LESSEN WINTER STRESS.
It's still not too late to start applying kelp to help winterise your garden.
Apply a foliar spray at the manufacturer’s recommended dose now; kelp will assist your plants cope with the stress of winter.
If you cannot apply a foliar, soil drenching is better than nothing.
Kelp and seaweed extracts should be part of everyone’s plant nutrition program in conjunction with conventional fertilisers.
If you know about a forecast cold or hot spell which will stress your plants, you can apply kelp immediately before it or straight after the event.
It is important to choose a kelp or seaweed product manufactured without heat treatment or the use of caustic solutions and other solvents. Check this out with the manufacturer of the product you wish to use.
While kelp contains little Nitrogen and Phosphorus, it does contain Potassium which can assist with flowering and fruit set.
It’s the other components of kelp which make it a valuable resource in horticulture. These include:
- plant growth regulators/hormones (auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins)
- alginic acid
- complex carbohydrates
- amino acids
- trace elements
These all contribute to:
- enhanced growth, fruit quality and yield
- increased nutrient uptake
- better resistance to disease and pest attack
- improved response to stress – transplant, heat and cold
- increased soil water retention
promotion of beneficial soil microbe growth
- increased chlorophyll content of leaves
- increased seed germination