General Feeding Recommendations
A general guide to feeding crops with Solufeed water soluble fertilizers.
Liquid feeding will optimise the growth of your crops and the
following recommendations are for general guidance. We
will gladly give more specific advice on request.
Where overhead irrigation is used, avoid feeding in hot
sun or when the plants are stressed.
Soil Grown Crops
Where appropriate, it is recommended that a soil analysis is
taken and a base dressing applied accordingly prior to
Nursery stock &
Rooted Cuttings- 1:1:1 @ 1:200 to speed
establishment and root development.
Liners- Early Spring through active growing season: 4:1:2
@ 1:150. From mid-summer to leaf fall, change to 1:0:2 @
Established Perennials- 1:0:2 @ 1:200, or 1:0:1 @ 1:150 if extra
growth is needed.
Bedding & Mixed Displays- 4:1:2 @ 1: 150 until well
established, then change to 1:0:2 @ 1:200.
Cut Flowers & Foliage
Chrysanthemums 1:0:1 @ 1:150.
Carnations, Pinks, Roses, Alstroemeria, Limonium, Bouvardia, Cut
Foliage, and similar longer-term crops, where phosphate is applied
in the base dressing - Early growth and summer: 1:0:1 @
1:150. Autumn and winter: 1:0:2 @ 1:150.
Bulbs & Corms - 1:0:1 @ 1:200 until buds visible. For
Freesias and other fluoride-sensitive plants, use 1:1:1 @ 1:200
with no superphosphate in the base dressing.
Annuals from Seed or Plugs - 1:0:1 @ 1:150, start feeding soon
after planting out.
Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergines - Early crops: Propagation
period 1:1:3 @ 1:150 or 1:100 for extra control of
growth. After planting change to 1:0:2 @ 1:150, or 1:100
during low-light periods. Under heavy fruit-loading, change
temporarily to 1:1:1 @ 1:150 until heads resume normal
Lettuce, Celery, Salad Onions, Beetroot,
Radish & Other fast-growing Leaf crops - 4:1:2 @
1:150 from planting until 3 weeks before harvest for summer
crops. Leave longer harvest interval at other times of
Cucumbers - 4:1:2 @ 1:150, reducing to 1:200 in hot
Courgettes - 1:0:1 @ 1:150.
Brassicas - 1:1:1 @ 1:150 until well established, then change to
1:0:1 @ 1:150.
Broad Beans - Autumn sown 0:1:3 @ 1:200, spring sown 1:1:3 @
French & Runner Beans - 4:1:2 @ 1:150 until established, then
change to 2:1:4 @ 1:200.
Carrots & Root Vegetables - 1:1:1 @ 1:150 until established,
then change to 2:1:4 @ 1:200.
Sweetcorn - 4:1:2 @ 1:150.
Potatoes - 1:1:1 @ 1:100 for early growth. Change to
1:5:1 @ 1:150 at start of tuber formation.
Onions & Shallots - 1:5:1 @ 1:150 for late-year
plantings. Change to 1:1:1 @ 1:150 in the
Strawberries - 1:5:1 @ 1:200 until established after
planting, then 1:1:1 @ 1:150 until flowering, then change to 2:1:4
@ 1:150 until fruiting. After fruiting, or at any time
that extra growth is needed, use 4:1:2 @ 1:150.
Cane Fruit - As for strawberries, using 4:1:2 @ 1:150 when cane
renewal is priority.
Apples, Pears & Stone Fruit - 1:0:1 or 1:1:1 @ 1:150 from
February to August.
Grapes - 2:1:4 @ 1:200 from bud break to fruit fully
Melons - 1:1:1 @ 1:200.
Grass & Sports Turf
4:1:2 @ 1:200 from February to August. 1:0:2 @ 1:200
September & October. Alternatively, the fertilizers can be
applied as a medium-volume spray of 300g fertiliser in minimum 5
litres clean water per 100m2. Irrigate after
Compost Grown Crops & Plants
These are general recommendations. For optimum
performance, the liquid feed needs to be matched to the particular
compost and the quality of the irrigation water
used. Note that coir based composts often suffer from
poor calcium availability at first. Use calcium-containing feeds to
prevent deficiency. Please consult us if you require specific
When using alternate mixes of feeds containing calcium
(Ca) and phosphate (P), use separate stock tanks or completely
empty the tank before making the new mix to avoid possible
Plugs & Young Plants
Start feeding early, before the base dressing runs
out. Use 1:1:1 @ 1:150.
Foliage Plants - 1:1:1 @ 1:150.
Flowering Plants - Early growth: 1:1:1 @ 1:150. Change to
alternate mixes of 2:1:4 @ 1:150 at bud
Displays, Containers &
Where Solucote Controlled Release Fertilizer has been used,
no further feeding should be necessary. Where it has not
been used, or to speed plant recovery after storm damage, feed with
4:1:2 @ 1:150. Occasional feeding with calcium nitrate @
1:150 may be helpful if leaching rates are high and coir-based
compost is used.
Young plants 1ltr pots or smaller - 2:1:4 @ 1:150.
Older plants - Active growth season: 1:1:1 @
1:150 changing to 2:1:4 @ 1:150 where more compact growth is
Cut Flowers & Foliage
Chrysanthemums - 4:1:2 @ 1:150 for early growth, 2:1:4 @
1:150 at bud initiation.
Carnations - 2:1:4 @ 1:150 reducing to 1:200 during the
Alstroemeria - 2:1:4 @ 1:150. If summer
dormancy occurs, change to 4:1:2 @ 1:150 for a month
Roses - 1:1:1 @ 1:150 reducing to 1:200 during the
Pinks - 2:1:4 @ 1:150 late summer and autumn, changing to 1:1:1 @
1:150 early spring.
Anthurium - 1:1:1 @ 1:150.
Orchids - 1:1:1 @ 1:300.
Bulbs - 2:1:4 @ 1:200.
Cut Foliage - 1:1:1 @ 1:150 during the growing season,
changing to 1:1:3 to harden off for cutting and to enhance winter
Vegetables & Salads
Tomatoes - Propagation period 1:1:3 @ 1:150 or 1:100 for
extra control of growth. After planting, change to
alternate mixes of 2:1:4 & 1:0:2 +Ca @ 1:150 or 1:100 for extra
control. Under heavy fruit-loading, change temporarily
to 1:1:1 @ 1:150 or 1:200 until heads resume normal growth.
Peppers & Aubergines - As for tomatoes, except
use 1:1:1 @ 1:150 for the main feed.
Cucumbers - 4:1:2 @ 1:150 reducing to 1:200 in hot
Strawberries - 1:1:1 @ 1:150 until well established, then
2:1:4 @ 1:150 through fruiting. Where crops are cut
back, reduce the feed strength to 1:200 until growth has
Suitable for: Soft & Top Fruit,-,Salad Crops,Ornamentals,Vegetables
Melons - 4:1:2 @ 1:200 to flowering then 1:1:3.