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Did you know that the typical U.S household spends an average of $387 per year on lawn and garden products, and gardening enthusiasts spend $704 (1)? With that kind of investment, your landscape deserves to be protected as a showcase of your hard work and “Tender Loving Care. “
The Stress of Transplanting
Transplanting is a very stressful time for a plant. In fact, many plants die shortly after being transplanted. This is the result of Transplant Shock, which is due to the plant’s reaction to being moved, damage to the plant’s root system, and the plant not being able to draw in enough moisture to grow and thrive. Thankfully, transplant shock can be avoided if you take the right precautions.
The two keys to insuring the survival of a transplanted materials are watering religiously and using Essential Plus 1-0-1 immediately after setting in your newly transplanted annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs or trees into their new location. When you water, add Essential Plus to the bucket or watering can. Mix ˝ capful (1 fl ounce) per gallon of water. Follow up with a second watering of Essential Plus 7 days later. One reason Essential is so successful in keeping plants healthy after transplanting is that it contains natural plants hormones. These beneficial hormones stimulate new root growth, allowing the plant to quickly establish itself in the new location. It also gently feeds plants with natural organic ingredients such as sugars, humic acids, and amino acids.
During the first growing season, remember to keep watering regularly and don’t let the plants dry out and wither. Check the plants daily for the first couple of weeks. Depending on the outdoor temperatures and time of year, smaller plants like annuals, vegetables and herbs can establish themselves to their new environment in a few weeks. But the larger the plant the longer it takes it to be self-sufficient with watering. Trees and shrubs can take a whole season. So water, water, water!
Fight soil and foliar diseases!
Transplanting also makes plants susceptible to disease. There are three factors that can lead to a sudden disease outbreak and result in the death of tender seedling and transplants within 24 hours.
  1. During the transplant process roots get damaged, and damaged roots are open wounds. Bacteria and fungus can settle into the root hairs and spread disease quickly.
  2. All the watering transplants need to survive can also set the stage for disease growth. Depending on the heat, humidity, and soil conditions, diseases can thrive.
  3. Unfortunately plants can already be infected with disease when you pick them up from the garden center but not yet show any signs of the problem. If pathogens are in the soil of the flats, trays, and pots of plants you bring home, diseases can spread throughout your garden.
By adding ˝ capful (1 fl ounce) of Companion Biological Fertilizer per gallon of water in your watering can, bucket or hand-held sprayer, you can naturally fight off soil and foliar diseases. Companion is teaming with 429 million naturally occurring Rhizobacteria per fluid ounce. These powerful, beneficial Rhizobacteria establish themselves in the soil and root system of your plants, preventing the bad pathogens from living there and also producing a natural antibiotic that kills disease-causing pathogens. Companion Biological Fungicide will also help to heal damaged roots, and stimulate plant and root growth. And you can feel do all of that CHEMICAL FREE, which means it’s healthier for you and the environment!
(1) GMPro November 2007
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