Monty Justice’s hobby of growing roses became a lifelong passion which he turned into a business – Monty’s Rose Care – where his goal was to grow the healthiest and most beautiful roses for his customers. Monty planted and maintained rose gardens throughout the Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky areas. In order to grow the roses he desired, Monty needed a product that would provide readily available nutrients, would not burn and would not change the pH of the soil. No such product existed, so Monty set out to create a liquid plant food that would give him the results he was looking for. After nearly two years of trial and error, he created the Monty’s Plant Food proprietary formulation that is still sold today.
Although not developed for sale, Monty’s formulation gained acclaim with Master Gardeners, Rose Growers and Garden Clubs across Kentucky and the southeast and was soon asked for by name. Several Louisville, Kentucky garden centers and a local distributor took notice and inquired about selling the product. Monty’s Plant Food Company was established in 1997 to address the growing demand. The family business quickly grew to include customers in the Lawn & Garden, Greenhouse, Turf & Ornamental, and Agricultural industries.
Having started with just three base N-P-K formulations, Monty’s now offers a complete line of products to meet the needs of their customers in all market segments across the United States as well as internationally. Although committed to obtaining the desired results from the plant, Monty’s focus on the soil has made it the leader in the fields of humic substances and soil health. Monty’s products are not only unique, but product performance and the commitment to the customer are second to none.
Still a privately held company with a family atmosphere, Monty’s Plant Food Company doesn’t take their success for granted. From the company’s humble beginnings when Monty and members of his church would fill small bottles in his garage in the late 1990s, to shipping full tanker loads across the country, the folks at Monty’s appreciate the opportunity to work with every customer and are thankful for every sale. Monty Justice believed his plant food was a blessing because it had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives. His accomplishments are truly a gift to growers and gardeners around the world. As Monty himself said before he passed away in 2012, “The pleasure is in the giving.”
There's nothing like it
For years Monty’s has been the secret of spectacular gardens, flower beds and lawns. Monty's key ingredients work together to bolster root growth, promote germination, and assist with rapid uptake of nutrients by the plant.
Foliar feeding is key!
Monty’s Plant Food is so efficient it can be applied to the leaves, where it provides and enables quick uptake of other nutrients directly to the plant. This is different from how fertilizers work; they first must break down the ingredients with water and then find their way to the root system.
Monty's Plant Food is a combination of stable, quality ingredients, and has been formulated to promote faster root development, stronger plant growth and increased flower, fruit and vegetable production.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing, in February of 2012, of the co-founder and namesake of Monty’s Plant Food Company, Monty Justice, at age 84. It was Monty’s passion for growing roses that led him to create our original plant food formula in his own backyard. That same passion was evident in everything that he did – from coaching youth basketball, to caring for some of the most beautiful gardens in the region. He will be greatly missed.
In Loving Memory of
Montrose “Monty” Justice
Monty's plant foods and soil conditioner are also sold at independent lawn and garden centers. To find one near you, click here.
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