Yo, gardeners -
I went to use a jug of Atlas Fish Fertilizer that had been sitting
around, and found the directions for application had faded beyond
legibility. Am concerned about over- or under-applying
Have tried to find directions on-line, but each link just discusses
types of fish fertilizers generally.
If anybody has (a) the directions -- how much per "x" type of plant --
or (b) a link to directions, your help would be appreciated.
At 4-1-1 or 5-1-1, depending on when you bought it, there can't be any
danger of using too much as longs as it's used in moderation, or
that's the way it seems to me
More than you want to know, but here is what the mixture contains:
On Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:11:26 -0700, Persephone wrote:
First link says Atlas is manufactured by Alaska Brand
Second link is for alaska fish fert and contains application rates:
Q: Alaska Fish Fertilizer is more expensive than this other fish
A: There are 3 different types of fish fertilizer on the market-
Natural Organic fish emulsion, amended fish emulsion, and enzymatic
fish fertilizer. I've already described how natural organic fish
emulsion is manufactured. Amended fish emulsion is produced the same
way, but it has more than 1% synthetic materials, usually urea, added.
A good example of this is Atlas Fish Fertilizer, sold only in
California (and manufactured by Alaska Fish Fertilizer), or the K-Gro
brand sold at K-Mart. Enzymatic fish fertilizer usually has a NPK of
somewhere around 2-5-3 (vs. 5-1-1 or 5-2-2 for fish emulsions), which
is a good way to tell which means of manufacturing was used. The
enzymatic method has fish scraps being placed in a stainless steel vat,
and enzymes are added to cause it to deteriorate. Then the remaining
stickwater has the oil skimmed off, and is boiled down to a 40-50%
solid solution. At this point the NPK is about 2-0.5-1.5. Then
phosphoric acid is added to kill the enzymes that were added (and the
pH needs to be lower than 4 for this to happen), then some potash is
added to raise the pH level to about 4.5.
The amended fish emulsion is less expensive because any fish solubles
can be used, which are less expensive than the higher quality ones
required for Alaska Fish Fertilizer. Enzymatic fish fertilizer is very
inexpensive to manufacture, has very low shipping costs (since it is
usually bottled where it was manufactured), and uses chemical
enhancements to raise the NPK.
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