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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 16, 2015 6:05 PM CST
Anyone used this stuff in the past? Tell me your thoughts about it... good? bad? got useful ways of using it? should I use it at all? Just curious. Ive heard both good and bad things about it.


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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 16, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Well . . . I never did buy any of that myself, mainly because my Dad used to use it. He grew lovely roses and dahlias up in Vancouver BC for years. Every time he applied the "fish fert" as he called it, every cat, dog and raccoon in the vicinity would come around for about a week afterwards. Pheeee yeeww!

He finally stopped using it when the neighbor's big dog was apprehended rolling around in the dahlia bed. The dog smushed a couple of really nice dahlia plants, and then his owner came over complaining that his dog stank so badly, he had to hose him off outdoors, let him dry and then take him to the groomers to be de-odorized.

I understand they've made some effort to reduce the smell of the fert, but, well let's just say if you want to try it, buy the smallest bottle you can, and see how it smells before going crazy with it. It's also not a complete fertilizer, since it's missing the Nitrogen component, so you probably can't use it alone. It's a bloom booster, but your plants need something with some N to grow leaves.
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Name: Jason
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riverman123
Apr 16, 2015 8:41 PM CST
thanks for the reply. I was mainly interested in it because I thought it might make fertilizing a tad bit easier. we have a very extensive full sun bed in the front of our property and the thought of getting on ones hands and knees in there is unbearable! we use the 5-1-1 counterpart of this 0-10-10 shown in the pic, and it works well for us. especially in our shade gardens for our dozens of hostas, ferns and what not. I was hoping the morbloom would work just as good for our more showy/flowery plants in our full sun beds.

(**5-1-1 organic fish emulsion)
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 17, 2015 7:41 AM CST
Sure, as I said, my Dad's roses and dahlias sure seemed to like it. As long as you're ok with the smell, I'd use the 5-1-1 when the plants are just starting up, and switch to the Morbloom formula once the plants are blooming size.
Elaine

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 17, 2015 7:51 AM CST
I have used this particular product and it seemed to work well. I don't know whether it works any better than "ordinary" water-soluble fertilizer, with a similar ratio, however. It is awfully smelly and I only used it outdoors.
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orchidgal
Apr 17, 2015 9:01 PM CST
Most of my gardening friends here use Maxi Crop. It is a seaweed derivative; but isn't smelly. A little goes a long way (it's gone up in price -- I just bought another quart two days ago); a capful to a gallon of water and then just foliar spray. It does make a difference.
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kenjpet
Jun 24, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Can Alaska morbloom be used as a foliar feed?
Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Jul 6, 2016 1:00 AM CST
It is great fertilizer. Stinks, but will not burn like more ferts.
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Thomas75
Jul 6, 2016 2:40 AM CST
I just googled Maxicrop and their information shows it to be "Maxicrop Soluble Seaweed Powder 0-0-17" based. Pricing on the internet was all over the place but generally about $10.00 a quart, seems a bit costly for just Potash. They show it to be good for the root development.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 6, 2016 6:33 PM CST
I have not used that brand but I use liquid Fish Fertilizers all the time. Honestly it is one of the best you can get. Plants love it.

The smell goes away rather quickly for me. But yes, that first night after applying it does smell like the ocean in the garden.

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