(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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Note to say: This update will be the last update on the experiment. My dad forgot to water the plants and they died.

The first update for this experiment was on July 31, 2010. Today is October 7, 2010. So approximately 10 weeks have passed.

As usual, the pot fertilized with Envizyme is the one on the right of the pictures.


Now the plants in both pots show marked differences (plants on right are fertilized with Envizyme).


Bigger plants in each pot.


Smaller plants in each pot.


The marked stalk differences of the smaller plants.


The marked leaf sizes and small stalk differences of the larger plants.


Overall view.

(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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The first update for this experiment was on July 31, 2010. Today is September 22, 2010. So approximately slightly less than two months have passed.

Observation till date: The pot which has been fertilized with Envizyme shows the plants’ leaves drooping in the daytime (both pots are placed in an area belonging to my dad, and he waters them at night). This should correlate somewhat with the person’s comment (my friend who works in the nursery selling Envizyme and recommended it) that the electrolytes are attracted to and congregate at the roots and allows excess moisture to bypass the roots and prevent rot.


Other than the amount of soil I’d used initially when the balsam seeds were sowed, I’ve not topped either pots up with soil. The pot with the tag seems fuller probably because I’d been testing the Envizyme on it.


As usual, the pot with the plant tag in it is the one with Envizyme.


Plants without.


Plants with.


Comparison of larger plant stalks in each pot; doesn’t seem to have much differences (right pot is the one with Envyzime).


Comparison of smaller plant stalks in each pot; noticeable differences (left pot is the one with Envizyme).

(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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The first update for this experiment was on July 31, 2010. Today is August 25, 2010. So approximately slightly more than three weeks have passed.

Both plants have had older leaves turn yellow and drop.

I’ve added four applications of the Envizyme fertilizer to the pot with the plant tag.


There doesn’t seem to have much differences of the larger plants in each pot; but the smaller plants show marked differences in growth.


With four applications (four tablespoons) of Envizyme.


Without the Envizyme application.


(With) Closeup.


(Without) Closeup.

(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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So, I finally went to start on a simple experiment using Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer.

I have two pots of balsam plants with two plants in each pot – one bi-colored balsam and one purple-flowered balsam in each.

Found some whitish-grey mold growing on part of the surface of the fertilizer, so I scooped one tablespoonful of it from that part to also test if the mold would be harmful to the plant. I then watered the plants down immediately, and placed them side-by-side where they can get the afternoon sun.


The pot on the right in which I’d stuck a plant tag in is the one I’d fed the fertilizer with.


Pot without fertilizer.


Pot with.


The mold.


One spoonful.

(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer

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At $18 for 5kg, I thought that Envizyme’s Gondwana Fertilizer was quite costly when I saw it on Tuesday. However, some small instinctive voice in me told me you idiot! You should have bought it! For whatever reasons it thought I should have bought it, I really don’t know.

I read up the information printed on the fertilizing package. It contains small amounts of the major elements – NPK – and also relatively small amounts of all the other trace elements which plants need. It was the small values which first convinced me somewhat: if the values are small, it means that I have little worry of introducing any disproportionate amounts of any nutrients in, and any mistake is probably more easily corrected than not.

The second point…well…was that darn instinct nagging at me throughout the few days to the weekend of last week. So…okay, okay, I get it. Off I went to World Farm on a Sunday to buy this product, but it’s only today that I’ve sprinkled small tablespoonfuls of them on top of my plants’ topsoil, like mulch.

It is said on the Envizymes’s website that (I quote from them ad verbatim): Envizyme’s Gondwana Minerals is made from natural minerals that are needed to enhance nutrient stability and conditioning the structure of undesirable soil.

It also functions as a soil treatmentagent that is able to fix soil pH levels from acidic(pH3-5) to neutral pH levels(pH 6-7).

Gondwana is a full spectrum fertilizer filled with minerals and electromagnetic energy (helps draw nutrients to the roots). Gondwana contains all vital attribute that are required to fuel the natural life cycles in soil.

According to someone who works at World Farm, he heard that the electrolytes are attracted to the roots of the plants, and congregate there, drawing nutrients to the roots, and also providing protection against root rot, since excess water is claimed to bypass the protected roots. One can either sprinkle them in the pots or over the soil like typical fertilizers, or mix the Gondwana fertilizer in when one is mixing the soil.

The only icky thing I find about this (more of a personal weird quirk) is that when I water it, it seems as if it turns into some oily, muddy sludge. Perhaps I’m too much of a visual person. The smell though, is strange but subtle, and sometimes pleasant.

Let’s see how my plants look or feel say…a week from now.

(Fertilizing) NPK etc.

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I’ve been following Petunia’s fertilizing regime for about two cycles now. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to see results this soon/this late, but from a lack of anything better to do, I went to check up on the values of the various things I’ve been feeding to my plants.

Her plants are doing extremely well! So I went to check on my plants. I can’t decide if they’re doing well or not. Heh heh. Some of them have the occasional pest (the random scale insects or mealy bugs, but no more red spider mites), but I wouldn’t call any of the plants infested. None of them suffer from fungal diseases.

Following Pet’s cycle, I’ve fed:
Fermented milk (evaporated milk + white sugar crystals + yakult + baker’s yeast)
Phostrogen all-purpose plant feed
Seaweed extract from Horti
Poly Fert-P from World farm
Fish emulsion from Horti
(The occasional diluted worm tea)

The first three values correspond to the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in the fertilizer. These are the macro elements each plant needs in varying amounts, I believe. I won’t talk about the trace elements or micro nutrients yet, since I’ve yet to fully understand their ratios.
Phostrogen: 14:10:27 (plus various other elements printed at the bottom of the box)
Seaweed extract: 4:3:2 + TE
Fish emulsion: 5:1.5:1.5
Poly Fert-P: 15:45:15

From these values, I feel as if I’m still over-feeding my plants (currently all leafy plants; mostly herbs) the N content, especially with the Phostrogen and Poly Fert-P.

I think I might tweak the current regime, and make it as:
Fermented milk
Seaweed extract
Phostrogen and Poly Fert-P on alternate cycles (use as foliar spray instead of watering into the soil, to prevent mineral build-up)
Worm tea (occasionally)

Let’s see if my plants react better to this regime.

(With thanks to Pet for allowing us to learn from and use her regime)

(Article) Enlivening Soil using Organic Fertilizers

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With thanks to PetuniaLee from GCS who posted this link on the forum.

Adapted from a post from Woodleaf Farm.

Fertile soil is a mixture of well-balanced minerals, high organic matter, good aeration and bountiful soil life.  The biology or life in the soil is at its healthiest when the nutrients are plentiful and balanced, and there is sufficient oxygen.  The top few inches of soil is the most vital, holding about 70% of the life and 70% of the organic matter.  Below 6 inches the roots are feeding on mostly soluble nutrients since the micro-organisms are not able to thrive without sufficient oxygen.

Full article here.

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