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Hosta Growth Stimulation

A Bellville Ohio Hosta Supplier reprinted,   in a past catalog, part of
a lecture by D.L. Hinerman, M.D. on "Alfalfa and Triacontanol as a Plant
Stimulant" . The paper sugests several methods of extracting this agent
from compressed alfalfa tablets or alfalfa meal and using the solution
as a drench. One can also use alfalfa meal or chopped alfalfa as a top
dressing around plants.

Study of the plant stimulant properties of alfalfa was stimulated by a
tomato grower who used alfalfa as a side dressing on some of his crop to
conserve moisture. The "dressed' plants showed quite remarkable increase
in growth and tomato yield. If one searches the web other references to
the agent triacontanol can be found, the chemical that Michigan State
University chemists isolated as the growth stimulant in alfalfa. 

Among other beneficial results of the use of the stimulant is "Up to
three years of growth in one growing season with hostas!".
                            Merrill Speeter of Kalamazoo
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