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5.0 out of 5 stars really does work
was reccommended by a friend... now i have an 80% success rate as apose to the 40% i ahd before this product
Published 2 months ago by mentalmellor

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3.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, but much too wasteful due to flawed bottle design
according to the instruction, one shall put the spout into the hole and squeeze the gel into it while slowly raising the bottle until the hole is filled. Sounds easy and quick enough, tempting me to abandon powder. BUT that causes the fine cutting compost to clump with the gel that builds up around the spout and the neck of the bottle what makes the process rather messy...
Published 15 months ago by Toddy


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3.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, but much too wasteful due to flawed bottle design, 23 Sep 2013
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according to the instruction, one shall put the spout into the hole and squeeze the gel into it while slowly raising the bottle until the hole is filled. Sounds easy and quick enough, tempting me to abandon powder. BUT that causes the fine cutting compost to clump with the gel that builds up around the spout and the neck of the bottle what makes the process rather messy. Cleaning up this mess every few holes is wasting a tremendous amount of gel. (Leaving the gel/soil mix sticking to the bottle will not utilise it for the next cutting hole, because it is impossible to get it from the outside of the spout down into the hole. And preventing gel from building up around the spout and neck to avoid this problem in the first place proved impossible for me because one cannot see through the bottle nor the soil, and therefore does not see when the hole is filled before it overflows.)
As the soil clump builds up on the spout, it makes the spout even wider, widening the top of the next cutting hole - requiring even more gel to fill it.

Another flaw appears to be the very short - but thick - spout: too short to reach deep enough into the hole. That forces you to fill the hole from the middle down instead from the bottom up. Sqeezing the gel from the middle to the bottom causes it to spread out, widening the hole more than necessary. That extra cavity, of course, gets then filled with the gel too, wasting even more.
Also, as the spout is short and conical rather than long and slim, its diameter is much wider than the diameter needed for cutting holes e.g. for petunias, bacopa, verbena, geranium and such. You guessed it by now - making the hole wider what then is filled with the gel, wasting lots of it....
I tried to make a longer and thinner spout from a drinking straw, but it didn't work properly. It was not tight enough and leaked, and it couldn't stand the squeezing pressure and fell off, requiring me to use both hands. So I taped it to the bottle.....which does not permit proper closing after use....taking off the taped straw...taping straw again next day....I ended up dipping the cuttings into the gel...until the bottle was too empty to reach the gel with the cutting....

The gel itself seems to be very good, all cuttings are growing well. Although, much too few I could yield from one bottle.

Quite a long review for such a small bottle ;) But if you do a lot of cuttings to secure your and your friends' & families' next years supply, the waste adds up rapidly - it is just too expensive to squeeze it around in such a wasteful manner. And I have to admit, I am a bit angered by the trouble and the whole experience wasting my time and my money.

I am now using baby bio roota, which is also a gel (not a liquidy liquid!) - cheaper and the bottle is smaller so one can reach the bottom with the cutting - not wasting any of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really does work, 17 Oct 2014
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was reccommended by a friend... now i have an 80% success rate as apose to the 40% i ahd before this product
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Nov 2014
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Use this every year to assist geranium cuttings, never fails
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