Good for plants, good for soil. Good for you.
Ever since the negative environmental impacts of chemical fertilizers caught people’s attention, an increasing demand for a sustainable alternative arose.
Cue in seaweed extract.
Lately, liquid seaweed extract, specially from kelp, has been commonly used as a biostimulant in commercial crop production. In fact, this specific type has been chosen over conventional fertilizers due to its promising ability to enrich both plants and soil.
How is seaweed turned into sustainable fertilizer?
Simply put: collect the seaweed, rinse away its salt water, let it decompose or ferment until its plant material breaks down into a liquid. Or, let kelp dry and mill it to turn it into a kelp meal fertilizer.
And for a rather simple process, the benefits are remarkable
Benefits for the plant
It stimulates and accelerates the germination of seeds
It counts with nutrients that stimulate roots to grow strongly and healthy
Improves and increases crop production
It allows greater homogeneity in the size of fruits
It is a source of phytoalexins, which increases plant’s natural defenses
Increases the ability to capture nutrients provided in the fertilizer
Reduces of the aging of the plant or crop
Increases plant’s resistance to drought, salinity and stress
Positively affects flowering and fruit setting
Benefits for the soil
Maintains soil PH
Increases availability of macronutrients and micronutrients
Stabilizes soil structure through amendments like nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, sodium.
Keeps the soil moisture and prevent the weed growing
Promotes soil microbial life
At a time when looking out for our health and the environment is of utmost importance, it would be remiss of you not to consider biostimulants made from kelp.