WHAT IS KELP?
Kelp is a type of fast-growing seaweed that grows in nutrient rich oceans around the world. They absorb nutrients from the ocean which can be found in the leaves after they have been harvested. Most seaweed extracts used in agriculture are bio-stimulants that are extracted from species of brown algae (Phaeophyceae) or kelp as we know it. Kelp is used as a bio-stimulant in agricultural crops, giving crops access to additional nutrients by increasing root growth. Kelp also has the ability to stimulate soil bacteria.
WHAT IS A PLANT BIO-STIMULANT?
- A product of natural origins that may enhance crop productivity, especially when applied to crops under stress conditions.
- A compound with biological modes of action which is distinctly different compared to commercial fertilisers.
- Made up of different levels of minerals in small amounts but make up for this by providing growth response hormones to plants.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KELP EXTRACT
Very often there are claims made that seaweed extracts are a good source of macronutrients, however this might not be 100 % true. Seaweed extracts naturally contain fluctuating levels of all macronutrients. Seaweed extracts sold with much higher NPK values will have had extra nutrients added. High Potassium levels present in products is due to the use of Potassium Hydroxide required during chemical extraction. Do not choose a Kelp extract based on its nutritional value only.If Kelp products are not organically certified they are probably enhanced with additional nutrients. Only organically certified products are 100% natural products.
KELP TREATMENT ON CITRUS
ECKLOMAX ON BABY MARROWS