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18/05/2013 at 12:22

I would like to know if there is a fertilizer on the market which helps vigorous root growth on young plants ( ie. double/treble the size of plug plants).

I have been buying plug plants from different suppliers and some plants are ok and have good root systemand grow on almost immediately, others after replanting seem to be very slow at developing a good root system.

I've tried additional gritty sand int the compost mix without success.Any ideas would be very welcome.  (main plants in question are Fuschias)

18/05/2013 at 12:52

Do I understand this site correctly please?

Has someone reported this genuine question of mine to the moderator, and if so WHY?

What is wrong with my question please?

18/05/2013 at 12:58

What are you talking about? -your question is there

And no there isnt some magic fertilizer despite the claims-they all do a similar job-you have to wait-not sure exactly what you are expecting-if you buy correct compost and feed correctly a plant will grow-but only to its limitations.

18/05/2013 at 13:49

Some people find microrhizomes to be helpful in promoting good root development.

As to your fear that you've been moderated - many posters have found that they've 'ignored' themselves. This is a function whihc is accessible by hovering the mouse over a poster's avatar, then two options are available 'message' (to send a private message) or 'ignore' which hides all that poster's conrtibutions - very useful if htere is a troll stalking the board.

You can check whether you've ignored yourself by going to your profile (top right of screen) and find forum settings, near the bottom is a list of ignored posters, and if you're there you can remove yourself from that setting. We can see your posts fine.

18/05/2013 at 13:53

There is a form of fungus used, mycorrhzae , it comes in a coarse powder form,  it is usually used for trees and more permanaent planting than annuals or small plug plants would suggest.   Plugs will grow on well if kept well watered and fed, not all plants develop large root systems, especially annuals, as they only need to last a short time.  Larger perennial plants will develop larger roots ans they grow and mature. f

Fuschia plants vary in their rate of growth, depending whether they are hardy and this will last for a long time, and can be planted outdoors when hardened off - these may well benefit from mycorrhzae, mnay others are grown in this country as annuals for hanging baskets and other summer displays.  Normal watering and fertilsing, with for example a seeweed fertiliser, will encourage good strong growth for their season.   If you want to grow standards you willl need to do special pruning for that, there are  web sites and books devoted to that art. 

18/05/2013 at 19:46

Lazy Gardener seems to have an arrogant approach to life. I feel sorry for whom so ever. but thanks anyway for taking the trouble to reply

18/05/2013 at 21:43

Hi tivolliman

DoNt think anyone intemded to offend you.  Nobody reported ??ou to the moderator but now you mention it I often get this message too.  Anyone know why?

To your question the very best way to encourage roots is to dig the soil well, to imcorporate compost, to add an organic fertiliser and.....for shrubs heathers etc add the fungus product bookertoo suggested.

For your plug plants I would add perlite to the soil too

Enjoy the forum tivolliman


18/05/2013 at 22:19

Never made out why and who gets reported for what - the whole thing is a mystery!  Meantime we will go on talking and trying to help each other with our questions and entertaining each other with garden talk.  Enjoy that. 

19/05/2013 at 10:01

Thanks for your help people; much appreciated.

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