Fungi (Friendly Fungi)
Key Benefits of Planting with RootGrow
Root Grow enhances plants root system so a newly planted
- Finds more food, finds more water.
- Needs less fertilizers.
- Establishes quicker and reduces failure rates.
- Has increased tolerance to drought and adverse soil conditions.
These fungi are completely natural and organic and native
to UK soils.
How Friendly Fungi Work
Fungi are widespread throughout nature and are a fundamental
reason for normal plant growth and development. In fact 90%
of all plants rely on a Mycorrhizal Fungi root system.
Such fungi colonise plant or tree roots, extending the root
system into the surrounding soil, via an extensive network
of fungal filaments (up to 20 metres in a teaspoon of soil).
These thread-like filaments extract nutrients and water from
a large soil volume and exchange them for carbon from the
plant. This secondary root system, when established, links
the root systems of adjacent plants or trees and helps share,
more efficiently, nutrient resources throughout the plant
All the white roots on the Larch seedlings in picture are
'Friendly Fungi' roots, the thicker red/brown roots are the
Larch's roots. This fungal network increases the volume of
soil explored by the plant by up to 700 times.
Gardening including hoeing, tilling and regular chemical
fertilizer use can inadvertently disturb and reduce the friendly
fungal root network. Equally, the roots of some plants may
seek a fungal partner that is not abundantly found in our
gardens. Without changing your garden methods you can introduce
mycorrhizas suitable for UK gardens through a simple application
of RootGrow to the planting hole during planting out.
It is now recognised that the lack of the mycorrhizal relationship
is a major cause of poor plant and tree establishment. While
a plant will gradually develop its own mycorrhizal root system,
planting them with RootGrow will speed this process up. It
can take up to 3 years for it to develop naturally, while
using RootGrow can get the mycorrhizal root system established
within one month.
RootGrow Gel Mix is ideal for treating bare
rooted plants and large quantities of pot grown plants. If
mixed up in a bucket plants can be dipped in this before planting.
RootGrow is made by Empathy. Empathy is about making a choice to garden with minimal use of chemicals whilst maximising plant growth and health. Empathy products are biological, they will benefit your plants not just over a few months but through their lifetime and are designed to treat the soil as well as the plant. Empathy supports the RHS mission of 'Sharing the best in Gardening'
How Much Do I Need?
||Dosage of rootgrow
|Bare Root Plants (Br,
Tr or Sd in catalogue)
One 60g sachet will treat approx. 15 bare-root
One 360g sachet will treat approx. 100 bare-root plants
One 5 Litre tub will treat approx. 750 bare-root plants
One 10 Litre tub will treat approx. 1500 bare-root
|Small Pot Grown Plants from our mail order range (Pg in catalogue)
One 60g sachet will treat approx. 16 plants.
One 360g sachet will treat approx. 95 plants.
| Cell Grown Plants (CG1 or CG10
||One 360g sachet will treat approx. 125-150 plants.
|Seed trays and hanging baskets
||Incorporate 1 part RootGrow to 19 parts
|Roses and other shrubs and plants
in containers e.g. vines, ornamentals, climbers
||2 scoops or 5 heaped teaspoonfuls for
each 5L root ball in the planting hole.
|Trees and other large root-balled
||One 60g sachet will treat up to 12L container
|Vegetables e.g. strawberries, leeks,
||2ml or a teaspoonful in planting hole.
||Add 5 heaped teaspoonfuls at transplanting
or add 1-2 teaspoonfuls into the root zones around the
|Turf or other grasses or wild flowers
||Add at 100-200ml per square metre (area)
or below seeds in row per metre.