People are always asking us, what's in your products? Well, this blog should help you learn a little about a few of the ingredients in our agriculture and gardening solutions, and why it helps your plants grow! Stay tuned to future blog posts for some information and ingredients for our other great products!
Humic acid is derived from leonardite shale and is among the most concentrated organic material available. Elemental analysis of humic acid has shown it to consist largely of carbon and oxygen (about 50% and 40% respectively). It also contains hydrogen (about 5%), nitrogen (about 3%), phosphorous and sulfur (both less than 1%).
Humates and Humic Acids are soil amendments that affect soil microbial activity, soil chemistry, plant nutrition and water use. They influence the plant’s ability to better utilize nutrients from soil and to manage water use within the plant, and affect the plant’s physiologic process to alter soil pH and tilth.
Because of these properties, humic substances (such as humates), along with precision nutrient management, have important roles to play in precision agriculture.
Recently, Earth Smart teamed up with Anderson Humates, who has been manufacturing superior grade humic acid for over 60 years. To learn more about humic acids, please visit their website.
Long ago, gardeners who lived near the ocean learned that seaweed was good for their plants. Exactly how it works is difficult to pin down, but scientists have found in seaweeds a veritable soup of plant-growth stimulants, vitamins, chelating agents, trace minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, all of which influence the growth of plants in different ways.
Several university studies have shown that seaweed can produce dramatic results in plants: geraniums produced more flowers per plant; grapes were sweeter; gladiolus corms grew larger; and cucumber yields increased 40 percent and the fruits suffered less often from softening and rotting. Improved yields after seaweed treatments were measured in potatoes, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, apples, strawberries, okra, and oranges. Better frost tolerance, increased seed germination, and greater capacity to absorb trace elements were other documented benefits for plants.
If you want to learn how to deal with harsh conditions in the garden, ask a desert plant. Plants are good at making chemicals, and plants that have adapted to harsh conditions produce numerous bio-chemicals to deal with stress. That’s why yucca extracts are so beneficial. Yucca is a desert plant that has to deal with excessive heat stress, drought stress, UV stress and salt stress, sometimes on a daily basis. When extracts are taken from plants adapted to such harsh conditions, many of the stress-reducing chemicals are harvested with them. So when yucca extracts are applied to your favorite garden plants, your plants will get an extra boost of plant protection to help them deal with adverse conditions, especially in the heat of summer.
Yucca plants are great at sequestering and using water. Yucca is high in natural wetting agents called saponins. Saponins are steroidal-based natural chemicals that actually make water wetter, breaking the polarity of the water molecule. So if you add yucca extracts to your irrigation water, the water and nutrients can better penetrate the soil surface and effectively spread to all the roots in the root zone. Since water is dispersed more evenly in the root zone, your plants will be able to use water more efficiently, and should be able to go longer between irrigation cycles without adverse effects on the plants.
Many other companies sell these products by themselves, but we at Earth Smart have spent years perfecting our solutions so that you can have the most beneficial combination that is sure to leave your plants looking great!
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