What you would be doing is adding some of the essential elements as a
fertilizer which has been mislabeled as plant food. If you are a ghost
flower you won't but most plants manufacture their own food and are
considered autotrophs. Humans are heterotrophs which means they have to
have some one or something else manufacture our food for us. I would at
least only use half of what they recommend. Urea is most likely in the
fertilizer and that can play games in the rhizosphere which is in the
rhizoplane. Information on rhizosphere can be found here:
Ghost flowers here:
get their food by way of the bicarbohydrate transfer of plants. It burns
fuel from other living plants. Usually an relationship like that is mutual.
I wonder what benefit the ghost flowers give to the supplier of food?
I just made a decision to not use a product with urea for just that reason.
I found a solution of many microelements and some biostimulators (sic?) with
very little nitrogen. It just happens to be organic and natural. I would
have used it even if it was not organic. It had the elements that I was
looking for and not with urea and not with fast release nitrogen, so I use
I hope you are not offended, but I will share some definitions I enjoy
understanding. many people on this list dispute them. They were something
my professor taught me, with great effort on my part, to help me understand
trees and their associates as well as the treatments, we as humans impose.
The more clearly he defined his terms the better I would understand what he
was saying. Many around the world have learned a great deal from him.
E.g., Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, etc.
Food is a substance that provides and energy source, mostly. Nutrient is a
substance that provides an energy source, elements, and other substances
essential for life, in types and amounts that can provide a healthy life.
Fertilizer is a substance that provides elements, as salts mostly, or in
bonded forms, that require microorganisms to alter to forms that can be
absorbed by plants.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
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