“After chatting to the Mannings Heath, Horsham Gardening Club about achieving year-round colour in the garden, I introduced Vitax Q4 fertiliser to several members. A premier food for fruit, vegetables, flowers and roses, it’s packed with all they need for robust growth. Well done Vitax for innovating a very special fertiliser that is as popular now as it was when it was introduced over 70 years ago. Indeed, it’s prized by gardeners everywhere.”
6X chicken pellets:
- Are 6 to 8 times richer than farmyard manure
- Ideal for all soils, flowers, lawns, vegetables, shrubs, trees, pot plants and hanging baskets
- Can be used as a top dressing
- One or two handfuls can be mixed into the soil when planting
- Can be mixed with compost for use as a planting medium
- Are 100% organic, for safe use around children, pets and wildlife
Pack sizes: 8kg tub and 20kg bag
6X fibrous fertiliser:
- Is oven sterilised to eradicate pathogens and weeds
- Contains nutrients and all trace elements that plants require, with a neutral pH
- Conditions the soil with its fibrous, organic content
- Adds bulk to stabilise soil
- Promotes healthy growth, good root development and proper drainage
Pack size: 15kg bag
Andy McIndoe writes in his MyGardenSchool blog about Vitax Green Up Enhance lawn care with great knowledge of the causes and action needed to deal with mossy, weedy lawns. Andy has been using Green Up Enhance lawn feed to boost the strength and health of lawns; it contains organic nutrients together with amino acids, humic acids and beneficial micro-organisms to help improve the soil immediately after using.
Andy points out that using an organic based lawn fertiliser is far less risky than fast acting chemical products, the application rate is less crucial, and the fertiliser will go further than you think. There’s no need to worry if it doesn’t rain after application as there is less danger of scorch because the release of nutrients just slows down in dry conditions. Green Up Enhance also contains a thatch-buster which helps to break down the dead material which chokes the base of the grass plants.
Green Up Enhance can be applied either through a spreader or by hand and is available as either a Spring & Summer feed or an Autumn feed.
Vitax biodegradable pots and tubes make an ideal start for seeds and young plants. Simply sow seeds and then plant out the complete pot or tube, minimising root disturbance and encouraging strong, healthy growth. Vitax Grow Tubes are ideal for sweet peas, beans, leeks and other tap-rooted plants.
Made from a unique biodegradable material, Vitax grow pots & tubes have good pot strength and flexibility, and the roots will grow freely through the sides of the pot, which then biodegrades into the soil.
To use the pots, fill with good quality compost, level and then firm gently. Sow a couple of seeds in each pot and cover lightly with a small amount of compost. After germination remove the weaker seedling. Seeds sown in trays should be transplanted into grow pots when the leaves are sufficiently developed – gently remove the seedling and lower the root (or cutting) into a planting hole created in the compost in the Grow Pot. After sowing or transplanting, water thoroughly. The pot will darken in colour, indicating that the compost is moist. Prevent the pot from drying out.
To get the best out of your Vitax Grow Tubes, stand them in a tray and half fill with good quality seed & cutting compost. Firm gently to stop the compost falling out of the base of the tube, and continue filling to within 2.5cm of the rim. Tie string around the top of the tubes to keep them upright in the tray. Sow a seed in each tube, and keep the compost moist but not over-wet. Out of the ground the tubes will last for about 12 weeks during which time the roots of the plant will penetrate the wall of the tubes. They are ready for planting out when the roots begin to grow through the sides of the tubes. Plant out the whole tube and keep watered throughout the growing season.
Vitax Greenhouse Fumigator is an insecticide smoke to kill flying and crawling insects in greenhouses. It can be used against houseflies, cluster flies, fruit flies, mosquitoes, wasps, moths, ants, cockroaches and stored-product insects such as saw-toothed grain beetle and adult grain weevils.
For best results fumigate in the late afternoon and leave the greenhouse for a minimum period of 2 hours. Clear people and animals including fish from the room before use. Place canister(s) spaced out on a heat resistant surface on the floor e.g. a plate on top of a sheet of 50cm x 50cm aluminium foil. IMPORTANT: THIS PRODUCT MAY EMIT SOME SPARKS UPON IGNITION. CAUTION MUST BE TAKEN WHEN LIGHTING THE PRODUCT.
Make the area to be fumigated as smoke tight as possible by closing all windows etc. Open canister(s) and light the fuse on the canister furthest from your exit point first, then light the next fumigator and move towards your exit point. Close the door on exit, it is not necessary to seal the door with tape. Leave for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight and then ventilate the greenhouse thoroughly.
The Greenhouse Fumigator may also be used in zoos, pet shops, kennels, veterinary practices and laboratory animal houses (excluding animal pens and cages), but is not for use on grain or in empty grain stores.
On the 10th anniversary of the Garden Press Event at the Barbican in London, Vitax had an extremely busy day with great interest from visitors to our stand. There were a record number of media and garden & home writers attending, with more exhibitors than ever. Supported by the Garden Media Guild, this event is the only one of its kind aimed specifically at the industry press and media.
Of particular interest on the Vitax stand were the Slug Gone wool pellets – most garden writers are aware of Slug Gone, but are always happy to see it again and tell us about their experiences using it. We were also able to tell our visitors about the 6x range of chicken manure fertilisers which Vitax have acquired this year. We hope the 6x range will go from strength to strength and will become more widely available in garden centres now it’s within the Vitax umbrella.
We’ve already re-booked for the 2016 show, which will be taking place on Thursday 18th February 2016 – same venue, same stand number.
Alex McDermott is the new Technical Sales Representative for Vitax Amenity’s Midlands, Wales and South-west region, handling the full range of products for the leading line markers-to-fertilisers group. Pitching into the turf sector straight from school at 16, Alex, 30, had always hankered after a post in technical sales, despite quickly climbing the career ladder.
“I love networking and meeting people in different circumstances,” said Alex. “My new role allows me to work in an advisory as well as a sales capacity for new and existing customers and that’ll be a most rewarding aspect of the job.”
Responsible for products that include the Briteliner Arrow and TXE 606 and 353 next generation line markers, as well as the Enhance and 50/50 fertiliser brands, Alex worked at The Belfry as a greenkeeper for five years, taking in work experience at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux stadium and training ground on his way to gaining NVQ qualifications. He then moved to Rugby Golf Club, rising to Deputy Course Manager, developing his technical knowledge to position himself for a move to “the other side of the fence”.
“I’m handling an area that runs from the Wirral, Wales and Newcastle-under-Lyme, through the Midlands as far South-west as Land’s End,” explained Alex. “It’s a fair-sized territory but I’m relishing the challenge of further strengthening the Vitax customer base.
“I feel proud and privileged to be working for a leading UK manufacturer like Vitax. The Supaturf line markers and paints are all fabricated at the Coalville factory – and I’m looking forward to introducing the ranges in my area. I’m one of those people who eats and sleeps turf.”
Starting in January, Alex has hit the ground running, already securing his first order from a Vitax new customer – Royal Worcester Grammar School: “One of many more sales to come I hope,” he added.
Vitax and Hortifeeds are this week in Germany attending the International Trade Fair for Plants (IPM ESSEN) the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture. Our stand is displaying products from Vitax Grower, Vitax Home & Garden and Hortifeeds, showing the range of unique biodegradable Vitapots, the complete home & garden range, and innovative speciality fertilisers for growers such as HorpHix and Hortiboost.
IPM is the only specialist trade fair of its kind to feature the entire chain of plant growing, including production, technology, floristry, garden features, and point of sale. No other plant fair offers trade visitors such a comprehensive market overview. The 33rd edition of the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture will have more than 1600 exhibitors from around 50 nations.
The show was opened by Dr Robert Kloos, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The world’s premier horticultural fair is regarded as the leading meeting place of the international green sector. Top purchasers from Israel, Belgium, Brazil, Kuwait, Congo, USA, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Turkey and Russia have announced their visits so that they can place orders for the coming garden season.
Joe Maiden, a regular contributor to our website and who also writes for Kitchen Garden magazine every month, tells us he has used Vitax products for over 40 years. Many of those years were spent working in city parks and using Vitax Q4 fertiliser with fantastic success.
Joe says: In my own flower and vegetable garden I have had wonderful results with sweet peas using Vitax Q4 as a base fertiliser in my own compost mixes. For my exhibition onions, leeks and celery, Vitax Q4 was added from seed sowing to planting out. My young plants really grow well and I put this down to the product containing all the vital plant foods plus all the trace elements required for vigorous growth, which adds to good flowering and ripening.
I have not yet tried the Q4 Rootmore with mycorrhizal fungi, or the Tomato Feed. This is on my list for next year – watch this space.
My daughter-in-law has a great way with cacti and uses the Cacti Fertiliser (available in 200g pots) also for her succulents. I haven’t used the Bonsai Fertiliser yet, but this is an art form my family is interested in. With orchids now being so popular, this is another interest of mine, but I have always used an ordinary tomato feed – again, watch this space, I have ordered some Vitax Orchid Feed.
My other successes with Vitax fertilisers have been for roses (Organic Rose Food) and potatoes (Organic Potato Food), and I am amazed at the full range of wonderful products available from Vitax, from lawn care to the control of pests and diseases – yes, and those pesky wasps!