If you grow a range of vegetables and shrubs in your garden you will be glad to know that you don’t need a specialised plant feed for each of your different plants. There a number of different fertilizers and plants feed available in hardware stores and garden centres including fish blood and bone, grow more and a range of tomato feed. All these different fertilizers have three things in common; Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. What makes one fertilizer different from another is the amount of these three essential plant nutrients each contains.
The plant nutrient most important to tomatoes is potassium as this element is important in the development of plant flowers and plant fruits such as tomatoes themselves. All tomato feeds, be it a liquid or granular feed, will contain the highest amount of potassium. Sometimes other important elements can be found in these fertilisers; such as magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), Sulphur (S) and Calcium (Ca) as these elements are important in maintaining a healthy plant and a healthy fruit. Luckily these elements are important in all flowering plants and vegetables as well, so using these feeds on all plants is worthwhile.
Plants that respond particularly well to tomato feed are plants from the side family as tomatoes. This family is called The Solanaceae Family and contains a huge range of important commercial plants including The Potato, Tobacco, Petunias and others. Others plants that respond well to this type of feed include all flowering plants like Lupins, Penstemon, Echinacea and even Roses. Some vegetables that like tomato feed include cucumbers, aubergines, chillies, peppers, courgettes and many fruits.
If you are unsure whether your plants will respond well to the plant feed you have available, than read the labels and determine what amount of each of the three important elements are in your feed. The three elements are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium and are represented on the labels of plant feed by a sequence of 3 numbers such as 10-10-10 or in the case of most tomato feeds; 4-4-8.
So there is no reason to limit the use of these feeds to your tomato plants only. Get the most out of your fertilizers and plants and encourage healthy foliage and more flowering with a regular feed. Only feed plants during the growing season, starting in spring and finishing in Late Summer. With tomatoes, begin feeding with Tomato feed once they start flowering, this will encourage more flowering and therefore more fruiting.
Of course you don’t need to use tomato feed to feed your tomatoes; other feed such as fish blood and bone is also higher in potassium and will work very well with others. Fish blood and bone is also an organic feed so might be a better option. If you have a lot of different plants then maybe choose a general plant feed such as grow more, chicken manure pellets or, surely the best of all; farm yard manure. Really the options are endless.