I’m a gardening expert – six simple things to try when your plants just won’t grow

ARE YOU ever frustrated because your plants aren’t growing in your garden?

Luckily, there are some very simple steps to try to improve your chances, according to one gardening expert.

If your plants aren't growing, there are a few simple things you can try


If your plants aren’t growing, there are a few simple things you can tryPhoto credit: Getty

Jamie Shipley, Managing Director at Hedges Direct said: “If your crops aren’t growing, there are several key factors you need to consider and that applies to most crops.”

He shared six simple things you can try to get your plants to thrive…


For plants to thrive, they need to be in the right place, so there are always a few things to consider: Soil type – ie are they planted in the right soil type for the plant’s preference, Exposure – does the plant need a sheltered spot or not, Light – has it too much or too little?

plant health

Is it sick or damaged in any way?

Does it need pruning to remove dead or crossing branches, encourage new growth, or rejuvenate an older plant?

Sometimes a good plum is required for a plant to be more productive in terms of fruit or flowers, for example.

Proper pruning helps a plant thrive.

If you show signs of illness, try to find out what might be affecting it and what the appropriate treatment might be. Early treatment can help a plant recover faster.

soil biodiversity

Does the soil and (by default) the plant need additional nutrients?

In general, spring is a great time to improve the soil your plants are growing in and ensure the soil surrounding them has lots of good nutrients to draw from.

A good leaf soil, manure or mulch with compost can help.

Specific plant food or fertilizer

Depending on the plant, they may sometimes need some extra help in the form of feed and fertilizer, especially if they are lacking certain nutrients.

To encourage good new plant growth and specifically plant health, we always recommend planting with root growth and a fertilizer such as bone meal as a basic aid.

Once established you can feed with a general all purpose food such as algae food or opt for plant specific food such as seaweed. B. for roses or plants like pieris and camellia that need a more acidic soil environment to thrive.


Not as easy as it sounds.

It is important to give plants the right amount of water as too much or too little can also cause problems with plants.

It’s important to know how much your particular plant needs, and then monitor soil moisture.

This is especially important at times of either very wet or very dry weather to ensure it is as perfect as possible.

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Our climate is changing.

Your location is also a factor to consider as you will need to determine if you have the ideal climate for a plant.

Some plants are tender and do not do well in very cold areas of the UK, particularly in winter, while others do not do well in areas prone to drought.

It’s definitely worth picking plants that match your area’s climate to make sure they’re appropriate for your area.

The key is that not all plants need the same things, so it pays to do a little research to determine the individual care and situation that is ideal for your plant’s needs, and ensure that they meet them as much as possible be fulfilled.

Nail this down and your plants will thrive.

Expert garden advice

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Jessica MacLeish

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