The aim of this community science project is to discover how foliar feeding may increase floral abundance, nectar and pollen quantity and quality, and bee visitation rates.
The trial will determine the most effective way to keep pots and baskets blooming throughout the summer, and so helping bees in the garden.
Together, Hozelock and Blooms for Bees, hope to educate amateur gardeners and help bees flourish in their gardens through a trial where they’ll sow 54 Nasturtium seeds across three replicate plots.
Each plot will contain 18 plants, with six plants receiving one of three treatments – foliar feeding with water, foliar feeding with comfrey tea, and foliar feeding with seaweed feed.
Foliar feeds will be applied weekly using the Hozelock Pure Sprayer. The data collection will take place weekly between 8 June and 13 July, 2017, assessing the health and growth of plants.
The presence of pests, diseases and symptoms will also be assessed, as well as the number of open flowers.