Plant Runner - Plant Care Booster Kit

What is Biochar and how is it different to charcoal?

Charcoal is produced when a biomass is heated at a temperature over 450°C with limited available oxygen. Traditionally it has been used as fuel and can be activated to work as an effective filter. Biochar is simply charcoal that has been produced with the intent to improve soil qualities by acting as a filter, increasing water holding capacity and increasing microbial activity.

So your biochar is just burnt stuff?

Well, yes. But the difference between our biochar and others is that ours has been derived from contaminant free natural wood, leaves an branches. It is created locally, in a controlled environment to increase carbon content and surface activation levels. Interesting side note – biochar is a carbon negative as it takes carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in the soil.

How does Biochar improve the soil?

Thought you’d never ask!

  • Promotes microbial activity
  • Enhances fertiliser effectiveness
  • Improves soil water and nutrient retention

Let’s talk Frass. Never heard of it.

That’s ok – you have now! Frass is an organic and natural fertiliser made from insect manure. It…

Wait what? Insect manure?

Yup! Produced right here in Melbourne, our Frass comes from black soldier fly larvae. It’s production process is carbon-negative and is a unique plant fertiliser. Our Frass is more microbially diverse than other natural fertilisers like worm castings and compost. It has an NPK of 4:2:2 and is full of trace nutrients. It is also an excellent source of Chitin.

What is Chitin?

Chitin can be found in the exoskeleton of anthropods and the cell walls of fungi. The Chitin in our Soil and Microbe Booster comes from the exoskeletons of the black soldier fly larvae that are shed during the production process. Chitin can help defend plants from pathogens and promotes the populations of microorganisms that consume pathogenic microbes, like those that cause root rot. Chitin has also been linked to the higher capture of atmospheric nitrogen and improved plant performance. Furthermore, studies have found that exposure to chitin in plants increases the expression of genes involved in the resistance of phytopathogens.


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The Essentials Kit just got boosted.

The Plant Runner Essential Kit just got better, with our world famous Indoor Plant Food and Neem Oil Leaf shine now partnering with our potting mix powerhouse – The Soil & Microbe Booster. All housed in our beautiful bespoke gift box.

Because being serious about plant care isn’t about making it more complicated. It’s about making it simpler and more beautiful to do, so you can enjoy watching your plant grow. Our products are beautifully designed, minimise waste and compliment the loveliness of your leafy ones.

Plants give us beauty and joy. The least we could do is return the favour.

Give your loved ones (or yourself) the gift they deserve with our Plant Care Booster Kit. This Kit is the Destiny’s Child of the The Plant Runner range, each containing a bottle of our Indoor Plant Food, a bottle of our Neem Oil Leaf Shine and a jar of our Soil and Microbe Booster – the essentials for a thriving plant fam.

The Contents

1 x 100ml Plant Runner Indoor Plant Food

1 x 250ml Plant Runner Neem Oil

1 x 175ml Plant Runner Soil & Microbe Booster




Nutrient and Microbe Analysis

Total nutrients: Nitrogen – 2.1%, Phosphorus – .8%, Potassium – 1.1%, Calcium – 6.5%, Magnesium – .7%, Sulfur – 0.3%, Sodium – 0.2%

Trace nutrients Aluminium, Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Molybdenum, Manganese, Nickel , Selenium, Silicon, Zinc

Frass Bacteria and fungi cell count: 240 million colony forming units (CFU) per gram.


Top Dressing

Add 1-2 teaspoons sprinkled around the root zone, once every three months.

Blending into Potting Mix

Add between 0.1 and 1 parts Soil and Microbe Booster to 10 parts potting mix. Mix through well before potting

For Compost

Add between 0.1 and 1 parts Soil and Microbe Booster to 10 parts compost.


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