Garden in a bottle: Ultimate invention for lazy gardeners packets up seeds, compost and feed for splendid instant border – NO work, NO weeding
16:36 GMT, 4 October 2012
It is the ultimate invention for the not-so green-fingered types – a ‘garden in a bottle’
The new three-in-one product contains compost, plant food and hundreds of seeds for 29 different varieties of flowers to provide the user with an instant garden.
After digging over a border, all gardeners have to do is sprinkle the contents of the bottle over the soil and water it.
Instant garden: User-friendly: The garden in a bottle is the ultimate invention for
not-so green-fingered types – a three-in-one product containing compost,
plant food and hundreds of seeds for 29 different varieties of flowers
Within six weeks from the spring-time application, their ‘efforts’ are rewarded with a stunning multi-coloured display of flowers that will last through to the first autumn frost.
The user will not even have to bother with weeds as the flowers and foliage is so concentrated there isn’t enough room for them.
The product, called Flower Magic, has been produced by plant food company Scotts Miracle Gro and will hit garden centre shelves by January.
It is aimed at either novice gardeners who don’t have the expertise to produce a colourful border or people who don’t have enough time to cultivate their own plants.
The firm tested the bottle earlier this year on one square metre patches and the results were a vibrant ‘meadow garden’ effect.
There will be three colour schemes to chose from; multi-coloured, blue and white and pink and white. The species include cosmos, dianthus, echium and calendula.
John Clowes, spokesman for Miracle Gro, said: 'This will assist gardeners who want an easy and effortless way of creating colourful flower borders.
Stunning results: Bottle gardeners will see impressive displays bloom – and will not even have to bother with weeding as the flowers are so concentrated there isn't enough room for them in the border
'It is fool-proof and so it is ideal for novice gardeners or those who don’t have time to sow their own seeds indoors and then transfer the seedlings into borders.
'But it is also for seasoned gardeners who may want an area filled in very quickly with flowers.
'Once the soil has warmed up a bit in April or May, all you have to do is dig over an area and evenly sprinkle the contents of the bottle.
'You then tickle it in to the soil and water so that the dried compost turns a dark brown colour.
'In four weeks the area will be covered in young green plants and after six weeks the first flowers will appear and they will bloom until the first frost which is normally November.
User-friendly: Instant gardeneres simply upend the contents of the bottle where they want the flowers to sprout – and a stunning border will grow with next to no labour needed
'These are decorative annual plants that will produce a fantastic floral display and grow no more than 2ft tall.
'The idea is that you dont have to do it in drills or rows in a regimented fashion, you just sprinkle it over a maximum of a four square metre area and wait.
'You will get different results depending on the position of the garden and the type of soil. Some varieties might do better than others.'
The key to the product is coir compost which is compressed in the bottle but absorbs water like a sponge when wet and expands instantly.
It then surrounds the seeds in a protective layer during the germination period.
Tim Rumball, editor of Amateur Gardening magazine, said the new invention is not designed for those who like neat and formal flower borders.
He said: 'This is a great fun idea and is really for gardeners who want a big area of soil suddenly transformed into loads of colour without too much effort.
'If you have a large bed and think ‘what am I going to do with that’ then prepare the soil, sprinkle this on the surface, rake it over, water it and walk away.
'As long as there is food and drink in the soil and a bit of sunshine, they will perform. The odd bit of dead-heading may be required to keep them flowering.
'But you won’t get any structure with it, where you have bigger flowers at the back and smaller ones at the front. It will not produce a neat, formal border.'
The bottles of Flower Magic will cost 12.99 each.