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The difference between RootMedic Complete and Osmocote+

Hello everyone, I have been trying to do research on what root caps/tabs. In the end, I was wondering between these 2 rootcaps. RootMedic Complete and Osmocote+. After further review, I figured that both have similar ingredients. The difference is the lifespan, which is 4 months vs 6 months.

Do you have any experience with these? please share your experience. In your opinion, why is one better than the other?

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From what I understand they are very similar, root medic just lasts longer. How much longer Im really not sure, but Im sure Overstocked will help with that question.

Rootmedic capsules probably are better, but that comes with added cost.
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From what I understand they are very similar, root medic just lasts longer. How much longer Im really not sure, but Im sure Overstocked will help with that question.

Rootmedic capsules probably are better, but that comes with added cost.
Why would you say Rootmedic is better? because it has longer life?

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Why would you say Rootmedic is better? because it has longer life?
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this comes up from time to time
they are basically the same except that RM has a different coating...as such, it releases the nutrients slowly

OC+ dumps all of the nutrients out at one

I would say that RM is probably better but I use OC+ in my tanks


...a little goes a LOOOOONG way w/ OC+


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I would say that RM is probably better but I use OC+ in my tanks


...a little goes a LOOOOONG way w/ OC+
Very interesting comment. hmmmmmmmm

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~$20 -$25 ...... Total

osmocote+ would have micros, too... but a slightly higher initial investment...

there's a 50# bag 3-4 month formula for >$100...
there's a 4.5# shaker bottle 5-6 month formula for <$20
there's a 50# bag 9 month formula for ~$150

even with 4.5#, you'll have root tabs for a very long time. with 50#, you'll be able to do a few lawns a couple times to boot... or supply 10 other folks with root tabs... for a very long time...
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Primary differences: RM Complete releases nutrients slower, designed for an aquatic atmosphere. Osmocote is designed as a terrestrial product and as such when subjected to full submersion can leach pretty quick. YOu need to make sure you bury osmocote as deep as possible.

RootMedic Gel Caps are a thicker, tougher product than I've seen offered by others. The capsules take about 40 hours to dissolve in the substrate, so you can get them in and don't risk them falling apart before you get them to the dirt. I've worked with about every gel cap out there and these are the best i've found. They also add a touch of potassium to the mix, not much. But some.

BTW, at room temp, with any atmospheric humidity above 20%, osmocote begins to leach nutrients out of the membrane and will slowly but surely have as much outside as they do inside. Their membrane reacts very quickly with water in any form. SO if you buy a bunch of it, you'd best store it tight and use silica packs to go with it and keep them dry.

I use the same nutrient content as Osmocote+ because it works. Well. Why mess with that? The other products I offer allow all kinds of opportunities for customization.
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I have used rootmedic in the past and some currently. Why do The little balls even after a year of being in the tank still undisolved? As if they are not doing there job? Help.

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I have used rootmedic in the past and some currently. Why do The little balls even after a year of being in the tank still undisolved? As if they are not doing there job? Help.
It is a membrane based fertilizer. The membrane never dissolves. Ferts pass through it.
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Oh. I guess that explains it. LOL.

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