[NAFEX] Saving over-fertilized plants

mark wessel 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
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