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Barrysewall
Larsen, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2009
10:36 PM

Post #6277091

Can anyone inform me of how much beer to use for fertilizing epis?

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hayu
Lubbock, TX

March 16, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6277357

Hey I see a spot for two epis.LOL Some use a Tlbs/gal. But that's the beer, ammonia, and Epsom salt version.

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6277365

I have never used beer. Let me know what results you get using beer.

Sandy the epi nut

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jsxtiger
(jax) Dundalk, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6277389

Hi! To address your question, I agree with hayu regarding the brug recipe. Use it on everything. But, I wanted you to know how good it is, to see someone else's room like like mine! Plants everywhere!

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #6277472

Do you use it instead of fertilizer or along with it???

You want plants everywhere you should see my epi house!!!! LOL I have a number of plants on order. This is only 1/4 of it.

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Barrysewall
Larsen, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #6277696

Well to everyone that posted a reply, I added a photo of my growing area so I am basically not a pro at growing epis in any sence. The only resourse that I read about using beer was from 'Epiforums.com'. I've been talking with this Kris from S. Dakota who is basically an Epi master grower in the colder parts of the U.S., although I did not get the idea of beer fertilizing from him but I just read that you can use it with your basic 10-10-10 regiment and its suppose to be a great combination...

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wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6277767

I do not see why not. It could not hurt, I might try it on my seedlings.

I have a weird sense of humor- I just had a picture in my silly mind of a bunch of drunk plants!!!LOL

Warning epis have a habit of multiplying. Plus there is a disease called epiites, I know I have a large case of it.


Sandy the epi nut
hayu
Lubbock, TX

March 17, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #6277859

Oh you need the ammonia that doesn't have soap in it.
Barrysewall
Larsen, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6278060

Ok, yes I'd have to admit that I'm a pretty new Epi grower so I need lots of assistance. Can anyone explain how the method of Ammonia without soap works? ;-p

Thanks~!!
Barry Sewall
hayu
Lubbock, TX

March 17, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6278120

Heres the recipe:
12 oz can of beer
1/2 cup of Ammonia
1 cup epsom salt
2 cups water

Mix together should make about a quart. Use 1 tbsp/ 1gal. of water every two weeks.

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6278179

Ok all I need is the epsom salt and the beer.
torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 17, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #6279703

Barry Sewall and Wren, those are some great plants. Wow!. I am going to try the beer method also on one of my plants and see if I will be able to tell the difference.
angel_tree_baby
Chickenville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6280437

There is a long thread on the epiforums about this recipe and explaination about the ammonia etc. on there. It is free to sign up.

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6280544

I have the stuff but I just watered so I will have to wait a few days to try it.
ibartoo
Pawleys Island, SC

March 18, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6284640

I started using it last year. I use it on everything and I absolutely love it. My plants do too. Infact, I need to feed them today.
I try to use the beer formula and then about a week later use regular fertilizer. They seem to like it.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 19, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6290979

I started using it too, from the epi forum. All my succulents really like it. This thread reminded me to get off this computer & go out and do a feeding.

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