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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Mar 3, 2015 6:58 PM CST
i know they make fertlizer that you add to the water/soil but is there a good one to add to water and spray on the leaves / one that roots hydro organics possibly sells?
Name: Michele Roth
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Mar 3, 2015 7:21 PM CST
Seaweed emulsion is a good foliar product. It's sold in liquid form that you dilute with water right before use. If you need a higher nitrogen product look for fish and seaweed emulsion, but you probably won't want to use it's a bit odoriferous.
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Mar 3, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I think any soluble chemical fertilizer works as a foliar spray. Peter's, Miracle-Gro, etc.

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Mar 3, 2015 10:07 PM CST
I agree any readily soluble fertilizer will work. But you're going to be doing a lot of spraying to grow some of the plants you've mentioned. Long term, you can't expect large terrestrial plants like your Bird of Paradise and ginger plants to gain enough nutrients from foliar feeding. A pelleted time-release fert like Osmocote or the like mixed into the soil will release a slow supply of the right stuff to the roots and will be much more effective.

Epiphytes like orchids and bromeliads do fine with foliar feeding because they are designed to take on the majority of their nutrients through the leaves. But big terrestrial plants need to be fed through the roots.

Think about where and how your plants grow in nature, then decide how to help them grow their best.

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Mar 4, 2015 7:44 AM CST
Right on, Elaine. Thumbs up
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Mar 4, 2015 8:15 AM CST
okay I'll stick to watering with fertilizer In it. Seems to work just fine as is. I'll also try to get pictures of my plants someday so I can show you guys

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