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LET’S TALK GARDENING – What’s All the Hubbub About Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Fertilizer?

By Doug Hensel
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To put it simply—Bio-Tone is a starter plant food for organic gardening. And, it contains Mycorrhizae. Together they promote stronger roots, bigger blooms, and healthier plants.


I can’t stress enough how I feel about using Bio-Tone. I will never plant anything without incorporating Bio-Tone in the hole when planting.

So, what are mycorrhizae? They are a beneficial fungus. Mycorrhizae are one of the most valuable organisms our soil can have. Mycorrhizae means “fungus root” in Greek. Now, you are thinking “fungus” and the negative connotation that seems to always accompany the word fungus.


Mycorrhizae are meant to be used instead of any synthetic fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro or Jack’s Classic. DO NOT USE BOTH!!! If you use a synthetic fertilizer after applying mycorrhizal fungi to your new planting, it will effectively kill the fungi. So, stay organic with all future feedings. And, there are plenty of great organic fertilizers that you can use to fertilize your flowers and plants such as Fish Emulsion, SeaWeed, our very own SEEDLINGERS FERTILIXIR, and more. I can’t stress this point enough—ONCE YOU DECIDE ON GOING ORGANIC WITH BIO-TONE THEN STAY ORGANIC.


Our program for Seedlingers Fertilixir is that we sell it by a gallon jug for $24.99. The beauty of this program is that you can return to us weekly and get a re-fill FREE. That’s right–FREE!!! And, it will be free for you until December thus making the initial cost of $24.99 a great bargain.

Fertelixir delivers both nutrients for plant health and nutrition for microbial soil life. Simply, the soil microbes at the organic components in Fertelixir, which builds their populations. Fertelixir can be used with all plants—tropical houseplants, herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.


From a green industry standpoint, March 1st begins our spring season. Many of our plants are beginning to break dormancy. When they break dormancy then that is a good indicator to think about giving them their first feeding of the growing season.

March is a great planting month so remember about ESPOMA BIO-TONE for all new plantings.


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3 thoughts on “LET’S TALK GARDENING – What’s All the Hubbub About Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Fertilizer?

  1. Doug,
    Looking for more info on your Fertelixer. How is it used? What size coverage of veggie garden will I get from 1 gallon? How often do yourecommeed re-application? Thanks

  2. Is the Bio Tone only to be used when first planting flowers? Can it be used for anything else? I bought it and used it when planting my annuals and have a mostly full bag left.
    Thank you

  3. Lisa,
    Good Morning. Very good question.
    Yes, Bio Tone is only used down inside the hole at the time of planting. It needs to come into direct contact with the plant roots. Bio Tone dies ifr exposed on top of the ground. Bio Tone will keep. Keep it dry. In a garage or shed would work out well. With all future feedings you want to stay organic so using Espoma Garden Tone or Plant Tone are good choices. Doug

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