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PHC Roots Tree Saver

Roots Tree Saver puts back into the soil, what man-made landscapes have taken away. Tree Saver contains beneficial mycorrhizal fungi that work to create a secondary root system that provides a dramatic increase in the plant's ability to extract water and mineral elements from the soil. This is critical for the quick establishment of a new tree or shrub.

  • Improves trees and shrubs likelihood to establish quickly
  • Inoculates soil with mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial bacteria
  • Terra-Sorb ingredient holds more water in root zone
  • Provides humic acids that can improve nutrient uptake

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Product Details

ROOTS® PHC® Tree Saver® is a comprehensive soil inoculant combining mycorrhizal fungi,
beneficial rhizosphere bacteria and Myconate® (formononetin), a naturally occuring isoflavone
that increases root colonization by VA mycorrhizal (VAM) fungi. Also included are Roots® PHC® Terra-Sorb® hydrogels to hold moisture in the root zone, humic acids and various microbial
*Covered by US Patents 5,002,603; 5,085,682; 5,691,275; 5,981,775.

Mix into the backfill when transplanting trees and shrubs. Follow application rates based on the diameter of the planting hole, or on stem caliper according to the chart below. Mix product in a ringshaped volume of soil around the upper portion of the root ball, extending from the soil surface to a depth of about 8 inches and extending from the root ball outward about 8 inches.


Use one 3oz packet per tree or one 3oz packet for two 3 gallon shrubs.


Avoid breathing dust. Gloves recommended. Wash hands after handling. Keep out of reach of children.


Store at temperatures between 50° and 90° F in a dry place away from direct sunlight. 



Active Ingredients
Ectomycorrhizal Fungi........................

200,000 spores/g Pisolithus tinctorius VA Endomycorrhizal (VAM) Fungi......... 2.9 spores/g Entrophospora columbiana

2.9 spores/g Glomus clarum
2.9 spores/g Glomus etunicatum 2.9 spores/g Glomus intraradices

200,000 spores/g 11.6 spores/g

Rhizosphere Bacteria........................... 1.7 Million cfu /g 380,000 cfu/g Bacillus licheniformis
380,000 cfu/g Bacillus megaterium

90,000 cfu/g Bacillus polymyxa 380,000 cfu/g Bacillus subtilis 380,000 cfu/g Bacillus pumilus

90,000 cfu/g Paenibacillus azotofixans
Potassium Polyacrylate ................................. 33.300% Humic acids (derived from Leonardite) ........ 10.500% Formononetin ................................................. 0.007%

MICROBIAL NUTRIENTS......................... 28.9%
23.6% Seaweed Meal (
derived from Ascophyllum nodosum)

5.3% Maltodextrin

INERT INGREDIENTS ............................ 27.293% 17.600% Greensand

5.800% Leonardite extract (other than humic acids) 2.870% USP Mineral Oil
1.000% Kaolin clay
0.023% Talc


Additional Information

Questions and Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Recommended by Maria in customer service at The Planting Tree
Christina L on Oct 17, 2016
Thought we would see if this help us grow the Oak we just bought.
Justin H on Sep 18, 2016
Recommended by Maria in customer service at The Planting Tree
Christina L on Oct 17, 2016
This was highly recommended.
Jamie F on Oct 9, 2016
Thought we would see if this help us grow the Oak we just bought.
Justin H on Sep 18, 2016
It claims to make your shrub grow twice as fast.
Elsa R on Aug 18, 2016
This was highly recommended.
Jamie F on Oct 9, 2016
It claims to make your shrub grow twice as fast.
Elsa R on Aug 18, 2016
I have a volunteer sapling from my flowering crab tree and a dwarf lilac bush I would like to transplant them into another area in my yard. I live in Kentucky and we are still having exceptionally warm winter and always like to plant transplant in the fall because of low maintenance of watering.
I also had read that using epson salts into the soil during transplanting takes the shock and trama away from the root. Do have any advice on that?
Thank you.
Charlotte B on Nov 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend just doing the transplant without any epson salts. The tree saver packet works wonders! The most important part is keeping it watered for a transplant

Planting Instructions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.



Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart.  At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure you package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

Fedex Transit Map

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I used this product in the fall and it worked. My tree rooted in faster and since I'm a gardner, I dug up some of the roots to check and noticed that there were more roots than the other tree that I didn't use it on.
June 20, 2016

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