[NAFEX] Saving over-fertilized plants
growyourown at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 1 21:58:30 EST 2010
I understand leaching out excess fertilizer with large amounts of water. However I am not sure how gypsum plays a role in this process. Could you explain.
On Jan 27, 2010, at 10:32 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> If your plant needs fertilizer and you fertilize it, it usually takes
> eight days for the fertilized plant to show signs of being fertilized. If
> you over fertilize, the effect may appear sooner. If over fertilized and
> you want to save the plant, stir in copious amounts of gypsum into the soil
> and water profusely. This technique usually works with potted plants and
> can also work if planted outside in well drained soil. It'll take time but
> plants often restore their health.
> Most of the cases of over fertilization I hear about is from users of
> 'Miracle-Gro.' I warn my students to not use it or any high nitrogen
> fertilizer -or - if they do continue to use it, water with 1/2 teaspoon (the
> little end of the plastic spoon that comes with Miracle-Gro) per gallon of
> water every)(!) time they water the plant.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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