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Thread: Maxsea - is it really that good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimbulan View Post
    If you're fertilizing the soil, I'd be surprised if there was any fertilizer that didn't promote algae growth.
    I typically used 1:4 strength 30:10:10 on seedlings, on their compost -- roughly the same dilution as that of MaxSea -- without any incidences of algal growth or peat / sphagnum moss break-down . . .
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    So largely positive. I have Orchids as well, and I'm wondering if I could use it on them too.

    I think I might try and order some online and see if I can get it over the border.

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    What has been your regime for dosing Maxsea on your bog garden? Do you spray and then flush with pure water?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamata-Honzo View Post
    I have used Maxsea a month ago on my outdoor container bog. I has produced phenomenal results. Everything that has come out of dormancy has produced either 4 or 5 pitchers at a time or thrown a couple flowers at fast speeds. my Sarr. Purp. has gone bonkers. I haven't had an algae issue however, but that might be because I keep the plants outside and i have a solar pump recirculating the water to the plants.

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    I just checked - the brand I have is the SCHULTZ Orchid Liquid Plant Fertilizer 15-5-5

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    According to the savage garden, maxsea "has been shown to benefit all things botanical" and is the only fertilizer safe for sphagnum moss. So I think it would be safe with your nepenthes. I've never used the stuff myself though.

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    I lightly sprinkled the foliage and exposed rhizomes with a 1/2 tsp. per gallon. I watered afterwards but didn't bother flushing. I have a pump recirculating the water to the media, so I never have had an issue with buildup. I do this once a month. In my experience my sundews were the only ones that didn't like the fertilizing.
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    Do anyone know which kelp species they are using? It is difficult to get info from their web site. I found the mineral contents in WA I'm guessing that it is Ascophyllum nodosum like MaxiCrop. Some studies have compared effectiveness of Phytohormones (mainly auxins and cytokinins) from different methods and species of kelp. Kelp (KelpMax), derived from Ecklonia maxima, seems to have a slight edge. I vaguely remember that the powdered form Kelp (MaxCrop) was less effective than the liquid form.

    Info about Chemical (inorganic) part can be found, but for some reason, the company doesn't put up this kind of basic information.
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    According to this, the inorganic part seems to be incomplete (i.e. it is to be used with tap water as Ca and Mg source).

    Also, do carnivorous plants like to have such high P and K? I haven't looked into the science behind carnivorous plant mineral nutrients (there isn't so many I can find), but many plants growing in nutrient poor condition can recycle K (and P) well, so there is an advantage to use lower P and K to reduce TDS.

    Has anyone measured EC or TDS of MaxiCrop?

    So overall, Maxsea might work OK, but it seems that combining the complete inorganic fertilizer (e.g. MSU, Dyna-gro, K-Lite etc.) with liquid form MaxiCrop or other Kelp seems to be more promising in theory.

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    My nepenthes and some sarracenia are what benefit most from it, I've noticed the neps have been making more pitchers, larger leaves and pitchers, and keeping them longer since I've started adding a spray of maxsea to pitchers once or twice a month depending on the size of the plant. Seems to be helping my sarrs to wake up more comfortably, too. No algae so far here, I echo the others here thinking that that might be more due to the maxsea getting into the media. After the results I've seen in the last few months, I'd recommend it.

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