What Is Kelp Meal: Tips For Using Kelp Seaweed Fertilizer On Plants?
Kelp is a type of small plant that grows on the ocean floor. Its name comes from the Hawaiian word kalo (sea) and makana (seed). There are many types of kelp, but they all have one thing in common – they’re edible! They contain a high amount of nutrients, including protein, calcium, magnesium and iron.
The most commonly used form of kelp is called K3. It’s made up mostly of the amino acid L-glutamic acid. It’s also rich in vitamins A and C. Other forms include K2 and K1, which are both low in glutamic acids but higher in other essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6.
There are many uses for kelp. Some examples include making fish food, cleaning fabrics and even cosmetics. It’s also been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
How Much Kelp Do I Need To Use?
You may need to use less than others do if you live in a cold climate or don’t grow your own kelp. You can usually tell that your plants have enough nutrients if they don’t have a lot of brown spots on their leaves and their leaves still look green. You may also need to change the type of kelp you use if what you’re using now isn’t working for you.
You’ll probably want to get a nutrient sprayer so that you can apply nutrients directly to the soil. Kelp can burn plants if it’s used at too high of a concentration. You’ll also want to mix the kelp with some water before putting it in your sprayer.
How To Make Kelp Meal Tea For Your Plants
You should brew your kelp for between 6 and 8 hours before you use it. Just put it in a large container and add hot water! You can also add some lemon juice or ginger root if you’d like.
After brewing, strain out the liquid using a cheese cloth or other strainer of some sort. Put the kelp meal in a spray bottle. It’s ready to use for your plants!
You can also use kelp meal with your compost instead of greens such as grass clippings or leaves. You should only add about 1 cup of compost at a time, let it break down for about six months and then check to see if you need to add more. You want to make sure that your compost doesn’t have too much nitrogen since this can damage plants.
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