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Hanging basket feeding


By Bernard

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone have any thoughts on best feed for hanging baskets. I found a bottle of 'Hanging basket feed' in the shed of the property we bought, but I'm reluctant to use it as I've no idea how old it is and whether or not it deteriorates (it is no longer available).



I use Tomorite, it's great.

2 Jun, 2009


The best one I've ever used was Algoflash for geraniums, but it's not available here any more. If anyone knows there I can get some I'd love to know. Now use Miracle gro, it's okay, - tomorite is tomato food, which means it's probably higher in potash, good for flowers. I might try that myself! Though I'll probably only use that once or twice a week and miracle gro the rest of the time.

2 Jun, 2009


tomorite seems to work for most plants so i would agree

if in doubt...throw it out

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2 Jun, 2009


I read in a gardening book by Steve Brooks that the trace elements that tomato plants crave, such as :- Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Boron, and Sulphur can be had for free from your vacuum cleaner, the dust/fluff mulched into the soil at the base of the plant once per week, maybe this would also work for hanging baskets etc.

2 Jun, 2009


Mine get that anyway - I made the mistake of buying a bagless hoover and whenever I empty it outside, not only do I get covered in dust, but so do all my plants!

2 Jun, 2009


really? thats a pain I only put a new bag in yesterday...

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2 Jun, 2009


Well i never!...The contents of the vacuum?...thanks for that Learner...:>)...Oh and good man Bernard for asking the question .....

2 Jun, 2009


This year I am using a 'hanging basket and pots' compost, bought from a garden centre. It is basically just multipurpose compost which has Osmocote/Miracle-grow granules and swell-gel crystals already mixed into it already. It then feeds the plants in the hanging basket for 6 months without having to give it extra feed with a watering can. I'll see how it goes. I have heard that Tomato feed works a treat. I don't know whether to give it some of this as well. The idea is that the potash content gives the flowering a bit of a push.

3 Jun, 2009


Yep, me too Jonathan. It gives excellent results.

The vacuum bag is an amazing piece of fact, thanks for that! I did read it is also good for composts!

3 Jun, 2009


Hello everyone.
I'm new to this forum, and this is my first post.
Even using the compost with the plant food already incorporated, you may still find that you have to feed the baskets at least once a fortnight. I don't pretend to know what i'm doing, and I almost starved my plants to death before I realized what was happening.
Looking fine now though!

9 Jun, 2015

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