Sunday, August 29, 2010

Essential Plus 1-0-1 . . .

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Essential® Plus Organic 1-0-1 Root Stimulant and Soil Conditioner is a 100% organic liquid that can be used year-round as an amendment for soils and as a safe, effective root stimulant. (Taken from their website at 

Phil Reilly talked about Essential 1-0-1 on the email robin and gave the following information:

"Good "ol Danny boy (Dan Trimmer) has been consulting with some super breeders in the backwoods of Georgia, and has "borrowed" their technique. Dan swears by this and is really getting super results. So I'll pass the info along to all of you so we can all achieve better results together.
There's a product called- "Essentials Plus 1-0-1". It comes in both gallon jugs, and 2.5 gallon jugs, and it is a powerhouse of bonafide nourishment for daylilies, especially seedlings.

Here's the recipe--
In a two gallon watering can, (available for $1.99 at K-mart, wal-mart and lowes,etc.),
Mix- 3 ounces of liquid "Essentials Plus 1-0-1"
3 drops of SUPERTHRIVE, (yes-Just three drops, not more.).
3 levels tablespoons of Peters water soluble 10-10-10

That's it. don't add more than what is shown here. You may burn your little babies.!
Water your seedling trays well, or thoroughly.
Repeat every four days for about six weeks, and stand back. You will witness a small miracle that will be the envy of every daylily nut for a hundred miles around.
Your little babies will grow into lush juvenile plants in one season, and may even send up a scape to surprise you. Just don't overdo it. A little "extra" in the mix does more harm than good. Be warned.! That's it. Enjoy,!
Phil Reilly, down in Mecca, dead center......"

I have just made my second application on the seedlings in the greenhouse and I can see dramatic results in growth. Here is an image made on August 20 prior to using the above formula.

And below is an image taken on August 29th. The First application was made on Tuesday, August 24, and the second application on the 28th. These are now 4-week old seedlings. Here is the image.
Essential Plus 1-0-1 is rather expensive at $170.00 for 2½ gallons, but it is available in gallon jugs also. I googled for Superthrive and found it on Amazon for a little less than $7.00 for a 4 oz. bottle. You only use 3 drops in the formula, so it doesn't take a lot.

Since I have so many to water, I use a "Hose On" applicator which connects to the faucet and with a rubber tube that is attached and in the bucket of mix, it will apply about 16 to 1 ratio. So, my mix is 24 oz. of Essential Plus 1-0-1, plus 24 drops of Superthrive, plus the water soluble fertilizer into one gallon of water which I use soak the plants. It does have a pretty bad odor.

A seedling which is reblooming here today is Seedling No. 0642 (Doc Branch X Yo Rick Yost) of which I am quite fond.

Now is the time to start planning to attend the Daylily Hybridizer's Summit in Chattanooga (formerly the Myrtle Beach meeting)  on December 3-5, 2010. For more information, contact me at

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good. Remember, when the bloom is gone, you still have your friends!



  1. Hi Lee, I enjoy your blog a lot and have gotton a lot of good information. I have harvested my first seeds and have them in the refrigerator but now I need more info on what to do with them.
    thanks, colleen my e-mail is

  2. Colleen,

    Send me an email at and we will see what we can figure out.