Used in the pond is it harmful to fish?I had a gallon of 1:50 let-down that sat mostly unused for 2 months in a cool basement, and it was still effective to digest accumulated crap on the bottom of an outdoor, artificial pond next to my greenhouse.
Alla, in Canada, it is only sold as an aquatic treatment; apparently the government does not allow it to be sold as a plant & soil amendment, as it is in the US.Ray, thanks for posting the link to the Inocucor site. I'll probably get the 250 ml sample from them.
One concern, though - will these critters accelerate the breakdown of organic media?
Uwe, my own testing of the Garden Solution product has shown no negatives, but I cannot say I've seen a lot of positives either. Then again, I don't normally have a lot of issues with plant pathogens or insects, so maybe the treatments are more of a "belt and suspenders" thing for me.Sorry, I have made no good experience with the EM-a (aktivated). Some mottled leaf Paphs. get leaf patch.
In Japan a orchid nursery make test with EM-a and EM-5. After three year they stopped the test: no positiv results
In a small pond the EM-a acts.... - in my 75000 liter koi-kond the EM-a it is to expensive - so I use special microorganisms for fishpond.
I'm curious how it could increase the rate of germination. Seems like the seed is either alive and will germinate or it won't.have found that it increases the rate of seed germination,
Are they composting vermin there now?:rollhappy:(Eisenia hortensis, which is newer species for vermin-composting in the US
Yes tiger worms. They used to be common here but now hard to locate. They can make short work of most organic materials.but I heard that Eisenia fetida could be a bit better species
They recommend starting with 1000! Also, some producers stop feeding for a while before harvesting so the the worms can work over the material until there is nothing left but pure castings.There are only 30 or so worms now, so it will probably take quite a long time to get usable products.
Hah, it might end up as a hot bed for vermin since this is my first try!Are they composting vermin there now?:rollhappy:
Yes tiger worms. They used to be common here but now hard to locate. They can make short work of most organic materials.
They recommend starting with 1000! Also, some producers stop feeding for a while before harvesting so the the worms can work over the material until there is nothing left but pure castings.
You are right, it would be nicer to start with 1Lb or so of worms. Hopefully, they will grow quickly, and I need to be careful with the amount of food to give them at first.
I heard that there is an advantage to use both Eisenia hortensis and E. fetida since the former lives wetter, deeper area, and the later likes to be near the surface. So I'll probably get E. festida next summer.
I was re-reading Mike's first link, and it mentions that worm tea is enriched in gibberellins in addition to auxins, indeed. In addition to seed germination of non-orchid plants, gibberellins are shown to induce flowering in some Paphs.