Fertilizing seedling, cutting azaleas; Making a plant buoy
- I am usually a non-fertilizer person but I am getting
anxious and want to speed up the progress of some
azalea seedlings and rooted cuttings. I plan to
dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of Miracid fertilizer into 32
ounces of water in a spray bottle, which is half
strength from the recommendation. And I will apply
this to outdoor-growing seedlings and rooted cuttings
I have used this mixture of 1/8 teaspoon of Miracid
per 32 ounces of water before on seedling native
azaleas grown indoors (under lights in winter) inside
a clear container of long fiber sphagnum moss (1/3
filled) with excellent results. This was when I used
to plant all my azalea seeds indoors. Now I am
strictly outdoors. At the time I also added fungicide
(1/8 teaspoon of Benlate to 32 ounces of water) to the
spray for the indoors seedlings. I don't plan to use
any fungicide for the outdoors spray. What do yall
think of this?
I also need advice on how best to join a length of
gray water pipe insulation (for half inch pipe)
together into a ring to serve as a flotation buoy for
water plant pots. I think the insulation is
polyurethane. My first effort involved putting a one
to two inch section of CPVC pipe inside the
insulation. Then using a hot glue (craft) gun I
secured pipe to insulation and glued the outside seam.
I am not sure how long this will hold outdoors in
water, so I need a better idea.
Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
The Azalea Nut Not-Inc.
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