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t Don’t overfeed your plant. Too much fertiliser inhibits the plant’s uptake of water and plant foods from the soil, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

t When planting large plants and shrubs, add a small handful of general fertiliser to the soil in and around the planting hole. Smaller plants won’t need as much.

t Remember that if you use a feed with a high ratio of nitrogen on a flowering or fruiting plant, the plant will make lots of soft leaf growth at the expense of flowers.