Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food

Bonnie Plants plant food hose-end sprayer

What if the life-supporting power of a seed could be put into a bottle? The inventor of Bonnie’s fertilizer found a way to do just that, coming up with a unique, patented formula that has helped us produce lush, well-rooted plants in our greenhouses. Happily, the formula is available to you, too, in Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower 8-4-4 Plant Food.

Why a Seed?
Mother Nature put into a seed all that is needed to propagate the next generation. Our plant food simply found these nutrients, extracted them, and placed the “secret” in a bottle.

How to Use Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food
Just mix one tablespoon with one gallon of water and pour it from a watering can, or use our new hose-end sprayer over your entire garden. One 32-ounce jug contains 64 tablespoons. Follow the directions on the label:

Garden/Patio: Apply every 7-10 days, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 gallon of water, soak soil.
Indoors: Apply every two weeks, mix 1 teaspoon with 1 quart of water, soak soil.
Non-Bonnie Hose-End Sprayers: Apply every 7-10 days. Fill reservoir with Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food. Set dial for 1 tablespoon (3 tsps) per gallon, soak soil.

Bonnie plant food is tested and approved.

Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food has been tested and approved by the National Home Gardening Club.

The Benefits

  • Quick results.
  • Supplies eight beneficial organic compounds that enhance overall plant growth.
  • Low in salts, and will not burn plants.
  • Safe for use around children and pets when used as directed.
  • Convenient new hose-end sprayer on our Little Green Jug.

Why It’s Different
Compared to traditional chemical fertilizers, we see a superior response in the vigor of our plants when using this unique formula containing oilseed extract, a renewable source of plant nutrition. Oilseed extract is known to contain nutritional and organic compounds that include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, enzymes, natural wetting agents, plant hormones, and carbohydrates. All are vital to plant growth.

In particular, Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food contains enzymes and other active compounds that have been shown to improve plant growth in a variety of ways, including:
– stronger roots, stems, and leaves
– increased ability to handle temperature stress
– a higher yield at harvest time
What’s more, strong, healthy plants are more disease- and insect-resistant.

Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food jug with hose-end sprayer

Try Our New Hose-End Sprayer!
For truly economical and efficient garden coverage, try our new hose-end sprayer bottle. A single bottle covers up to a whopping 14,000 square feet with a gentle, uniform spray that siphons the plant food at the same rate from the beginning of the bottle all the way through to the end. What’s more, the sprayer can be reused with any of Bonnie’s Yellow Cap Little Green Jugs.

Our new hose-end sprayer is easy to use, too. Here’s all you have to do:
1. Attach the feeder to the hose and turn on the water.
2. Press down on the tab located below the on/off dial.
3. Turn the dial to the “on” position.

For more information about Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food, download our “Using Plant Food” PDF.

We invite you to try it and judge for yourself!

159 Comments

Johnny

I purchased your fertilizer in bottle from homedepot. I notice that it is 8-4-4. Is it the right one to apply to tomato? My impression is that I should either use a balance fertilizer or high in PK fertilizer for tomato. Please advise.

Danielle Carroll

Hi Johnny,
Great question. Bonnie Plants and many gardeners have had great success using the Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food. It is a good fertilizer to use in absence of a soil test. If you want specific fertilizer recommendations, having your soil tested is the only way to know what nutrients are needed in the soil. There are a lot of liquid fertilizers out there, using the label directions, supply the needed nutrients to your plants. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Dorothy

I just wanted to say Bonnie Herb and Veggie Fertilizer is the best fertilizer I’ve ever found. I put it on my pepper plants and a couple of days later they have loads more fruit. Everything loves it – my genovese basil grows to ailien proportions each year and I know it’s because of your fertilizer. I also feel more comfortable using it because I’m not as worried about over feeding like with a more chemical based product. I can’t say enough good things, thanks for making such a great product.

CJ

I have a hybrid container corn planted. Is your Bonnie food all I need?

Danielle Carroll

Hi CJ,
Fertilizing once a week is great for your corn. Did you amend the soil with an additional fertilizer? Corn is a grass and is a heavy nitrogen feeder. See details on fertilizing here! – danielle, Bonnie Plants

CJ Spoor

I asked where to find a hose end sprayer and Danielle said in the garden dept. I went to a big box store and the only thing they have are the ones for Miracle Grow. I can not seem to find a dial sprayer. More information please. My garden is rather large and I need to have a faster method than mixing and pouring from watering can. Anyone help?

Danielle Carroll

Hello CJ,
I am sorry you have not found one. I did happen upon one in my own garden department a few weeks ago. If you have the MG sprayer now, I am sure it can be used. Just look on the box to find out how much it sprays (it will say). Some use so many gallons in so many minutes. Add the correct amount of fertilizer to the gallons that will be used and time the spray. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Chadsweeney73@gmail.com

I live in south ar I just planted my Bradley’s today how long will it be till my fruit comes off ?

Loyd Park

I cannot seem to find a catalog or a number to order the plant food. Can you send me one? Thank You,
Loyd

Danielle Carroll

Hi Loyd,
I edited out your address. The Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food is only sold through retailers. You can find Bonnie Plants retailers near you using the Find Our Plants site. Just enter your zip code to find the stores closest to you – just ask if they carry it or if they can get it for you. . – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

James powers

Will bonnie herb & vegetable hurt my other plant’s in my yard like flowers tree’s shrubs is it good for thim.. can I use it on my Apple tree’s

Danielle Carroll

Hi James,
It will not hurt any of the plants in your lawn and garden. You can use it on your fruit trees, but you may want to think about a soil test for your orchard in case you need to adjust your pH or get exact nutrient requirements. -danielle, Bonnie Plants

Debbie

We are new to veggie gardening. We’ve planted a tomatoes, onions, spinach & lettuce, eggplants, bush beans & carrots in a raised bed. We’ve been feeding with Bonnie Plant Food every week since planting. Things are looking pretty good so far!

Question: do we continue to use the plant food throughout the life of the plants, or is there a time to stop feeding?

Thanks!

Danielle Carroll

Hi Debbie,
Bonnie Plants Herb and Vegetable Food is meant to be applied every 7 – 10 days for heavy feeders. You can find a list of heavy, moderate, and light feeders here. Light feeders often do not need additional fertilizer on compost amended soils and starter fertilizer. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

CJ Spoor

What type of a sprayer can I use to apply Bonnie liquid plant food? Mixing by gallon and pouring it on is very time consuming. Thanks

Danielle Carroll

Hello CJ,
You can find hose end sprayers in garden departments where vegetable plants are sold. You will see various sprayers, pick one with a dial – they should have a couple. Set the dial to 1TBSP per gallon and wet the soil thoroughly. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Anni

I have veggie, herb and flower seedlings all growing in the same pots from last years plants…(I let mother nature give me many of my seedlings.) I usually let them get much bigger before disturbing them and transplanting them, so I must water petunia, cilantro, marigold and beans together. Following the 1 tbsp per gallon mix, is this ok for flowers as well as veggies and herbs? I appreciate your response. This product was highly recommended by our Agway garden specialist!

Danielle Carroll

Hello Anni,
Absolutely!! Glad to hear it came recommended. -danielle, Bonnie Plants

Erica

Hello!
I just purchased a few herb plants and the plant food today. I’m crossing my fingers the food and mature plants will help them thrive through the harsh Florida Keys weather. Last year my seeds (watered with tap water only) only made it to about an inch and died :-(

My question is: (outdoors) I should soak once a week. But if the soil becomes dry during the rest of the week, can we wet soil with plain water?

Thank you!

Danielle Carroll

Hi Erica,
Your veggie plants will need at least an inch of water per week once they are established – more in the extreme heat (and on sandy soils that do not hold water). Bonnie Plants has a great library on watering your vegetable plants. Plant to water them a few times per week in the absence of rain. Mulching your veggies well also helps mediate the soil temperatures and keep the moisture in the soil. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Bryce

I’ve used your product twice in the last 2 weeks and I am happy with the results! A quick question though. I’ve been using a 1 gallon of the mixed solution spread over 9 different plants. How much should I used per plant? FYI, the Bonnie Plants have been in the ground a little more than a month after I purchased them from the local hardware store.

Danielle Carroll

Hello Bryce,
Great to hear! Water the plants with the mixture as you would if you were just watering….saturate the soil around the plants. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Tanner

Is Bonnie Herb & Vegtebale Plant Food safe for a large well established strawberry patch?

Danielle Carroll

Hello Tanner,
Yes, it is extremely safe to use on a strawberry patch. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Zander

I used this on all my patio vegetables last year and they seemed to love it. My Lowes no longer carries it though and I cannot find an online retailer that offers it. Can anyone point me to where I might find this product in Austin, TX?

Thanks

Danielle Carroll

Hi Zander,
Try this plant finder to find other Bonnie Plants retailers in your area. All you have to do is type in your zip code! – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Zander

Thanks Danielle,

I have not had any problem finding Bonnie plants. I have just noticed that none of the stores around me sell the Herb and Vegetable food anymore. I guess I will look for an alternative. Thanks though!

Danielle Carroll

I see! Let me check on that for you! – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Laura

I have been using Bonnie Herb and Plant food with success, but I went to make a batch and some solids have formed in the solution that do not dissolve when I add water – what has happened? It is still safe to use on my plants?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Laura,
Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Food has has a shelf life of about 5 years. Shake the bottle up well before mixing with water to mix anything that may have separated.
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Danielle Carroll

Hi Sara,
You can use the plant finder to find a store that carries Bonnie Plants (and Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food) in your area. Just plug in your zip code. Prices will vary slightly across regions. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Casey

Is there a good time of day to apply this? And one more, is it too powerfull for Peas and Beans since they fix their own nitrogen?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Casey,
Watering your vegetables in the morning is a good idea. Use Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Food when you water. It is not too strong to give your peas and beans some starter fertilizer. You may find as the season progresses that legumes do not need as much fertilizer (frequency) as some of the heavy feeders.
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Greg

Do you recommend pulling the suckers off of a tomato plant and does this really increase yield?

Mary Beth

Hi Greg,
That’s a matter of personal preference. We don’t really recommend making cuts on your growing tomato plants, as the open cuts/wounds may open it up to disease. We do recommend pruning off the lower braches to prevent soil splashing on the leaves nearest ground level (as a disease preventative). Many gardeners have all sorts of theories on how to get the biggest, fastest, largest yield and best flavor from their tomato plants, so experiment with what works for you. Hope that helps. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Pam

I have been using your plant food for my tomato bushes. They are doing great. However, I am using a gallon jug and just realized per your instruction that I should only use every 7 days and I have been using it twice a week. The one bush has over 20 tomatoes. Will this harm the crop with too much fertilizer or can we still eat them?

Mary Beth

Hi Pam. So glad to hear your tomatoes are doing well. Yes, that plant food is wonderful to use! You can eat the tomatoes; not to worry. The side effect of over-fertilizing is that your plant may put on a lot of healthy green foliage and not put as much energy into blooming and fruiting. You don’t want to overdo it, as blooming and fruiting is what you want in tomatoes. For crops like cabbage, kale, lettuces and such, more frequent fertilizing is a good thing, as you eat the foliage. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Jenny D

Is Bonnie Plant organic? Any GMO?

Please let me know,

Thanks,

Mary Beth

Hi Jenny,
We are no-GMO. There is a difference between organic and GMO. You can use heirloom plants, hybrid plants and natural fertilizers in your garden with natural and sustainable practices. You may enjoy reading an article on our Greener Growing practices and another on Hybrid vs Heirloom (and what is GMO?). Thanks for writing! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Steve Bruce

Is Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food organic or chemical based?

Mary Beth

Hi Steve,
Our plant food is not certified organic, but is from a natural origin of seed. The seed extract is the basis for our formula. Within this article, click on the Material Data Sheet link provided to download any details you might want to know. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Mary Beth

Hi Ophelia,
Currently, no. We sell through retailers and the availability varies by store. It is worth the search, though, if you are having trouble. This link takes you to a ZIP store locator and call to confirm it’s in inventory before driving to the store, perhaps. Or, tell your garden center manager that you are seeking our plant food. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

KEITH

Hi, I’m going to be using your liquid fertilizer this year and i have a question. I built a planter box that’s roughly sixteen inches deep,twenty four inches wide,and sixty inches long. I”m only going to have two “Bush Goliath” tomato plants in it.The way i will be watering them is,i have placed a pipe in between the two plants that runs the depth of the box.I sealed one end of the pipe up,and drilled small “seep” holes close to the bottom,so to keep the water and fertilizer close to the root system. Being that i wont be “soaking the soil” as per your application method,i was wondering if this will be to much for my plants,being so close to the roots? Thanks

Mary Beth

Hi Keith,
Properly diluted per the label’s instructions, this will be a fine method of watering your containers. Enjoy your Bush Goliath! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Mary Beth

Hi Ophelia,
Currently, no. We sell through retailers and the availability varies by store. It is worth the search, though, if you are having trouble. This link takes you to a ZIP store locator and call to confirm it’s in inventory before driving to the store, perhaps. Or, tell your garden center manager that you are seeking our plant food. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Mary

Can Bonnie herb and plant food be used for seedlings? If so how much do you use and when in the seedling cyle?

Mary Beth

Hi Mary,
Our Plant Food is a very gentle and helpful fertilizer when diluted properly and used at the right frequency. As you can see in this article, we give details on using for various plants and sizes except seed. Consult this Extension document for more information about growing your own. You’ll want to dilute it another 50% for very young seedlings as too much of any fertilizer–natural or organic–can do damage. Every two weeks is a good rule of thumb. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

ANNIE

YOU SHOULD JUST THROW TO LAND WHERE THE PLANT, or you may spray the whole plant, leaves and branches.

Mary Beth

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for writing. This fertilizer has not been through the procedures required to list it as “organic.” It is made from the natural extract of seed. You may also be interested in more information about green practices we take in the “Greener Grower” article, and be sure to look for our exclusive biodegradable pots. Happy gardening, Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Joseph

I live in south carolina. I sold on Bonnnie Plants. I just finish my last Harvest of Squash, I have a cherry tomato plant still producing and My Collards are Gorgeous. However I cannot find Bonnie Plant food and fertlizer
Where o’ where can I find your fertilizer
Thanks

Mary Beth

Hi Joseph,
Thanks for the compliments! We are glad to hear you have great experiences with our plants. You will also love our Vegetable & Herb Plant Food. Use the “Find Our Stores” locator to see which stores in your area provide Bonnie products. Varieties and stock do vary from store to store, so perhaps call the garden center manager before driving there to ensure they carry the fertilizer. http://find.bonnieplants.com/
Happy gardening, Mary Beth – Bonnie Plants

Sandy

I used this Liquid plant food last year on my patio tomato plants. They were huge and grew so fast I couldn’t believe it.
Everyone in the condo came to get tomatoes and see the plants. This year I couoldn’t find cherry tomato plants but bought patio and Beef tomatoes. And my liquid plant food. Can’t wait to get started again.

Donna

If you feed/water your plants or garden in the morning, this will give them plenty of time for leaves to dry before night fall and help minimize any possible problems.

Tony Tran

1)What happen if you apply to herb and vegeable every day? It’s this good?
2)If we apply one very two week ( indoor) and every week ( outdoor), then the other days, we just appply water??
3)What I am doing right now, is to mix one tea spoon of this product with 1 gallon of water and apply everyday for my vegeable and mint. I plant them in the pot using 2x growth micro pot mixed. I only put three inches of them and when the root grow, I have aonther container at the bottom, with mixed water ( full) and the root just sucking up the water everyday. I refill the mixed water same as I mixed above when they get below the root. By doing this way, they grow very fast and green. Is this the good way to growth it?

Mary Beth

Hi Tony,
That is a very high dosage of plant food. Anything in excess will cause distress to the plant, just as too little water or food does. If you over-fertilize, you can burn the roots, though that is not likely with our diluted liquid food. However, you can also cause the plant to excessively grow foliage and gain height/size, yet it will not successfully bloom and fruit well. You’ll have a gorgeous, dark green, large plant but with little fruit and flavor. Follow the instructions on the label, measuring one tablespoon per gallon of water and application every 10 days or less. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Jenn

Tony, I think this is an excellent way to grow your Herbs! just make sure your roots don’t get too hot. Don’t let the water in the tray become stagnant. I grew lettuce this way and put an airstone in the bottom water reservoir. They grow like wildfire! Jenn

Barry

Hi! The directions for Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food say specifically to soak the soil. My vegetables are well mulched. Is it harmful to foliar spray? If it’s O.K., any precautions? Thanks!

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Barry,

Yes, our plant food is safe and effective as a foliar spray as well. The recommendation for soil application comes from the idea that wetting leaves can lead to some disease problems, particularly on tomatoes, but you should be fine. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

bcleary

Ok… I’ve tried and grown all of my Bonnies Tomatos plants, and no fruit. Alrighty…. zone 10 and ok you said here is is use these hybrids and we bought all 20 of them… giagantik stalks and flowers but no fruit.
We understand the issues with this zone or my area.
But here is the REAL ISSUE TODAY,
i went back to HomeDepot and Bonnie Fert went to 13.00 for the bottle?
Bonnie! Please tell me what you have done to us?. We cant afford this! Why?

Mary Beth

Hmm. It sounds like your tomato plants could be experiencing one of two things. It could simply be too early in their life stage to begin setting fruit, if you recently purchased and planted in zone 10. Or, they could be getting too much fertilizer and increased nitrogen. This would definitely encourage “gigantic stalks” and huge tall plants, but all of the energy is diverted there instead of a normal-sized plant with prolific blooms. Perhaps reduce the frequency (or stop altogether) for a while and just keep consistently watered. I’m sorry to hear you are frustrated about the Little Green Jug. One cap makes a full gallon so those jugs make a lot of liquid plant food for the volume. I will pass along your feedback to the team here. Thanks for being a part of our online community. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Mark Melton

I want to grow as many different ornamental peppers as I can find. I just planted a Thai Hot Pepper purchased at the Jupiter, FL, Home Depot. Looking forward to its growth. I recently found several new cultivars at the Dallas (TX) Arboretum. The Arboretum says they have released those cultivars to vendors. Will Bonnie Plants produce any of them? They’re beautiful!

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Mark,

We’re always adding new varieties to our list of peppers and other vegetables and herbs. Let us know what your favorites are, and we’ll consider trialing those as well. I hope you enjoy the Thai Hot and other peppers you’re growing this season! Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Jon

Your Plant food is the best!!!! I just wish I could find it year round, when I do see it I buy all that I can. Its amazing how well it works.

P.S. you should sell it on line, everyone want it!!!

Thanks Jon

Bob Wright

Lowe’s, Home Depot & Walmart in 92346 zip code all carry Bonnie Plants but none of them carries your Herb & Vegetable Food. Can it be ordered direct from Bonnie’s?

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Bob, No, unfortunately, we don’t see our plant food online yet. I think you should be able to find our plants in your area this fall, though, so look for our plant food on the Bonnie racks at local stores again soon. It’s good to hear you like it! Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Zelia Lopes

Does your plant food have GMO’s. I have an organic garden and I’d like to keep it that way! :)

Zelia

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Zelia, Our plant food is made from natural materials, including a soybean product, but it is not certified organic. If you want to be completely organic, there are other options available in the market, or you can make your own compost tea! Happy growing! Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Allison S.

Hi!

I saw the post about the herb and vegetable food having a five year shelf life. my bottle is 1 year old and has a lot of white chunks floating in it. can i still use it?

thanks!

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Allison,

Yes, the plant food is still good to use. Those white flecks are part of the seed extract that has floated to the top. The plant food may also get darker in color over time, but it is still good product and safe to use. So proceed with feeding! Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Brandon

I have quite a porch garden this year, with several of your plants. Im using your green jug plant food as a fertilizer for my plants but i seem to be having some problems with it.Even though I am very careful to not get any of it on the leaves, i always see some leaves yellowing and is burned and sometimes completely dying and falling off. I’ve had this issue eith every fertilizer i have ever used which is why up to now I have stopped using fertilizers. What appealed to me about yours was that it seemed gentler than most. Now, most of my plants do just fine with it. But my tomatoes and squash don’t seem to like it at all. The Patio and Husky Red Cherry are two tomatoes that do quite bad after its applied. The husky lost all Its lower leaves up to the top 3″ of the plant. It has two tomatoes that are green and cracking at the top.

I wonder if I am using the food right? I mix it a bit weaker than said to, soak the soil before applying, add about 2 seconds of food. Plus I’ve had tons of rain last few weeks to help flush the soil. Doesnt seem to help on those particular plants.

Thanks for any info,
Brandon

Mary Beth

Hi Brandon,
When you say you “add about 2 seconds of food” — what does that mean? Let’s see if your application is what is recommended. I suspect if you have had trouble with all fertilizers you’ve ever used, then something is getting mixed up (pun intended!) in the process. For our liquid food, it’s very easy. 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water. It actually looks clear when mixed; you can barely tell a difference. Fight off any urges to want to see colors or chemical changes in the water or add more than you should! It’s a natural plant seed extract that is diluted. Also, you shouldn’t apply more than every 10 days. Consider this: how often are you fertilizing? and, how often do you water? Yellowing leaves that fall off are often a result of over-watering or poor drainage. Do your pots drain freely via holes in the bottom? Happy to help with more answers if you can provide more clues. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Herman C Renten

Hi can i buy Bonnies h/v plant food from your website no place here in Gillette wyo sells it. Thank You

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Herman,

Unfortunately, we don’t sell our plant food online currently. You should be able to buy our plants in Gillette at this store. (I typed your zip code into our Find Our Plants page.) And you should be able to buy our plant food there, too. If you don’t see it, ask the garden center manager there to request it from your local Bonnie Plants salesperson. I hope this helps!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Chris Wilk

Hi,,
You have the most amazing fertilizer..I have eight foot tomato plants…Home depot in the 32250 area code, including the Atlantic blvd and AIA locations have been out of your products. What other vendors sale your products in North Florida??

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Chris,

I’m so glad to hear you like our plant food and plants! You can find all the stores that carry our products in your area by searching in our Find Our Plants page. I hope this helps!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Kent

We planted a variety of Bonnie starter plants for the first time this year. We have been using the Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, but recently found our soil PH is about an 8, so we have added Fast Acting sulfur (Granules/Small Pellets) to help bring down the PH Level. So my question is, would it be safe or would it harm the vegetables if the Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food was used on the soil that has this sulfur mixed in?

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Kent,

You should be fine continuing to use the Bonnie plant food. As a liquid fertilizer, the nutrients in our plant food are quickly absorbed by the plants and shouldn’t affect what you’re trying to do with your soil pH.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

carlo

oh and about my post earlier theyre all seedling and i planted them about a week ago..jul 16 to be exact,and i also reside in washington state just incase,it might help.thanks a bunch.

carlo

hi i just have a couple of question,first i bought a bonnie tomato,bell pepper and jalepeno,im wondering if i can foliar feed them or should i just fertilize when i water or both?and i read that coffee was suppose to be good with acid loving plants like tomato,so can i use ground coffee for extra nitrogen and pest reppelent and with the bonnie plant food,or with this be to much nitrogen at the same time that it might burn my plant? i appreciate the help! thanks

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Carlo,

Great question! I’ve been adding coffee grounds to my compost and sometimes directly to my soil for years, but I’ve never really looked into the science behind this practice. Until now. So thank you! I found this study from Oregon State University that you might find interesting, too. The report dispels the myth that the grounds are acidic (they are actually pH neutral) but confirms that they do contribute nitrogen to soil and compost. Read more of this OSU study to learn how and when you should use coffee grounds in your garden. Cheers!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi again, Carlo,

I forgot to answer your question about foliar feeding. You should focus on fertilizing the plants when you water. Use water-soluble or liquid fertilizer, which gets nutrients to the plants quickly. You’ll see the benefits of feeding in no time. We recommend our Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Lisa

Hi. I’m from Queens NY and just planted some tomatoes, eggplant, red and yellow bell peppers and cucumbers on my roof in 5 gallon containers. I’m just wondering what time of the day is best to water them? My mom says early morning, my cousin says evening. Please help me! Thanks!

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Lisa,

Well, as is often the case, mother knows best! Watering early in the morning is best for vegetables and herbs. If you water mid-day, a lot of water is lost to evaporation. If you water in the evening, moisture sitting on leaves can encourage fungus to grow. But watering in the morning gives plants ample moisture to make it through the day without water loss through evaporation and without promoting disease problems. For more tips, see the articles in our Watering section. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Lisa

Thanks so much, Kelly! I’m sure Mom is going to be happy she knew best!!

tash

i have a bonnie sweet n neat cherry tomato plant which i have transplanted using miracle grow organic potting mix. I’m starting to see gnats or fruit flies in the soil. Is this ok? Its not fruiting yet and i don’t know if i should keep the plant or not.

Also I have another plant which was transplanted using miracle grow organic potting mix and leafgro organic compost. In this plant i’m seeing gnats or fruit flies and some other really tiny white bugs. is this normal or should I be concerned?

Kelly Smith

Hi Tash,

Usually, bagged potting mix is sterilized so it shouldn’t be carrying fruit flies or gnats. Do the insects seem to be affecting your plants’ health? If not, they may just be normal outdoor insects. Keep a watch and see. If you start to have problems, please use our Ask an Expert service for help.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Matt

Can I use Bonnies herb and vegetable plant food on fruit (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry) or citrus trees (potted Meyer lemon, mandarin orange and key lime)? Thx in advance

Kelly Smith

Hi Matt,

Yes, our plant food would be fine to use on other edibles. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Tash

I purchased another bonnie jalapeno plant over the weekend and it is starting to flower, is this ok or am i supposed to prune the plant?

Kelly Smith

Hi Tash,

Pinching blooms may help a little by redirecting growth to make branches instead of fruit. However, the tiny buds are often right at the growing tips, so be careful. A pair of tweezers will help. If you plant in fertile soil and plants are watered and fed properly, your plants will produce well regardless. Learn more about how to grow peppers on our Growing Peppers page. Note the “FAQs” tab which includes answers to this and many more frequently asked questions about peppers.

It’s great to hear your excitement about growing a vegetable and herb garden!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Pauline

I purchased several Bonnie plants, 3 different types of tomatoes, 2 eggplants (several days apart), zucchini, crooked-neck squash(6plants) basil, cabbage, cucumbers, red and green peppers, broccoli and collard greens. I just planted them in my backyard ( I live in GA with the the GA red clay), I just used miracle-gro potting soil and miracle-gro moisture control dirt, I wished I could send you some pictures of the before and after, I planted them in late March and everything is just growing, I have already had 2 different harvests on my collard greens. I know the squash needs to be pollinated by bees, but for some reason they`re not pollinating them this year, last year was no problem, what can I do? I used seeds last year and took forever to grow, so I tried plants and everything is just tremendous, thank you for your plants, the only kind I will buy.

Kelly Smith

Hi Pauline,

Your garden sounds fantastic! We’d love to see pictures. You can post them on our Bonnie Plants Facebook page. We are so glad you’re enjoying growing Bonnie plants and would love to have you as a “Fan”!

Has your squash just dropped its first set of blossoms? You might think this is due to poor pollination, but those are actually the male blooms dropping, which is perfectly normal. If this is the case, you should see female blooms in a week or so. You can read more about this in our Growing Squash article.

You can also read about pollinating bees in our article “You Need These Bees in Your Garden.” Hopefully, the bees aren’t the problem and you’re just noticing the dropping of the male blooms. If you continue to see pollination problems, send pictures and your questions to our Ask an Expert service.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

tash

I have several items that I’m growing (tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper (plants). cucumber, carrots, mesclun, and another type of lettuce which I’m starting from seeds). I want to move them to a bigger container, would it damage the plants if i move them? If not which ones should i plant together? Also, is it okay to start planting carrots (from seed) and should I transplant or direct sow them? I have a small balcony and don’t want to use up a lot of space with a lot of containers if some can be planted together.

Kelly Smith

Hi Tash,

Are you planting all of these items from seed or are some of them Bonnie transplants? You definitely can plant several types of vegetables together. You can mix carrots with lettuce, and you can underplant tomatoes and peppers with lower-growing plants like carrots and lettuce as well. Herbs are great companions to vegetables in pots, too. Don’t be afraid to try things and see how they work. You might look through our Container Inspiration Gallery for ideas.

I also suggest reading through the articles in our Container Gardening section. We don’t have much information on starting from seed, however, as we only sell transplants.

Best of luck!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

tash

i have 4 bonnie transplants: cucumber,tomato,zucchini,bell pepper. i will read the suggestions above, thanks

tash

I purchased your patio tomato plant and have not transplanted it yet and have noticed that the leaves are curled. Is it okay to still transplant? I also have your zucchini and big bertha plants which i have transplanted to containers, unfortunately my daughter broke the zucchini plant. Is it possible to take the zucchini plant out and replant the pepper plant?

Kelly Smith

If you’re concerned about the health of your Patio plant, please use our Ask an Expert service. They can help you with expert knowledge about plant health. Be sure to send a photo of the plant for best advice.

I’m sorry about your broken zucchini plant! Yes, you can remove the zucchini and replace it with the pepper. Best of luck!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Tash

Hi, its me again. Last night I purchased your Burpless Bush Cucumber and Blue Lake Bush String Bean plant, which i have not transplanted yet. Once I transplant them would it be okay to plant one of them in a hanging basket and the other in a container? I also noticed that the cucumber plant is in a plastic container which has four plant, should they be planted separately and should i fertilize them once they are transplanted or wait.

Kelly Smith

That’s a fun idea to try the bush string bean in a hanging basket. If you do that, send us pictures! The cucumber would be best in the ground or in a pot where you can install a trellis. Even though it is a bush variety, it still grows as a climbing vine. If you grow it in a pot, just be sure to use a large pot (18 to 24 inches diameter) and provide support for the vine, such as a cage or trellis. If you’re seeing four little cucumber plants in one plastic pot, then you can plant as is. You could separate those plants but you’ll risk damaging them, and they will grow together as they are.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

dave

i have peper and tomatoe plants from home depot they are growing in hydroponics can i keep the ec at 3 an use herb and vegetable plant food on them it is an ebb an flow system also ph of 6

Kelly Smith

Hi Dave,

We believe you should be able to use Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food at the rate described on the label for your hydroponics. I am not very familiar with hydroponic growing, so I can’t make specific recommendations about the EC (electric conductivity). Best of luck and let us know how it grows!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

vera

Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food apllication.
Hi, due to my limited mobility I would prefer liquid food aplication with hose and feeder, rather than watering can. I could not find any type of feeder that would attach to the hose. Can I use MiracleGrow feeder, and if so what would be amount of liquid food apropriate to fill in the feeder? Dont want to burn the plants with too much liquid food.
Thanks,

Kelly Smith

Hi Vera,

You can use our plant food in a hose-end sprayer at a rate of 1 Tablespoon (capful) per gallon, as described on the label. You should be able to find a hose-end sprayer with a dial at major home and garden retailers. If you’d rather use the Miracle Gro feeder you already have, then adjust the amount of food according to the feeder’s settings. For example, if the feeder uses 50 gallons of water in 15 minutes, you’ll want to use the equivalent of 50 Tablespoons plant food and water for 15 minutes.

Good luck growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

tash

i just noticed that my plants have tiny little leaves/plants growing in the soil, is this normal? what is it?

Kelly Smith

Hi Tash,

Are you talking about little sprouts growing in the biodegradable pot with your Bonnie plant? Without seeing it, I can’t be sure, but these might just be a couple stray weeds and you could pull them out when planting the plant.

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

tash

no, i already planted your plants in pots and put them on my balcony. they are little sprouts in the soil that i covered them in.

Kelly Smith

It’s hard to know without seeing it, but it sounds like these could be weeds or other new plants growing. You can decide whether to pull them or let them grow. Keeping on top of weeds is one of the challenging but rewarding parts of gardening!

Veronica

I was not much of a green thumb for many years, however, about a 1 1/2 ago i bought many different types of Bonnie herbs. I must say, i haven’t killed one yet. Last year i grew the better bush tomato. The yield was great, but the size was somewhat too small for me. This year i decided to plant beef steak tomatoes from seeds….Hmm..not sure when i should start feeding them Bonnie herb and vegetable plant food? They range about 2 to 3 inches in hieght at this time. When is a good time to start using the plant food on them?

Mary Beth

Hi Veronica,
Congratulations on your happy, healthy Bonnie herbs! It is the small successes that keep us coming back to gardening and wanting to try more. As for your seedlings, be careful with fertilizer at this stage as you do not want to burn them. When you are ready to plant, remember to plant them deeply and use this step-by-step guide on planting and fertilizing. Our “How to Grow Tomatoes” article also gives you a detailed overview from planting to harvest. Let us know how it grows! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Tash

I planted a zucchini plant and noticed that the leaves on the had closed up after planting. Does that mean the plant is going to die or will they open back up?

Mary Beth

Hi Tash,
It may be that you are experiencing “leaf curl” in your zucchini. Leaf curl is a response to stress such as heat, and most importantly water. Leaves may curl after a huge amount of rainfall or when the soil dries out. This is a physiological condition and will correct itself as the environmental stress does. Your plants should get one inch to one and a half inches of water a week from either rainfall or irrigation. They need 6 to 8 hours of full sun a day. We recommend that you start using a liquid fertilizer specifically for vegetables. This could be caused by the roots having a problem such as the biodegradable pot not being planted correctly. Remember, you must remove the bottom half of the pot when you plant so that the roots will be able to grow out into the soil. Let us know how it goes. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

tash

Thanks, I will keep an eye on it I hope it will grow.
A couple more questions and concerns. My strawberry plant leaves are turning yellow is there anything I should do about that? I live in Washington, DC is there specific veggies/herbs you can suggest that would grow well here in containers on the balcony? Any idea if it would be possible to grow regular or sweet potatoes.

thanks

Mary Beth

Hi Tash,
Plants usually turn yellow because of a nitrogen deficiency. This can be caused by overwatering. They only need an inch to an inch and a half of water a week either from rainfall or irrigation. If in pots, they should be watered when the top inch and a half or so of potting soil becomes dry to the touch. We recommend using a liquid fertilizer.

There are several vegetables and herbs that grow very well in containers. In fact some do better in containers than in the garden. There are several soil borne diseases that can infect them. You avoid this in containers. Be sure to buy quality packaged potting mix and a vegetable fertilizer (follow directions on package).
When selecting vegetables, find the compact or dwarf varieties. In tomatoes, these have “patio” or “husky” in their name. Other vegetables to try are cucumbers – trellis them on your balcony railing; peppers and eggplants. Squash might be a challenge as they make really large plants. Any of the herb plants will grow fine on your balcony. As to potatoes, we encourage you to hold off for another time. These also take up lots of space. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

tash

hello,

I just purchased jalapeno, tomatoe, and strawberry plants from home depot in washington, dc. This will be my first time trying to grow anything and i will be using containers on my little balcony. Is there any specific directions i should follow when planting these? I also have your food/vegetable fertilizer, am i supposed to use this when I first plant these? Please Help, I’m so lost.

Mary Beth

Hi Tash,

Congratulations on your first homegrown veggies and fruits! A great place to start is the “How to Grow” section of the site, where we give detailed planting, care, harvesting and use information for each of the items you mention. Also, read “The Basics of Fertilizing” to learn more about feeding your plants. Make sure you dilute the Plant Food as instructed on the label and apply at the base of the plant (not drenching the leaves). Let us know how it grows! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Tash

Evening,

I noticed the video for planting strawberries and peppers you need to put mulch over the soil. Will the plants still produce if there isn’t any? Also, can you plant zuchini in containers and if so can they be planted with your Big Bertha bell peppers?

Mary Beth

Hi Tash,
Yes, plants will produce without mulch covering the soil, but it is best to do so. Mulch prevents weeds from growing around your plants, keeps moisture in the soil and prevents soil from splashing on the leaves of the plant. We highly recommend mulch of any sort, whether wheatstraw, pine straw, pine mulch or anything similar. Zucchini can be grown in a container but you probably should give each pepper and zucchini their own large pot. See our article on choosing container size. Thanks for visiting our site! Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

John

Could I use full strength 1 capfull to a gallon ratio on Tomato and Pepper seedlings?

Kelly Smith

Hi John,

Yes, you can use our plant food for seedlings. Start applying fertilizer with cotyledon emergence. Apply according to the bottle instructions (a capful per gallon of water) and fertilize every three days or so. This will give your plant a good start and should speed up true leaf emersion. Let us know how it grows!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Naveen R

I had applied Blood meal to my vegetable garden couple of days ago. I want to keep my garden organic as much as possible.
I have purchased the ‘Bonnie Herb and Plant vegetable food’ and was wondering if I can apply again or wait for a while ? and if its organic and what is the proportion of the plant food i need to mix with water to spray on a 7 x 4 ft / 8 x 4 ft / 4 x4 ft beds
Any comments or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

Kelly Smith

Hi Naveen,

Our plant food is made from oilseed extract and is very unique when compared to traditional chemical fertilizers, but it does not have organic certification. As the label on the Little Green Jug describes, you can apply our plant food up to twice a week. You should be fine following blood meal a few days later with an application of this fertilizer. Use 1 capful of plant food per gallon of water (always follow directions on the fertilizer label), which should cover 30 to 40 sq. ft. per gallon.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

kalan

i just got the new fertalizer and used it once allready noticed a diffrence but i have a question i just planted my garden and have a gopher problem is there anything that can help me out?

Maher

I’ve transplanted ciltantro,rosemary and basil to pots indoors and they seem to be doing well , its been over 10 days now after I made a purchase at Home Depot. I also purchased the ‘Bonnie veg and herb food’, but have not used it yet on any of the herbs. Should it be applied at an interval of a week, two weeks or do you recommend using it more often?

All the transplants turned out well and I also harvested a few leaves from the plants a couple of times already.

Kelly Smith

Sounds like you’ve got a great season of gardening coming! As with all fertilizers, we recommend that you follow the instructions on the plant food label—on the Bonnie food, we suggest application once to twice a week. It depends on the plant, though, as some need more food than others. I recommend that you read our article “The Basics of Fertilizing,” which includes lists of plants from light feeders to heavy feeders.

Happy gardening!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

fernandi

I recently used the vegetable plant food on my tomatoes and pepper plants. The next day all my plants had shriveled up like if the got burned. I poured the plant food mixed with water directly over the plants. Is it possible this would have caused it?

Kelly Smith

Bonnie plant food shouldn’t cause this problem if properly diluted according to the bottle instructions. Also be sure that you feed at the base of the plant, like you do when properly watering, not pouring over the whole plant.

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

fernando

I poured it over the plant thats why I believed i caused this issue. tanks for the help

Ben Cope

How long can the Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food be stored? I have an entire jug from last season and want to know if I can still use it this year in my garden, or if there is an expiration date or “best used by” date. Thanks!

Kelly Smith

Hi Ben,

Our plant food has a shelf life of about 5 years. Your jug is good to go!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

JeffN

I’m not sure how much of the Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food to use on my 4×8 raised bed. I have a number of veggies/fruits planted, and just transplanted them this weekend. Any suggestions. I understand I should use a capful to 1 gallon of water but should I be puring a gallon of water/Plant food mix per plant? Thank you for any information

Kelly Smith

Hi Jeff,

A gallon of water should cover 30 to 40 sq. ft. You should use 1 capful of plant food per gallon of water, which should be sufficient to feed a 4 x 8 foot garden (32 sq. ft.).

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Kevin

I have several pots with various vegetables in each, including zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. I know that these plants are consided heavy feeders. Would using one capful in a gallon of water be too much for each pot?

Danielle Carroll

Kevin, one capful per gallon of water is the recommendation for Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food. Water the pots until they are saturated (just as you would water them on any given day).
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Jason

Thanks for the reply. Once the seedlings are transplanted to the feild what type of ferterlizer to use then? Do I stick with the plant food or do I switch over to something that’s a more stronger?

randy g.

My pepper seedlings keep dying how can I get them big enough that they won’t die….should I plant outside instead of in….watering with your fertalizer when I plant seeds would that help any…

Kelly Smith

Hi Randy,

I assume you’re talking about seedlings you’ve started from seeds, not our Bonnie transplants? Yes, you can try our plant food. Apply according to instructions on the bottle (one capful per gallon of water) and fertilize every three days or so, starting after seedlings emerge. Good luck!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Bob

Be certain that your containers and growing mix are clean and don’t over-water as the seedlings can rot.

Jason Williams

Hello, I’m seed starting 5 different types of watermelon(Orangalo, Startbrite, Jubilee, SSX 7405 Hybrid,Crimson Sweet) in my home. Im not using any fertilizer just seed starting soil its taking about 2 weeks to get somewhat of a good root system on them before I transplant them to my field which for the field im using 15-15-15 fertilizer. To speed things up and make sure the plants have a good root system could I use the Herb & Vegetable Plant Food both for home and for the field?

Kelly Smith

Hi Jason,

Yes, you could use our plant food on your seedlings. Start applying fertilizer with cotyledon emergence. Apply according to the bottle instructions (a capful per gallon of water) and fertilize every three days or so. This will give your plant a good start and should speed up true leaf emersion. Let us know how it grows!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Nancy Lopez-Ibanez

Hello, I was at Home Depot in Charlotte NC yesterday and I saw the most gorgeous strawberry plants and herbs with your tag in the pot. With so many seed/plant companies sellling out to Monsanto, I am very wary of buying plants that are GMO. I am no fanatic, however I do know that GMO plants have been found to damage the outer shell of our human cells. I really want to purchase these plants, can you tell me if any are organic or non-GMO?
Thank you very much,
Nancy Lopez-Ibanez
Charlotte, NC

Kelly Smith

Hi Nancy,

All our plants are non-GMO, so you can rest assured when buying a Bonnie plant! Good luck with your strawberries. Learn all about growing strawberries on our new strawberry page.

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Heather

Thanks for the info! I have to go buy some plants also this week and will look for Bonnie. I wish they were all organic too but I very much appreciate the non-GMO.

Sam Maragioglio

Looking for Juliet rom a tomatoes, when are they available in Lowes or Home Depot , Ocala Fl. 34482 , thank you Sam

kelly

Hi Yvonne,

Browse the articles in our Herbs section—I hope you find some info that will give you more success growing herbs outdoors. It is possible to grow herbs indoors in a sunny windowsill. We suggest you start with mint, rosemary, thyme, and oregano rather than basil, which loves hot weather. I am actually starting an indoor windowsill garden myself, and I’ll post on our website about the results, so stay tuned. I’d love to hear about your experience as well.

Best,
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Kelly Smith

Hi Ashley,

Have you tried using a little fertilizer, too? Are you growing the cabbage for the Cabbage Program? Thanks!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Jennifer

I am having the same issue. All plants were planted at the same time but only 4 are growing like they should. Slowly I picked a head Sunday it was small but fed us. I fertilize and have put Rabbit poop around them and egg shells.

Jeanett Kapphahn

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How do I prevent botttom rot on Tomato,. I plant everything in contiaers.

kelly

Hi Jeanett,

Blossom end rot is a very common problem caused by a calcium deficiency, but there are a few ways to prevent and/or address it. You can find more info in the article Conquer Blossom End Rot. Happy gardening!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

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