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Old 07-08-2008, 11:36 AM #21
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I've read about that, I can't get it where I live :(

My theory is prevention and preparation, ie a well composted mix containing adequate compost/humus and dolomite lime.

I'll keep looking for the water, sounds like an excellent foliar.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:07 PM #22
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Has anyone had success with plain ph adjusted hard tap water? I've got plenty of that to work with.
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Old 07-10-2008, 05:46 PM #23
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Mineral Water? Brilliant!!!


A few selections from my local grocery:

Smart Water: Potassium Bicarbonate, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride in unknown concentrations per liter.

Appollinaris: 6% Magnesium, 5% Sodium per liter.

S. Pellegrino: 4% Calcium, 1% Sodium per liter.


Another thing I found is a tomato blossom rot cure: Bonide Rot Stop 1.6% Calcium...

Is any of this stuff in concentrations enough to have an effect on a plant? At $2-3 per liter is it a feasible curative measure? What is the calmag concentration on your average East coast tap water???
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:21 PM #24
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guineapig, Sanfaustino... awesome. One of the best "home remedies" I've heard yet. How much do you end up using/gal.? Is there any reason not to use it in a hydro setup?

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Old 07-12-2008, 10:41 PM #25
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The main drawback with using SanFaustino water in a hydro set-up would be the cost.....its just not affordable to use this water on a large scale......however, as a foliar spray or a small closet situation, it is really an amazing plant tonic especially if you are experiencing Calcium and/or Magnesium defieciencies or lockout.....

SanFaustino is absolutely concentrated enough to help your plants......however, if you wanted a more concentrated Cal/Mag product, the other option is to go to your local health food store and find the most "bio-available" form of Calcium/Magnesium supplements and dissolve them in your water.......make sure they are well dissolved and if possible use Reverse-Osmosis water or Spring Water as a base.....

Glad you all are interested in the search for a more effective Cal/Mg product......

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:29 AM #26
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great info there!

what do you guys think cal/mag proportion one should look for?
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:11 PM #27
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Magnesium problems are usually a result of pH problems.
Just sayin'.

Botanicare cal/mag is like 15$ish a bottle. I use it as a foliar spray.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:22 PM #28
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1 gram of generic epsom salts in 500ml. of R/o water reads 727.
(R/O water was read @ 7. by itself)

so 720. TDS
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:37 PM #29
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Update:

when I diluted the 500 ml. to 1000ml. with R/O water, it read 420...

Started over with a full 1000ml of R/o water @ 7.0, added 1 gram epson salts and got a reading of 450 TDS.
Ph was below 5.

a gram of epsom salt is tiny! - like a bump.
I don't have any measuring spoons.
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