Spreader / sticker -- is detergent OK?

gonebananas_gwJuly 15, 2013

I often need to foliar feed for some nutritional deficiency (N, Fe, Mg mainly). I often do not have commercial spreader/sticker near by.

Is liquid dish detergent OK, or does it stress plants? (Not dishwasher detergent.)

I know true soap (Na-organic) or Safer's insecticidal soap (K-organic) would be OK, but the former is inconvenient (bar) and the latter smelly.

So, is a small amount of dish DETERGENT generally OK? I ask because sometimes I see what seems to be a bit of stress, but it could easily be from something else.

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prestons_garden(9B SZ 22 HZ 6 SoCal)

gonebananas ,

Liquid Ivory or Dawn will work. You will have to google the mixing ratio.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Dish soap is fine as a spreader. Sticker means keep on in rain; dish soap won't help with that. For foliar feeding you only need a spreader so the dish soap should work fine.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:38PM
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Thanks both!

(I love the ready access to experience here.)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 8:14PM
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