What is Foliar Spraying and how is it important to my property?
The word Foliar means leaves. All plants have leaves of one form or another and when you feed them through these leaves you are foliar spraying them. The idea is to provide plants with important trace minerals, bacteria, enzymes, and elements necessary for a healthy plant to grow. We will strictly discuss the application of nutritional foliar sprayings and not the use of foliar sprayings concerning pest controls. That subject is covered under Pest controls for that area.
Rock Dust Club IG members see
Rock dust can be made into a liquid for spraying, see chapter on rock dust, and pest controls.
Here is a list of some of the various natural seaweed products on the market to date; (not listed?)
A powder extract from ocean micro-algae (Ascophylum Nodosum). Easy to use. Excellent for making your own Superseaweed!! Available from: Gardener's Supply
Kelp Extract (Algrow Brand) This is a special kelp extract designed for foliar sprayings, is made from cold processed Norwegian Ascophythllum Seaweed. Cold processing preserves higher levels of minerals and growth hormones than is found in other kelp extracts. This kelp extract is one of the most potent extracts available on the market today! A definite on your making your own Superseaweed list!! Available from many mail order catalogs.
Maxicrop Maxicrop is an excellent kelp extract containing over 70 trace minerals, growth hormones, cytokinins, auxins, vitamins, and enzymes. World famous as a foliar feeder and plant stimulant. Contains 1% N, 0%P, and 3%K plus elements from the ocean. Comes as a water soluble powder which mixes easily with water. Use « teaspoon per gallon or also available as a Liquid concentrate. A must in making your own Superseaweed! Available from: most mail order catalogs.
Nitro/Max Provides more efficient use of residual and applied nitrogen. A Non-toxic, non-petroleum based liquid concentrate designed to increase the natural nitrogen cycle. Available at J&J Agri-Products. Norwegian Kelp Meal (Algit brand) One of the best sources of trace minerals. Contains over 70 trace minerals, plus plant growth regulator's, vitamins, hormones and enzymes!! Harvested off the coast of Norway, the kelp meal is washed, making it the lowest in sodium of any kelp meal. Can be made into a tea and strained and sprayed on leaves of plants or best used as a soil additive. Right up there on the top ten list for making your own Superseaweed! Available from :mail order catalogs.
Sea Crop/Sea Mix One of the best liquid seaweed's around. A must for making your own Superseaweed! (Seamix is fish emulsion and liquid kelp, highly recommended!!)
Available from: Nitron Industries.. One of the few around without Urea.
Shur Crop Uses Icelandic Kelp Meal as a base. The nutrients are extracted by using a slow fermentation process at a low temperature. This a very biologically active "kelp beer" and must be kept cool. Ingredients: Icelandic Kelp meal, Leached shale, Humates, Molasses, Coconut Oil, Pine Extracts, Onion and Garlic, Diastatic Malt, Yeasts and lots of other goodies!! A great foliar spray for plants. Promotes quick recovery. Works great with Superseaweed!! A must to make your own Superseaweed! Manufactured by Hi-Bar LTD,.
Other products from the ocean
Fish Emulsion one of my favorites is Atlas Brand, available at most nurseries. Homegrown Brand 5-2-2. A great fish emulsion containing both macro elements and trace minerals. This brand is available from most mail order catalogs.
Alaska Brand More Bloom 0-10-10. Alaska Bloom is a light fish base concentration high in phosphorus and potassium that stimulates budding and blooming, to produce more fruits, vegetables, and bigger flowers. Both are available from mail order catalogs.
Fish Meal Homegrown Brand is a good source of all major trace minerals and major elements. Available from: most mail order catalogs.
Nitron Fish Emulsion A high Quality Fish emulsion. 5-0-0 A great Foliar feeder, no urea! Available from: Nitron Industries
S Quanto's Secret 2-4-2 Fish Emulsion made from white fish. Available from Gardener's Supply
SuperSeaweed: Developed by The Invisible Gardener. The ocean has always been a source of nourishment for the plant and animal kingdoms. The Oceans provide us with all the trace minerals, enzymes and bacteria necessary for healthy human growth. Plants need to have the same nutrients we do.
Ingredients: SUPERSEAWEED is a blend of over five liquid seaweed's from around the world, selected especially for their purity (no heavy metals, toxin's, etc.). NOTHING TO POLLUTE OURSELVES OR THE ENVIRONMENT EXISTS IN THIS PRODUCT. SUPERSEAWEED is a wetting agent. It makes water "wetter", allowing plants to absorb more nutrients. Because your plants will be using their available fertilizer to capacity, you will be reducing wasted, or unabsorbed fertilizer. Therefore, only « to 1/3 of your present dose of f organic fertilizer will be necessary.
In itself, SUPERSEAWEED IS NOT A FERTILIZER. SUPERSEAWEED is a special "biological activator"... by making nutrients more available to your plants, they'll become stronger and healthier, reducing plant stress, pest problems and fertilizer costs. Plants last longer and look better. SUPERSEAWEED compliments both chemical and organic fertilizers. I, of course recommend using organic fertilizers whenever possible. Use SUPERSEAWEED everywhere; flower and vegetable gardens, houseplants, fruit trees, hydroponics systems; everywhere!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: Do not shake! Use 1 capful per gallon water for all plants. Use once per week. SEEDS: 1 drop per/gal; soak over-night to promote growth. COMPOST STARTER: 1 capful per quart water per 1/2 cubic yard; to help make rich humus. GREENHOUSE: 2 capfuls per gal. twice per week; use with inline feeder to spray leaves. VEGETABLES: 1 capful per gallon, once per week; use only « usual organic fertilizer. LAWNS: 5 capfuls/gal. Excellent for orchids, roses! (5 capful per gallon.) Available from: The Invisible Gardener. See address in Resources Directory.
1 There are many seaweed products on the markets, with new ones showing up every month. This list is not a complete list by any means.
More Info on Using Superseaweed
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If your company has a natural product that you would like our members to know about, let me know!
The Invisible Gardener