The 5 bucks is only charged if you buy under the min amount.Just check my mbna card and my shipping cost for the 2 bottles of fertilizer is 12.00.This is being sent to my US shipping address in Blaine.
He is extremely fair with his shipping prices. I ordered two (two lb) containers of K-lite, and a quart bottle of some kind of plant cleaner/bug deterent and some Eco-Web, and the shipping only came to $6.88. I think he only charges the exact shipping cost. I do live very close to him, and that is why my cost was so little. He also uses Fed Ex.
Cindy, how much fertilizer are you mixing into the water?
Not knowing which to order, I just now ordered 25 pounds of K-lite and 25 pounds of MSU fertilizer. I wanted to try the MSU, as Doug has had such spectacular results with so many blooms. My order came to $150, and no mention of the shipping charge...strange!? I'm surely hoping to start seeing more blooms. Thanks for all of the ideas/suggestions. My sunroom is quite tropical, lights are on for 16 hours daily, and it's warm and humid...currently only Mathilde is in bloom...the other 439 hoyas haven't bloomed in months. Fondly, Patrick
Patrick you find out the shipping cost after FedEx picks it up.I hope its not to much.
You might try only having you lights on for 12 to 14 hours.Doing this will help your plants get into the right cycle.If you just want them to grow then 16 hours is what is needed.
The same happened to me.....I bought only K-lite and got charged $5 handling fee and then I was charged FedEx shipping cost (~$6) later on. I will make sure that my next purchase will be over $20 (I believe). I do want to try MSU as well.
Patrick, I second what Cindy has said about keeping the lights on for 12-14 hours a day rather than 16. I believe that alone will help you see far more blooms, probably in record time, than anything else you can do. Also, might save you a few dollars on the electricity bill
Doug and Cindy...thanks for the advice! It never occured to me that my lights are on TOO long...I thought the reverse; I'll see what I can do about this. I doubt that I'd see a lower electric bill...when the lights are off, the heater runs nearly constantly. Yes, I got a message from the seller of K-lite and MSU fertilizer...they charge shipping after they know the exact postage. I'm sure it'll be expensive to ship 50 pounds of fertilizer...again, I believe I overdid it, as usual. Thanks so much for all of the information on fertilizers. This has been a great thread, thanks for starting it, Carol. Fondly, Patrick
I received the K-lite and MSU fertilizers today. The shipping wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared..just $22 for 50 pounds. Thanks Olesya for the directions...I found no directions on the bag...other than some charts that were Greek to me. Per Cindy and Doug, I cut back my hours of light to 13 hours beginning on Saturday...I hope to see blooms soon!! Question for Cindy...if Olesya is using 1/3 teaspoon per gallon, is this okay to use at every watering? Or should I use half of the amount of K-lite, since I fertilize at every watering. I decided to use the K-lite first, and use the MSU fertilizer once I run out of the K-lite...or sometime at the turn of this century!! Perhaps I should use a different one at each watering...what do you all think? Thanks so much for the advice/information that you've all given....it's most appreciated. Cubit's Hooked on Hoyas is THE best!! Fondly, Patrick
Patrick,I use 1/2 tsp per gallon with every watering,this will give you a rating of 100 ppm.But please keep in mind I grow most of my hoyas S/H.I think using 1/3 tsp with every water will be fine.I bet you will see a huge change very soon.
You're welcome Patrick. It says "Recommended application rate: 1/3 tsp/gal (0.45 ml/L) at everything watering". So, I am doing this ration for now...will see... I do want to see a huge change as Cindy mentioned.
Olesya, no I don't think that using fertilizer increases your chance for bugs. Lets talk a little bit about bugs since you brought it up This past year was the first year in many that I didn't bother to treat my Hoyas with Imidacloprid. I never had a mealy bug before using the product and I don't seem to have any now that I'm not using it. I have however really been bothered this year with red spider mites, which I am finding out are very difficult to wipe out. I am not alone with this problem, a little Internet research shows that these spider mites are the number one insect problem for these intensive indoor marijuana growers. While I don't grow marijuana, I use many of the same techniques.
I just finished spraying my growroom with a product called Azamax (a powerful extract from the Neem seed). The good news is that it has not hurt any of the plants at all and seems to have really slowed the spider mites down. It did however make the room smell strongly of Onions for several days
Patrick, I think you are well on your way to having more blooms then you know what to do with
Doug, thank you for your information and I hope Azamax will get rid of red spider mites for you. I really don't like any bugs in my hoyas and I don't wish any bugs for anybody. I had an invasion of gnats this year...nothing worked, so I had to replant most of my hoyas and that fixed the problem. Red spider mites, where do they come from? Or how do you get them?