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Shadeflower 09-23-2021 04:02 AM

I get told I can't do a lot of things ES.

edit: I'm sure Ray will weigh in on this too but I won't speak on his behalf since I did seek his advice about it.

If one researched the stuff one will find out that it is marketed to farmers on a big scale. It is mainly a farming booster which is great for us orchid growers too of course.

So if I was a potato farmer, I wouldn't want to know the dose orchids want, I'd want a monthly dose to spray on my field of potatoes. Job done.

If you know me, you might know I analyse (and probably overanalyse) everything which I'd like to think is what makes me a good orchid grower.

Why only feed once a month is what I would have to say.

Do orchids get the same dose potatoes would get?

All important questions to ask imo.

Roberta 09-23-2021 12:33 PM

Don't think of the kelp as "fertilizer" - it is a root stimulant. So once a month is reasonable - that's the instruction with Kelpmax as well. (And the concentration fits with that regimen as well) Fertilizer is completely another story. Vandas need lots - fertilizing a Vanda once a week, or more dilute, even every watering, is beneficial.

WaterWitchin 09-23-2021 12:45 PM

What Roberta says ^^ Kelpmax isn't a fertilizer. I wouldn't think using it as diluted as Shadeflower is doing is harmful. Likely not necessary, but if it works for him why not?

I "try" to use Kelpmax once a month. Sometimes it doesn't happen. For what it's worth, I use one Tablespoon per gallon, because that's how we measure stuff here in my neck of the woods. Have no idea whether that's equivalent to what Camille said about milliliter to liter, and would hate to try converting and screw it up. So if of interest, please do your own math...it makes my head hurt too much. :biggrin:

Dusty Ol' Man 09-23-2021 02:10 PM

Ray gives instructions for using Kelpmax on his website, and they are printed on the bottle. To read more about Kelpmax, how it works, and how to use it, go to KelpMax Kelp Extract › First Rays LLC

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