Plant nutrition: feeding plants

Gardeners use fertilisers to improve plant growth rates and boost flowering and yields, especially for plants grown in containers. However, feeding plants isn't always necessary – sometimes looking after the soil is more important and enables plants to access nutrients already present in the ground.

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Applying fertiliser before planting. Credit:Tim Sandall/RHS The Garden.

Quick facts

Suitable for: Most plants, in the ground and in containers
Timing: Spring and summer
Difficulty: Easy

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