Long ago, gardeners who lived near the ocean learned that seaweed was good for their plants. Exactly how it works is difficult to pin down, but scientists have found in seaweeds a veritable soup of plant-growth stimulants, vitamins, chelating agents, trace minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, all of which influence the growth of plants in different ways.
Sea kelp is a superfood for humans and plants too. It’s packed with 70 micronutrients and among them is cytokinin, a growth hormone that promotes healthy roots.
Kelp powder makes great liquid fertilizer, and seaweed in general is one of the best fertilizers for plants. The natural alginate within many types of seaweed help to bind soil crumbs together, as well as replenish and boost various nutrients, trace elements, and amino acids absorbed during plant growth. Our Kelp Powder can be mixed with water to increase the assimilation rate. This water and kelp powder mixture can be used as a foliar spray, or added to your irrigation system for ease of application.
Several university studies have shown that seaweed can produce dramatic results in plants: geraniums produced more flowers per plant; grapes were sweeter; gladiolus corms grew larger; and cucumber yields increased 40 percent and the fruits suffered less often from softening and rotting. Improved yields after seaweed treatments were measured in potatoes, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, apples, strawberries, okra, and oranges. Better frost tolerance, increased seed germination, and greater capacity to absorb trace elements were other documented benefits for plants.
Seaweed has been known to extremely benefit terrestrial plants. It does this by creating higher yields of fruit and vegetables by utilizing the growth hormones already present in the plant. Seed treated with seaweed extract have been found to produce higher fruit and vegetable yields as well as have a faster germination rate also due to the growth hormones. These seeds might also be resilient to bugs and pests. Insects like slugs and snails are repelled by the salt while other animals are repelled by natural elements. Seaweed can also be sprayed on the foliage of the plant. Nutrients is absorbed 8 times more efficiently through the leaves and gives the plant a stronger structure. Plants treated with seaweed supplement have been known to have a longer shelf life, stronger roots and are more resilience to harsh weather.