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  January 28th, 2019
Lichfield & District Allotments Society

High Peak

Club Root

Lichfield Allotments Society
As we all know this is a soil borne fungus which attacks all Brassicas including Swedes, Turnips and even Wallflowers. Once in your soil the spores can last up to 20 years even if the ground is not used for growing Brassicas.

I was aware that some commercial growers use agro chemicals that are not available to the general public, on doing some research I found that ARMILLATOX in the past had claimed that their product would "clear out" club root & onion white rot and kill both ants & weevils. I understand that the company had to drop this claim under pressure from Brussels and that the product is now called Armillatox Patio Cleaner, I have also read somewhere that the product sold today is exactly the same as it was when the claims were made. With this in mind the following quote is from Armillatox sales literature.

We believe that the correct long term answer to club root is to purge the ground free of this parasite, and this can be done by drenching the soil with diluted Amillatox 50 parts of water to 1 part concentrate. If you have not been able to treat the ground prior to planting then a 100:1 dilution direct into the dibber holes plus the occasional watering at 150:1 every 3 weeks or so around the base of the plants will be beneficial.
  • No need to lime the area as Armillatox will correct ph levels.
  • No need to use herbicides as Armillatox will sterilise weed seeds.
  • No need to fertilize as Armillatox will make up the deficiencies.
As this is a natural product made from phenols and blended in vegetable oil soap, it is completely bio-degradable, it is claimed that it will enhance the soil rather than polute it. These phenols are obtained from plant life and it is the phenols in growing plants that give them their natural resistance to disease.

If like myself you are struggling against club root, this product appears well worth trying, I'll let you know how I get on during the Autumn.

Pat Bardon

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