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Have you tried adding silicate to your roses?

Posted by henry_kuska z5 OH (kuska@neo.rr.com) on
Sat, Nov 9, 13 at 20:28

In the past I have presented some articles that adding silicates can discourage bugs, and bacteria from attacking roses.

http://search.gardenweb.com/search/nph-ind.cgi?term=silicates+kuska&forum=roses&forum_name=Roses

(some links may have scrolled off to never-never land)

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The following just published scientific paper on silicate application to wheat suggest that silicate applications may just give us better roses in general.

http://idosi.org/wasj/wasj25(8)13/15.pdf

Here is a link that might be useful: link to full wheat paper


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RE: Have you tried adding silicate to your roses?

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 11, 13 at 12:43

I can't say I understood all that. What kind of silicates are available for this?


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RE: Have you tried adding silicate to your roses?

Potassium silicate is the one most often mentioned.

See Mike Rivers post (and others) in the thread linked to below:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/roses/msg030010308429.html

Here is a link that might be useful: earlier silicate thread


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RE: Have you tried adding silicate to your roses?

The other day I was watching a Nature Channel TV program. Apparently there was (is) a valley near Yellowstone Park where the grass has a high concentration of silicates. Over the centuries the buffalo have learned to avoid that valley (unless near starvation) as the grass very quickly wears down their teeth. I tried Googling the information but apparently did not find the correct combination to get a hit.


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