Miracle-Gro usually refers to a garden products brand licensed by OMS Investments Inc. made by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in the USA and Ever Green Garden Care Ltd in the UK.

Miracle-Gro
Product typeGarden supplies
OwnerOMS Investments Inc.
CountryUSA
Previous ownersScotts Miracle Gro Inc.
Registered as a trademark inUK 2001
Websitewww.miracle-gro.com

HistoryEdit

Miracle-Gro, a water-soluble fertilizer, was developed after Horace Hagedorn met nurseryman Otto Stern and learned of Stern's troubles shipping plants in 1944.[1][2][3] The pair hired O. Wesley Davidson, a Rutgers University professor to develop the fertilizer.[1] In 1950, the company was formed after Hagedorn's wife Peggy named the product[1][4] and he is largely credited with the success of the company due to the nature of his effective marketing, employing advertisements in differing medias and working with emerging hardware chains.[1] Hagedorn, however, credits being at the right place at the right time for the success of the company. In 1963, he became the company's first full time salesman.[2] Hagedorn bought out Stern in the 1980s.[citation needed]

In 1995, the company merged with Scotts for $200 million in stock, making Hagedorn the majority investor with 42 percent of the company and 3 of 11 board seats. The merger created world's largest maker of lawn and garden products.[1][5] Hagedorn's son Jim became CEO and Chairman of the merged company.[6] Horace retired from Miracle-Gro in 1997.[7]

Otto Stern, the co-founder, was the uncle of noted historian Fritz Stern. In The Five Germanys I Have Known Fritz Stern mentions his very rich cousin Otto who had invented Miracle-Gro.[8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Martin, Douglas (2005-02-01). "Horace Hagedorn, 89, Marketing Genius Behind Miracle-Gro, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  2. ^ a b Weber, Sandra (1993-07-25). "Long Island Q&A;: Horace Hagedorn; A Small Company's Nuts-and-Bolts Approach, and Voila! (Published 1993)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  3. ^ Weber, Sandra (1993-07-25). "Long Island Q&A;: Horace Hagedorn; A Small Company's Nuts-and-Bolts Approach, and Voila! (Published 1993)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  4. ^ Perrone, Stephanie (2018-05-16). "The Sands Point Man Who Planted Miracle-Gro". LI Press. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  5. ^ Ringer, Richard (1995-01-27). "COMPANY NEWS; Scotts Sets Merger Deal With Stern's (Published 1995)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  6. ^ "Jim Hagedorn". ScottsMiracle-Gro. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  7. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S. (2006-01-01). "The Legacies They Left (Published 2006)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  8. ^ Reiss, Tom (2006-10-08). "Can It Happen Here?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-08.

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