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Forum: Off Topic - Totally Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Ray
I have shipped several small packages using USPS...

I have shipped several small packages using USPS flat-rate boxes. They usually arrive in 6-10 days, but I have occasionally been surprised to have them arrive sooner.

One caveat: none of them was...
Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 339
Posted By Ray
Until I figured out how to use it in my growing...

Until I figured out how to use it in my growing conditions, I had a serious “love/hate” relationship with sphagnum.

For indoor growing, I found that keeping it relatively loose in the pot and...
Forum: Auto Generated Threads by Classified System 11-26-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Posted By Ray
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Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-26-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By Ray
Yes, I sell on Amazon in the US. There are other...

Yes, I sell on Amazon in the US. There are other products around the world labeled as "Kelpmax", but I have no idea what they are.
It might be off by more than that. Standardized EC solutions tend...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-26-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By Ray
Good comments and questions, Shadeflower. ...

Good comments and questions, Shadeflower.

I’ve never gotten a “fake product” through Amazon, but I’ll take your word that it happens.

I don’t think any product is “intended” to raise the TDS,...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-26-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By Ray
I am in complete agreement that microbes play a...

I am in complete agreement that microbes play a much larger role in plant health that we may realize.

To Keith’s question, I think that, for me, it’s not “what did I see” with their use on...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-26-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By Ray
Keith - Very interesting observations. Thank you...

Keith - Very interesting observations. Thank you for posting them.

FWIW, In the 8 or 9 years I’ve used KelpMax, I have done “overdosing” only when first using the product on a new plant, or when...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-25-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By Ray
Absolutely. I think that's the difference...

Absolutely. I think that's the difference between a subsistence diet and a healthy one. But...again, it says nothing about the ratios.

Unfortunately, we know little about the true uptake...
Forum: Identification Forum 11-25-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By Ray
It seems to have the flower conformation of...

It seems to have the flower conformation of stratiotes, so if it’s not the species (it could be, I suppose), I’d bet that’s one of the parents.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-25-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By Ray
Keith, those number are quite confusing. ...

Keith, those number are quite confusing. Nitrogen is, by, far the most prevalent nutrient element in just about any plant.

But, as has been driven home by several truly knowledgeable folks,...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 11-25-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By Ray
Agreed! Happy Thanksgiving from this neck of the...

Agreed! Happy Thanksgiving from this neck of the woods, as well.
Forum: Cattleya Alliance 11-24-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 354
Posted By Ray
Have you considered immersing the old division in...

Have you considered immersing the old division in Kelpak/KelpMax solution?

1 ounce per gallon for a few hours ought to do it, then pot it back up and keep it very warm and shady.
Forum: Identification Forum 11-24-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By Ray
I doubt you’ll ever know the ID for sure, but...

I doubt you’ll ever know the ID for sure, but it’s a beauty.
Forum: Cattleya Alliance 11-24-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By Ray
Those are some fat bulbs!

Those are some fat bulbs!
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 11-23-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ray
That depends upon a lot of factors - watering...

That depends upon a lot of factors - watering frequency, volume, water quality (purity), fertilization concentration and frequency, humidity, air movement, temperature and light levels.

Ideally,...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-23-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By Ray
I just took a look at Marschner, who literally...

I just took a look at Marschner, who literally wrote the book on plant nutrition.

He states that “the phosphorus requirement for optimal growth is in the range of 0.3%-0.5% of the dry matter...
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 11-22-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ray
Have you repotted them into fresh medium in that...

Have you repotted them into fresh medium in that time, or is it the original stuff?

If you have not replaced it, the general decline might be due to accumulated salts and wastes, leading to...
Forum: Scientific Matters 11-21-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By Ray
Kelpak / KelpMax Usage

The only difference between Kelpak and KelpMax is the bottle and label. At the request of Kelp Products when I first got the stuff for resale, I purchase Kelpak and repackage and relabel it s...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 11-21-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 634
Posted By Ray
You should do both. The Kelpak will...

You should do both.

The Kelpak will stimulate the plant into new growth, all around, and the phytochemicals in it will be like a “transfusion” for the plant. The dose I recommend for routine,...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 11-21-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Ray
That is a very old growth that was buried during...

That is a very old growth that was buried during an earlier repotting.

You could just leave it there and ignore it,or remove it without harm to the plant.
Forum: Identification Forum 11-19-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By Ray
I’d say it’s a gastrochilus.

I’d say it’s a gastrochilus.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 11-18-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By Ray
There is also no need to be in a rush to repot...

There is also no need to be in a rush to repot them before your supplies arrive.

Imported plants often arrive bare-root and take weeks to arrive at their final destination. Dip the roots into...
Forum: Hybrids 11-17-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By Ray
It’s hard to say if what you’re referring to is...

It’s hard to say if what you’re referring to is what I am seeing, but what I see in the photo looks like a normal velamen layer on the roots.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 11-17-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By Ray
Let me open this with a big “thank you” for...

Let me open this with a big “thank you” for leading this discussion!
I’ve been studying orchid nutrition a great deal, and feel I fully understand a lot less that 1/20th! Every time I think I grasp...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 11-17-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 485
Posted By Ray
Not “drought”, per se, but a critical side effect...

Not “drought”, per se, but a critical side effect of less water - less food.

In nature, many orchids rely on rainfall to deliver much of their nutrition (microbes can also deliver some). Less...
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