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KLN usage seaweed

This is a discussion on KLN usage seaweed within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi y'all so I just bought some KLN because a lot of folks seem to ...

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    Default KLN usage seaweed

    Hi y'all so I just bought some KLN because a lot of folks seem to like it. Should I leave my orchid that's in rootless in it over night? And put a few drops in a spray bottle to wet the medium? Is it okay if the stuff gets on the foliage? I also got some seaweed that was recommended by someone and it seems I can spray the whole plant with it.... Should I? I'm branching out with fertilizers.... I how should I use these products?
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    I don't use it but from what I understand it is a vitamin root hormone. You can drench, dip or mist your plant to stimulate new root growth when repotting and during the growing season, but use it only 1 or twice a month. I use Sea Kelp every time I fertilize during the growing season and I have no problem wetting not only the roots but also the foliage. I would not use either product in off season while the orchids are dormant.

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    Concur with Jack. maximum benefit for fertilizer/additives is through the roots. Drenching would help than just wetting the foliage

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    K-L-N contains two synthetic rooting hormones, indole butyrate acid and naphthalene acetic acid. For a rootless plant, several hours-, or even overnight soaking may be the only way to get them into the plant.

    One thing to keep in mind about the synthetic hormones is that they are quite unstable, so degrade fairly rapidly if warm or exposed to sunlight. Your K-L-N should have an expiration date on the bottle; SuperThrive, another synthetic hormone product does not.

    Despite the label recommendations, the hormone products, including the natural seaweed extracts like
    KelpMax, should really only be applied every 3- or 4 weeks.

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