My Spray-N-Grow Garden

Goodmorning from the UK

 

Can you please help me --   I have just mixed up a bottle of my Spray-n-Grow to apply to my plants and veg. --  (having used this with no trouble many many times)  but today I can't get the water tochange colour  -   so I mixed up another bottle -  but just the same no change in water colour.  Please help

 

 

Many thanks

 

Mary

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Hello Mary!
I suggest adding a little more Spray-N-Grow to your warm water. If that doesn't do the trick, add a "pinch" of bicarbonate of soda. It is common for the pH of water to change, so that might have happened.
Let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks!
Dina
Spray-N-Grow
Hi Dina

Many thanks for your reply - I have already tried both your suggestions but to no avail

I am really stumped as this is the first time this has happened to me - I really put great store in my Spray-n-Grow.

What next?????

Thanks

Mary
Hmmm, now you have ME stumped! Let me talk to Mr. Bill and find out what I should suggest next.
Stay tuned!
Dina
Yes, I have the same issue with the color change but it doesn't bother me. I don't use tap water but since I have plenty of distilled water on hand I use that just making sure it is 80 degrees or above and wait at least 15 minutes when mixing coco-wet and spray-n-grow. Should I really be concerned about a color change? I'm bringing an old tomato plant that lived through the winter here in Southern California back to life with my perfect blend kit It didn't do anything last year but this year I'm getting red tomatoes even though the plant looks terrible at the moment! :-P I've only started using the kit.

I'm happy with the results without the color change. I've added a pinch of baking soda and it didn't make a difference so I stopped doing that.
Hello Mary,

Are you using an old bottle of SnG? Maybe it's just, uh, deactivated? I don't know if it expires at all, but that's the best I can come up with. Sorry! Hopefully Mr. Bill will have some answers for us. o_O

Best wishes,
~ Heather
Morning

Thankyou for your detailed reply -- I will try the distilled water and go with it even if it does not change colour - will let you know how I get on.

Mary

SoCalGardener said:
Yes, I have the same issue with the color change but it doesn't bother me. I don't use tap water but since I have plenty of distilled water on hand I use that just making sure it is 80 degrees or above and wait at least 15 minutes when mixing coco-wet and spray-n-grow. Should I really be concerned about a color change? I'm bringing an old tomato plant that lived through the winter here in Southern California back to life with my perfect blend kit It didn't do anything last year but this year I'm getting red tomatoes even though the plant looks terrible at the moment! :-P I've only started using the kit.

I'm happy with the results without the color change. I've added a pinch of baking soda and it didn't make a difference so I stopped doing that.
Hi Heather

I think this bottle is about 2 years old - (it was at the back of the cupboard) Hope I can still use it as I have always been soooooooo pleased with the results SNG gave me.

Mary

Heather L. said:
Hello Mary,

Are you using an old bottle of SnG? Maybe it's just, uh, deactivated? I don't know if it expires at all, but that's the best I can come up with. Sorry! Hopefully Mr. Bill will have some answers for us. o_O

Best wishes,
~ Heather
I think Mr. Bill will tell you that it doesn't matter how old a bottle of SNG is. I have read that his Fertilizer does have an expiration date so definitely use that up in time not to throw it out.

I'd also like to add that I use distilled water because I have alot on hand and not for any other reason. The pH of distilled water is very unstable since it contains no minerals. I am not getting a color change when I mix SNG and coco-wet, but I haven't attached too much importance to a color change. My water remains clear to this date even after waiting 15 minutes, so I just go ahead and use it.

SoCalGardener said:
Yes, I have the same issue with the color change but it doesn't bother me. I don't use tap water but since I have plenty of distilled water on hand I use that just making sure it is 80 degrees or above and wait at least 15 minutes when mixing coco-wet and spray-n-grow. Should I really be concerned about a color change? I'm bringing an old tomato plant that lived through the winter here in Southern California back to life with my perfect blend kit It didn't do anything last year but this year I'm getting red tomatoes even though the plant looks terrible at the moment! :-P I've only started using the kit.

I'm happy with the results without the color change. I've added a pinch of baking soda and it didn't make a difference so I stopped doing that.
Dina is correct in suggesting to add the baking soda. Here's what I suggest if you are not getting a color change:

There is no shelf life on Spray-N-Grow, however as ages it (the concentrate) changes from a bluish to a yellowish cast
which can affect the mixed with water color, but does not affect results.

1. Use regular tap water at the temp you wash your hands (assuming you don't use cold water) which is about 100F for most people.

2. Add 1/2 to 1 taespoon of baking soda, mix and let stand for about 15 mins. This should activate the Spray-N-Grow, however color change could be minimal due to minerals in your water. The SNG will work.

Spray-N-Grow is temperature and pH sensitive. It should be mixed in warm water that above 7.1 pH (alkaline). Distilled water is 6.9 = 7.0. It should be 7.0, but does vary slightly. I would add the baking soda to be on safe side.

Please let me know if have any questions, about this or anything else.
Thankyou Bill

for your detailed reply - will try this tomorrow (a bit late here now)

Regards

Mary

Bill M said:
Dina is correct in suggesting to add the baking soda. Here's what I suggest if you are not getting a color change:

There is no shelf life on Spray-N-Grow, however as ages it (the concentrate) changes from a bluish to a yellowish cast
which can affect the mixed with water color, but does not affect results.

1. Use regular tap water at the temp you wash your hands (assuming you don't use cold water) which is about 100F for most people.

2. Add 1/2 to 1 taespoon of baking soda, mix and let stand for about 15 mins. This should activate the Spray-N-Grow, however color change could be minimal due to minerals in your water. The SNG will work.

Spray-N-Grow is temperature and pH sensitive. It should be mixed in warm water that above 7.1 pH (alkaline). Distilled water is 6.9 = 7.0. It should be 7.0, but does vary slightly. I would add the baking soda to be on safe side.

Please let me know if have any questions, about this or anything else.
After what Mr. Bill said about adding the baking soda to the mixture I'll continue to use it just as insurance adding from ½ to 1 teaspoon to a quart of water.

I did have success with a color change but it only happened once and the color is more like an orange-yellow and it happened instantly after adding the baking soda. After that, I think I made the mistake of shaking the Spray-N-Grow bottle to mix up the contents just before adding it to the next quart I made up. If I hold the mixture up to the daylight now after waiting 15 minutes all I see is a murky clear liquid. Color change and I don't get along very well. :-P Rather than throw out the mixture, I just go ahead and use it.
I spray my garden with SNG on the weekends and at the moment just one quart at a time but that's okay for now. I'm planning to use a back-pack sprayer in the future and mix up gallons since I have alot to spray at one time. I'm now getting a color change to a yellowish hue each time I mix a batch adding baking soda. The only thing I'm doing differently is increasing the temperature of the water to closer to 90 degrees. I think for me mixing the water at 80 dregrees is a bit on the cool side and maybe that is why I never got a color change in the past. When Mr. Bill posted that SNG is temperature sensitive then it gave me the idea to increase my water temperature and that seems to do the trick. So if you're not getting a color change it might be that you're letting the water get too cool. Just my "two cents". :-P

You don't have to use distilled water! :-P

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