Daylilies forum: Fertilizer recipes

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 5, 2014 6:05 AM CST
Has anyone here used either of these recipes?

HOOKER'S FORMULA (5 GALLON BUCKET)

1/3 cup Peters or Miracle Grow (Crystals)
1/3 cup Epsom salts
1/3 cup liquid iron
1/3 cup fish emulsion
5 gallons of water

Put the ingredients into the 5 gallon bucket, then add the water using a garden hose making sure the ingredients are well mixed and disolved. As the mixture should not be stored, adjust the recipe to make only the amount you need. Apply 2-4 cups to each clump, more or less, depending on the size of the clump.
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FIRST YEAR SEEDLING BLOOM POTION (from Tinkers)

1 cup Beer, any brand, rot gut generics will do
1 cup lemon ammonia
1/2 cup lemon Joy dishwashing soap
1/3 cup mint oil (this is for thrips, but I've never bought it because I can't find it)
1/2 cup white Karo syrup (sometimes I leave this out because it clogs the sprayer)
1/2 cup Miracle-grow or Peters (Crystals)
Mix the contents into a hose end sprayer. Set at 2 oz. per gallon. Saturate soil and foliage every 21-days. Spray early morning or late afternoon only.
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I found this on another website doing a google search and saw some names that looked familiar.
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Jul 5, 2014 12:08 PM CST
Becky, mint oil is available from Swanson Vitamins (maybe online too)

I also use mint oil as rodent repellent. Saturate cotton and put around inside the garage, etc.
Also have mint herbs growing in yard for same reason. (Neighbor's grain storage is a rat magnet)

Also would say some form of sugar IS needed.
IMO molasses would be better than corn syrup and best would be molasses with sulfur (if you can find it).
The reason being that the beer is the captain of what is happening and some form of sugar is need to carry the action out.
Some sort of enzyme boost, I think.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jul 5, 2014 4:31 PM CST
Pat - I was thinking the Karo syrup was the form of sugar for that second recipe. I have never tried either, but came across these recipes while googling for fertilizer recipes. I think I may have some mint oil. I am pretty sure. It's quite expensive, too!
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