Sue, All kidding aside. I don't use either potash or baking soda and
every year I get the same brown spots. Even on my marginals. My well
water has almost no iron in it. If I add iron spots do not return on
> Hi Weldon. That was interesting info about potash, but you're
right - it
> still doesn't verify/explain why my leaves are getting brown spots.
> we can chalk it up to that old saying "too much of anything is not
> Potash sounds like it should be great for plants, but in excess it
> has the opposite affect. I am not very good at measuring, pretty
> about it, actually, so I probably overdid it, thinking "if a little
> a lot should be great!" Thanks for the info.
> > It must be the potash since you have made that change just this
> > I am trying to figure out why potash would cause such a problem.
> > the following info, FWIW:
> > Potassium/Potash (K): Potassium protects plants against stresses.
> > Potassium protects plants from cold winter temperatures and helps
> > to resist invasion by pests such as weeds and insects. Potassium
> > wilting, helps roots stay in one place and assists in transferring
> > food. Potassium is a regulator. It activates plant enzymes and
> > the plant uses water efficiently. Potassium is also responsible
> > making sure the food you buy is fresh. Where does K come from? The
> > element potassium is seventh in order of abundance in the Earth's
> > crust. Through long-term natural processes K filters into the
> > and seas. Over time, these bodies of water evaporate, leaving
> > mineral deposits. Although some of these deposits are covered with
> > several thousands of feet of earth, it is mined as potash or
> > chloride. Potash ore may be used without complex chemical
> > just some processing is necessary to remove impurities such as
> > salt.
> > Maybe we need an agronomist.
> > WLW
> > On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 22:19:47 -0400, "Sue Alexandre"
> > >I'm betting it's the potash, too, because it's the only thing
> > >to my pond. I've been using baking soda for all of the four
> > >has been in existence, but only this year tried potash to help my
> > >Guess it backfired on me. And no, they don't look quite like
> > >spots you get from the heat, they're even on the leaves that
> > >to the surface of the water yet. Besides, Connecticut isn't
> > >Sue
> > >> I have seen the same thing in my small pond, the brown spots,
> > >> AND, I tend to think it comes from the use of potash - maybe a
> > >> too much - don't know. Gonna quit it for a while and see what
> > >> - or doesn't happen.
> > >> I also use baking soda to keep the ph above the acid range.
> > >> OTOH, it may be related to the awful heat here in Florida.?
> > >> WLW
> > >> On Thu, 17 Jul 2003 22:30:41 -0400, "Sue Alexandre"
> > >> ><-------- (grinning and shaking head over Hank's answer)
> > >> > It may be time to put a new Sears catalogue in the out house
> > >sorry but could not resist.
> > >> > IMO sounds like low iron.
> > >> > I know it will be hard for you to answer this without all
> > >and specs of my pond, but maybe if you've had a similar
> > >ring a bell with you. I have a 4000 gallon pond in it's fourth
> > >everything is wonderful. Clear water, healthy fish, spawning,
> > >lily buds, etc.
> > >> > Within the past week I have added some potash and some
> > >but not on the same day. Today I noticed that a LOT of the
> > >(hyacinth, lily pads) have lots of big brown patches on them,
> > >pads that are still UNDER the water. Did one of the two
additives I put
> > >do this or is it just coincidence? I can't imagine either of
> > >causing that kind of damage.
> > >> > Sue