at 150g/m2 in spring and autumn.  (*Organically certified by ECOCERT).

Mulching

Whilst mulch must not be confused with feeding, a layer of GROMOR Pinebark Mulch spread over bare soil, will reduce weed growth and keep the soil moist and cool to enhance plant growth.  The mulch layer will slowly decompose, adding organic matter and improving soil health.  An organic mulch like GROMOR Pinebark Mulch needs to be topped up from time to time.

Tips

Rule of Thumb

A heaped handful of FIELD fertilizer weighs approximately 50g.

Pacing up and down an area in lines one pace apart and throwing a handful of fertilizer in a wide arc into the air for every pace taken, will apply 60g/m2 (600kg/ha).

Throwing a handful of fertilizer every second pace will apply 30g/m2 (300kg/ha).

Drops  1 Litre
GROMOR Accelerator
= 600g
Cup 1 Cup
GROMOR Accelerator
= 140g
Hand 1 Handful
GROMOR Accelerator
= 30g

Feeding Your Plants

Feeding Your Plants

Feeding Your Plants