Chill Out! We’ve Got Your Plants Protected.
Whilst it’s very rare that we experience blistering heats in the UK, it does happen, occasionally. It’s well-known that weather reports are unreliable, or the British weather is that unpredictable, even professionals can’t work it out. This makes it difficult to know when heat is expected and even harder to plan protection for your plants.
There old school methods of heat and sun protection for plants, from draping your greenhouse in unattractive shading, to opening windows and giving birds access to the fruits, or vegetables of your labour. Either way, these methods are outdated and have their downfalls so it’s time to look at the alternative.
Chill Out has been specially formulated to provide plants with essential micronutrients that help growth regardless of the weather. Uniquely, this treatment helps plants reacts to it in hot weather and how it provides protection from heat stress. When a plant gets hot, it conserves it’s energy by aborting its flowers and buds so that it can concentrate on the important stuff. Once these flowers have gone, they’ve gone for good, but Chill Out ensures this doesn’t happen.
Now, imagine a well-loved & trusted voice narrating this next part, for arguments sake let’s say David Attenborough. Chill Out says to the plant “don’t use your energy to abort the good stuff, concentrate on growing stronger, longer roots so that you can access more water and nutrients.” As a result, the plant has longer, stronger roots capable of protecting itself from the sun and heat stress.
Chill Out has been tested in greenhouses in the middle east where temperatures above 40°C with outstanding results. It’s is more than capable of dealing with the 30°C+ we get in UK greenhouses. We have also had some tests done at Nottingham University that showed an increase in both crop yield and the improvement in flavour.
The Serious Bits
If you are using Chill Out in conjunction with Deep Rooter or Early Starter, ensure you use half the dosage rate of each product. This eliminates the chance of over stimulating the plants.
When using Chill Out, use these tips to keep your plants healthy and get the most from the product.
Want to learn more about Chill Out or how to protect your plants during a heatwave? Allotment Gardens have two blog posts here and here and even covered SeaFeed Xtra. Chill Out has even gone stateside and is being used by Andrea at Greenwise Gardening.