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skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2008
8:57 PM

Post #5291743

What's the verdict on Messenger?

Does anybody use it?

Do you find that it does what it''s supposed to do?

Let's get some opinions!!!!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2008
9:03 PM

Post #5291781

Yes I have used it... and liked it. However, I have used more MightyPlant made by the same folks. It has a touch of Messenger in it, the rest is fertilizers. Frankly I use it so seldom that I really forget what's in it. I try for the most part to use compost, alfalfa tea, fish emulsion, well-rotted horse manure and such...
skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2008
9:28 PM

Post #5291967

darius,

It's used as a foliar spray, correct?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2008
9:56 PM

Post #5292084

Yes, but Mighty Plant can also be used to drench the roots, which I do when I use it.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

July 21, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #5292995

Messenger is great. However...be sure that what your plants are going to take up is healthy for them. I nearly lost my Greenhouse full of plants when the salinity was high and I didn't know it...yep...the Harpin Protein encouraged the plants to take up the salinity and...well...it was not a happy time!!!!
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 25, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #5318468

No, I have not used Messanger before. I have heard of it. But I don't know what it's good for. Is it a fertilizer?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2008
6:09 PM

Post #5318519

Messenger is harpin technology... makes the plants increase their defense system. Mighty Plant, by the same company makes a liquid foliar and root fertilizer with a bit of Messenger in it. Best of both worlds if you are using non-organic fertilizers.

http://www.edenbio.com/garden/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=36
http://www.edenbio.com/garden/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

July 25, 2008
6:20 PM

Post #5318569

I also have Mighty Plant which I use outdoors...it is good. I nearly lost my whole greenhouse when I had some coir in my mix reabsorb the salts (coir attracts and holds salts) and then I used Messenger. Yep...the plant guzzled the good stuff AND the salts...causing all kinds of problems. Had to repot about 4000 plants in a hurry!!!!
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 25, 2008
7:44 PM

Post #5318908

Thanks for the links, darius.

AlohaHoya, Wow, 4000 plants! What all are you growing? Why a greenhouse in Hawaii? I thought the weather would be perfect for all sorts of plants.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

July 25, 2008
9:22 PM

Post #5319278

I grow Hoyas. In order to be Certified to ship out of Hawaii (by Hawaiian Ag - don't ask, it is complicated), we have to grow under controlled circumstances which need a greenhouse. I only grow the hoyas in it...everything else grows outdoors except for stuff which may not like all the rain we get!!!

Carol
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 25, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5319352

Carol, okay that makes since.
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

August 3, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #5363083

I've used Messenger for about 3 years and I do like it, seems to have made a difference, my roses are so healthy!!

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