Organic Plant Care Products
Buchanan’s Native Plants provides the best quality and widest selection of natural organic products available. We also favor products made right here in Texas. We believe in the basic principle of organic gardening: “Keep Your Soil Happy.” Organic products work to feed the microbes in your soil and the microbes in turn feed your plants. You’ll have healthier, stronger plants with organically enriched, well-draining “happy” soil.
Gardening Tip: Getting Rid of Black Sooty Mold
Black Is the New Orange?
Are your citrus trees black? If so, you are not alone. We’ve had an overwhelming number of customers coming in with Ziploc baggies filled with citrus leaves covered with a black film. It’s called black sooty mold and is actually caused by insects. Sap sucking insects often set up shop on the underside of leaves. When they ingest large amounts of sap they start excreting a sweet, sticky substance called honeydew. The honeydew is collected on the surface of lower leaves and that is where the sooty mold begins to grow. The treatment of the mold begins with the insect that is causing it. We recommend a few products. Horticultural Oil or Neem Oil is a good organic treatment that should eliminate the guilty insects. In extreme cases I would recommend Bonide’s Citrus Orchard Spray while still organic does contain pyrethrin which some organic gardeners try to avoid whenever possible. Whichever route you decide on to treat your citrus, we’ve got you covered.
PS. It is important to note that more often than not insects are attacking plants that are under stress. Sometimes that can be over watering, under watering or under fertilizing. After your treatment of the insect or disease is finished we always recommend regular applications of an organic fertilizer. Our favorite is seaweed. Regular applications of liquid seaweed to the roots and/or foliage will bring your plants back to optimum health and help fight off future ailments.
Product Highlight: Happy Frog Organic Fertilizers.
Happy Frog® Fertilizers are pH-balanced with premium organic ingredients like bat guano, kelp meal, bone meal, feather meal and other beneficial microbes to help convert fertilizers into vital plant food and enhance disease-resistance.
- Happy Frog Tomato & Vegetable 7-4-5 has an optional ratios between nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that allows the plant to feed vigorously while producing abundant high quality fruit. Added calcium helps prevent blossom end rot and build stronger cell walls, making plants more disease resistant.
- Happy Frog Fruit & Flower 5-8-4 is designed to supply essential nutrients for luscious fruit and flower development. Encourages vigorous root systems, robust bud size, and multiple branching. Expect brighter colors, spellbinding scents, and delicious flavors, all thanks to the extra boost that comes from the micronutrients and living organisms.
- Happy Frog All Purpose 5-5-5 is ready-to-use, pH balanced blend of natural fertilizers. Some ingredients allow for instantly available nutrition, while others deliver slow-release nitrogen over time. Highly recommended for vegetable gardens, annual and perennial flower gardens, ornamental plantings, and all types of container gardening.
Texas Tomato Food
Texas Tomato Food Formula is a premium tomato fertilizer that can also be used for squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and melons. Created from a mix of bat guanos, sea kelp, mycorrhizae, earthworm castings, humic acid, minerals and amino acids. Super-concentrated!! One gallon of Texas Tomato Food makes 256 gallons! Dissolves instantly!
Are you prepared for mosquito season?
Find more information on mosquito control from ‘The Dirt Doctor’ Howard Garrett here.
Focus on Fungus
When fungus starts to be a problem
We are seeing more & more fungal problems this time of year: powdery mildew on crepes, roses and many veggies; black spot on roses; brown patch in the lawn. The main question is what to use? Let our garden experts help you select the appropriate product for your problem.
These are some of the organic options available:
Fungus Control for Plants:
Fungus Control for Lawns:
Bugs Bugging You?
Lacebugs on azaleas, leaf miners on citrus, hornworms and stinkbugs on tomatoes — ugh! Ask Kevin or one of our garden experts what to use.
Here’s a short list of remedies. Be sure to read the label.
Azalea Lace Bug Issues?
Horticultural Oils & Insecticidal Soaps are effective in controlling the problem
Once your azaleas are infested with the Azalea Lace Bug, you will know it! The damage is unmistakable. The leaves will look as though the chlorophyl has been sucked out of them – and actually it has. These sap sucking insects will be found on the underside of the leaf.
A great article that explains the problems & organic cures is published by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and can be found on this link.
Horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps can be used to kill & control the lace bugs. Safer Insect Killing Soap is an OMRI listed product that is effective against aphids, leafhoppers, mealybug control, mites psyllids, sawfly larvae, soft scales, spider mites, whiteflies & other insects.
EcoSmart Insect Killer Granules
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Mosquito Control for Outdoor Gatherings
EcoSmart Insect Controls
Safe. Effective. Smart.
An organic insecticide that won’t harm the environment. EcoSMART products made from a patented blend of organic plant oils. Kills bugs fast, without any synthetic toxins or harmful residue. Naturally.
YOUR LAWN WILL LOVE IT!
Medina Hasta Gro Lawn (12-4-8 Liquid Lawn Food)
Liquid nutrients are taken up directly through the leaves for more efficient fertilizer absorption. East to apply with your garden hose.
Contains humates, chelated trace elements and Medina Soil Activator to stimulate natural soil organisms and plant growth.
Buchanan’s Native Plants partners with Arbico Organics to bring you a great selection of natural pest controls, including beneficial nematodes, trichogramma wasps and more. Just click on the link go to their website to order!