- Jun 9, 2006
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- Oak Island NC
The use of Inocucor Garden Solution definitely helps the survival of ex-flask seedlings, and I think the impact is multi-faceted.Quick question, have you guys used Innocucor? Curious to hear if it helps or not with seedlings. There haven been many cultural convos in a while.
The obvious factor is that the seedlings have lived their entire lives in a sterile environment. What, then, is the purpose of dipping them into a fungicide? They aren't contaminated, and fungicides do not impart resistance. Treating them with the Inocucor product, on the other hand, immediately imparts protection by introducing beneficial bacteria and fungi (which predate pathogenic ones) into the rhizosphere, closely followed by "infecting" the plants. The former population acts as a barrier, while the latter is sort-of and "add-on immune system" to help with any pathogens that do make it into the plant.
Plus, once there is a population of microorganism established, they actually transfer nutrients into the plant, augmenting natural root absorption. (In nature, it is that process that pumps sugars into orchid seed so they can germinate.)
Then there's the boost factor. Some of the microcritters have indole acetic acid as a metabolic byproduct, and that is an auxin that stimulates growth. Granted, it's not nearly as effective as KelpMax, but a boost is a boost.
I sell a lot of Inocucor to breeders - Dave Sorokowsky (Paph Paradise) just bought a bunch a couple of days ago, as he told me he has 150 flasks to open...
The bottle I have is expired? Does that make sense? Can probiotics expire?
Of course that makes sense. It is a bottle of live creatures. After a certain period of time, they will overpopulate, consume all available food, and die. If it smells like sewage rather than having a sweet, fermenting-beer smell, it's gone.
It has a shelf life of about 18 months from manufacture, but that can be extended through refrigeration, or by adding a small amount of diluted carbon in the form of chlorine-free water in which you've dissolved a bit of molasses or maple syrup. Adding a splash of KelpMax to that helps too; kelp is part of the original charge in the manufacturing process.