Rootgrow or Bonemeal
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What are the pro’s and con’s?
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RootGrow This is an organic mycorrhizal (pronounced my-cor-y-zal) fungi - a friendly fungi for plants which greatly promotes healthy growth. It is the first plant or soil treatment to be licensed byThe Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Gardeners find plants treated with Rootgrow:   Have superior plant establishment with better natural vigour  Overcome re-plant problems more successfully  Have better developed root systems  Are better able to cope with conditions of drought A single application of Rootgrow will support a plant for its entire lifetime. The Benefits of Planting with RootGrow  The mycorrhizal fungi colonise plant roots, extending the root system into the surrounding soil via an extensive network of fungal filaments (up to 7 kilometres in 7 kilograms of soil). These thread like filaments (called a secondary root system) extract nutrients (especially from clay soils where phosphorous can be difficult to obtain) and water from up to 700 times the soil volume  When established, the secondary root system links the root systems of adjacent plants and helps share, more efficiently, the nutrient resources throughout the plant community. Whilst plants will develop their own mycorrhizal root systems without RootGrow, it can take up to 3 years to develop naturally, whereas RootGrow can get the secondary root system established within one month!  Bare root and root ball plants which lose some of their root structure when lifted from the fields (and therefore have a lessened "root to shoot ratio") particularly benefit from being planted with RootgGrow. We strongly recommend RootGrow when you are planting tall (above 90cm) bare root  plants or if you are planting late in the season (March/early April).  Plants planted with RootGrow have a better uptake of fertilisers - the filaments act as a net catching nutrients, preventing them leaching away  Planting with RootGrow will reduce your carbon footprint! It is well known that mycorrhizal fungi play an important role in regulating the flow of carbon between plants and the atmosphere, and that  there are various mechanisms by which they contribute to soil carbon storage.  Independent studies have shown, in controlled tests, that plants planted with RootGrow have more  vigorous growth, speedier establishment, more profuse flowering and an increased success rate How to Plant with RootGrow DIY on site (bare root, root ball or pot grown) For pot grown, cell grown root ball or bare root plants, just measure out the granules and put them  in the planting hole, ensuring that the roots come into contact with the granules. Alternatively, for  bare root plants only, mix up the granules in a bucket of water (dilution details on pack) to form a solution the consistency of wallpaper paste and then dip the roots into the bucket ensuring each root is coated with the solution, allow to drain and then just plant as normal. How Much Do I Need? RootGrow Usage Levels These usage levels are approx, particularly for bare roots, because the root size varies by species.  Cell grown plants use the same quantity of RootGrow as bare root plants but it should be used as a dry granule rather than diluted in water (as you do for bare roots). Please feel free to phone us for advice on usage for taller bare root plants and root balls because root sizes vary year to year and species to species. Pack Size Bare Roots      Pot Grown or equivalent sized Root Balls 150g 50 x 40/60cm 8 x 2 litre pots 40 x 60/90cm 4 x 5 litre pots 360g 100 x 40/60cm 18 x 2 litre pots 75 x 60/90cm 9 x 5 litre pot 6 x 10 litre pots 2Litre tub 500 x 40/60cm 120 x 2 litre pots 325 x 60/90cm 65 x 5 litre pots 40 x 10 litre pots Westland Bonemeal Root Builder Bonemeal Root Builder is much less expensive than RootGrow so it's a good option where the cost of RootGrow would be prohibitive. You can also use it in addition to RootGrow since it has a completely different function. It's an organic slow release fertilizer, containing nitrogen for active leaf and stem growth and  phosphorous for strong, healthy rooting. It's excellent used at the time of planting and it can also be used as a top dressing in Spring for established hedges - even hedges need to be fed! Unlike RootGrow, which is applied to the roots of the plants, Bonemeal should be mixed through the top soil from the planting hole before re-filling. Full instructions are on the pack. A 1.5kg pack is sufficient for 20-25 linear metres of hedging, a little less if you are planting a double row. Do not use Bonemeal where cattle, sheep, goats and deer have access.
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