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Beginner Gardening: fertilizer w/ saltpeter, ammonia, baking powder, epsom salt?

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Lindale, TX

March 13, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7626996

My late husband grew incredible bougainvillea and hibiscus plants. He made a fertilizer out of white ammonia, saltpeter, epsom salt and baking powder but I don't remember the proportions. Does anyone have this recipe?
Wakefield, RI

March 14, 2010
6:34 AM

Post #7627961

To one gallon of water add 1teaspoon Epsom salts, 1teaspoon Saltpeter, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder and 1/2 teaspoon Ammonia and mix well.
Lindale, TX

March 14, 2010
8:41 PM

Post #7629827

Thank You! I really appreciate the help!
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2010
11:39 AM

Post #7650616

What is salt peter and is it white amonia liquid you clean with? Is this good for all flowers? I know epsom salts make the most beautiful geraniums, brigtens the color.
Lindale, TX

May 21, 2010
11:56 AM

Post #7814118

I'm not sure exactly what the chemical is for saltpeter, but you get it via your pharmacist. The ammonia is the one WITHOUT detergent -- just household ammonia. Clear if you can find it, which I never can, but the white seems to work also. If I can get them scanned, I'll post pictures of my late husband's bougenvillia. They were always incredible using this formula!
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 21, 2010
12:30 PM

Post #7814230

Saltpeter is potassium nitrate.

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