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Old 07-05-2020, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I think that's a controversial subject. Some people swear by it, some hate it. I know it gets used in some kinds of hydroponics operations but the roots are in solution, not in soil, and it definitely has to be used in very dilute form. And if sprayed on foliage there is risk of it burning foliage if the solution isn't diluted enough. I personally don't use it on plants in soil unless it is being used specifically to apply directly to disinfect and cauterize injuries/wounds on the plant by dabbing it on the injuries, I don't spray it all over the foliage.

Otherwise I don't use it at all because I don't want to take the risk of any of it dripping into the soil. It kills some types of beneficial anaerobic bacteria in the soil and it's toxic to earthworms, so it kills earthworms too and I can't be having that happening. That's a big no-no for me. I cultivate earthworms for all the plants, even the indoor house plants in small containers have each had a small hand full of earthworms added to the soil and every time I plant something new in the ground outside I add some more earthworms to the hole along with the root ball when the hole is being filled in.

Earthworms manufacture and excrete their own hydrogen peroxide as a waste product that's used as a defense mechanism against harmful bacteria in the soil, but adding more HP to their soil environment which they would then ingest as food would poison them and damage their cells and kill them. It would be sort of like somebody handing you a spoon and plate of bubbling, fizzy dog poop and saying "Here, eat this, it's good for you."

So, it would be interesting to see what others might have to say about their results from using it, and I personally feel that if you're going to try it you should first of all experiment with one plant only that is in sterile soil (no earthworms in it to kill) and observe the results of its effects on that one plant first before deciding to apply it to other plants in the garden outside.



I can see them heaving great sighs of relief, "I can see the light!! I can breathe!!" You did a good job of cleaning them up and the foliage looks brighter already.

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All I could think of when I saw the pictures was “Ahhhhh. Thank you.”
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Old 07-06-2020, 07:57 AM
 
Location: SoCal, but itching to relocate
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I can see them heaving great sighs of relief, "I can see the light!! I can breathe!!"
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All I could think of when I saw the pictures was “Ahhhhh. Thank you.”
Yup...this is why I posted the after pics. I was excited to show off how happy they now look!
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Old Today, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We have a couple of mature hydrangeas that aren't doing well. Pictures are attached.

As far as I remember (over many years) these have never bloomed to the extent of having those full, round ball-shaped blooms. Now that I'm paying better attention, I notice they look like they're about to bloom, but never get past some white blossoms with the rest turning brown and dying off.

These face east, so they get plenty of morning sun, but are shaded from about noon or 1pm on. I believe they get plenty of water...maybe too much?

If anyone has any advice as to what's going on and what I can do to make these guys happier, I'm all ears!
Din'T have any advise but I know we had 2 very bad years for ours; this year we had our lawn guy do some pruning for us and low and behold, ours are the prettiest I think I have ever seen this year.
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