Knox unflavored gelatin for plants

alba_gardenerOctober 20, 2008

Hi,

I was going through some old books and came across a Knox Gelatine book on plants. The book recommends Knox Gelatine for house plants because it provides an excellent primary source of nitrogen. Has anyone else ever heard of using Knox gelatine for plants? I am going to try it. They provide instructions for mixing the gelatine to feed your plants every time you water.

alba in hawthorne,ca

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mdahms1979

All I can say is if it isn't broken don't fix it. I thought I would try a new product out on my orchid collection last fall and well now I have about 30 orchids where once I had close to 200. If you really want to try this method of feeding plants start with one plant and make it one that you will not mind loosing.

Mike

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 12:52PM
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alba_gardener

Mike,
That's what I was thinking too. I have a plant that is just barely thriving and I think I'll experiment on her.
alba in hawthorne,ca

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 3:34PM
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denise_gw

Alba,

I remember this from way back and I liked the results I got. I don't use it anymore only because it's a bit of a hassle to use when you're watering hundreds of plants as I do. And it tends to leave a residue in my watering bottles. Knox is a bit expensive, but I have a source for bulk gelatin (not brand name) that's a lot cheaper. (You can drink it daily to releive arthritis pain, which is why I keep it around...) Why don't you give us the recipe for plants? I've long forgotten how to mix it for my plants...

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   October 25, 2008 at 8:33AM
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alba_gardener

Denise,
Well, Iam glad to hear that someone has used Knox Gelatine for their plants. I never tried it even though I've had this little booklet for years...
Anyway, here is the formula for mixing according to the booklet.
Simply empty one envelope of the unflavored Gelatine into a pitcher or 1-quart measure. Add one cup of very hot tap water, stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Then slowly add three cups of cold water to make one quart. Use it once a month as part of your regular watering program.
The claim is that Knox Gelatine is an excellent primary source of organic nitrogen.
alba in hawthorne,ca

    Bookmark   October 26, 2008 at 9:04PM
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supermom7(5b)

Denise, I was doing some reading of previous threads when I came across this one. Just out of curiosity how does unflavored gelatin relieve arthritis and what is the recipe to mix/use it? Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 1:42PM
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denise_gw

Hi Supermom,

Drink 1 tablespoon (or one packet, though that's the expensive way to buy it...) in a cup of hot broth every day. It can take 2-3 months to see the real benefit, but it really does work if you establish the routine. It basically lubricates the joints. I've had arthritic German Shepherds and what I do is make "Knox Blox" using beef bouillon. They'll usually gobble them right up! I'll put a link to the place I buy a no-name bulk gelatin.

Denise in Omaha

Here is a link that might be useful: Bulk gelatin

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 4:50PM
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supermom7(5b)

Thanks so much Denise, I'll check it out.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 10:05PM
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lkepstein

I have used Knox Unflavored Gelatin since the 1980s and have found great success with my plants being stronger, deeper green, healthier and able to withstand differentials in temperature better as well as bugs. The only thing to be really careful about is that you truly dissolve the gelatin and slowly add the cold water because it will set up and then you have goo that will not only make the plants sick, but attract all kinds of bugs and smell. I've also found that GREAT BIG PLANTS liquid compost works equally good -- just more expensive, as well as Seaweed Liquid. Those two items though you have to be much more careful about as too much isn't a good thing.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 2:38PM
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