Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer. I have tried a variety of liquid kelp fertilizers and this one has become my go to for quality and value. First this stuff is highly concentrated, for instance a 16 ounce bottle will make between 16-32 gallons depending on how you dilute. I generally go with 1 ounce per gallon myself for a soil drench and 1/2 ounce per gallon as a foliar feed.
Since I use a lot of it I buy it by the gallon, that comes to about 39 dollar with shipping but it still beats the price of 16.95 for a pint with free shipping, yet again a little goes a long way and many of you will be better off with the smaller size.
So what is the big deal with liquid kelp, at first the NPK ratio may seem like well, not so big of a deal. As it is Nitrogen 2% Phosphorus .23% and Potassium 5%. The key is all of that is 100% bio-available to your plants at application. Again a little goes a long way.
The real key though is the minerals, Liquid Kelp gives your plants access to over 70 different minerals and they are all easily absorbed. Here are some of the well established benefits of liquid kelp.
- Improves seed germination and increases root development.
- Increases bloom set and size of flowers and fruit.
- Increases and stabilizes chlorophyll in plants, which results in darker green leaves and increased sugar content in plants.
- Relieves stress in plants caused by extreme weather conditions.
Increases plant vigor, and thus imparts a greater resistance to disease, insect attack, drought, and frost.
- Increases microorganisms in the soil that can fix nitrogen from the air.
- Increases mineral uptake from the soil and into the plant.
- Increases the storage life of fruits and vegetables by retarding the loss of protein, chlorophyll, and RNA.
- Retards the aging process in plants (senescence), thereby lengthening the production season.
The key with this stuff is how you use it. In general about three times a season, early, middle and late I apply a soil drench of this stuff at 2 ounces to the gallon to my plants. And about once every two weeks, I use it in a foliar spray directly on the plants at 1/2 ounce per gallon, I also use Garrett Juice at the recommend rate in this spray. I combine this spray with Howard Garrett’s “Garlic Pepper Tea” every other application to control pests. You just mix that up yourself, here are the instructions for that.
Let me tell you if you take two plants and do this with one and not the other for a single season you will be a big time believer really fast! In fact I bet you won’t make it though the season without starting to use it on your control plant as in a month you will have all the evidence you need.
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