How to apply liquid fertilizer spray
Liquid Fertilizer Spray. Those organic or inorganic water soluble fertilizer in liquid form, which needs to be sprayed on the leaves of the plant are called as liquid fertilizer spray. As a manufacturer of Liquid fertilizer spray, we get many of inquiries about what is the benefit of using organic liquid fertilizer, how to apply and how much to use. The application rate of Liquid fertilizer varies depending on the product, the way most liquid fertilizer spray is to be applied is common for all products. Having said that, there are 3 common ways to apply liquid fertilizer spray products;
1. hose-end applicators
2. ready to use
3. irrigation system (example: drip irrigation system)
Liquid Spray is the most common and efficient way to increase crop yield and improve plant health. Many international publication has shown that Liquid Fertilizer Spray feeding can increase yields from 12% – 25% when compared to conventional feeding or soil fertilization.
Field test conducted in different locations, under different soil and environment conditions have reflected that when Liquid Spray as foliar spray applied, more than 90% of the fertilizer is utilized by plants. However, when a similar amount is applied to the soil, only 10% of it actually gets used.
Most spraying can be done weekly once in every weeks for best results. If you are fertilizing daily, use a week solution. Daily organic liquid fertilizer feed is generally not necessary unless you are growing commercially and want a very quick result. Periodic feedings are best for most home or kitchen growers.
The effectiveness of Liquid Fertilizer Spray is determined by;
1. Condition of the leaf surface, more specifically, the waxy cuticle. The plant cuticle is only partially permeable to water and helps in dissolving nutrients and as a result it can restrict nutrient uptake.
2. The time the nutrients remains dissolved in the solution on the leaf’s surface
3. The movement of Liquid Spray elements from a high concentration to a low concentration. Diffusion.
4. Organic liquid fertilizer sprays are mostly water soluble and generally work better when used as foliar feed as it is easily absorbed by the plant through the leaves.
Foliar feeding is a method of fertilizing plants directly. It involves directly spraying nutrients onto the plants leaves and stem where they are absorbed and used. It is considered an almost immediate way to feed your plants. It is becoming very common especially among small gardeners and lawn owners. It has a several advantages and disadvantages which include the following.
Foliar Fertilization is the most efficient way to increase yield and plant health. Tests have shown that foliar feeding can increases yields from 12% to 25% when compared to conventional fertilization. Tests, conducted in different locations, under different environmental conditions, have reflected the following;
- When fertilizers are foliar applied, more that 90% of the fertilizer is utilized by the plant. When a similar amount is applied to the soil, only 10 percent of it is used.
- In the sandy loam, foliar applied fertilizers are up to 20 times more effective when compared to soil applied fertilizers.
Foliar feeding is an effective method for correcting soil deficiencies and overcoming the soil’s inability to transfer nutrients to the plant under low moisture conditions. The effectiveness of foliar applied nutrients is determined by
- The condition of the leaf surface, in particular the waxy cuticle. The cuticle is only partially permeable to water and dissolved nutrients and, as a result, it can limit nutrient uptake.
- The length of time the nutrient remains dissolved in the solution on the leaf’s surface.
- Diffusion, the movement of elements from a high concentration to a low concentration. For diffusion to occur, the nutrient must dissolve, and
- The type of formulation. Water-soluble formulations generally work better for foliar applications as they are more easily absorbed when compared to insoluble solutions.
More Benefits from Foliar Sprays
Not only do nutritional foliar sprays benefit plants above ground but they also feed soil biology and increase the stock of capital in the “barter system” happening within the rhizosphere. The rhizosphere is that thin covering of soil surrounding roots of a plant that is teaming with life. This is the “marketplace” where the “producers” and the “decomposers” get together and trade with each other. The “producers” i.e. plants trade amino acids and carbohydrates in the form of exudates and mucigel in exchange for dissolved soil minerals. Mucigel is that slimy polysaccharide substance covering roots that helps roots penetrate soil. It is also an excellent food and energy source for bacteria. Soil bacteria must have energy (plant sugars) to survive and “decompose” rock powders to liberate bound up nutrients to “trade” with plants.
When a foliar spray is properly made and applied it will cause an increase of plant sugars. A certain percentage (research suggests 25-30%) of these sugars are used to feed soil biology. Thus the outcome of a proper foliar program results in an extra infusion of “capital” into the “marketplace” of the rhizosphere; more sugars feed the soil biology and thus more soil minerals are taken up by the plant. What an amazing system and Creator!
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