Product Type: J.A. Bowers garden chemicals
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J.A.Bowers Bulb Fibre
Member Name: Lunaria
J.A.Bowers Bulb Fibre
Date: 13/03/12, updated on 07/07/12 (137 review reads)
Advantages: Low peat content, good texture, full of essential nutrients
Disadvantages: none for me
Now Spring is finally here it's the time for planting and sowing. I like to plant Summer flowering bulbs into terracotta pots and plastic tubs to bring some colour and brighten up concrete and stone areas around the house.
J. Arthur Bower's bulb fibre comes in a 10 litre thick plastic bag with a handle and resealable opening. It is not the cheapest bulb fibre on the market (currently priced between £3.70 and £5.00) but it is made without using a high proportion of peat.
Oyster Shell. Finely crushed oyster shell is difficult to source as a product on its own but it is ideal for plants. It provides calcium, magnesium, iron and copper which are all very important for the development of strong roots and healthy plant growth.
Wood Charcoal. This helps retain moisture and oxygen in the compost. It is good for drainage and also very high in potash.
Sincro-boost. A relatively new environmentally friendly mixture used to replace peat. It is made from recycled materials and is said to improve plant development as well as ensuring good water retention in the compost.
J. Arthur Bower's bulb fibre is for indoor and outdoor bulbs and I have used it for both. I like the rich dark colour of this fibre and the texture, it's quite coarse and light, slightly moist and not at all dry or dusty. I've found it easy to handle when filling up pots or burying bulbs. After providing good drainage at the base of pots and containers, I've discovered using this bulb fibre is then all I need. No further feeding has been necessary, my plants have grown beautifully with healthy leaves and colourful flowers.The fibre retains moisture really well and doesn't dry out as quickly as many other bulb fibres or peat mixtures I have used.
The heavy duty plastic bag means the fibre stays fresh and moist whilst stored and is best kept in a cool, dry place. I came across an almost empty bag at the back of my potting shed behind a huge gravel pot which must have remained there for nearly two years and was quite surprised to find the bulb fibre was in perfect condition.
I will continue to use J.A.Bower's bulb fibre as I believe it contains all the nutrients and minerals required for the growth and flowering of plants. As already mentioned I find additional feeding is not required so all I need to do is remember to water when necessary. I would recommend J. Arthur Bower's bulb fibre for indoor and outdoor bulb planting.
Thanks for reading!
© Lunaria 2012
Summary: Happy healthy plants!
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