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  • Deeper Greener Healthier Leaves - New Addition To My Fertilizer Routine

    I've started adding 1-1.5 teaspoons of liquid silica per gallon of water to my weekly fertilizer routine. Crazy results!!! Across my fig trees, the leaves are thicker, greener, and much healthier looking. Just wanted to share.

  • #2
    I keep meaning to start this…thanks for reminding me!
    CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!


    • #3
      I like to use Pro-Tekt as well, although I just add it once per season.
      Eric - Seattle / Sunset Z5 - W/L: Granato, Malibu Greek, Moellada, D’en Bota - Now offering my gritty rooting mix! https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Brows...er=pacnorwreck


      • Achilles
        Achilles commented
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        I've been using a 7-10 day fertilizing routine for all my trees under 3 years of age - 1/3 strength and have seen wonderful results rather than an annual or monthly routine.

      • PacNorWreck
        PacNorWreck commented
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        Good to know thanks! I have a fair bit of calcined clay in my potting mix, which is a source of silica, so the protekt is a supplement (also for the extra K).

        If it didn’t play so poorly with other fertilizers I would probably use it more.

      • Otis
        Otis commented
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        I also add Pro-Tek to my fertilizer a couple of times a year, usually spring/fall.

    • #4
      What brand are you using?

      Not that brand matters just curious. lol

      I started to read about this but have just been to busy to think lately.
      Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

      Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!


      • #5
        It’s not the cheapest but everything I’ve used by them has been great.
        Attached Files


        • Ktrain
          Ktrain commented
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          Cool, I'll have to try this, I have been looking into a new fertilization method and schedule for next year.
          May be making this part of it.


        • Bellefleurs
          Bellefleurs commented
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          Thank you for recommending this.
          I’m going to try it.

      • #6
        Achilles "Crazy results!!! Across my fig trees, the leaves are thicker, greener, and much healthier looking." Wow, I got similar results when I fertilized on each full moon and danced naked around my figs. Just kidding, but your results are anecdotal, meaning that you did make a comparison of silica treated vs not silica treated, so you cannot tell definitively, that your results were due to silica.
        Worcester, Massachusetts, Zone 6a - In containers 1 gal - 15 gal. Wish list: Dore' de Porquerolles


        • Ktrain
          Ktrain commented
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          We will take your word for it that it happened, there will be no need for pictures. LOL

        • AscPete
          AscPete commented
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          Achilles ,
          -"the leaves are thicker, greener, and much healthier looking'-

          Could it have been the increased fertilization?...

        • Achilles
          Achilles commented
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          There was little to no increase in fertilization.

      • #7
        Great price for this and mix your own https://buildasoil.com/products/agsi...31eab633&_ss=r
        Tony, Toronto Canada USDA was 4B now 5B
        Wishlist: Rigato Del Salento PB,
        San Biago.


        • #8
          Rice hulls contain quite a bit of silica.
          Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a


          • 2AngelsMushrooms
            2AngelsMushrooms commented
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            Wisner, do you use these in your soil mix or as a mulch?

          • Wisner
            Wisner commented
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            I have used it some in the soil mix, still experimenting with how much to use. I have been using it for mulch mainly.

          • Achilles
            Achilles commented
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            I usually mix it into my soil and also around the tree as mulch. Then year two, as I disc the soil around my trees, I mix in the mulch and then reapply new rice hulls around the base.