How would you like to increase your plants’ resistance against common fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and gray mold? Are you looking for an environmentally friendly way to protect your plants against stress, heat, and other problems? Did you know that silica applications can do all this and it could increase the weight and shelf life of your crop too?
Plants benefit in many ways from adding silica to their diet. These benefits include greater tolerance of environmental stresses, such as heat, cold, drought, salt buildup, mineral toxicity or deficiency. Also, experience accelerated growth rates, and improved resistance to insects and fungal diseases. Silica is an essential building block for the structure of your plants.
Silicon Increases Resistance to Pathogens
Plants incorporate silica into their cell wall, which then acts as a barrier against invading fungi such as powdery mildew and Pythium (root rot), significantly reducing and, in many cases eliminating the need to use fungicides. Additional silicon is stored as protection and foundational support between cells, making plants more resistant to insects and other environmental stresses, such as heat or drought.
Silicon Increases Growth Rates
Thicker cell walls also build bigger stems and branches, which in turn allows more food and water to move through the plant. Leaves are thicker and darker green compared to those grown without soluble silicon. This produces a stronger plant overall, with higher chlorophyll production and greater rates of photosynthesis and growth. As a result plants are able to produce heavier fruits, vegetables, and flowers on branches that support the extra weight. The shelf life of cut flowers and specialty crops is also extended.
Silicon Increases Resistance to Stressful Conditions
The benefits of silica are particularly evident in stressful situations. Following a fungal infection, greater deposits of silicon are found around the affected plant tissue showing that silicon is selectively accumulated at the site. The silicon deposited at the sites of infection form stronger, harder cell walls in order to deter the fungus. Once silica has been incorporated into plant tissue in this form it can’t be redistributed throughout the plant, so a continuous source of soluble silicon is needed to combat pathogens, especially during peak bloom phase.
Protect your plants against pests, diseases, and other harsh environmental conditions while increasing the structure, support and metabolism that create larger and more flavorful yields. Discover the benefits of integrating silica into your nutrient program with Amino Treatment, a revolutionary new product from House & Garden. Along with high quality amino acids, Amino Treatment contains silicate particles that are much smaller than those that you find in normal silicon. Try it today to provide the extra power your garden needs to create larger, richer, and more flavorful yields.