As more farmers realise the advantages of using natural and organic products on their land, we find ourselves rediscovering techniques and solutions which have been around for thousands of years.Except this time around, science and technology have assisted us in advancing these ideas even further.
Using seaweed to promote soil health and plant growth has been part of our history since earliest records began.The introduction of modern science has allowed us to enhance one of nature’s richest resources to create increasingly powerful tonics which, in their natural liquid form, are more readily absorbed by the leaves & root systems to support and boost our soil and plants without the use of harmful chemicals.
“Seaweed and kelp contain a wide range of amino acids, carbohydrates, trace elements and minerals which, when applied in liquid form, are easily and readily absorbed by plants, forming a natural bio-stimulant to promote growth,” explains seaweed expert, Kath Coopey.
“To ignore the earth, root or the foliar system, limits the potential for increased quality and quantity.”
Leading seaweeds scientist and New Zealand Seaweeds’ Technical Manager, Kath Coopey, has been working with seaweed for over 30 years.She firmly believes in, and has seen for herself, the advantages of using liquid seaweed explaining that one of the biggest advantages is less waste.
“KōFERT is produced from a combination of seaweeds which requires a lower application rate so less leaches out which means there is less waste into the environment,” Kath explains.“Compare this to solid products which sit around until they break down properly and once they do get into the soil, the plant may or may not take it up before it leaches out and is wasted.”
KōFERT Plant & Soil Nutrition is a liquid seaweed tonic available as the base nutrition product called Bio-Base or available as the seaweed base plus a fertiliser component (N- P-K) called Bio-Plus.
As Kath advises, “If you’ve had your soil tested and discovered you are low in certain elements and minerals, instead of applying a solid fertiliser you can now use our Bio-Plus liquid fertiliser.”
As a highly concentrated tonic, application rates vary widely for different plants as well as depending on whether the application is via aerial spraying, ground spraying or knapsack.
“For example, if you are doing a root soak then the dilution rate is 1:500 as this is a highly concentrated tonic.As a general foliar spray, where you are only taking it to drip point, then the application rate is 1:300.We have all the application rates on our website for reference.”
Ideally liquid plant growth tonics and fertilisers should be sprayed lightly onto the leaves for the foliar effect first.Unused tonic then runs down to the ground where it is readily absorbed by the roots.
A little really does go a long way.