Liquid organic fertilizer rich in trace minerals will help raise the Brix of the plant.
Whether you are a gardener or organic farmer, a liquid organic fertilizer can make a real difference in plant health, nutrition and yields. They can be sprayed on bare ground, used in a planting solution for new transplants, or sprayed on the leaf.
The following are excellent liquid organic fertilizers:
- Manure Teas
- Green Teas
- Bat Guano
- Ocean Fish Emulsion
- Humic Acids
- Sea Minerals
Manure Teas: If you have a good source of manure, you can make a manure tea. First, put the manure into piles and let sit out in the air and age for 6 months to a year. To turn the aged manure into a tea, add about ½ gallon of manure to a 5 gallon bucket, fill with water, then add a tablespoon of molasses. The molasses will speed up the microbial activity. Now pour this mixture back and forth between this bucket and a second 5 gallon bucket several times (this process is called boxing). For the next 3 days, box it back and forth at least once a day to produce a manure liquid organic fertilizer.
Green Teas: Many common garden herbs and weeds can provide nourishment and nutrients for growing plants. As you weed, cut back or harvest your leafy garden greens, save them in a basket or bucket and mix them together to make a botanical tea. To prepare a liquid organic fertilizer tea, add the leaves to water and let soak for 3 days, stirring two or three times a day.
Kelp(seaweed): is a wonderful liquid organic fertilizer, which may come from any number of plants that grow in the sea. Kelp helps to release minerals in the soil and has growth-producing hormones that aid in plant maturation. It is available in dried, powdered form as well as liquid concentrate, and is easily made into teas.
Bat Guano: is mined from caves where bat droppings combine together with decomposing bat bodies. Combine bat guano with water and box; then let stand overnight while the hard clods begin to soften and dissolve. Dip from the top when you feed the plants. Add more water to the remaining solids and use again. This can be repeated for several days, then dump any remains on the garden or a compost heap.
Ocean Fish Emulsion: contains all of the trace minerals of the ocean, and is preferred over non salt water fish. When applied to your yard or garden, the fish odor can linger for days. However, it is a fast-acting fertilizer and makes an excellent tea.
Kelp and ocean fish emulsion can all supply needed nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium as well as provide trace minerals.
liquid humic acid
is derived from decayed organic matter called humates. Humates chelate (combine) plant nutrients and release them to plant roots. They stimulate bacterial activity, and help to floculate soils so that they have better water retension and aearation. This liquid organic fertilizer is an excellent source of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and trace minerals.
Sea Minerals: one of the more interesting Liquid Organic Fertilizers is
concentrated sea minerals.
While lacking in Calcium, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, concentrated sea minerals are a good source of potassium, magnesium and sulfur. But best of all, these sea minerals, while very low in Sodium, are the most intense source of the full spectrum of trace minerals of any fertilizer available. Sea mineral trace minerals are in ionic form, and are readily available to the plant. When sprayed on the leaf, many times leaves will turn a noticeably darker color of green in just 2 to 3 days. Sea minerals are also a great source of food for beneficial bacteria in the soil, thus strengthening the soil food chain.
A liquid organic fertilizer that is rich in trace minerals will help raise the Brix of the plant.
Why is this important?
A. Trace minerals, a desired component contained within liquid organic fertilizer, can help to raise the Brix of the plant.
The Brix reading, which can be measured with a Refractometer, measures the solids in the sap. This is comprised of both sugars and trace minerals. A high Brix reading is very important:
Higher Brix Means Healthier Plants.
Trace minerals help to raise the brix, not just in sugar content but in trace mineral content of the sap, resulting in a healthier plant, less prone to disease.
Higher Brix Means More Flavor.
This is especially true when the plant is supplied with a full buffet of with Trace Minerals. One of the most common testimonials we hear is from people who just can’t believe how good their fruits and vegetables taste when grown with liquid organic fertilizer containing concentrated sea minerals.
Higher Brix Means Better Nutrition.
Concentrated Sea Minerals not only increase the trace mineral content of the plant, but the vitamin content as well. A two year study was done in Montana, testing concentrated sea minerals on wheat. The results of the first year were almost identical to that of the second year. Growing wheat with liquid organic fertilizer containing concentrated sea minerals dissolved in liquid organic fertilizer, raised it’s vitamin content from 11% to 34%, depending on the vitamin. If you want to grow more nutritious foods, consider adding a good trace mineral product to your liquid organic fertilizer.
Higher Brix Means Longer Shelf Life.
Consumers report that produce grown with concentrated sea minerals has a shelf life 2 or 3 times as long as the same crop grown without it. This can be huge. Who likes eating wilted, rotten food?
B. Farming is so much easier when the best liquid organic fertilizer is used with trace minerals.
Less insect pressure.
Many farmers have reported that when they used concentrated sea minerals, their insect problems disappeared. For sure, sea minerals are NOT a pesticide. One reason for less insect pressure is that the potassium in sea minerals is a nutrient greatly needed by the plant. But it is also because the crop now has the perfect balance of micronutrients found in the Ocean. By helping to balance these micro-nutrients, plants become so much healthier. Sapping insects target sick plants. A sick plant, especially one without the proper cat ion exchange, will emit an infra-red signal that says to sapping insects, “dinner time”. But according to Tainio Technologies, when the hydrogen makeup of the plant is in balance with the cat ions, the insect no longer identifies the plant as food.
Plants grown with concentrated sea minerals dissolved in liquid organic fertilizer, generally yield better, if the plant has adequate moisture. This increase in yields may be as high as 10% to 17%, depending on the crop, the growing environment, and application rates.
A replicated study was done with the University of Georgia on the effects of concentrated sea minerals on 2 fungus types, including white mold. This study demonstrated that peanuts had less fungus (and greater yields) than peanuts not fed with concentrated sea minerals. Concentrated sea minerals are not a fungicide. Decreased fungus can only be linked to better plant health.
Ability to promote photosynthesis.
Sea Minerals are a good source of Magnesium. It is the magnesium that within days can turn leaves to a darker, more even shade of green. There are numerous testimonials to this. (link to the testimonials page) The more photosynthesis, the more food the plant is able to manufacture, which can translate into greater yields.
Dr. Maynard Murray did significant research with sea minerals. He documented his findings, which have been published in the book, “Sea Energy Agriculture, Nature's Ideal Trace Element Blend for Farm, Livestock, Humans”. In his many laboratory tests, animals that ate food grown fortified with sea minerals were injected with carcinogens to produce cancers, fed a diet that should result in hypertension, etc., etc. Incredibly enough, the animals that were fed a diet grown with sea minerals didn’t get the cancer, the hypertension, etc., while the animals whose diet didn't include foods grown with sea minerals did. These same health benefits will surely be experienced by humans as well. Sea Minerals really are a key to improved health.
Sea Minerals help to establish a good balance of trace minerals in the plant.
This is very important. Trace minerals work together. One trace mineral is necessary for a plant to pick up others. So if a farmer just gives his crops a specific trace minerals dissolved in liquid organic fertilizer, many times it will not be very available to the plant, because it doesn’t have other trace minerals needed to utilize it. Therefore when a farmer loads his crops with Zinc, if it isn’t part of a balanced trace mineral application, his crop might not be able to utilize the zinc. What does the farmer do then? He just keeps putting on more zinc, hoping that his crops will get enough. The result is a zinc toxicity in the soil. Not a pretty thing. So having a balanced micronutrient program is so very helpful to both plants and soil.
The law of the minimum.
There are many trace minerals that are needed only in small amounts by the plant, but if the plant doesn’t have them, the plant will suffer. Concentrated sea minerals, in liquid organic fertilizer, supply all 74 of the naturally occurring minerals on the Periodic Chart of Elements, and in a perfect ratio. It has been stated that both sap and blood plasma have almost the exact same ratios of trace minerals as ocean water. So when we apply a liquid organic fertilizer which naturally has this perfect balance, it can be very beneficial. While it is true that most of these 74 minerals have not been acknowledged by the USDA as being needed by plants, every few years enough evidence is gathered to suggest that another of these minerals should be added to their list of "beneficial minerals". By giving a plant the full buffet of minerals found in the ocean, it is allowed to utilize the minerals it needs.
Greater soil health.
When the beneficial microbes in the soil thrive, the soil becomes healthier, and plants in turn become healthier. These microbes need trace minerals, and thrive when they are present. One manufacturer uses concentrated sea minerals in his product designed to increase the number of microbes in the soil. He said that before adding sea minerals to his product, he could not achieve his goal of 1 billion microbes per square inch. But by adding the sea minerals, he said he is now able to meet that goal.
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