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Berry food

Posted by helen 
Berry food
December 02, 2016 03:03AM
With my boysenberry plant so laden with small berries, is there anything you would suggest that I feed it with to help with quality berry ripening? It has on the whole been ignored since last summer.
Re: Berry food
December 02, 2016 04:00AM
I use sulphate of potash (when I remember!) which promotes healthy plants and helps improve the fruit quality and flavour. Sprinkle it now around your berry bushes/all fruit trees and water it in, and do it again when they finish bearing this season's fruit to build them up and get good results for next year's crops.

It's extremely easy not to apply nourishment to fruit trees - I am very forgetful at that and half the time I'm never too sure when it should be applied, but I sure notice a difference next season when I do it!smiling smiley
Re: Berry food
December 02, 2016 05:42AM
Thanks for the question Helen and thanks for the answer Dawn.This is just what my fruit trees need.Will buy some tomorrow.
Re: Berry food
December 02, 2016 05:52AM
You can buy a bottle of Yates Strawberry & Berry food... you can use it on other fruiting plants too. Dawn is right on, potassium is very important for ripening of any fruit bearing plants. The Yates premix has quite a high ratio of potassium in it already, plus other bits.


Or if you want an organic product, the Dynamic Lifter range is great. It comes as very stinky pellets, much like sheep pellets but MUCH stinkier! They offer a fruit specific option as well.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/02/2016 05:54AM by Jenna.
Re: Berry food
December 12, 2016 10:00AM
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