Yates Product of the Month
Sulphate of Potash
Yates Product of the Month for February 2008 is
Sulphate of Potash (also called Potassium Sulphate)
a rich source of potassium, the major plant nutrient that encourages
flowering and fruiting and also
improves disease resistance in plants.
Late summer is one of the worst times of year
for fungal problems (many diseases flourish when the
weather's warm and humid) so this is a particularly good reason
for giving plants a treat with Sulphate
of Potash at this time of year.
Yates Sulphate of Potash comes in a 750g pack.
It can be applied in two ways: either by sprinkling dry
powder over the garden bed (then watering in well), or by mixing
into the soil before planting. Apply as
closely as possible to plants so that the nutrient liquid will
move into their root systems.
Sulphate of Potash is often recommended as an
additive to Blood and Bone. This popular organic
fertiliser contains nitrogen and phosphorus, but is notoriously
deficient in the third major plant nutrient,
potassium. As a result, if Blood and Bone is used to feed hungry
plants like vegetables, it's important
that the crops are also supplied with some added potassium. Yates
Sulphate of Potash is a convenient
way to do just that.
Roses particularly appreciate regular applications
of Sulphate of Potash. This encourages rose growth
and flower production and, most importantly, improves the ability
of rose plants to stand up to common
diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew. Sulphate of Potash
is like an extra shot of vitamins
that boosts the rose at the time of year when a bit of extra help
can be most beneficial.
For larger gardens, Yates Gro-Plus Sulphate of Potash is available
in an economical 4kg pack size.