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Plant Health: Why a Fertilizer is Recommended

To keep your plants happy you only need to satisfy specific criteria. Knowing these criteria can make your job easier and your plant happier.

Q: What do plants need to stay healthy?

Oxygen & Carbon Dioxide Believe it or not, these are significant nutrients for plants. Plants need carbon and can absorb it in the form of Carbon Dioxide to produce sugar. When the plant later burns / eats the sugar it needs oxygen for the aerobic (with oxygen) breakdown of sugar. Breaking down sugar provides a lot more energy than breaking down sugar without oxygen. Water All known life needs water, but plants need it for different reasons than people. Plants need water to conduct photosynthesis. Plants split water in half then later form a water molecule through one cycle of photosynthesis. I guess there is a lot of energy in light. Plants also need water to maintain their shape. Animal cells don’t have cell walls. Plant cells have membranes, like animals do plus
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You are What you Eat: the Correlation of Plant Nutrition and Disease

Want to decrease or prevent plant diseases? Plant nutrition is an effective way to grow vigorous, healthy plants that can fight against a plant pathogen. A foliar feed system gives the nutrients a plant needs while decreasing our ecological footprint. What should be in a foliar fertilizing spray so you can grow a happy, healthy disease free plant?

Disease Triangle

For a disease to occur you need three pieces: environmental conditions, pathogen present, susceptible plant. If you remove one of the three, then a disease will be stopped. Often when people grow plants, they want to eliminate the plant pathogen, injecting antibiotics into a tree, spraying fungicide, or killing insects that carry a plant virus. However, having a strong plant with the correct plant nutrition is the way to prevent a plant disease that also decreases human’s effect on the environment. Which nutrients decrease plant diseases?

Nitrogen

After carbon (carbon dioxide),
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Irrigation Tips & Tricks

Are you using an irrigation system to save money? Do you have the right one for you? Humans have used irrigation for hundreds of years. We do it because it saves time, money, and labor. Other difficulties that arise from other forms of non-irrigation watering are:
    • Water waste
    • Uneven watering
    • Overwatering or underwatering
    • Uneven plant growth
There are several different types of irrigation. Each has its tradeoff. Here are some types of irrigation systems.
    • Surface irrigation (flood or furrow irrigation) Pros: simple system. Cons: Wastes water, can damage plants
    • Sprinkler irrigation (Overhead irrigation) Pros: less water used than surface irrigation, overhead sprinklers can be used to prevent certain types of frost damage. Cons: Increase chance of
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What is Foliar Feeding and Why You Should be Doing It?

Plants usually absorb most nutrients from the soil. A foliar spray was invented to supplement nutrients in the soil by spraying the nutrients directly on the leaves of the plant. A small opening in the leaves allows the nutrients to enter the plant. Question: Why was this process invented? Answer: To enable a precise way to add nutrients to plants. Also, plants may have difficulty absorbing nutrients from the soil. Question: When can’t plants absorb nutrients from the soil? Answer: Not all soil is the same. The amount of organic material, the pH, temperature, amount of water, and presence of pest and disease can all affect how a plant absorbs nutrients.

Organic Material

Did you know that the Amazon rainforest has nutrient-poor soils? But it has the most biodiversity on the planet. This occurs because the nutrients are being used in living tissue, or are locked up in the dead organ
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