Frequently asked questions
What’s so special about Container Magic?
Container Magic is a triple action product that you mix into the compost at planting time. One application works all summer long and will help you:
- Water less, thanks to a special blend of Water storing crystals.
- Establish your patio plants faster, as the Controlled release booster plant food granules nurture the plants with gentle nutrients.
- Grow bigger and healthier plants as the Mycorrhizal fungi help the plants’ roots absorb more nutrients and water.
What’s in Container Magic?
Container Magic contains a blend of three very special ingredients:
- Water storing crystals to reduce the amount of watering needed for pots, baskets and containers. My special blend of crystals includes small granules for instant water retention and rapid release of water as well as larger granules for slower water release.
- Controlled release booster plant food granules containing a blend of gentle nutrients that are released over the first 5/6 weeks after planting to help establish the plants. These granules work in conjunction with Flower Power.
- Mycorrhizal fungi, naturally occurring fungi which attach themselves to the roots enabling the plants to absorb more nutrients and water, so they grow better, as well as making them more drought tolerant. Forms of these fungi are used extensively by commercial gardeners and, increasingly, knowledgeable amateur gardeners.
Does it work?
In my trial last summer, I potted up some small (4in high x 3in wide) begonias, one plant per pot. Half of the pots were treated with Container Magic, the other half weren’t. I fed the plants once a fortnight with Flower Power for the first six weeks, then twice a week until the beginning of September.
The untreated plants looked superb, as I expected since they’d been fed with Flower Power. They grew about 15in high and 20in across (when measured in early September). I was very pleased with them. But then I measured the plants treated to the one application of Container Magic. They grew up to 30in high and 40in across. The difference in growth became more marked as the season progressed (presumably as the mycorrhizal fungi began to work their magic). It’s only fair to say that results may vary in different gardens and with different plants, but I was staggered what a difference it made to my plants. I’ve also included an image below that shows a trial I did last summer on pepper plants , left was grown in ordinary compost and on the right grown in compost plus Container Magic. The crop of the container magic treated pepper plant was nearly double too!
How do I use Container Magic?
Shake the pack before use. Mix the required amount of scoops in the compost before planting. For containers that have already been planted, make holes in the compost and pour in a half scoop in each hole, using the table as a guide to the amount of Container Magic required. For Growing bags, work into the compost around each plant. Don’t exceed the amount stated in each instance or the gel may over-expand the compost out of the container. After planting, water well, twice, a few hours apart, to allow the crystals to fully absorb the water.
Do I still need to feed with Flower Power?
Yes. For best results, water once a week with Flower Power plant food during the first 4-5 weeks after planting. From then on, feed twice a week.
How much do I use?
Tell me more about Mycorrhizal fungi?
The Royal Horticultural Society explained the benefits of these remarkable naturally occurring fungi in a recent leaflet titled ‘How do Mycorrhizal Fungi benefit plants’. In the leaflet, they said: ‘In its simplest sense, mycorrhizal fungi do everything plant roots do, just better
- One treatment lasts forever. As the plant grows, the fungal partner grows.
- Better drought tolerance due to the vast fungal root making best use of all available soil moisture.
- Earlier and better growth in 2-4 weeks after planting, the mycorrhizal fungi can increase the active root area of plants by up to 700 times.
- Better uptake of fertilisers when applied after planting. The network of mycorrhizal fungi acts like a net catching nutrients and preventing leaching.
- Increased uptake of obscure trace elements from the soil leading to increased plant health.’