IPM Horticulture trade fair

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 writes for Gardenworld

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!

Weedfree Path & Patio Weedkiller RTU Spray

  • Controls annual and deep rooted perennial weeds
  • Biodegradable
  • Breaks down in the soil to allow replanting

 

Weedfree Path & Patio ready to use spray is a systemic total herbicide containing glyphosate for the control of annual and perennial weeds such as grasses, nettles, willowherb and dandelions around the garden and on hard surfaces.

Following application to weeds it moves through the plant and down to the roots. For best effect apply as a spray from March to October when weeds are actively growing and have a large leaf area allowing plenty of the weedkiller to be absorbed.

Weedfree Path & Patio is a non-selective weedkiller and extreme care should be taken to avoid spray drift onto lawns and other desired plants.

Effects may be seen within a few days but full control can take up to 4 weeks. Very persistent weeds may require repeat treatments once new growth appears.

 

Pack size:  750ml RTU

 

Use pesticides safely. Read the label.

Weedfree Path & Patio Weedkiller Concentrate

  • Controls annual and deep rooted perennial weeds
  • Biodegradable
  • Breaks down in the soil to allow replanting

 

Weedfree Path & Patio ready to use spray is a systemic total herbicide containing glyphosate for the control of annual and perennial weeds such as grasses, nettles, willowherb and dandelions around the garden and on hard surfaces.

Following application to weeds it moves through the plant and down to the roots. For best effect apply as a spray from March to October when weeds are actively growing and have a large leaf area allowing plenty of the weedkiller to be absorbed.

Weedfree Path & Patio is a non-selective weedkiller and extreme care should be taken to avoid spray drift onto lawns and other desired plants.

Effects may be seen within a few days but full control can take up to 4 weeks. Very persistent weeds may require repeat treatments once new growth appears.

 

Pack size: 1 litre

 

Use pesticides safely. Read the label.

Summer Cloud Greenhouse Cleaner

  • Cleans greenhouses and conservatories
  • Makes your greenhouse gleam
  • Covers approximately 6 square metres
  • Removes greenhouse sunshading

 

To clean greenhouse glass, apply to a dry surface on a wind free day.  Spray evenly to wet the surface.  Brush dirt, algae and lichen before rinsing, then allow surfaces to dry before applying sunshade.

To remove greenhouse sunshade at the end of the season, spray evenly until the area is thoroughly wetted.  Scrub the glass with a brush and rinse off loosened paint to leave a bright, clean surface.

 

Pack size: 750ml

 

Q4 Premium Soluble Feed

  • Formulated to increase flowering and improve flavour
  • Revolutionary organic nutrient delivery system
  • The most complete feed available for the whole garden
  • Fast results achieved

 

This high potash feed helps ripen tomatoes, onions and other vegetables, and produces stronger plants and brighter flowers.

 

It is a unique formulation that combines all the essential nutrients with Vitax’s ONDS (organic nutrient delivery system). The high potash, high magnesium formulation, with raised levels of trace elements coupled with amino, humic and fulvic acids that go into the ONDS, ensure that flowering, fruiting and leafy plants receive the best care possible.

 

Pack size: 1kg

 

Orchid Mist Spray

  • Ready to use plant tonic and leaf conditioner
  • Contains plant nutrients and seaweed extract
  • Boosts humidity around the orchid

 

Orchids thrive in free draining soils and humid conditions.  To get the best from your plants water regularly but do not allow plant roots to sit in water.  To maintain humidity place the pots on a tray containing hydroleca and mist the plants a couple of times a week.

 

Orchid Mist Spray is not a substitute for watering

Pack size: 300ml

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Green Up Lawn Care Enhance Liquid Lawn Feed

  • The most advanced liquid lawn feed available
  • Unique Organic Nutrient Delivery system
  • As used by professional greenkeepers
  • Can be used on freshly germinated and newly established lawns

 

ONDS (organic nutrient delivery system) is a unique combination of amino and humic acids coupled with nutrients derived from organic sources.  ONDS ensures that the nutrients are targeted exactly where the grass needs them, in the roots.  This means that much less of the fertiliser is washed away compared with ordinary lawn feed.

Apply at any time from March to September in wet or dry conditions, even on newly established or freshly germinated lawns.

Pack size: 200 sq.m.

Green Up Lawn Care Enhance Autumn

  • The most complete lawn feed available
  • Unique Organic Nutrient Delivery system
  • Thatch busting wetting agents to relieve dry patch
  • Incorporating technology used in the professional sports turf industry

 

Contains nutrients, beneficial microbes, turf wetter, plant vitamins and molasses.  The organic content stimulates soil microbial activity whilst offering a steady release of nutrients, improving root development and giving a high quality lawn with good drought resistance.

 

Dry patch is a common problem that usually occurs when grass clippings have built up in the soil or the lawn has not been scarified regularly.  A layer of humus builds up around the roots, called Thatch, that becomes waxy and hydrophobic, meaning that however much the area is watered, the water cannot penetrate into the rootzone.  The result is patches of brown grass that remain stubbornly dry and unhealthy.

Vitax’s unique thatch buster is a complex mixture of beneficial organisms, biological stimulants and wetting agent that ensures water can penetrate the thatch layer.  Once there it will break it down over a period of time ensuring that the dry patch does not re-occur.  All in all, a healthier, greener lawn for you to enjoy.

Apply during the autumn and winter months to improve turf colour and resilience. Repeat in early spring to give an early season boost. Do not apply during periods of drought, freezing conditions, or when rain is imminent.

Pack size: 100 sq.m.

Copper Mixture

  • For use on fruit and edible crops
  • Protects plants from copper, manganese and zinc deficiency
  • Simply mix with water for use as a leaf spray

 

Vitax Copper Mixture is a blend of three vital trace elements for use on crops suffering from trace element deficiencies.  Copper deficiency can occur in beets, onions and top fruit on peaty, sandy and shallow organic chalk soils.  Manganese deficiency occurs in many crops including potatoes, beans and peas, beets, brassicas, carrots, celery, fruits and onions in peaty soils with pH above 6.0 and mineral soils above pH 6.5.  Zinc deficiency can also occur in fruit grown on sandy soils with high pH and phosphate levels.

Copper Mixture can be applied as a leaf spray. For best results apply during early morning or evening. Do not apply in extremes of temperature, very bright sunlight or in drought conditions.

Pack size: 175g