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Vigoro Vs. Scotts Plant Food

By Jack Burton ; Updated September 21, 2017
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Vigoro and Scotts are two well-known commercial companies producing plant food for consumer needs. Scotts markets its products under the brand names Scotts, Fertiligene, Osmacote, Miracle Grow and Evergreen. Vigoro markets under the names Vigoro, Sure-Gro, Colorburst and Green Earth. Both companies are well represented in the aisles of garden centers.

Location and Scope

Vigoro is a Canadian-based company while Scotts is based out of Ohio. Scotts does business worldwide and is the largest company marketing consumer lawn and garden care products.

Primary Products

Both companies produce and market a variety of products aimed at the homeowner. General products include fertilizers for lawns and gardens and specific applications for plants such as tomatoes, roses and evergreens.

The 4-Step Program

Scotts heavily markets its 4-Step program for year-round lawn care. Each step is designed to do a specific feeding and pest control at a specific time of the year. Vigoro has nothing comparable to Scotts program.

Organic Products

Scotts makes and markets many more organic plant food products than Vigoro. Pink Garden Food is the brand name organic for Vigoro and they only have one product. Scotts has a complete line under Miracle Grow and Osmacote.

Company Ownership

Scotts has been a privately owned company since its leading executives bought the company in 1986. Vigoro is part of United Companies, which owns a number of pesticide and agricultural chemical manufacturers.


About the Author


Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.