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Research has also determined that plants, like humans, can reap great benefits from vitamins and other nutritional supplements. The most famous of these, of course, was the discovery around 1940 that vitamin B-1 played an important role in the metabolism of plants.
Today, there are dozens of vitamin based plant tonics that blend vitamin B-1 with other beneficial vitamins, hormones, and botanical ingredients proven to enhance plant growth, root development, disease resistance, and more! One of the most common botanical plant tonic ingredients is seaweed.
Seaweed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), or kelp, has been found to be extremely beneficial to plant growth, and is loaded with all of the trace and minor elements described above plus a host of vitamins and natural hormones that are so critical to truly healthy plant growth.
Seeds soaked in liquid seaweed have been shown in university tests to germinate faster, while growing plants were better able to withstand insect attacks and temperature extremes and were more disease resistant than plants that didn't receive seaweed. It has been shown to be particularly effective for plants under stress.
The most compelling reason to consider using a product containing this wonderful plant resource are the increased yields. Research conducted between 1985 and 1989 showed an average increase in yield weight of 68% in carrots; 38% in cabbage; 44% in lettuce; 14% in peaches; 12% in onions; 40% in celery; 17% in potatoes; 35% in pears; 55% in tomatoes; 43% in red beets; and 27% in corn. Flowers and herbs have increased yields as well.
Seaweed and kelp fertilizers are available in many forms, including liquid, super-concentrated liquid, granular for mixing, and soluble powder. With results like these, you would think that seaweed would be sold by garden centers everywhere, but again, as with most of the wonderful new and old fertilizers described on this page, their availability is generally limited to a new breed of Earth-Friendly, Water-Wise Garden Supply Retailers whom specialize in organic and soilless garden supplies.
These are but a few examples of the wonderful new plant foods, fertilizers, and supplements that have been developed by those with a passion for growing plants. Many others are available and properly used, will provide you with healthy plants and a productive garden. Check back often or join or email list. We will continue to update this website to keep you abreast about the most recent developments in plant fertilizers and supplements for the home gardener and hobby grower.