Seaweed; Nature's Hydroponic Miracle

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Seaweed is an absolute gardening marvel loaded with many major plant nutrients and over 60 trace nutrients required by plants. And it's not really a plant, itself, it's more closely related to algae but when used dry or fresh it can really give your plants a huge boost. seaweed,seaweeds

And there is no advantage over using a liquid extract over a dried mixture besides the fact that the liquid will mix easier.

Traditionally it is used as an adjunct in organic hydroponics and even in dirt gardening but when used in conjunction with fish emulsion and bone meal or blood meal it is a complete hydroponic fertilizer - this is what the Mittleider experiment in Montreal used as fertilizer.

The Mittleider experiment was an attempt to create a hybrid organic hydroponics system on rooftops of the inner city by using wooden grow boxes set on roofs and filled with a light growing medium such a combination of sand, perlite and vermiculite. Water was treated with bloodmeal, fish emulsion and seaweed extract to make the perfect nutrient.

I highly recommend its use as an organic adjunct. It can be bought as an extract and, in full strength, is added to nutrient water at the rate of 1 to 1.5 teaspoons per gallon.

As a supplement in a conventional hydroponics system using a processed hydroponics fertilizer I would add no more than 2 teaspoons per 8 gallons of water.

In addition to it's nutrient value, it will also encourage the growth of bacteria around plant roots due to it's organic nature. Remember that bacteria is 'good' in that it aids much of the plant's basic processing as well as giving some increased disease resistance.

And if you regularly flush your system with plain water every 2 weeks or so bacteria will never be a problem. So I encourage you to try some out to use as a supplement - you may be pleasantly surprised at the results...


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