Product Type: Miracle-Gro garden chemicals
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Miracle Gro Plant Food
Miracle-Gro All Purpose Concentrated Liquid Plant Food
Member Name: k2705
Miracle-Gro All Purpose Concentrated Liquid Plant Food
Advantages: Helps plants grow bigger
Disadvantages: None for me
I have always liked gardening and would often help my parents in theirs, when we first moved into our house I did most of the garden but Mark wasn't really into that sort of thing so with all of the moving and decorating gardening sort of got pushed to one side. However the last couple of years he has helped me out in the garden and discovered that he quite enjoys it resulting in him often studying the gardening products in our local Homebase looking for anything that might help the plants along once they have been set. This year we decided to give Miracle Gro a try, we had used plant food the year before but had never tried this brand, after hearing good things about it we thought we would try it for ourselves.
The Miracle Gro comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle with a built in handle to make measuring and pouring very easy. The bottle has a paper label stuck to the front of it, this is mainly green and yellow in colour, there is a large black circle in the middle of the label with the words "Miracle- Gro" written in the centre of it in white. Part of the bottom half of the label which is bright yellow to match the bottle is covered in flower heads and tomatoes, just about this is written "All Purpose Concentrated Liquid Plant Food" this is written in green written and repeated in a different language just below although I'm not sure what this is. The only other information on the front of the bottle is right at the top where there is a picture of a flower head and the words "Grows Plants Twice as Big". The back of the bottle is covered with the same style label as the front and this contains all relevant information about the product such as fertiliser declaration which by looking at it is basically the ingredients, and also the directions of use, all of this information is written in English and a further 3 different languages. I was quite surprised to see that there were no warnings about the product on the back of the bottle as well. The bottle has a large transparent green lid which screws on and off, this also doubles up as a measuring cup.
The Miracle Gro
As most people will have probably guessed is Miracle Gro is a concentrated plant food, any advert or report about it suggests that using Miracle Gro on your plans every few days will help them to grow twice as big as those which are not fed with Miracle Gro. We haven't really had too many problems with the plants in our garden and have always been reasonably pleased with them, but as we do usually feed them with some kind of plant food were keen to see if Miracle Gro really was any better than other brands and whether it actually did make "Plants grow twice as big" as stated on the front of the bottle. The plant food inside the bottle is dark green in colour and is a liquid, this helps with pouring and mixing it with water, it has a bit of a smell to it which is not overly pleasant, but you do have to put your nose to the bottle to smell this, you cannot smell it whilst watering the plants. One thing I also noticed was that after the product has been used it does tend to dry to a gritty consistency around the top of the bottle.
Directions of Use
Using the Miracle Gro really is quit easy as you basically add the product to the water in your watering can making sure you use the right amount for the size can you are using. To feed your plants with Miracle Gro you simply -
*Use 1 cap full for balcony plants or 2 capfuls for plants in greenhouses
*Add either 1 or 2 caps (depending on where the plants are as above) to 1 gallon of water
*Water your plants in the usual way with the Miracle Gro mixed with the water making sure the roots are soaked in order to fully feed the plants
*Repeat this every 7 to 14 days
Our plants are mainly planted in pots on our patio or in hanging baskets with a few being planted in the ground, because none of them are in a greenhouse we just use 1 cap full of the Miracle Gro per can of water as our can is roughly a gallon in size. The guidelines say every 7 to 14 days so we use our Miracle Gro about every 10 days give a day or two, we have occasionally gone over the 14 days with holidays and so on but have never fed them before the 7 days is up as I am unsure as to whether this would over dose them and kill them off.
Price & Availability
Miracle Gro is available in a variety of shops including Homebase, garden centres and I have even seen it in the seasonal section of our local Tesco. We actually brought our 1 litre bottle from Homebase and it cost us £4.99, although when we purchased this some of the gardening products were on buy 2 get 1 free. Even if the Miracle Gro had not been on offer I still feel it is quite good value for money as a £4.99 bottle lasts us around 2 months, this is with as I have mentioned using it every 10 days. We only use 1 cap full at a time making the product quite long lasting, obviously the amount of time the product lasts depends on how much you use in one go, you would use more with the plants being in a greenhouse. In my opinion however the product is good value for money and works out reasonably cheap judging how long a bottle lasts us.
Personally I have been quite impressed with Miracle Gro, it is very easy to use, there is no mess at all you simply measure out a cap full of the liquid and pour it into you can of water. As for helping the plants, I would say it has made a difference, our plants have done really well this year, a lot better than last year, whether this is due to the Miracle Gro, coincidence or a bit of both, I definitely think that it has helped. I do feel that the adverts for this product are a little over exaggerated, theses show 2 plants one which is quite small and the other is massive, obviously the massive one has had Miracle Gro used on it, whilst I feel there is a difference in my plant sizes I do not think it is such a big difference as show on the adverts for the product. We have used our Miracle Gro on all of our flowers as well as our strawberry and runner bean plants, I feel that it has really helped these 2, last year we grew strawberries and beans and didn't really have a lot of success, this year we have more beans than we know what to do with, so I do think that it has helped them. I would definitely recommend Miracle Gro and we will continue to use it, it has made a difference to our plants and increased their growth, just not as much as the adverts on TV suggest, but this is something I would use in the future.
Summary: I would use this again
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