Plant Magic FAQs
IS PLANT MAGIC A PLANT FOOD?
Plant Magic is for root establishment. Plants need access to all nutrients to remain healthy. We recommend that you use Plant Magic to promote the health and well-being of your plants but occasionally feed with a standard feed which should contain most of the other nutrients needed.
HOW DOES PLANT MAGIC WORK?
There is a two way process important in maintaining the health of a plant. The first is encouraging the plant to establish a healthy root system. The second is to have sufficient quantities of all the nutrients available so the roots can forage for them.
Plant Magic promotes efficient vigorous root growth so that the plant can establish quickly and forage for nutrition. It also promotes resistance to disease and pests through calcium. The nitrogen and calcium in Plant Magic are specially bonded to create a synergy between the two. The results are healthy, strong plants that produce better results.
IS IT NECESSARY TO USE WHEN I PLANT SHRUBS OR RE-SITE PLANTS/SHRUBS EVEN THOUGH I WILL USE MANURE, COMPOST OR NPK?
Yes absolutely, nutrients alone do not cause roots to grow and sometimes manure can suppress root growth. Plant Magic will promote vigorous root growth into the area where the nutrients can be utilised. Also, the calcium will help the plant overcome the stress involved during these exercises. Usually NPK, manure or garden compost is dug in at planting, this is good practice but because of the amount of organic matter and/or type of nitrogen feed the plant can take up too much Nitrate. The nitrate is then stored in the foliage hence we often see a flush of growth. The stored nitrogen in the leaf needs to be then processed by the plant and sent to the areas of need, most importantly the roots.
The nitrogen in Plant Magic is stabilised in the ammonium form. When applied to the soil it remains in this form for a long period. It is more efficient because the ammonium does not have to be sent to the foliage for processing into sugars that can be used to feed the roots.
IS IT SUITABLE FOR ERICACIOUS PLANTS?
Yes, the pH of the product is 5.0 which is slightly acidic and so won't raise the soil ph. Even though Plant Magic contains Calcium, which is thought to be harmful to acid soil loving plants; the plants still need calcium as a nutrient. Quite often ericaceous plants are deficient in calcium. The effects can sometimes be astounding.
HOW IMPORTANT IS CALCIUM?
This plays a very important role. It makes the plant less susceptible to disease and pests, this is because it strengthens the cell wall tissue and suppresses ethylene during periods of stress. It can also improve the soil structure of heavy clay soils by helping to break down the clumps of clay into smaller pieces. Calcium in our complexed form can also help to leach sodium from the soil. Sodium or salt can be very toxic to a plant and can be the cause of deficiency leading to disease.
IS IT USED ONLY IN THE GROWING SEASON?
Plant Magic can be used all year round. During autumn when root ball stock is being planted Plant Magic is especially good, as it will promote vigorous root growth to establish the plant before dormancy. This is very important if the plant is to get off to a good start the following season. Also, during winter when the plant is dormant Plant Magic can be sprayed on to the woody tissue of a plant. This dormant application has a noticeable effect come spring. The nutrients are stored under the bark and come Spring when the plant bursts into life there should be more new shoots, which are healthier and stronger than before.
CAN I USE IT IN ANY TYPE OF WEATHER?
Yes, it is specially formulated not to burn when hot and not to leach when really wet.
WILL IT HARM THE FOLIAGE WHEN WATERING?
No, in fact it would be a good idea now and again to boost the levels of calcium in the foliage and stems of a plant by watering over the foliage.