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This is a discussion on Any reviews on Superthrive within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; What's this liquid seaweed business? Just the last couple months, I've suddenly seen people talking ...
What's this liquid seaweed business? Just the last couple months, I've suddenly seen people talking about it a lot. It sounds like it's been around for a while but I'm only just now picking up on it. I usually get my gardening supplies at a big box store and haven't seen anything like spray-on seaweed there, but it sounds like it might be a very good addition to my culture. Right now, I just use a name-brand orchid bloom-booster fertilizer kind of haphazardly. I'm not a pro, I'll admit that readily. But things grow and bloom for me.
I do a lot of my watering via spraying -- I basically mist my collection heavily every day, so I'm thinking spray-on seaweed would suit that well. If so, how often do people use it like that? And do you rotate it in with a regular fertilizer or use them concurrently?
As for SuperThrive, I've never wanted to give my plants hormones, because I'm not sure they'd have the nutrients to take advantage of that boost healthily. I'm happy giving them fertilizer and letting them do what they will with that. Again, total amateur, but so are a lot of us.
Booze them up!
I would share a drink with my orchids, but I bought them cheap vodka and I know from my younger days I don't tolerate the bottom shelf stuff well. Unfortunately, the article Betty linked there doesn't work anymore and I didn't have it seperately bookmarked. Anyone?
Victoria--The liquid seaweed I'm using is a brand called Maxicrop. I purchased a quart online. I cannot accurately reiterrate the science behind it, but I like that it can be used on stressed plants. I have never used it full strength, I do about 1/3 cap per gallon plus 1 teaspoon of vodka and use it for watering and foliar feeding.
Last edited by Kassie; August 1st, 2011 at 05:09 PM. Reason: always get my TBS & tsp mixed up
I'll have to think about the vodka thing. That's my booze of choice and I would be terribly tickled if I could say it was my orchids' too, but it seems so bizarre! Testimonials or not. Super interesting, though.
So do you use seaweed + fertilizer? It looks from the numbers like you can -- if I'm reading about this stuff right, it's kind of a mineral supplement?
Maybe I should get myself a seaweed mask and start giving myself skin treatments every time I do my orchids and we can share that too.
I use Superthrive when repotting. I like to add a few drops to a bucket of water and let them soak for a few hours in it. It seems to be good for plants in really bad condition. On a plant with virtually no roots it seems to make those roots break through very quickly. That being said, I don't know if I would have the same outcome if I used a seaweed fertilizer instead for a soak. I do find liquid seaweed to be the best fertilizer I have ever used. It produces amazing root growth. I always use a much more diluted mix than what the instructions call for with any fertilizer.
I use ST once a month at about 1/4 teaspoon per gallon. I also use it at about 1/2 teaspoon per gallon to soak bark, sphag and plants being repotted. I have noticed improved root growth. Some of this may be because of the season, but I think it has improved since the ST. I would love to try the liquid seaweed. Gonna have to try and find some.
The Maxicrop is what I use too. I had to get it online. I think this is the best response to a fertilizer that I have ever had. Tremendous root growth that I have not seen before with my orchids and a ton of plants in sheath since I started using it.
I wonder if tequila would work as well as the vodka? Probably I should experiment on myself so as not to stress the plants.
Anybody using liquid seaweed want to pm me as to a good place to find it?
I use liquid seaweed, but that wont help you as I live in Holland. It sure works for me. I especially use it for my little seedlings. They really do grow fast.