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Old January 22, 2018   #1
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Omaha Zone 5
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Default Is Kelp the Magic Pill For Everything

The New Seed Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel, (publication date 1988)

I love this book and recommend it everyone. In my annual re-read before starting seeds, I paid particular attention to the Kelp chapter.

According to Bubel's personal findings, certain seeds soaked in kelp under specific conditions ( sprayed when leaves were still young, on flowers before bloom), showed accelerated respiration, increased fungicidal properties, and increased flowering.

Studies had just begun on the use of kelp on different crops. I am looking for any updates, particularly of scholarly research findings on this (hopeful) topic. As always, personal experiences are welcome, but please share any results in controlled studies as well. I have come across tons of farm crop research, not so many on tomatoes.

I scored a bottle of Alaska brand kelp at end of season last year at Wally World, so I hope to use it to it's best advantage and contribute to this thread as well.

- Lisa
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