RAW Kelp – 0-0-1
RAW Kelp Guaranteed Analysis:
Soluble Potash (K2O): 1%
DERIVED FROM: Kelp (Ascophyllum Nodosum), Potassium Hydroxide.
Directions for Use:
Add 1/16 to 1/8 tsp per 4 Litres in reservoir for irrigation. Apply as needed.
RAW Kelp: 100% Water Soluble Kelp
RAW Kelp is 99% Kelp extract from seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum). This product is water Soluble and contains only 1% soluble potash which is a direct reflection of its purity. Kelp extracts are also very rich in natural plant growth hormones. RAW Kelp is a beneficial supplement to all feeding schedules. It is also ideal for adding to foliar sprays and for creating optimal recipe solutions. Works in conjunction with all nutrient and feeding programs.
Seaweed extracts are rich in natural plant growth hormones and beneficial trace elements, and you will find them in most bio-stimulant products found on the market today. The best seaweed extracts come from the brown seaweed Ascophyl/um nodosum, harvested from mineral- rich waters such as those found near Norway and Nova Scotia. Ascophyl/um nodosum grows in the tidal zone and is subject to extremes in temperature, flooding, drought, salt stress, and high levels of solar radiation and ultraviolet light. The seaweed extracts from these regions are very high in hormones and plant protection agents, and, when subject to stringent quality control procedures, are very stable products.
Seaweed Extracts have High Levels of Plant Growth Hormones
Especially auxins, cytokinins and gibberellins. Hormones are very small signal molecules that help steer the growth and development of the plant. To initiate physiological changes a plant produces and transfers hormones to other parts of the plant. For example, leaves of plants produce auxins which the plant then transfers to the roots and growing tips. On the other hand, plants produce Cytokinins in the roots and transferred to the leaves and growing tips. The balances between hormone levels determine their affects on plant development.
Auxins have a positive effect on rooting, and synthetic auxins are found in rooting powders and cloning gels. You only need a small amount of auxins to initiate root growth. Too much auxin, especially when applied to growing roots, can actually have the opposite affect and restrict root growth! Seaweed extracts contain small amounts of natural auxins and indoles that help stimulate rooting, which, when combined with cytokinins, result in the production of greater root mass. Greater root mass provides better uptake of water and minerals and a healthier and more stress-resistant plant.
Seaweed Extracts are Particularly Rich in Cytokinins
Cytokinins stimulate rapid cell division and the production of new cell walls, so cytokinens are particularly important for new growth. Cytokinins work in conjunction with other plant hormones. If, for example, cytokinins are applied during root formation, the cytokinins will stimulate the division of more root cells. If cytokinins are applied during the vegetative growth stage, the plants will grow faster with stronger cell walls. And if cytokinins are applied just prior to fruiting and flowering, more lateral buds will develop for better overall fruit production.
Seaweed extracts also contain Gibberellins
Gibberellins are best known for their affects on stem elongation and flower development, but they are also important for breaking seed dormancy. Therefore, use seaweed extracts to soak seeds before planting. The gibberellins stimulate the dormant seeds to produce enzymes that break down the stored starches into energy molecules needed for respiration. Marginal seeds, such as those that are a little too old, will have better germination rates when pre-soaked with seaweed extracts, and all seeds will tend to germinate faster.
Follow Dosage Instructions Carefully
When using seaweed extracts, it is very important to follow the dosage and application directions carefully. Apply seaweed extracts as a foliar spray or as an additive to the nutrient formula. Just remember not to use it as a foliar spray on flowers. Also, be careful not to use too much! Hormones are very powerful, even in small amounts, and using too much will have the opposite affect on the plants. Too much auxin restricts root growth, too much gibberellin reduces germination rates, and too much cytokinin can burn leaves! Moderation is the key.