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RE: iron chelate spray defoliating blueberry bushes? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Capoman on 05.17.2012 at 10:21 am in Fruit & Orchards Forum

I would concentrate on getting the pH down faster then the sulphur will do. It very well could be the pH, not the chelate that's killing your berries. It's amazing how fast they will recover once the pH is right. Problem is as you stated, sulphur is slow acting due to requiring microbes to convert it to sulphate. Might want to consider putting in aluminum sulphate to bring the pH down quickly, although it takes about seven times as much to do so, but much faster. Also watering with low pH water might help as well.

The best solution though may be to prepare an acid bed properly and transplant. I fought my blueberries for years trying to bring the pH of soil that was not properly prepared, and the plants never flourished. Then I decided to create a raised bed, used peat and adjusted the pH before transplant. The plants immediately responded with vigor after transplant. I also mulch with pine bark, and the plants are doing great, and loaded with growth and berries since then.

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clipped on: 06.14.2012 at 12:33 pm    last updated on: 06.14.2012 at 12:33 pm

spraying sulfur powderI

posted by: dennyg on 09.21.2009 at 10:58 am in Garden Clinic Forum

I'm attempting to spray sulfur on my tomato plants to kill the russet mites. I'm using ferti-lome dusting sulfur; 4 TBL per gallon of water, applied with a Flow-Master sprayer (air pressured tank). Problem: the sulfur powder isn't completely soluble, and the sprayer nozzle becomes clogged almost instantly.

I have filtered the sulfur solution; it works kind of, but it's a hassle. I have wrapped cloth around the bottom end of the syphon tube; it also works kind of, but the cloth has to be replaced after each spraying.

Bottom line, does anyone know of a sulfur product/sprayer combination or a procedure that is less of a hassle. Or, a non-powder pesticide that will effectively kill russet mites, without making the tomatoes inedible.

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clipped on: 06.14.2012 at 11:17 am    last updated on: 06.14.2012 at 11:17 am

RE: Axis info...vs. Turface (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: tanyag on 06.06.2008 at 07:55 am in Container Gardening Forum

I don't actually use either product. I use OilDri which I buy at Sam's Club in the automotive section for $4.88. It is roughly 2-3 mm in size and also very dusty when you first open the bag. I don't have to screen it persay. The particle size doesn't get smaller than 2 mm that I've seen. I put it in a mesh strainer and run it under water for about 10 minutes. I came across it two or three years ago when learning about Al's mix but wanting to use something other than perlite (I hate those floating white beads!)

At any rate, I ran several test on this product to make sure it wouldn't break down and turn into kitty litter mush. Several people on the C & S and Bonsai forums warned that it would just break down and that it couldn't possibly be high-fired clay. I don't know about high-fired, medium-fired or any of that. I do know that I put it in a glass full of water and sat it in my window sill. I aggitated it four times a day with a fork for about a minute each time. After a week of no change, I put it in a pot full of water and boiled it for about 20 minutes - no change. I ended up using it, but kept the stuff in the cup of water. There was about 3/4 cup in a 32 oz glass. I would occasionaly add water to it and it ended up sitting there for almost 3 months and there was absolutely no change. I tried to break it with many different things and this stuff just wouldn't break.

I have plants that have been in soil made with the OilDri (some with only OilDri) that have been there for almost three years and there is no change in the OilDri. It is heavy, but I don't care. Water runs through it freely, but each little piece holds moisture and lets it go as my plant needs it. The bag that I get for $4.88 is a 40 lb. bag. I don't think you can beat that. It seems smaller than the axis, but I love the stuff.

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clipped on: 04.27.2012 at 10:30 pm    last updated on: 04.27.2012 at 10:30 pm

Volunteer Rose

posted by: pattyokie on 04.17.2012 at 10:07 am in Roses Forum

In cleaning up my garden this year I uncovered a volunteer rose. I've never heard of such a thing. It is about 3 ft away from a climbing rose I've had about 7 yrs & in a spot close to where I tried to grow a rose tree about 5 yrs ago but had to pull it up, roots & all, after the first yr, so I don't know if it could be from one of those.

Anyway, it is not in a good spot, overwhelmed with other plants around it, so I'm thinking of moving it. Is this safe for it? It is about the size of a gallon of milk.

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clipped on: 04.17.2012 at 10:24 am    last updated on: 04.17.2012 at 10:24 am