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Old 01-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey gang,

Just wondering if someone can direct me to a post / website describing methods of making your own root tabs. As far as I can tell, its essentially clay + micronutrients in a form.

Any direction or experiences you can provide would be fabulous!

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I don't know of any. You may try www.thekrib.com.
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I have a page on how to make clay balls but it's in Turkish. I can't translate it quickly but if you have a specific question I can try to answer.

I would suggest clay+traces for rosette plants, +KNO3 for the stem plants.
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I have a page on how to make clay balls but it's in Turkish. I can't translate it quickly but if you have a specific question I can try to answer.

I would suggest clay+traces for rosette plants, +KNO3 for the stem plants.
Nice photos on your site. I would be interested in a brief description of your technique / materials for making root tabs. The type / amount of nutrients I can experiment with. Anything to start would be helpful.

Please send the website link as I can try to translate with intertran's free website service (although not very good).


Art, surfed the Krib first and couldn't find much. I read on the Krib that Steve Pushak once had a link on his site but can't find it anymore.

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index page for the liquid and solid fertilizers:
http://www.hidrobotanik.com/gubre.htm

how to prepare and use
http://www.hidrobotanik.com/gubre/kilavuzmisket.htm
http://www.hidrobotanik.com/gubre/katigenel.htm

I'll prepare new balls this month. I can take some pictures and post here.
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When you mix
45 gram of traces
70 gram of K2SO4
30 gram KNO3
30 gram KH2PO4
175 gram clay, you can have approximately 200 balls 1 cm diameter each. But K2SO4 and KH2PO4 may not be necessary. Add water to the mixture drop by drop till it becomes not so muddy. Use gloves while rolling the clay balls between your hands. Put the clayballs on an even surface and wait for them to dry naturally in the room temperature. After 8 hours or so they dry completely. Heating the clay is not necessary but you have to be quick while burying the balls into the roots.
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fgencoz, does it matter if I use the same ratios in smaller portions and store it for use over several months?

No issue with KH2PO4 and Fe in traces forming percipatate?

Very helpful. Nice site and tanks. Thank you.
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The amounts are dependent on the amounts given in the PMDD formula:

14 gram of K2SO4 X 5 = 70 gram
09 gram of traces X 5 = 45 gram etc.

You can multiply the amounts in PMDD by 2,3, or 4 if you want less.
If you also use liquid fertilizers you may need only KNO3 and traces in the balls. The amount of clay is equal to the total amount of fertilizers

The content of the balls should be based on the deficiency symptoms of the plants. Balls may contain only one item, this is my usual and the best way to make experimentation.
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Clay balls can be stored in a cool place forever but I would not use them after a year or so.

Thanks for the feedback about the web site. It needs a significant update.
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Thanks for the info. Really helpful. I'll go on a search for clay...

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