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Favorite Wetting Agent
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:55:33 AM »
What is everyoneís favorite wetting agent, surfactant, sticker/spreader (Iím sure there is a difference between these but they seem to be used interchangeably by lay people) for foliar feeding? Right now Iím primarily using Keyplex, epsom salt, and Silica Blast. Is there anything that shouldnít be used with a wetting agent?

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 12:02:55 PM »
I use a small amount of soap (br dronners unscented pure castille soap).  I'm not sure if it helps, but it seems better than nothing.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 02:56:42 PM »
CapSil by Aquatrols

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2019, 03:21:36 PM »
Acid pyrolignos and humic acid lately.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2019, 05:00:41 PM »
I just use whatever non ionic wetting agent is on sale at the nursery/hydroponic store.

Iíve used Coco wet, Tween 20 and many others. It is also important to understand what time of day and what stage of leaf growth will allow the plant to uptake more of the nutrients from the foliar spray.

I like to spray in the evening about an hour before the sun sets. Newer, younger leaves uptake the nutrients better than older thicker leaves that are ready to drop. Plants also, mostly, donít need as much nutrients in Winter when there is little growth although some nutrients can be beneficial to certain plants during adverse cold weather.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2019, 05:36:02 PM »
I use skim milk since i have limited alternatives. I discovered this Idea in the web but I don't know how much it is effective.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2019, 09:39:07 PM »
I have used shampoo before as surfactant.
This article describes typical surfactants used in shampoos. It explains and lists names for which are non-ionic and could probably be substituted in a pinch.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2019, 09:53:31 PM »
Dove dishwashing soap.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2019, 11:29:35 PM »
To mix horticultural oil with water i mix the oil first with liquid dishwashing soap.A better one that i used for beekeeping but might work for plants and be safer than the detergent,is to mix the oil with Lecithin first and after that with water.For beekeeping ive used Lecithin to mix essential oils with water.

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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2019, 07:04:16 AM »
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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2019, 10:21:08 AM »
I like Helena's Kinetic.
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Re: Favorite Wetting Agent
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2019, 10:34:33 AM »
Here's a decent little list. Tactic looks nice but not sure where to buy it from.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/files/4-28%20sprayadjuvantsBILL.pdf
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