Breaking news: We identified the culprits. They are black and yellow-banded larvae and are unpalatable to most vertebrate predators. The warmer weather encouraged the precious summer bulbs, Amaryllis, Clivia, Agapanthus, Crinums and Haemanthus, to juice up and flower again. Unknowingly aware of the Lily borer syndicate on the loose. The juicy flowers attracted the attention of the atrocious criminal, Lily Borer – also known as amaryllis borer – to commit their crimes. Their MO: These are voracious feeders that take vast chunks of healthy leaves. To add insult to injury, they will even tunnel deeply into the plant's body, munching away until nothing is left. Signs of collapsing plants are a sure indication that they are present. As plants are costly to replace, it is best to do preventative spraying and a controlled follow-up. The intel on their activities is that the white moths start laying their eggs on the underside of the leaves in early September. In warm subtropical climates, they do it all year round. The newly-hatched larvae will immediately start feeding at night and on overcast days. Sargent Plant Care and Special Agent Koinor were assigned to the case and released the following statements. Sargent Plant Care takes double-barrel action through contact and systemic control. Sargent PC informed us that he works well in low temperatures and will patrol easier during winter and early spring. Cold temperatures slow the water intake through the plant roots, giving Sargent PC a unique edge because of its contact control characteristic. Police Secretary SK Eco Oil assists Sargent PC with his contact patrol work to improve coverage, increasing his productivity and ensuring that Sargent PC sticks to the task. Special Agent Koinor assured us he will take over during the summer while the ground temperatures are warm. Special Agent Koinor will provide season-long control with systemic action, avoiding further infestations. Special Agent Koinor drenches the soil and is guaranteed the best man for the Lily Borer case. Patrolling shifts must occur at late dusk or night when these criminals are active.
We are incredibly grateful for our free watering sessions during rainy seasons. While this allows us a break from constantly watering our lawn, it doesn’t stop the weeds from popping up everywhere. Your first thought might be to reach for a herbicide weed killer, but it is essential to fertilize your lawn before applying herbicides. It is important to remember that even though our selective herbicides will easily control the ruining of our beautiful lawn, we recommend applying herbicides to a healthy lawn. Use a liquid fertilizer that is absorbed quickly. (Like Grobest FH100) In September 2021, Halo was an exciting new addition to our herbicide range. With Halo’s ability to control nutsedge, it comfortably took its seat amongst our other exceptional herbicides. Now in June 2022, we expanded our range with another showstopper product. We have yet again spoiled our garden-loving clientele with an even more convenient option to spray the weeds away. The long-awaited Lawn Care Super RTU is now available in-store and online. Also, look closer; you will see that our products have taken on a new and updated look. Note: The abbreviation RTU stands for Ready-To-Use. Advantages of an RTU: Save time! No mixing is required. Easy to use! If you see it, spray it. No waste! Only use how much you need.
Why you need Fosfifol Ca for your plants Fosfifol Ca is a concentrated liquid solution of Calcium Phosphate. Calcium phosphate is a compound that contains both calcium and phosphorus. Phosphorus and calcium are both vital minerals that provide essential nutrition for plants. Phosphorus is often absent in soil with low organic matter content, but its presence is vital, and here is why. Phosphorus is the transportation of all nutrients by circulating up and down and throughout the plant. When calcium bonds with phosphorus, it creates calcium phosphate. The phosphate brings the calcium through the plant and drops it where it belongs. It transports all nutrients throughout the plant apart from nitrogen. Calcium is an essential mineral for both plants and microbes. Calcium helps plant cells communicate with each other by physically moving between cell membranes. Applying Fosfifol Ca by fertigation or as a foliar spray ensures the crucial formation and integrity of cell membranes and walls and significant root and pollen tube growth by giving your plants access to the necessary nutrients. To quote Dan Skow, “Calcium is essential for its energy creation potential in the soil to release the other elements that cause a plant to grow.” Give your plants the “energy drink” it needs and apply Fosfifol Ca today!
Gardening after the 2020 lockdown During the national lockdown in 2020, while South Africans forcibly spent time at home, many found it the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby, from baking bread and brewing pineapple beer to gardening. Maybe it was something you have longed to do but never got around to due to a hectic lifestyle? Or was it our human nature craving the feeling of self-sufficiency while we felt so helpless and unsure? Or maybe you were just bored? Whatever the reason, when our busy schedules suddenly came to a screaming halt, we all realized that not only did we have time but the ability to actually bake bread, brew beer, and grow our own vegetables and herbs. Most people strive for fulfilment through their job, studies, or even their children's success, but then along came level 5 lockdown, and by adopting these new hobbies, we slowly but surely started to feel fulfilled again. If you are one of the many who decided to take up gardening, we are incredibly excited to have you being a part of the gardening community. When you experience the joy of children playing on the lushes lawn you maintain, cooking food with homegrown vegetables and herbs, and displaying a vase with beautiful flowers from your garden, it gives you a completely different sense of self-pride. Makhro Home and Garden will continue to support you with your gardening journey. We know and respect that not all gardeners have the same preferences on how they want to care for their garden. That is why we provide a broad range of excellent quality products, and we will continue to update our product range to suit every gardener's preference. We are anxious to reveal two brand new product additions that will be available soon! But more on that in next month's article. Visit our website for more information about our product range, and feel free to call our office and ask to speak to a technical advisor for more gardening or product advice. www.makhro.co.za 021-981-4011
Growing Tomatoes Let’s face it; there is nothing better than offering your guests a garden salad with home-grown tomatoes. Even if you have limited garden space or live in an apartment, planting tomatoes in a container or bucket is extremely easy. A container can offer your tomato plant the same environment required for planting inground. Keeping in mind the differences between planting in a container and planting inground, as well as a few tweaks and tricks, you can harvest tomatoes regardless of the size of your garden. Before we go into more details about watering, diseases and fertilizing, you, first and foremost, need to plant the tomato seedlings. Remove the bottom leaves and plant your tomato seedlings as deep as possible. Tomatoes are one of the few plants to which this advice applies because of the fine silver “hairs” growing from the plant’s main stem. Those buried beneath the soil will develop into roots, providing a more extensive rooting system that ensures a stronger and healthier plant. Plant smaller seedlings into trenches and fill them with the ground as the plant grows. The bucket list for planting into a container: The space is limited for the roots to grow in containers, so use at least a 20-litre bucket. If you use a plastic bucket, make sure that you use one safe for planting and, if possible, use a recycled bucket. Do not use terracotta pots for planting tomatoes; it is very porous and dries out way too quickly for tomatoes. Make sure that there are enough drainage holes at the bottom. Add Aquafix to your gardening product must-haves to ensure consistent moisture levels. When planting your tomatoes, mix the recommended amount of Aquafix into the well-draining ground or potting soil. Aquafix can store water and nutrients up to 300 times its weight between waterings, ensuring that it is readily available for uptake by the plant’s root zone – saving you a lot of water! Remember that containers and pots dry out quicker, especially when placed in full sun, which makes the addition of Aquafix even more essential for moisture control and preventing nutrients from leaching out at the bottom of the container. 6-8 hours of sun is ideal, but on scorching days, you might want to consider covering them with a shade cloth. The addition of mulch around your plants will also help to keep moisture in. Tomatoes need two essential nutrients, calcium and magnesium. If you are planting in a pot, you need to supplement these nutrients naturally available in die ground, especially if you want to avoid blossom-end rot caused by a lack of calcium in the plant. Luckily the solution is easy. A handful of dried, crushed eggshells mixed into the potting soil is an excellent source of calcium for your plants. Side note: If you planted inground and your tomatoes get blossom-end rot, it is probably due to poor watering. The magnesium requirement is for good fruiting. Add 1 tbsp of Magnesium Sulfate under the root zone when planting your tomatoes. Support your tomato plants, especially if your space is limited, so your plant can grow upwards. You can use store-bought tomato cages, build your own with fence mesh, use a stick or pole, or use the rope technique, but for that, you will need a structure to tie the ropes. When tieing the main stem to a stick or pole, it is vital to remember to allow enough room for growth. Staking the tomatoes plants will also help avoid getting the leaves wet while watering. Tomatoes like constant, evenly moist soil, but tomato leaves are fragile when it comes to pests and diseases, and water that sits on the leaves creates a breeding ground for diseases. Ensuring constant (somewhat scheduled) watering will avoid your tomato plant experiencing desert dry to flooded soil conditions. The fruit will crack if poor watering occurs because a tomato fruit pulls water in from the rest of the plant to expand and grow. A period without water availability will cause dehydration, and the fruit will suck in as much water as possible with the next watering. More than its skin can take. The stretching will cause the skin to crack; it doesn’t make the fruit uneatable, but it is safer to remove the cracked parts because they might harbour mould. Often, you might end up with huge plants with lots of leaves and not many tomatoes. Pruning your tomato plant is another crucial step. Areas with a wet summer climate will significantly benefit by pruning. Too many leaves allow for less airflow and more chance for diseases to manifest. Save the plant’s energy for fruit production and not leaves, so pitch off the side shoots carrying leaves called armpits. The fruits grow from flowers and grow on their own stem directly off the main stem, so don’t worry about taking off flowers with pinching off the armpits. You will see the difference. Give your plant the best possible start by pinching off the first bunch of flowers to save the plant’s energy for root production. Leave the following flowers to produce fruit; a stronger root system supports the plant by then. Of course, you will need to fertilize for your plant to stay healthy with solid root development to produce delicious fruits. Bioroot contains essential plant growth regulators along with a combination of trace elements. The concentrated solution of micro-nutrients and seaweed extract stimulates root growth and development when applied to the root zone by fertigation or foliar application. When using Bioroot as a seed dressing, the seedling will emerge with strong early growth. For faster and overall healthier growth, you should get a hold of Grobest, our liquid fish fertilizer. With the highest nutrient and the lowest carbon footprint, you can easily apply Grobest as a soil drench or a foliar spray. Because Grobest feeds both the plants and microbiome, your tomato plants will have giant, luscious, dark green leaves, produce more blossoms and thus bear more fruit for you to harvest. Unfortunately, despite all our best efforts, the complete prevention of some common pests and diseases are inevitable. But you would first need to know how to identify the problem to find the best solution. To do that, you can use the following steps: Identify the affected part of the plant: The tomato fruit itself, the leaves, stems, flowers, or roots? Note differences: Compare your tomato plant to a healthy plant. How does yours differ? If your plant’s leaves have brown or black patches, holes, chewed edges or fuzzy mould growing on them, you should know something is wrong compared to a healthy tomato plant that has softly fuzzed, medium-green leaves. Look for insects: Do you see any insects on your plants? Look thoroughly; some blend in and are pretty hard to find. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of common pests, diseases and treatment options for tomato plants: Early Blight (Can be treated with Odeon / Copstar / Orius) Bacterial spot (Can be treated with Copstar) Bacterial speck (Can be treated with Copstar) Botrytis rot (Can be treated with Odeon) Late Blight (Can be treated with Odeon) Leaf Roll (Can be treated with Copstar) Powdery Mildew (Can be treated with Sulfostar) American/African bollworm (Can be treated with Plant Care / Organicide Plus / Servus) Aphids (Can be treated with Organicide Plus) Astylus beetle (Can be treated with Organicide Plus) Whiteflies (Can be treated with Organicide Plus / Plant Care) Red Spider Mite (Can be treated with Plant Care / Seizer 100) Semi-looper (Can be treated with Seizer 100) Leafminer (Tuber moth larvae) (Can be treated with Seizer 100) American leafminer (Can be treated with Seizer100) Rust Mite (Can be treated with Sulfostar) Visit our product page for more information
Saving water this summer The planting season is in full swing, and our garden plants love the spring and summer temperatures, given you provide them with enough water. Somedays, we are lucky, and Mother Nature does the watering for us; other days, it is up to us to water our beloved plants. Whether you water by hand or have an automated watering system in place, you would've realized by now that your plants require a lot of watering during these hot periods—especially the ones planted in full sun. While watering, you might have noticed water accumulating on the surface before very slowly seeping into the ground. Of course, this all depends on the area, soil type, and soil quality; nevertheless, experiencing poor water penetration means that water is struggling to reach the deeper roots. Luckily, Makhro Home and Garden always has a solution when it comes to your garden! In this case, we offer a highly effective wetting agent called, Waterwise®3D. This unique product not only assists in water penetration and retention but also reduces water runoff and evaporation. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! Because Waterwise®3D allows the water to penetrate deeper into the soil, it improves the efficiency of fertilizers, plus saving you a lot of water and cost by cutting watering by up to 50%! Wow! If you aren't already on your way to buying this fantastic product, you should know that by using Waterwise®3D, deeper and denser root growth is encouraged so that less frequent watering is required. Waterwise®3D is fully biodegradable and pet and aquatic-friendly. It is not harmful to earthworms, and you can use it around ponds, waterways, and other aquatic environments. Furthermore, if you are planning on adding more plants to your garden, you should take note of another show stopper product that we are offering called, AquaFix®. Perfectly described by its nickname, The Water Reservoir, AquaFix® absorbs water and nutrients up to 300 times its weight acting as a reservoir, slowly releasing the water in the plant root zone as required. This addition to your garden will significantly reduce your watering cycles. When you mix Aquafix with water, it forms a slurry. You can either mix the slurry into the soil before placing the seedlings into the planting pit or pour the slurry into the planting pit and put it into the slurry without integrating it into the ground. AquaFix® can hydrate and re-hydrate many times over its lifetime, providing ongoing benefits to the plants. It is effectively applied to prevent plant loss caused by water stress and drought in the soil where the water holding capacity is low or non-existent. During this silly season, the last thing we want is our plants sitting high and dry. For more information on these recommended products, visit our website www.makhro.co.za, or feel free to call our office on 021-981-4011 for more advice.
100% Natural gardening with Makhro Home and Garden Plant, eat, compost, repeat Turn food scraps into rich humus for your garden. Makhro Compost Activator is 100% natural and biodegradable. Formulated from natural microbes, Makhro Compost Activator will convert garden waste into compost in as little as six weeks. Guano gold Environmentally conscious sourced guano and proudly produced in South Africa. Go Organic, made from 100% natural ingredients, is a cost-effective natural organic fertilizer widely recognized and endorsed by organic growers. Go Organic serves a dual purpose as a foliar spray and soil nutrition with exceptional results. Miracle mineral oil Manufactured thru patented refining technology, making it the safest mineral oil for growers, consumers, and the environment. SK Eco Oil Spray controls various insects and mite pests, and plant diseases. It is also an adjuvant—recommended for organic farming and gardening with no post-harvest restrictions and low impact on natural enemies. Cu later fungus! Copper is a metal that, in dissolved form Cu(OH)2, penetrates plant tissues and helps control fungal diseases. Copstar is a copper fungicide approved for organic gardening and ideal for gardeners who prefer to avoid chemical fungicides. Copstar interacts with the fungus on the leaves, usually kills them, and doesn't allow it to reproduce. Sulfur so good A fungicide and acaricide that acts as a fertilizer positively affects plant growth and leaves and fruits' coloring. Sulfostar is an excellent product certified for organic farming (or gardening). Its low toxicity is not harmful against bees and natural predators such as predatory mites or ladybirds. Still, it provides control of various fungal diseases as well as certain mites and thrips. Adding up on the organic side The repelling component of Organicide Plus flushes the insects out of the hard-to-reach places. Organicide Plus is a broad-spectrum insecticide with no harmful residues. An effective combination of natural insect nerve poison, smothering plant oils, and added insect repellent and flushing agent that repels new infestations of harmful insects. Rule with an iron pellet Finally! An eco-friendly insecticide to control snails and slugs. Apply EcoBait pellets in the evening or late afternoon for best results as snails and slugs are most active during the night or early mornings. 1 kg of EcoBait pellets (Iron (Fe) 9.75 g/kg) will cover 1000 m². Visit our website for more information www.makhro.co.za
Exciting new products Your garden is a special place to learn about life and growth. A dry seed in one's hand might look slightly insignificant, yet inside new life awaits. Covered with warm, loving rich soil and cared for with water, sunshine, and a bit of love, the seed develops to its remarkable potential. And now that Spring is finally here, our Makhro Home and Garden team is beyond excited to help make your garden beautiful. By now, you have prepared your garden for the season, and your green fingers are itching to start planting! We have launched some exciting new products to help you with your spring gardening quest. Because certain pests might have developed resistance against your currently overused insecticide, so it is time for a change. Mikka is an organophosphate, making it the perfect solution to re-establish complete control of insects in your ornamentals, roses, and flower gardens. Halo is a product everyone has been anxiously waiting for us to launch. Not only is it a granular weed killer in conveniently pre-measured packaging. Halo's ability to control the pesty Nutsedge and other types of broadleaf weeds is what makes Halo so desirable. Sulfostar is an excellent product certified for organic farming (or gardening). Its low toxicity does not harm bees and natural predators such as predatory mites or ladybirds. Still, it provides control of various fungal diseases as well as certain mites and thrips. We all want our living conditions to be as comfortable as possible. The same goes for our plants. That is why we need to provide our plants with pleasant soil conditions. Aquafix, a polymer planting gel, can help us do just that. It acts as a water reservoir by absorbing up to 300 times its weight. Along with water, it also absorbs water-soluble nutrients and fertilizers. Slowly releases it to the root zones as plants demand, significantly reducing watering cycles and increasing the seedling survival rate. While our gardens thrive with the slowly rising temperatures, unfortunately, there is a downside. We can imagine franticly waving away the insects buzzing around us, not to mention trying to protect our food from contamination. No need to worry; we've got more new products to ensure an insect-free household. A wettable powder that easily dissolves in water makes Karba 850 an easy insecticide to use in your household. With a measuring spoon conveniently included in the box, it's as easy as a scoop, a quick mix, and you are ready to spray the insects away. Alpha-Thrin is a high-performance concentrate insecticide, making it a perfect solution for long-term control over a broad spectrum of public health pests. It is also odourless, has low toxicity and application rates, and causes no stains. Combining active ingredients from two different chemical classes that provide two very different modes of action makes Rossi 200 SUPER a powerhouse of a product. Due to its low odour and excellent residuality capabilities, Rossi is an ideal pest control product used in homes, hotels, hostels, restaurant kitchens, and many more. Please visit our website for more information on the products mentioned above or call our office and ask to speak to a technical advisor for more gardening or product advice. www.makhro.co.za 021-981-4011
Start to prepare your garden for Spring! Spring is just around the corner, and Makhro Home and Garden's team is beyond excited to start the new season's gardening journey with you! While enjoying the last few blanket cuddles and anxiously waiting for the higher spring temperatures, we can start with a few garden preparations to keep our green fingers busy. The best time to get your garden beds ready for the season's potential growth is a couple of weeks before you are planning to start planting. The three recommended essential preparation steps are loosening the soil, adding soil nutrients, and removing stray weeds. By loosening compacted soil, it provides efficient airflow for the growth of young roots. An easy way to provide plenty of air and moisture retention is by simply adding organic matter—which makes this the perfect time to work compost into the soil. If you are making your compost (like we all should be doing by now), you will find that it is very cost-effective and incredibly beneficial to the environment. Adding compost has quite a few advantages. It hangs onto the nutrients, releasing them slowly and preventing them from washing away through the root zone. Just a tiny amount of organic matter worked into the soil has a significant effect on soil retention. Plants will thrive in healthy soil conditions—which means it's time to fertilize. The fertilizer you will use will depend upon the type of plants you are planning to plant. Different plants, as well as different soil conditions, will have different needs. You can consider working in a slow-release granular fertilizer to provide your future plants with long-term nutrient boosts. With what products can Makhro Home and Garden assist you with this garden preparation quest?! We recommend adding Compost Activator to your compost heap to make compost like a pro with a quick turnaround time. We offer some great fertilizers you can use to create the perfect nutritional balance for your garden: 1-For-All Multipurpose Fertilizer, Multi-Booster, Grobest, and Go Organic. Visit our website for more information on the products mentioned above or call our office and ask to speak to a technical advisor for more gardening or product advice. www.makhro.co.za 021-981-4011
Let your flowers grow to their full potential 100% Organic fertilizer In pots or in your garden The guano used is sustainably sourced using environmentally conscious methods and originates from the Namibian Coast. Go Organic Guano is produced locally in South Africa 100 % Natural Ingredients The features and benefits of Go Organic Guano: A natural organic fertilizer widely recognized and endorsed by organic growers. Improves the water- and nutrient retaining capacity. Cost effective – 2 liters of Go Organic Guano dilutes to 80 liters of plant food. Serves a dual purpose as a foliar spray and soil nutrition. Does not burn plants or roots. Used as a foliar spray on all small grains, maize, fruit trees, vegetables, vineyards as well as on flowers. Exceptional results when applied to roses. Secondary factors and why it works Better metabolism of nitrates in plants Stronger cell walls resulting in: Enhancement in flavor Resistance to mould and fungal attack More upright stems and open leaves Enhanced photosynthesis More fertile and viable seed formation Longer shelf life of produce Food that is better to eat Product Analysis Go Organic Guano is collected bird droppings that are rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, trace elements and other active ingredients. Go Organic Guano is a rich and concentrated fertilizer that will revitalize your plants. Frequently asked questions Question 1: Does this product have a waiting period before one can harvest crops? A: This product is safe to use with no waiting period. Crops can be harvested shortly after applying the product, just rinse well. Question 2: Will it burn my plants? A: No, it will not burn your plants or plant roots as it contains no added chemicals. Question 3: Can I use this product throughout the year? A: This product is safe to use all year round. Question 4: Is Go Organic Guano truly organic? A: It is organic in the sense that the product is manually harvested directly from the islands in Namibia without the introduction of any synthetic or chemical additives.