Monthly Archives: June 2016

How To Bring Your Plants Back To Life

Sometimes plants don’t work out quite the way you’d hoped.

You’ve followed all the rules and kept a constant, watchful eye but for some reason it just won’t grow. Don’t blame yourself; there can be a hundred and one reasons why a plant won’t grow.

This is why Envii have come up with a solution that can bring a plant back to life or give it a kick-start when it gets off to a slow start.

Envii Revive stimulates a plant’s own steroidal repair mechanism. This means that it dramatically increases the speed at which a plant repairs itself causing amazing results where it appears a plant has come back to life. Of course, Revive can’t actually bring a DEAD plant back to life; once a plant is dead it is, unfortunately, dead.

But if your plant has still got a bit of life in it, there’s a few ways you can use Envii Revive –

Bring a dying plant back to life

Like I already mentioned, if a plant is dead you can’t bring it back to life. To check if a plant is still alive, feel the stems to see if they are pliable and firm then check inside the stem to see if there is a green cast. If the stem shows both these things the plant is still alive which means you can use Envii Revive to bring it back.

Help a slow blooming plant get growing

Sometimes a plant will be slow to bloom. This can be down to overfeeding, lack of light, lack of heat, too much heat… you name it. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the plant which is why Revive is so useful. Use Revive as instructed and your plants should quickly bloom.

Extend the life of your hanging baskets

This is one of the main reasons customers use Revive. By treating your hanging baskets towards the end of the summer, you can prolong the plant’s lifespan into the autumn.

For more information or to buy Revive, click here.


Protect Your Plants From British Weather

British weather is some of the most changeable in the world. While we don’t have a lot of ‘extreme’ weather, it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict, which can make life very difficult for gardeners.

That’s why we have so many physical methods of protecting our plants. Plant blankets for cover in the winter and greenhouse shading and water irrigation in the summer are a few of the most popular methods. But it’s always been hotly debated as to how well these methods really work.

Click here to read – Why greenhouse shading isn’t the best option for your plants.

This is why we have developed a range of products that can protect your plants from unpredictable weather more efficiently. We know that by bringing out certain qualities in plants, we can help them to help themselves by managing their natural reaction to stressful situations.

Here’s an example – When a plant is subject to high temperatures its natural reaction is to wilt and abort its flowers in a last ditch attempt to survive. This happens because the plant can’t get enough moisture from the soil in order to cope with the high temperatures.

This adds up to the risk of your plants dying when a sudden hot spell comes along.

However, by changing the plant’s natural reaction to heat stress you can save them from this fate. Envii Chill Out reprograms the plant’s natural reaction by redirecting a plant’s growth into its roots rather than growing upwards and suppresses the gene that makes a plant abort flowers and shoots. This means that when high temperatures come along, the plant has a much larger source of water and nutrients to survive on. Then, when the temperature drops to a normal level, the plant automatically returns to its normal growth and development.

The product was initially designed for glasshouses in the Middle East where temperatures soar to over 40°C. Then, having been extensively tested by the University of Nottingham, we decided to launch it to amateur and professional gardeners alike. This means that, without the need for complicated water irrigation systems, unreliable shading or constant tending, gardeners can grow their plants without the risk of them dying from heat stress.

For more information or to buy Chill Out, click here.










Feed & Protect – BBC Radio 2’s Terry Walton Endorsement

You might remember back in March, Terry Walton (BBC Radio 2’s Allotment/Gardening Expert) gave Early Starter a great endorsement.

Well since then he’s been trying out some of our other amazing gardening probiotics.

Here’s what he had to say about Feed & Protect, our two-in-one plant food and slug repellent.


” I am well-known for my vegetable growing but I also grow flowers; notably sweet peas to tempt pollinating insects to my plot. But I have a secret agenda in growing these and that is to please my wife with a fragrant bouquet of these brilliant flowers when I am late back from the plot!

They are however not the easiest plants to grow and are a delicacy for slugs and snails. Also they succumb to diseases and aphids very quickly.

I received a tub of Envii Feed and Protect and this looked like a solution to many of my sweet pea problems.  When they were planted out I watered them with a solution of this product and they grew vigorously. I was sceptical of its claim to ward off slugs and snails due to making its foliage distasteful to these munching molluscs!

I haven’t tasted its foliage myself, but there is no doubt that its leaves have not been ‘nibbled’.

The plants are watered every ten days with Envii Feed & Protect and I must say they are the healthiest sweet peas I have ever grown. The flowers are just appearing and I have had no bud drop this year which is a bonus.

The product also meets my ethos of organic gardening and there are no dead poisoned bodies of slugs to affect the wild life in my area.

This certainly looks the answer to my prayers for this crop and I will certainly try it out on my vulnerable vegetable crops.”

Another big thanks to Terry Walton for his endorsements!

Click here for more information on Feed & Protect. 

Thanks for reading.




Why You Shouldn’t Be Using Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse shading has been around as long as…well, greenhouses. Whether it’s emulsion paint, cloth or even those fancy roll-able wooden ones, the idea is the same. On a hot day, greenhouse temperatures can soar to well over 30°C and if we don’t keep plants cool by blocking out the sun, they’ll die. Right?

It is partly right. Hot weather is a common threat to gardeners and one that keeps us constantly vigilant. We must make sure plants are well watered, our greenhouses & poly-tunnels are well ventilated and the temperature is monitored at all times. But is blocking the sun out really the right option?

By blocking out the sun we are reducing the effect of photosynthesis. Plants depend on light to grow, so the more light we block out, the less they will grow. What if we had a spell of hot weather that lasted weeks? Okay, it’s not very likely, but the only option would be to starve the plants of sunlight until the weather cooled down again.

Then you have the added stress of getting to your greenhouse every sunny morning and opening the vents, applying the shading etc.  Not to mention the risk of breaking a pane of glass in the process.

We’ve got a simpler option that not only protects your plants but has been proven to increase growth and yield in tests done at The University of Nottingham.

Envii Chill Out removes the need for shading or painting greenhouses. It’s a bio-stimulant designed to allow plants to survive and thrive in temperatures above 30°C. It’s made up of plant extracts that work together to manage a plant’s reaction to heat stress. The plant’s natural reaction of aborting buds, flowers and shoots is changed to direct the plant into growing larger roots and focus on getting more nutrients and water from the soil.

Then, when the temperatures drop, the plant continues to grow aerially but with the benefit of larger root system to get more nutrients and therefore improve growth and yield.

This means that by treating your greenhouse plants with Chill Out, you can grow with confidence even when the sun is out. The product has been extensively tested in Middle Eastern glasshouses where the temperature can rise above 40°C.

Think of it as an all-round plant treatment for greenhouses or poly-tunnels that will save you time, effort and most importantly make sure your plants will continue to grow all summer long.

Click here for more information about Chill Out.





5 Tips To Keep Your Greenhouse Plants Protected

Treat with Envii Chill Out

A plant’s natural reaction to excessive heat is to wilt, abort leaves and flowers. Our first suggestion is for you to try treating your plant with Envii “Chill Out”, this reprograms the reaction, redirecting the plant’s growth to its roots, allowing for greater water and nutrient intake. Chill Out also has the proven benefits of increased yield and improved flavour of edible plants. Treat every 14 days and reap the rewards!

Click here to discover more.

Make sure the air is flowing through

Good airflow is important to keeping a greenhouse cool. Roof vents are the most effective form of ventilation; hot air rises through convection and escapes through the roof keeping the greenhouse cooler. It’s also important to have some ventilation on the side to let cooler air in. On smaller greenhouses the door can be used as a vent to great effect.

Choose the right plants

Do your homework. Greenhouse conditions mirror more tropical climates which is why we can grow tropical plants like tomatoes and chillies. There are hundreds of places on the internet to find this information but here’s one we like:

Water the soil, not the plant

If someone was really hot and dehydrated would you throw a glass water over them or pass it them to drink? It’s the same principle with plants and you might be thinking we’re pointing out the obvious but you wouldn’t believe how common this mistake is.

Check regularly

Vigilance is paramount! Keep a constant watchful eye on your plants. They’ll quickly tell you if the conditions aren’t right.

Thanks for reading!

Image by Ronald Saunders