Fish emolsion/Yea or Nay???

grice(z5 Michigan)February 23, 2005

I am curious to know is fish emulsion good to use on all houseplant and palms? Is it safe to use in conjunction with miricle gro or is that a no -no? Also how often would I use it? Does it smell like fish?

If these sound like dumb questions,please bear with me and do not stone me(I'm a newbie).

Thanks all

Grice

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mkjones(z8)

Yay. Hiya, Grice. I use fish emulsion like you would a vitamin. It's wonderful to help a limping plant, to beef up an existing beauty, and good to keep a plant healthy. It does smell rather unpleasant, so I often will take a plant outdoors, water it w/the emulsion and let it air out. That usually does the trick. I've never used it regularly on a plant, but I think it would be just fine. I would refrain from using it WITH MiracleGro, simply because it is a fertilizer, the organic alternative to the chemical MG.

No question is a dumb question!! =)

MKJ

    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 9:32AM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thanks MKJ,both for the answer and the reassurance.
Happy Spring(it's almost here.YEA!!!!)
Grice

    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 2:31PM
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vossner(z9 houston)

great product but yes, it stinks but just for a little bit. not enough to keep me from using

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 2:08PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thank you Vossner.
Grice

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 8:26PM
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tommyr_gw

I like it and the smell doesn't bother me at all, they do make it oderless for those that do not like the smell.

Tom

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 8:50PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thanks Tommy.
Grice

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 9:28PM
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birdsnblooms

Fish emulsion is good for cactus..If you want, you can alternate: one month fish emulsion..the next month Miracle Gro, etc, etc..It's safe on plants, doesn't burn roots, (as far as I've read) but doesn't require all the nutrients as other foods. Toni

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 2:02AM
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cynthiacTX(z8TX)

I use seaweed emulsion. My plants LOVE it!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 3:10PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thanks Cynthiac for the response. Now is seaweed better(in your opinon)than fish emulsion?
Happy easter and thanks again for the response.
Grice

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 4:46PM
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CitrusViolet(Massachusetts)

Definate Yay! here! I use it on everything I grow. I have found my plants to adore it, and from houseplants to seedlings, everything is growing beautifully (huge lush, blooming healthy plants!)! Plus, if you dont need alot of it, and a bottle will last a long time if you are a average home gardener! -Cassie

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 2:25PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Glad to hear it Cassie!!
I (believe it or not)have yet to try it on my houseplants. I keep going out to get it,but instead keep returning from Lowes with yet another plant instead,lol. Thankfully,my plants seem to be doing okay without it. Though I must admit that I have to break down and buy some. I am the guy that started this thread afterall.
Continued success.
Grice

    Bookmark   May 1, 2005 at 12:08AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

The kelp and fish formula are completly different. The fish provides the macronutrients and a few micronutrients. The kelp on the other hand contains over sixty micronutrients and very little macro. I use them both as a foilar spray.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2005 at 3:34PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thanks Whip.
Btw,just to satisfy my own curiosity,what types of plants do you keep?
Grice

    Bookmark   May 13, 2005 at 10:29PM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

Grice there's also a product that has fish and seaweed combined. My plants like it.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 4:09PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Well do tell RootDigger,what's the name of it and where might I find it?
Also,what plants do you have and which do you use this product on?
Grice

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 10:30PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Try here.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: fish/seaweed

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 6:39PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Thanks Al.
Grice

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 1:26AM
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GrowHappy(z7 MD)

Hi Grice,

I've wondered that same thing myself. I mean, they both sound healthy enough for our plants, right? I just don't think I could bear the smell of the fish emulsion. Oh, I would heave something terrible! I checked out the link Al provided to HH. Looks pretty good. BTW, did you go out to Lowes this weekend and come home with the fish emulsion or seaweed? LOL

GH

    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 9:59PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

Well Grow,I did indeed go out to Lowes over the holiday weekend and am proud to say that I returned home with fish emolsion.
Oh yeah,three Philo.'Micans' jumped into my cart and hitched a ride home also.
Grice

    Bookmark   July 5, 2005 at 4:44PM
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deshima(Heat Zone 7 Richmond VA)

The better fish emulsion are descented to a point, that is very acceptable to me. I use one that has a pleasant mint smell it contains kelp and fulvic acid a growth stimulator. NPK is 4-3-3 it is excellent for foliar application out side. The scent is gone an a coupe of hours if you use a lot. Unfortunately is sold by a multi level marking company, however I have a commercial license to buy it, other wise it is very costly but I think it is still worth it at the retail price. It is most likely the best on the market.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 9:35PM
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GingerM(11-Hawaii)

Another thing to consider with fish emulsion is pets. My dog loves the stuff! I can't use it anymore because he goes around and eats all the plants that have just been fish emulsioned!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 12:48AM
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username_5(banned for no reason)

Another caveat is don't premix the stuff and leave it sit. It forms semi solid globs that don't like to break up again when left sitting in water for several days. End result is globs of the stuff on the tops of pots that molds.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 4:02PM
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birdsnblooms

No fertilizer whether organic or chemical should not be premixed and left to sit..(most fertilzer containers have warnings)
It's best to shake the bottle thoroughly before each use. Toni

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 12:26AM
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