Plant food adds nutrition to the soil in the areas where roots are growing. Osmocote® Smart-Release® technology works with the plant’s natural growth cycle. So, is Osmocote® the best? Read this page and then decide.

advantage-2Osmocote® Works with Nature

Osmocote® uses a proprietary biodegradable resin-coating to encapsulate a nutritional prill. We call the coated prill a granule. Each homogeneous prill contains a thoughtfully blended mix of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, the fundamentals of all living things. The resin-coating is made from linseed oil and is unique because the nutrition passes from the prill through the coating by the natural phenomonon of osmosis. As the plant’s root system takes-up nutrition from the soil, Osmocote® meters-out replacements, and at the rate. Plant feeding and the release of nutrients from the Osmocote® granule are both triggered by soil temperature and the presence of moisture. Feeding and replenishment are in nautral harmony.

advantage-3Osmocote® Is Tested, and Tested Again

Osmocote® has decades of rigorous field testing to confirm product effectiveness. Its scientists prove and reprove its value with hundreds of plant species in a variety of climates and soil conditions around the world.

advantage-4Osmocote® Respects Mother Nature

Soil temperature correlates to plant growth. When temperatures cool, minimal plant growth corresponds to minimal Osmocote® release. As temperatures warm, the plant growth increases, as does the Osmocote® release. This process allows the plant to utilize the majority of the nutrients, leaving little, if any, waste.

Fun Facts About Osmocote

  • Osmocote® was originally developed for professional growers. It has been the industry standard for 50 years.
  • Each granule is a nearly perfect sphere which ensures nutrition is released evenly in all directions.
  • The Osmocote® available at your favorite garden center is exactly the same as that used by nurseries and produce farmers.
  • Unreleased nutrients remain encapsulated during heavy rains and/or over watering. That minimizes excess fertilizer runoff in rivers and streams.
  • Osmocote® Plant Food's safety margin reduces the risk of 'burn' even if over-applied by 3x the recommended rate.
  • Osmocote® releases nutrition via the process of osmosis, and that, together with its special coating, is how it got its name!

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