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Using Kelp Is Like Giving You’re Plants Super Powers

Giant kelp plants lean over in ocean currentsKelp is one of the most effective additives that you can use in your garden.  There are lots of different varieties of kelp in the world, but Ascophyllum Nodosum has the greatest benefits when it comes to agricultural uses.  Kelp is any type of seaweed that grows underwater and is found all over the world.  Seas and oceans are packed full of vitamins and minerals, so it’s no surprise what a powerful punch kelp can pack.  So what is it that makes kelp so beneficial to the garden?

  • Well for starters, kelp consists of 70 trace minerals, potash, vitamins, enzymes, hormones and amino acids.  With such high concentrations of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, kelp helps to promote strong stems and branches, and an overall healthy immune system that can stand up to environmental stresses, disease and pests.
  • NitrozimeOne of the most important benefits of using kelp is that your plant receives all those hormones.  Kelp has substantial quantities of gibberellins, auxins and cytokinins – these hormones function as growth regulators.  The cytokinins especially, are responsible for cell division and enlargement.  So by using kelp at just the right time you can increase growth rates.  For example, say you’re transplanting your tomato to a new container, adding a little kelp meal to the root zone will give you accelerated root growth.  Same thing during flowering, say your tomato plant has just started flowering, using kelp as a foliar feed will increase the number of flower sites that you get.  Obviously this means bigger yields in the long run.
  • algen extract Kelp helps seeds to germinate faster and encourages root growth and development.
  • Kelp helps to give your harvest a longer shelf life by slowing the loss of protein and chlorophyll.  It can also help to slow the overall aging process of plants, resulting in a longer growing season.
  • Kelp can be used as a foliar spray or added directly into your growing media.
  • Kelp intensifies the color of your plants.  This happens because kelp increases the chlorophyll levels in plants, which results in darker leaves.

Dr Earth Kelp Meal Got questions or just wanna talk about kelp?  Come on down to Big Bloom Hydroponics, located at 1864 Colvin Blvd in Tonawanda, NY.  We’re here seven days a week because your plants grow seven days a week!

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