MICRO-ORGANISMS TO ENHANCE PLANTS AND SOIL
Soils vary in physical and chemical composition. The average handful of soil contains billions of different living organisms that carry out various functions to help facilitate plant health, regardless of the soils property. Organisms include larger creatures like earthworms and nematodes, to microscopic organisms including, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa. These organisms play a critical role in maintaining soil health and fertility.
Plants have thrived without human intervention for millions of years. However, to maximize growth and crop yields plants typically need a combination of three basic macro-nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. In addition, plants require a slew of other nutrients throughout their growth cycle.
The majority of a plant’s nutrients are derived from beneficial organisms working in the soil surrounding the plant’s roots; this process is known as the soil food web (a term made popular by Dr. Elaine Ingham, a leading microbiologist). In addition to supplying nutrients to plants, organisms benefit plants in a variety of other ways, including:
- Retain nutrients in the soil, preventing them from leaching
- Compete with, inhibit and consume diseases
- Restores the natural balance of healthy soil
- Decompose plant residue, toxic materials and pollutants that kill plant roots
- Form soil aggregates that improve water infiltration, root penetration and water-holding capacity of the soil
- Increases beneficial microbial activity
- Improves seed germination and root development
Once the nutrients are available, soil organism’s aid in a process known as mineralization, which is where nutrients are broken down and returned to their mineral forms. This allows the plant to take in the nutrients as needed.
For best results spray once per week throughout the growing season and pre-treat all your soil at the rate of 1 oz per gallon of water (1:128)
Watering for all plants
Water regularly to encourage root structure, germination, flowering and fruit yield. Apply to plants immediately after mixing 1:500 for optimal activity of the beneficial microorganisms.
- 2.00 ml - Plantamin
- 1.00 L - Water
Mix with water/solution 1:1,000 and spray after mowing or mulching of the lawn.
- 10.00 ml - Plantamin
- 10.00 L - Water
Broad acre foliar spray
Mix with adequate amount of water to apply 3L of Plantamin, from the start of the growing season or if disease is expected. At intervals of every 10-14 days (3 to 5 times per cultivation).
- 3.00 L per hectare