kelp is the most effective additive next to quality fertilizer.
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Kelp can help germinate seeds quicker Kelp can improve taking of cuttings Kelp can encourage rooting Kelp can build immunity Kelp can add more colour and flavour Kelp can give a longer shelf life Kelp can produce more and larger buds and flowers Kelp can counter any nutrient defiencies, and fight off insects and disease. Benefits both roots & leaves! And Kelp is Safe around pets & children!
Kelp is any of a variety of large, brown seaweeds that grow underwater and on rocky shores. Kelps are found in cold waters throughout the world.
Kelp seen above water: Kelp Powder:
It has been proven that kelp or what is in kelp can accelerate growth, increase fruiting and flowering, provide resistance to disease, insects and frost. All of the trace elements and minerals which are aided by a carbohydrate mannitol that chelates or makes available certain minerals. What researchers have discovered is that with so many trace elements and minerals as well as vitamins and enzymes not to mention growth hormones, kelp aids in building and or supporting the plants natural immune system. If you can keep a plants immune system high it will have the ability to resist disease, insects, frost, and drought.
The second important and perhaps the most important aspect of kelp is the growth hormones. Kelp contains ample quantities of auxins, gibberellins, and cytokinins. All growth hormones play a part in how a plant functions, and are more accurately called growth regulators. Kelp has very high amounts of a particular hormone, cytokinin. Cytokinins are responsible for cell division, cell enlargement, differentiation of cells, development of chloroplasts as well as a delay in aging. It is very important that they harvest it at just the right time to ensure that the cytokinin levels are at their peak.
There are many ways to use kelp, foliar spraying being the most effective. You can improve specific growth stages by applying kelp with a specific response in mind. You can apply kelp to promote additional buds. If you require more root growth then you would apply it to the root zone after transplanting. Cytokinins respond within what ever stage that the plant is in. Spray in vegetative then you will experience more vegetative growth, spray in flower then you will experience more flowering etc.
Granular kelp is often mixed in with other fertilizers and doesn't contain as high concentrations of ytokinins as liquid concentrate. If you are looking to supplement your present fertilizer regime then you would probably add powdered kelp. If however you are trying to promote more flowering or budding sites then you would use a concentrated liquid kelp product which can have a cytokinin level of 400 ppm.
Foliar spraying is the most effective way of applying kelp, since leaves are up to 8 times more effecient in taking in of nutrients than through the root system. When foliar spraying try to apply in the early morning when the plant is the most active and the stomata are open to their fullest, avoid praying before it rains, use high quality water with a ph of 6.0, and any foliar spray benefits from a non ionic wetting agent.
Kelps micro-nutrient components make it essential for eliminating trace vitamins and mineral deficiencies.
The kelp that has the most importance for our needs is a kelp that grows in the cold canadian waters of the Atlantic Ocean, called Ascophyllum Nodosum. There are many kelps that have great benefits for agriculture but this particular kelp has the gold medal.
Canadian kelp and cabbage comparison.
Kelp from south africa waters. macronutrients Chlorine 0.1 - 1% Sodium 1 - 3% Potassium 3 - 7% Sulfur 3 - 4% Calcium 1 - 6% Protein 9 - 11%, Main amino-acid, Tyrosine 8.5g/kg (8,500ppm)
This is a breakdown of the elements essential for a plants growth. Here we have the baseline to which NPK ratios are adjusted. (by weight) C = Carbon 450,000ppm H = Hydrogen 60,000ppm O = Oxygen 450,000ppm P = Phosphorus 2,000ppm K = Potassium 10,000ppm N = Nitrogen 15,000ppm (Note: C, H, and O usually come from the soil and atmospheric conditions)
Secondary nutrients: S = Sulfur 1,000ppm Ca = Calcium 5,000ppm Mg = Magnesium 2000ppm
Micronutrients: Fe = Iron 100ppm Mo = Molybdenum 0.1ppm B = Boron 20ppm Cu = Copper 6ppm Mn = Manganese 50ppm Zn = Zinc 20ppm Cl = Chlorine 100ppm