Modern Plant Nutrition
Over the years, plant science has developed into a much broader science, with much more than the bare essentials being researched. Research has gone into plant hormones, fulvic and amino acids, and root zone health. This research is getting to the “root” of what motivates the unconscious mind of plants to accelerate their own growth. It has also looked into how administering things with different active agents help the uptake of the basic macro and micro nutrients.
Plant Growth Hormones
Plant growth hormones have been recently researched and vastly improved over the last few years. Imagine if a supplement could induce unregulated growth such that you see in your 6’8” high school basketball prodigy. Therefore, it is very wise to research the foundation, which are the hormones that regulate the uptake of the nutrients you are giving it. These natural hormones are ethylene gas, gibberellic acid, 4 auxins, abscisic acid, and cytokinins. They all affect the plant’s growth in one way or another, making them an essential aspect in maximum potential. If your plant is lacking growth, giving them kelp (ascophyllum nodosum to be exact) will make your plant’s cells divide faster and be inclined to grow giant!
Humic and Fulvic Acids
Humic acids encourage nutrient uptake by increasing the level of water in the cells. The mechanism that causes this to work is osmosis, where the nutrient level must be the same on both sides of the cell, so more water means more nutrients being absorbed by the cell. This benefit is accompanied by the benefit that more water means more area for the mycorrhizae to attach and function properly. A study done by the Ohio State University found that humic acids “increased root dry weights of marigold, peppers, and number of fruits of strawberries significantly.”
Fulvic acid has some chelating properties, making nutrients more readily available to the plants. Fulvic acid is also an important ingredient in the Kreb’s cycle, or the plants respiratory and metabolic system. Plants had up to 35% larger harvests after being supplemented with fulvic acid, making it a key ingredient for growing giant.
Enzymes are proteins that basically act as catalysts to a reaction, essentially speeding that reaction up. There are many different enzymes and they perform all different functions, but the two we know in gardening today are:
- The type that accelerate the production of sugar and resin to enhance the flavor and aroma of your fruits/flowers and
- The type that accelerate the breakdown of dead plant material into their component parts which are the amino acids and other molecules that can be reabsorbed by the succeeding plant.
These are the infamous high PK values that are associated with blowing your bloom out of proportion. By increasing the P (phosphorus), your plants are inclined to grow every part of themselves and therefore increasing the size of your flower buds or fruit. The K (potassium) is essential for your plants hard, thick stems that can support the flowering/fruiting that it will also promote.
Silicates strengthen plant stems and makes a plant much more resistant to the extreme environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and drought.