Importance of Humic and Fulvic Acid found in LifeSPRINGS® Prehistoric Plant Derived Minerals Concentrates (Liquid and Granulate) for Plant Growth
Before mega-production farming practices depleted our land of its natural goodness, humic acid was an abundant part of the soil. Plants and animals nurtured on the land ingested a balanced diet that included humates. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Animals and soil grown plants have been deprived of the many health benefits that humic acid delivers.
Humic acid can be extracted from recently, composted organic manure or peat but is not as effective in absorbing and distributing micronutrients as the humic acid which is derived from Prehistoric Plant Derived Minerals. (Recently is a relative term which in this case refers to several thousand years.) The humic acid in hydroponic formulations is the rich material extracted from naturally oxidized and carefully selected sources of Prehistoric Plant Derived Minerals.
Prehistoric Plant Derived Minerals are naturally occurring hydro-carbon shale formed in the earth over millions of years by the chemical and biological decomposition of prehistoric plant animal matter. Being highly decomposed natural humus, and having been subject to a significant level of microbial activity, it contains high concentrations of the organic Humic and Fulvic acids. Humic Acid has virtually been leached from our agricultural soil therefore crops have endured the deficiency. The natural anti-oxidant protection provided to plants rich in a humic based soil is therefore not available.
Humic Acids help to improve the soil’s water holding capacity improve the soil structure and help to maintain soil stability. Humic acids readily form salts with inorganic trace minerals in a form that can be more easily utilized by plants.
Humic acids promote vigor, disease resistance and root development in agricultural crops. These increases result in faster growth. The acids assist roots by increasing soil permeability, increasing water retention, reducing water evaporation, and promoting the growth of beneficial microbial colonies in the root zone.
The creation of a healthy, microbially-active root zone environment creates stronger plants that uptake nutrients better. In a hydroponic environment humic acid supplementation offers many of the same benefits to plants that it does in a soil culture. Because hydroponics is performed in an enclosed environment it is possible to specifically target plants with a minimum of waste.
Adding a humic acid in hydroponic preparations, to the nutrient reservoir will increase the efficacy of the nutrients, making both micro and macro nutrients more readily available to the root zone. Humic acid’s high action capacity serves as a chelator which helps plants better assimilate all the nutrients in the solution. The chelation process helps make and keep nutrients readily available to be used by plants as needed.
Environmental stresses can cause irreparable damage to plants; stunting or delaying growth, prohibiting flower production or even causing death. Free radical molecules result from stress such as high heat or temperature fluctuations, too high humidity, pesticide applications and nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. The bio-stimulant activity of humic acid black produces anti-oxidants that combat these free radicals making plants more resistant to these and other environmental stressors. Humic acid remains in the cells providing ongoing protection.
One of the organic compounds in humic acid is carbon which manufactures sugars in plants. Sugars are especially important during flowering as plants require an increased amount of carbohydrate to produce fruit. The carbohydrate infusion delivered in humic acid will also organically enhance flavour, colour and aroma of fruit.
Seed germination is accelerated when humic acid is added. Humic acid’s effect on seed germination is similar to its effect on rooted plants. Humic acid, carrying both micronutrients and water, is drawn in the seed through the pore, stimulating growth of the radical. Not only do they germinate faster but there are a higher percentage of seeds germinating.
Beneficial bacteria and fungi reproduction created in the presence of humic acid biologically increase plant growth. The microbial activity produced by these bacteria and fungi are excellent root stimulators. Humic acid has also been shown to lower pH to a more neutral level helping with the availability of nutrients. All this translates into healthier, stronger more pest resistant plants.
Humic acid is an environmentally safe bio-stimulant that can be used throughout the entire growth cycle. The addition of LifeSPRINGS Liquid Raw Mineral Concentrate to a high quality nutrient regimen will result in superior quality crop production whether it is through soil or hydroponic cultivation. The crops will in turn be ingested by animals and humans enriching the diet of the entire food chain.
Use of Humic and Fulvic acids Promotes:
- Seed germination, increases nutrient uptake and stimulates plant growth
- Making plants more uniform, increasing bloom, and aiding bloom to life
- Aid plant tissues requiring free oxygen for aerobic respiration, and thus provide metabolic energy to all higher plants.
- Combine with sunlight and photosynthesis to furnish metabolic energy.
- When used as a dilute solution for foliar spray, cause plants to experience a notable uptake of oxygen, thus increasing plant growth.
- Not only assist plant respiration, but also increase the production and productivity of microorganisms.
- Assist plant respiration; they can serve as hydrogen acceptors for various plant root storage tissue.
- Produce energy involving photosynthesis, enhancing this process which includes the biochemical manufacture of complex organic materials, especially carbohydrates from carbon dioxide, water, trace minerals, and inorganic salts, along with sunlight energy for chlorophyll production.
- Increase the chlorophyll content in plant leaves when the plant is provided with root nutrient or foliar spray.
- Directly influence the development of enzymes and the net enzyme synthesis.
- Contain Auxin; Auxin is involved in the chelating of iron for the plant, improving growth, health, and nutrient intensity of the plant, especially the development of the root system of the plant.