|Foliar Fertilizers - Foliar Feeding|
|Surprisingly, plants generally take in nutrients more efficiently through foliar feeding than through root uptake. Foliar fertilizers are mixed specifically for foliar feeding, optimizing nutrient uptake through stomata (plant pores) in the leaves. Foliar fertilizers are also an excellent way to revive and stimulate stressed, tired, or diseased plants immediately.|
|- Foliar Fertilizer Factoid: - Foliar feeding is an effective method for correcting soil deficiencies and overcoming the soils inability to transfer nutrients to the plant. Tests have shown that foliar feeding can be 8 to 10 times more effective than soil feeding and up to 90% of a foliar fed nutrient solution can be found in the smallest root of a plant within 60 minutes of application.|
|About Foliar Fertilizers - |
What is all this talk about foliar feeding? The most common method of delivering nutrients to plants is through their roots - by watering or root drench. Foliar feeding, an alternate method, delivers nutrients through the foliage or leaves of plants.
|The advantages of foliar feeding are numerous: -|
|Foliar applied nutrients are one hundred to five hundred times more effective than root nutrition.|
|Foliar applied nutrients are available to your plants immediately, so you see results more quickly.|
|Foliar applied nutrients can make elements, such as iron, available to plants when they are not available in the soil.|
|Foliar applied nutrients can successfully reduce the nutritional stress situations of plants.|
|FOLIAR APPLIED PLANT NUTRIENTS
||FOLIAR FEEDING - Foliar feeding, using
natural organic foliar fertilizer, is an effective
method for correcting soil deficiencies and overcoming the soils
inability to transfer nutrients to the plant. Tests
have shown that up to 90
percent of a foliar fed nutrient solution can be found in the
smallest root of a plant within 60 minutes of application.
A project conducted at Michigan State University, using radioactive
tagged nutrients, proved that foliar feeding can be 8 to10 times more
effective than soil feeding.
- The effectiveness of foliar applied nutrients is determined by (1) The condition of the leaf surface, in particular the waxy cuticle. The cuticle is only partially permeable to water and dissolved nutrients and, as a result, it can limit nutrient uptake. (2) The length of time the nutrient remains dissolved in the solution on the leaf's surface. (3) diffusion, the movement of elements from a high concentration to a low concentration.
|For diffusion to occur, the nutrient must dissolve. and (4) The type of formulation. Water-soluble formulations generally work better for foliar applications as they are more easily absorbed when compared to insoluble solutions.
||Water insoluble formulations are generally slow acting because they must dissolve before they can be absorbed and are more applicable for soil applications
||TIMING - |
The best time to foliar feed is late evening to early morning. These are the times when the stomata (the small opening on the leaves) are open
|- Avoid foliar spraying when |
- When the temperature above 80F.
- When the weather is hot and dry and water vapor is leaving the cells.
When the temperature is 72F or below.
Early in the morning when the cells of the leaf are full of water and dew has collected on the foliage.
- When air temperatures and humidity both equal 135 or less.
- When air temperature is cooler than soil surface temperature.
|- NOTE: - A biologica surfactant can reduce water tension and improve the absorption rate of foliar sprays.
||- Where possible, the pH of a foliar spray should be between 6.2 to 7.0. To promote young plant growth a sweeter (alkaline) solution (pH 7.0) is recommended. For established growth, a more sour (acid) solution (pH 6.2) is
||- An effective foliar application can produce results in 1 to 6 days. Use a refractometer to detect results.
||- NOTE: - Ensure fertilizer is thoroughly mixed in water - apply
in a fine mist - avoid drenching.
No special equipment is required - Foliar solutions can be applied
with the aid of conventional spray equipment
i.e. fan sprayer, back pack sprayer, hi-boy, low or high volume
ground sprayer, aerial sprayer etc.
||Some - foliar solutions contain nitrogen which acts as an electrolyte to carry nutrients into the plant and phosphorus which promotes internal circulation.
||- A NATURAL ORGANIC
||FERTILIZER FOR FRUIT, VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, SHRUBS, HOUSE PLANTS and ROOT CROPS.
NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS - |
Healthy soil is a combination of minerals, rock, water, air, organic matter (plant and animal residue), microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa and a variety of insects and worms. In healthy soil this intricate web carries out a process that continually replenishes the soil and maintains long-term soil fertility.
For sustained growth plants require 16-17 elements generally referred to as macro-nutrients and trace elements. Macro-nutrients include, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg) and sulfur (S). Trace elements include, iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn). For optimum plant growth, the soil must be capable of storing these nutrients and transferring them to the root surface for uptake by plants
|Simply put, plants require more than copious amounts of NPK to sustain
growth and, considering the fact that most chemical
fertilizer is applied based on NPK values, it is fair to say
that sooner or later a deficiency of trace elements will
occur. It is also important to consider the fact that soils
are derived from weathered parent material and if the parent
material was low in a particular element then, so to is the
resulting soil. ||NATURAL FERTILIZER - is a broad-spectrum yield increasing bio-fertilizer formulated
for flowers, trees, shrubs, fruit, vegetables, root crops and ornamentals. It contains a mixed cultured solution with
high grade macro and micro nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and is effective when SOIL
APPLIED or FOLIAR APPLIED. ||The Foliar Fertilizer can applied with the aid of a conventional sprayer, hand
sprayer, back pack sprayer, hose end sprayer and thru
irrigation and fertigation apparatus.
||Better Visual Results... - More Visual Results... - Field Trials -
offers numerous advantages in many different growing mediums, and is suitable for professional organic farmers as well as
horticulturists, vegetable growers, manufacturers of plant
substrates, tree farmers, landscapers, etc. |
Is enhanced with Macro and Micro nutrients for improved root development, root stability and controlled plant growth.
|Is an ideal starter fertilizer for ornamental planting and color beds.
||Contains primary and secondary plant nutrients for slow, healthy growth.
||Is formulated to provide a nutrient base for bio-stimulation.
||Is well suited for environments with nitrogen and potassium deficiencies.
||Promotes moisture retention. |
- METHODS OF APPLICATION -
- Back pack or hand held sprayer
- High volume ground sprayer
- Drip irrigation -
- Direct injection
|APPLICATION IN FLOWERS and SHRUBS: Dilute at a rate of 2 to 3 oz./gal. water.|
Foliar apply until runoff or apply directly to the soil.
|APPLICATION IN SMALL TREES: Dilute at a rate of 2 to 3 oz./gal. water.|
Foliar apply until runoff or apply directly to the soil to the drip line.
|APPLICATION IN Crops :
APPLICATION RATE 15 TO 25 OZ. / ACRE|
FOLIAR APPLICATION STAGES -
|- PLANT TYPE - || - 1st. Application - || - 2nd. Application - || - 3rd. Application - ||Beans, Peas - 4 Leaf
|| First Bloom - First Pod
||Carrots, Onions, Turnips - 21 Days After Emerg
|| Root Enlargement - Every 21 Days
||Broccoli, Cauliflower - 4-6 Leaf - Plus 14 Days - Heading
||Cabbage - 4 Leaf - Plus 10 Days - Heading
||Corn - 3 Leaf - 30 Inch Growth - Tasseling
||Peppers, Melons, Squash - 6 to 8 Inch Growth
Bloom - Fruit
||Greens - 4
||Potatoes - Tuber Set
|| Plus 14 Days - Early Bloom
||Tomatoes - 6 - 8 Inch Growth
|| First Bloom - Fruit Set
||DILUTION - RATES|
- For new, less dense foliage: 15 - 25 oz / 5 gal. water / acre
- For mature, more dense foliage: 15 - 25 oz / 10 gal. water / acre
- NOTE: Higher dilution rates are recommended for best coverage.
|APPLICATION FRUIT TREES - |
- Table 2.
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION RATE 1 TO 2 Litres / ACRE
FOLIAR APPLICATION STAGES
|- FRUIT - || - 1st. Application - ||
- 2nd. Application - || - 3rd. Application - ||Apples Pears |
- Green Tip - Pre-Bloom - Early Formation
|Citrus - Early Bloom - Petal Fall - 6 weeks prior to harvest
||Grapes - At 25 - 30 cm. - Full Bloom - Berry Set
||Stone Fruit - Bud - Full Bloom - Early Fruit Formation
- Spring Growth
| First Pre-Bloom |
- First Fruit Set - DILUTION RATES
- For new, less dense foliage: 1 - 2 litres / 5 gal. water / acre
- For mature, more dense foliage: 1 - 2 litres / 10 gal. water / acre
- NOTE: Higher dilution rates are recommended for best coverage.
Foliar Fertilizer is highly efficient, has no adverse affect on the environment and is not harmful to animals, plants and humans.
|It is a safe alternative to chemical
fertilizers for use in the garden, in the home
and in the field.
||SAFETY - A Foliar Fertilizer is produced in accordance with NOSB (National Organic Standards
Board) guidelines. The materials used in the production process are derived from naturally occurring and sustainable
sources and are consistent with organic principals and the National List of Allowed Substances. Foliar Fertilizer does NOT contain synthetic chemicals, animal components, animal byproducts, manure or manure byproducts. Foliar Fertilizer is environmentally safe
is not harmful to animals, plants and humans. |
- Can Fully complies with EPA Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and the rules, orders and regulations promulgated there under including:
a) Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7; Title 40 Chapter 1, 707.20 thru 707.75;
b) 40 CFR Sections 704.3. 710.2(e) and 720.3(c); and
c) Sections 5 and 13, reference 42FR64583
d) Does not contain marine pollutants as defined in 49 CFR 171.8.
- 1 litre HDPE Jugs
4 Litre HDPE Jugs
20 Litre HDPE Pails
208 Litre HDPE Drums
STORAGE and HANDLING -
Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight - No special handling required