How to mix Spray-N-Grow (SNG)
Our directions call for 1ounce of Spray-N-row per gallon of warm water (about the warmth comfortable for washing hands), however, I always mix 2 ounces per gallon. You can’t overdo it and I get a little better results with 2ouncess. For you mathematicians, we wrote our directions for 2 teaspoons of Spray-N-Grow per quart instead of 1 ½ teaspoons (which equals 1oz per gallon) because we thought it would be easier directions to follow. Commercial growers mix 1 gallon of Spray-N-Grow per 100 gallons of water.
Here’s how I mix it: I use 1 gallon plastic water bottles and put 2 ounces of Spray-N-Grow in the bottle, adjust water faucet to warm and fill to within about an inch from top. Then just before applying I add 1 tablespoon of Bill’s Perfect Fertilizer, shake and spray the plants. I normally do this every two weeks. Apply at least once a month.
Best time to apply Spray-N-Grow = when the dew is on the plant. God’s already started the watering process and the plant is taking it in.
Next best times = early morning before 9:00, late evening, from about an hour before sunset to dark. Many apple growers in Washington State apply micronutrients at night…better absorption.
Fruit trees = apply 1st time at bud swell, the.next time shortly after blossom drop, and then every 2-3 week until harvest. Results = higher yields, higher sugars, better color, bigger size.
Vegetables = Apply the 1st time at the 4 to 5 real leaf stage, then every 2-3 weeks. The early application is extremely important. Example: During several field trials on purple hull peas, conducted with a Texas A&M horticulture professor we got different results: When we applied at the 4-5 leaf stage and once more 3-4 weeks later we got a 75% yield increase. We tried one plot where we skipped the first application and only got a 25% yield increase.
Annuals = Apply the 1st time at 4 – 5 leaf stage or right after planting transplants, then every 2- 4 weeks during growing season. Earlier blooms, more blooms, bigger blooms, more vibrant colors, plants will continue to bloom for a longer period.
Perennials = Apply the 1st time at bud swell, then every 2 – 4 weeks during growing season. With perennials the affect of Spray-N-Grow is cumulative…the plant performs better every year.
Tomatoes = Apply the 1st time 4 – 5 leaf stage or when transplanted, then ever 2- 3 weeks as long as plant continues to bloom and set fruit.
Asparagus = Apply to brush when it’s about 6-8 inches tall and then again in 2-3 weeks.
Strawberries = Mix up about ½ gallon of SprayN-Grow mixture and place your bare root plants in it and take one at at a time as you plant. This will give them a jump-start. Then when the green begins showing start spraying with SNG every 2 – 3 weeks till plants stop putting on blooms.
For really optimum results = mix 2 ozs SNG to gallon of warm water (like you wash your hands in) let stand for about 15-20 mins and then add 1 tablespoon of Bill’s (BPF) fertilizer. Apply every two weeks.
Mixing SNG and organic calcium (Nutrical) increases effectiveness of both products.
SNG increases the brix (sugar) of all fruits and vegetables. It also increases the sugar content of the leaves. Organic farmers claim that if you can keep the brix reading at 12 or higher you will have little or no insect problems.
I always comment that gardeners should use the safest product to do the job…organic if possible.
I always mix BPF with SNG (2 ozs SNG, 1 tbls BPF). While old school teaching says plants need 16 nutrients, I say in addition give them kelp & fish emulsion and let the plant pick out the ones it wants or needs. Seaweed alone has some 60 nutrients, and we learned from Native Americans how good a plant food fish is.
Fish emulsion is readily absorbed by the plants leaves…foliar feeding.
Customers ask if rain will wash off SNG…once the SNG has dried on the foliage the plant has taken it in and the reaction has started.