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Old 09-22-2012, 09:55 PM
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Tips on disolving fertilizer

I just purchased some potassium nitrate which I was going to apply in a liquid form but I did not specify "soluable" and it came in a mini-prill size for greens. I am having a difficult time getting it to completely dissove where it can be sprayed. Any tips on how to get it to break down or am just SOL. Probably can't take it back since they special ordered it for me.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:59 AM
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Plenty of agitation. I know my ammonium sulfate is not the sprayable grade used by farmers in glyphosate applications. I wish I had potassium nitrate prills rather than the powder sometimes. The prills will dissolve if slowly added to a tank 3/4 full with the agitation on. My tank has two jet agitation nozzles that are fed by the high pressure output from the pump, not the bypass from the regulator. When that is on full open, the water looks like a bad day at the beach, can't surf it, can't swim it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:30 AM
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I like the added response I get from Potassium Nitrate. From personal experience it seems like it brings out the best of my minors. Potassium is added to many systemic pesticides to enhance up take. But I like Potassium Nite over Sulfate and other forms. I buy GREENHOUSE GRADE and it dissolves in less than a NYC second.

I agree with Green Doctor. I won't tell war stories but, lots of agitation.

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:43 AM
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I like the added response I get from Potassium Nitrate. From personal experience it seems like it brings out the best of my minors. Potassium is added to many systemic pesticides to enhance up take. But I like Potassium Nite over Sulfate and other forms. I buy GREENHOUSE GRADE and it dissolves in less than a NYC second.

I agree with Green Doctor. I won't tell war stories but, lots of agitation.

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It's not an added response. It's because K is only absorbed by plants in nitrate form! As well as N and P. That is the reason it seems to enhance your minors. It just helps your minors to work more efficiently.

Potassium is mostly a better carrier for insecticide molecules to release off of. It's better than clay or sand. Potassium floor sweepings from potassium processing is cheap. These two reasons are why we have 0-0-7's & 0-0-8"s for insecticides.

Duh! So does turf. Again....potassium nitrate is the only form turfgrass can absorb and eat K!

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:00 PM
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I like the added response I get from Potassium Nitrate. From personal experience it seems like it brings out the best of my minors. Potassium is added to many systemic pesticides to enhance up take. But I like Potassium Nite over Sulfate and other forms. I buy GREENHOUSE GRADE and it dissolves in less than a NYC second.

I agree with Green Doctor. I won't tell war stories but, lots of agitation.

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Yea, I meant to specify the greenhouse grade. How much was the last 50 lb bag you purchased? I was told one price and then when it came in it was $20 more. I almost passed out.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:28 PM
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Yea, I meant to specify the greenhouse grade. How much was the last 50 lb bag you purchased? I was told one price and then when it came in it was $20 more. I almost passed out.
My Price sheet shows both Prill and Greenhouse grade costing $ 32.00 a 50 lb bag. This is the 13.75-0-46 guarantee blend. sometimes my supplier sends me 13-0-44 which is pretty much the same thing only from a different manufacture. But the real cost is shipping since it is a product of Israel.

The produce I can't find in Florida is Granular spreadable Urea 46-0-0. I want it more for pastures than fine lawns.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:47 PM
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My Price sheet shows both Prill and Greenhouse grade costing $ 32.00 a 50 lb bag. This is the 13.75-0-46 guarantee blend. sometimes my supplier sends me 13-0-44 which is pretty much the same thing only from a different manufacture. But the real cost is shipping since it is a product of Israel.

The produce I can't find in Florida is Granular spreadable Urea 46-0-0. I want it more for pastures than fine lawns.
If you can stand it it's available from Lesco;

Occassionaly Helena Chem will carry it... you have to catch them before they sell out.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:54 PM
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My Price sheet shows both Prill and Greenhouse grade costing $ 32.00 a 50 lb bag. This is the 13.75-0-46 guarantee blend. sometimes my supplier sends me 13-0-44 which is pretty much the same thing only from a different manufacture. But the real cost is shipping since it is a product of Israel.

The produce I can't find in Florida is Granular spreadable Urea 46-0-0. I want it more for pastures than fine lawns.
$32 a bag would be unbelievable. I've got to work on my suppliers. I'm ashamed to tell what I just paid for the 13-0-44 I just bought.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:04 AM
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K can only be taken up as KNO3? I'm not so sure. I think that would be news to a lot of plant physiologists.

Back to the topic, has anyone tried hot water slurries? When melting priled fertilizer, I'll often grind the fert into small particles, then put some (how much depends on the solubility number on the bag) in a 5 gal bucket, add some hot water, then mix with a drill and paint mixing attachment.

I can do this while the tank is filling. I add the slurry when the tank if half full and agitate as the tank continues to fill. Works great and doesn't add any time to tank fill.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:28 AM
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K can only be taken up as KNO3? I'm not so sure. I think that would be news to a lot of plant physiologists.

Back to the topic, has anyone tried hot water slurries? When melting priled fertilizer, I'll often grind the fert into small particles, then put some (how much depends on the solubility number on the bag) in a 5 gal bucket, add some hot water, then mix with a drill and paint mixing attachment.

I can do this while the tank is filling. I add the slurry when the tank if half full and agitate as the tank continues to fill. Works great and doesn't add any time to tank fill.
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What can I say??? That is turfmd101 True Green, Lesco training at work.

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