Millais Nurseries Ericaceous Slow-Release Fertilizer

Millais Nurseries Ericaceous Slow-Release Fertilizer

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Our own brand of top quality Slow-Release Fertilizer formulated and made to our unique recipe, and as used on our nursery. The analysis is 11-12-8+2.8MgO, and it is rich in iron and magnesium which is perfect for all our Ericaceous plants. We have used this successfully for several seasons now, and we're getting brilliant reports from our customers too. 


We use top quality professional fertilizers to obtain the best growth and budding, but until now these have not been available to the amateur market. In consultation with a leading fertilizer manufacturer we have developed this excellent fertilizer which we use throughout our own nursery. It has a high organic mineral content, and the Phosphate and Magnesium is derived from re-cycled sewage sludge which has been known for years to be great for Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias. (You may have seen a programme on TV about the incredible new sewage treatment plant at Reading. This is where these nutrients come from, but don't worry - it's all very clean and it doesn't smell!)


This fertilizer is pelleted, and gives an initial boost to the plant, and then a slow release of valuable nutrients over 6-9 months. It is suitable for broadcasting over the ground at 50g/m2, or pot dressing at 0.5g/litre of compost. Best applied twice per year in early spring and summer where there is a recognised need. 


READ THE LABEL FOR RATES OF USE AND PRECAUTIONS. 


The 1kg size is packed in a polythene bag, the 3kg is in a convenient plastic tub with a handle, and the 20kg comes as a large 'commercial sized' sack. All represent excellent quality and value compared with branded products.

Good to know

We aim to offer an interesting range of sundries to ensure that your chosen plants get off to the best possible start in your garden. Plant them properly with the right products, and they will reward you well for years to come!  Add some of these essentials when you place your order.

Composts -  Excellent quality and value. A far better professional quality compost than anything offered by the main garden compost suppliers. Our compost has proper aeration and drainage, and is not milled to dust like so many other composts

Fertilizer - We tried the lot, and now we have commissioned our own slow-release fertilizer which we use on the nursery with great results, as it has all the right ingredients for ericaceous plants! We also offer a range of ‘curative’ fertilizers to correct deficiencie

Natural tonics and controls - We have sourced some really good professional grade organic products that work, and that we use on our nursery with good results. These help to keep your plants in tip-top condition.

Tools - Everyone needs a new pair of gloves, secateurs and some good tools from time to time. We list some quality products at a good price.

 

For further advice, For further advice, see here

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.

Shelter

Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.

Compost

  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.

Feeding

Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.

Mulch

Recommended every few years.

Water

The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.

Drainage

Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Pruning

Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering. Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Deadheading

Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.


For further advice see here

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