Product spotlight

I don’t intend to make this a regular feature as I don’t want to be seen to be endorsing products or indeed encouraging gardeners to spray – each one of us has to decide our own stance on that – but these two product launches dropped into my inbox at around the same time and may be of interest.

Matamata-based family-owned Daltons has released an Organic Bio-Fungicide range that is aimed at protecting seeds and plants from diseases such as damping-off and root rots by strengthening the plant’s immune system naturally.

The press release says the range is developed from “unique bio-inoculant strains of the Trichoderma family [fungus] that have been mixed to the exact formulation to create a fast acting protective living barrier around plant roots”. Bio-gro certified, the Organic Bio-Fungicide range is 100 per cent organic and is non-toxic to humans, animals and wildlife. Available in granule or powder form.

The products are available nationwide at Bunnings and independent garden centres. They retail for about $24.50. As yet, further information doesn’t appear to be available on the website so I won’t send you there!

Yates’ product of the month is Liquid Copper, a fungicide/bactericide. Old-style copper fungicides mix imperfectly with water, the press release says, and, as a result, create a patchy covering that allows disease spores to survive.

Liquid Copper’s ultra-fine particles are, however, 100% water soluble, according to Yates. Combined with water the particles create an aquagel that sticks in place, forming a barrier to disease.

It can be applied to a wide range of fruit trees, vegetables and ornamentals to prevent  problems such as leaf curl and shot hole on fruit trees, downy and powdery mildew on grapes, anthracnose on avocadoes, tomato blight (target spot), rose black spot and downy mildew on lettuce.

Fruit and vegetables can be harvested and eaten 24 hours after spraying, and the product leaves no blue residue on plants. Liquid Copper is available in a 200ml concentrate that makes up to 66 litres of spray. Read more here.

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