i've seen the old product, the new product and the plugs of various types/names/ages and honestly, that helps me not in the least to discern the different characteristics when it comes to release rate, how many structures or how that relates to anything, really, unfortunately. if you have some insider information or know of a way to get some detailed information and/or explanations on that, please do share. as you might tell, i'm highly interested.
if you could elaborate on your specific membrane, i would appreciate that as well. i have a hard time just being told something is something without a semi-solid substantiation of a claim. most things i can simply look up, but proprietary formulas or membranes are a little tough. proprietary itself often suggests a certain err of anonymity which it seems the root medic membrane certainly upholds.
on the fact of potentially dangerous advice... i think you covered the tea bag discussion pretty well. if you need some back up, i'll just add "don't try it at home, folks".
a few select people posting about it or not, there are still to this day folks who reference those sites like they're holy books. not only that, but the knowledge gained on them is undeniable in certain cases and there seems to be the common understanding that cec and a cap to hold the ferts back for plant uptake were imperative. be that the most basic of understandings or not, it is the necessities and what you'd absolutely need to know in those cases. now, if you're referencing them not fully understanding how the membranes work on oc+ and related products, then yeah... i'd assume very few know and/or understand much about them to this day. that information isn't exactly out there to be found. i do know that there are places where scotts has printed material stating...
Osmocote® releases on temperature alone! ... No amount of rain or irrigation will lead to excessive leaching.
for example this page... http://www.osmocote.co.za/about.htm
considering the different environments worldwide and from greenhouse to greenhouse, tank to tank (terra, viv, palu, aqua and now ripa) this would be a pretty bold statement if the product simply cannot hold up to submersion. Hu (the human element) would be very important when considering printing that statement on product pages worldwide. this is suggestive on what they're claiming given full submersion, don't you think?
lets face it... no matter what research you've done or education you've had, putting your first living thing regardless their taxonomy into a glass box is taking a risk one way or another. in a way, we're all pioneers.
i knew what you meant when you said "noone did it". i can't take away from you what you meant
to say. however... what you wrote was an entirely different story and practically leaves no room for interpretation. it's good you corrected that.
your apology for "sounding like a pompous ass" was not only unnecessary, but it was accepted prior to it being offered. i too apologize for seeming like a jerk whos only intent is to get under your skin. however, i am utterly intrigued and completely interested in a deeper understanding of the product differences displayed often in your posts and repeated here...
RootMedic is NOT osmocote+. Similar in design and nearly identical in nutrient content, however the controlled release is designed for submersed use.
The differences that happened with we developed a more controlled membrane are no small thing, either.
as far as letting emotion get to you... it's understandable. considering your primary occupation and your company, i think passion and emotion are necessary evils for you to do what you do and accomplish what you have. some times our passions can make it hard to switch that track and get us moving towards the right destination.