Ask a Question forum: When do I feed Sunpatiens?

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Shrewsbury, NJ
Jun 24, 2017 6:52 PM CST
I've only watered my Sunpatiens maybe 2-3x in the 5 weeks since I've planted them in a huge whiskey barrel (5-6 plants in it); they've also received water via rain.
I've noticed a few leaves on some plants turning yellow, so I held off on the watering. I'm in New Jersey, so we do have humidity.
The next time I (lightly) water, should I include Miracle Gro?? Let me elaborate on "lightly": LOTS of water, but not every day, every other day ... more like when I see the soil is dry. I'm thinking not "root rot" or fungus; the whiskey barrel is 3+' high, and the Sunpatiens are in the top 6-8" of soil, if even that deep.
Other than the leaves, they're blooming and growing!
[Last edited by Daisie - Jun 24, 2017 8:45 PM (+)]
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 24, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Hi Daisie,

Never, ever, ever fertilize a plant you think is suffering from something other than lack of fertilizer. And we don't know that yet.

There is no such thing as 'lightly' watering. Either you do or you don't. Are there drain holes in your whiskey barrel? If you got the end with the bung hole, you have drainage. If you got the bottom, you didn't, so you would have to drill holes. Water until the soil is completely wet and water comes out the drain hole.

Can you post some photos? We do much better when we can see what we are attempting to talk about.

Thank you! and Welcome!

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