water to fish emulsion ratio

farmerdrewApril 3, 2009

I purchased some fish emulsion in bulk, unlabled containers. I would like to dilute it down and put some in the bottom of the hole before I plunk my seedlings in the ground. I know that everyone elses bottle say right on it and there are a million pages of info on the net that dances all around this but what is the exact ratio?! If someone could even give a rough idea it would be helpful. Also, is this the same ratio that I can dump at the base of these plants and in containers or is that different. Any help would be greatly apreciated.Thanks

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

Rough idea? ...maybe and maybe not. If the bulk stuff is real thick like Neptune fish/seaweed, I would guess you could use its ratio of 128 to 1 or one tablespoon per gallon of water.

If your stuff is thin, you would use a heavier amount of fish emulsion.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 1:56PM
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I use Neptunes for watering all my seedlings and occasional feeding in the garden. The instructions recommend 1T per gallon for houseplants and 2T for outdoor plants.
I've never had any problems with fertilizer burn with Neptunes and I usually just eyeball the amount.
Personally I'd feed the transplants just as Wayne suggested.


    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 3:22PM
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For outdoor application, I always double the recommended rate and have never had a problem, and I think the results are more pronounced.

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    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 4:49PM
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Yeah, its the thick stuff. I new it was potent but wow, I was mixing it a bit strong last year and that explains the problems I had. Thanks alot to all for your imput, sometimes I get so busy gardening that I cant find time to reseach the most important things!!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 9:12PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

FWIW - 1 tbsp/gallon is 256:1, while 2 tbsp/gallon (which is 1 oz/gallon) is 128:1.


    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 9:07AM
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What problems did you haev last year??

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    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 10:30AM
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