Root Shield, 4 Oz.

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Don't Let Soil-Borne Diseases Ruin Your Vegetable Crop

  • Protects plants from damping off disease
  • Defends tomatoes, squash, melons and more

Harmful soil fungi like pythium and fusarium cause root diseases that can devastate the most promising plants. Our all-organic Root Shield forms a defensive barrier right from the start. This university-tested beneficial fungus forms a symbiotic bond with plant roots, protecting them from soil pathogens all season long. Add it to potting soil or mix with water to use as a drench.

100% Organic
  • Three tablespoons mixed with 1 gallon of water protects 25 feet of garden row (approx. 100 sq. ft.)
  • Active ingredient: Beneficial fungus (Trichoderma harzianum Rifai strain KRL-AG2 1.15%)

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Root Shield, 4 Oz.
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Organic (13)
  • Long lasting (7)

Cons

  • Messy (7)

Best Uses

  • Vegetable gardens (18)
  • Flower gardens (4)
  • Potted plants (3)
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5.0

Saved my cucumber

By islandwoman

from Florida

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Pros

  • Accelerated Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

      I have never been able to grow cucumbers in my poor soil. This season I tried again with two transplants. One died and the other was looking like it wanted to. I drenched the soil around the small, limp, cucumber plant with Root Shield and a week later it has healthy new growth and flowers.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Doesn't work anymore your product is exp

      By mc

      from rochester, ny

      About Me Master Gardener

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      Pros

      • Organic

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

          Been using this product for years, liked that you carried smaller quantity but it's expires after about 1 year.

           
          5.0

          Fabulous Product!!! Ordering More Now!

          By Speciosa

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Accelerated Growth
          • Easy to Use
          • Long Lasting
          • Organic

          Cons

          • Messy

          Best Uses

          • Flower Gardens
          • Potted Plants
          • Vegetable Gardens

          Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

          I have used this on seedlings (orchid seedlings), they can be difficult... But with this product, it helps prevent damping-off, by a land-slide! I love this stuff! Last year, when I took my orchids outside, with the heat/humidity, I lost a few orchids to root rot, and damping off. This year, I started using RootShield in the spring, and (so far, here in the end of July) I haven't lost anything... This stuf helps a lot! I am ordering some more right now!

          As for the Trichoderma fungus (the species in RootShield) lasting, reproducing, and being there the next spring... Unless your winter temps stay above 50°F, it will not survive for the next spring.

           
          4.0

          so far....so good

          By lovequilternc

          from Wilkes County, NC

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          Pros

          • Organic

          Cons

          • Messy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

            It's been two weeks and my tomato plants have revived a bit. I made 5 gal sprinkler can full and it WAS hard to distribute it according to directions. If it works, it will be worth the price.

             
            5.0

            This stuff really works!

            By Shepherd

            from Palmyra, Michigan

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Long Lasting
            • Organic

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                2011 was the first year that I used Root Shield. Our tomatoes were wonderful! Prior to that year, our tomato plants looked healthy one day and would be dying the next. I am looking forward to harvest in 2012!

                 
                5.0

                Seems to Work

                By Leigh

                from Baltimore, MD

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Potted Plants
                  • Vegetable Gardens

                  Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                  I had an outbreak of powdery mildew in my greenhouse last season. I left the soil go fallow over the winter and used this when I planted new plants this spring. No powdery mildew or anything 2 months after planting. I am thinking about using some Serenade as a preventative. I don't want to get that again.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  So, far, so good!

                  By Bonnie

                  from Hampton, GA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Messy

                    Best Uses

                    • Flower Gardens
                    • Vegetable Gardens

                    Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                    For the past 6 years or so, I used another company's powder that is supposed to help prevent soil-borne fungal diseases on plants. It worked somewhat, but I always lost 1-3 tomatoes out of 8. And sometimes one or two Wave Petunias or Minipetunias. So, this year I decided to try Root Shield. So far, I have NOT lost any tomatoes--8 out of 8 are thriving and most have fruit on them. In past years, by the time the tomatoes had begun to have fruit on them, at least one tomato would be dying of fusarium wilt, especially the cherry tomatoes. This year, NONE of them shows the slightest incidence of disease. I fully expect to lose at least one tomato later on, but so far--so good.

                    I also used this product on the mini-petunias in baskets. I usually lose at least one out of 6 baskets of plants, but so far, they are all thriving--in fact, they are blooming better than I have ever seen them! I used potting soil with some fertilizer in it, but I did last year, too, and they never did this well! So, not only does this product seem to prevent some soil-borne fungal diseases, but it seems to help promote profuse blooming, as well.

                    So, if anyone has limited space in which to plant things, and cannot rotate, this product could very well be what you need to enable you to keep on planting!

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Pleased

                    By Cathy

                    from New Orleans

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Organic

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                        Last year I lost all of my tomato to fusarium wilt within 14 days of planting. This year I planted again in late February and all my tomato plants are now robust, full of buds, and some have baby tomatoes. Rootshield isn't making my plants grow faster.... it is just protecting them so that they can grow. I plan to use rootshield on my periwinkles which seem to have this wilt problem too.

                        I'm hoping that the beneficial fungus protecting the tomato roots will survive the heat and water drenched climate here when summer finally arrives. The instructions with the rootshield product indicate that the beneficial fungus may survive and multiply for the next year (I'm not sure if it depends on the climate of your area). Since I have limited garden and potting space, I have to plant in the same areas each year. I will use Rootshield, again, next year just to be sure.

                        Regarding the "mess" of preparation: I used a clean plastic gallon milk/water jug. I added a little bit of water in the jug first (one or two cups of water). Then I added the rootshield powder and swished the water around in the jug to mix thoroughly. The small opening of the jug (and small amount of added water) keeps everything contained in the jug (better still if you have the plastic top to the jug). Then I added more water, then swished until I had filled the gallon jug. Not too much mess. When I planted my tomatoes, I poured some mixture into the hole with the transplanted tomato, and then topped it off after I covered the tomato with soil. I tend to use these gallon jugs for easy measuring of garden fertilizers, etc. since most everything gives you instructions for "gallon" measurements. When the jug becomes cracked I just rinse and recycle.

                         
                        5.0

                        protection

                        By al the pal

                        from morton, texas

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Messy

                        Best Uses

                        • Vegetable Gardens

                        Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                        I have used it many years

                         
                        5.0

                        This really does the job

                        By Garden Grandma

                        from western Wisconsin

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Effective protection
                        • Long Lasting
                        • Organic

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Tomato plants

                        Comments about Root Shield, 4 Oz.:

                        I used Root Shield on tomatoes planted in very large sterilized pots. Sterilized organic potting soil was used in the pots. Tomato plants show none of the fungus problems I've seen in the previous few years. Plants are vigorous and yield is developing very well.

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