Look what us here at Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food dug up!
April 21, 2010
Watch Us Grow All Purpose Liquid Plant Food
The following is one of the many fun letters we receive from customers.
Dated May 20 1972 this is one of our favorites:
“Dear Mr. Follett Out here in the Azores we have a character named Gary Papermaster who goes around the neighborhood spraying a rather vile looking green liquid on anything from a squeaking hinge to a drooping petunia with sometimes dramatic results! He makes wild sounding claims for this concoction, calls it WATCH US GROW and says you are the head sorcerer who concocted it. After months of brainwashing in a moment of weakness I permitted him to
use this devils brew on my garden with startling results. My weeping willow no longer weeps, our blushing violets no longer blush, the pansies have grown hair on their chests, and the poor little worm that got hit by the spray ate the early bird this morning. I should also like to report that my listless mexican jumping beans were last seen by Apollo 16 on the way to the moon! In view of these dramatic results I am very anxious to obtain a gallon jug of your brew so please let me know the current price and instructions on it’s use as I am anxious to try it on myself!?
Thanking you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter,
I am Sincerely yours Harold A. Stark”
We have seen these for many years!
We really believe our product can do great things for all of our fellow gardeners and farmers everywhere.
It feels great to see the feed back we get from our great customers.
About Stephen Follett Company… Our company has its roots on a farm outside the Village of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, where in 1952 our founder, botanist and horticulturist Stephen Follett, began production of his newly developed liquid plant food concentrate Follett’s Watch Us Grow®.
He spent the previous decade experimenting with various compounds of fertilizers, trace elements and other organic and inorganic materials to find a formula that would foster healthier and better plant growth. He based his studies on the ancient idea of foliar feeding; the theory that plants can absorb nutrients through leaves, branches, stems, buds, fruits and even flowers as well as its root system. After years of trial and error, Mr. Follett perfected his gentle 8-8-8 liquid formula . . . a 256 to 1 concentrate of three major elements (nitrogen, phosphorus and potash) and five micronutrients (boron, copper, iron, manganese and zinc) plus his proprietary compound Fol-Ade® which contains eight ingredients that react on the elemental plant foods in the formula.
Since his death in 1992 at the age of 81, Mr. Follett’s grandson Phil Faustini has run the 50 year old family business. Few things have changed over the years. We’re still located on a farm a few miles from where the company started and the Watch Us Grow formula remains the same. We just don’t see any reason to tamper with something that works so darn well on everything — flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, vegetables, fruits and house plants. Mr. Follett, known for his sense of humor, jokingly said in his later years, “why it works so well is my little secret, but I think plants grow up to get away from the stuff.” He did share his secret but only with his family. We’re glad he did. You will be, too.