Oct 8, 2009

Seaweed as Fertilizer

Seaweed is an all-natural, effective alternative to synthetic fertilizers.

Seaweed extract is highly regarded as one of the best natural fertilizers. Different varieties of kelp have proven to be effective in seed germination, root development, and disease resistance. An all-natural fertilizer, seaweed is a great organic gardening additive.

Kelp contains many healthful nutrients, including potassium to promote metabolism. Many extracts, such as algamin, are rich in amino acids and trace minerals that are low in other fertilizers. Some seaweed varieties contain up to 60 different chelated nutrients that boost the health of plants.

Leafy crops especially benefit from seaweed fertilizer. Tomatoes, peppers, and corn all benefit from vegetable-based fertilizers. Ask your garden care expert about which fertilizer is right for the plants you want to grow. Dried, crushed, and desalted seaweed may be mixed with other fertilizers to produce a superior composite.

Seaweed fertilizer can be used in hydroponics gardening. The proper extract will not gum up drip emitter lines. You'll get healthier shoots and stems. Seaweed is an all-natural, effective alternative to synthetic fertilizers. As many seaweed extracts are 100 percent soluble, they're ideal for the organic garden..

Seaweed fertilizers are an especially usefull product in organic gardening. They contain almost every micro-nutrient in a fully chelated (immediately available) form. They deliver a healthy dose of natural plant hormones. Seaweed is also loaded with carbohydrates, which the plants use as a building block and which large populations of beneficial micro-organisms use as a food source.
There are many agricultural and garden applications for seaweed. It aids in seed germination, assists in nutrient uptake, helps plants resists insects, disease and frost; it aids in root development, conditions soil and acts as a fertilizer.

In addition to the horticultural applications, studies have shown that adding seaweed to livestock feed improves fertility rates, aids in gestation and birthing and reduces lameness. There are basically 4 forms of seaweed fertilizers you can use.

  • Liquid supplements
  • Kelp meal additives
  • All purposes fertilizer
  • Concentrated supplement
Seaweed is high in trace elements and potash. It is suitable for use around larger plants and some gardeners claim that the minerals in seaweed make plants resistant to frost damage and prolong the harvest of autumn tomatoes.

There are green, brown and red seaweeds, all of them good to use. Soft fleshy seaweeds rot fairly quickly, (kelps for example), while seagrass rots very slowly........There is no need to wash the salt off seaweed, especially if it is just one among many mulches....... Seaweed is absolutely weed free, doesn't harbour any plant diseases or insects and looks much better than you think. Let's try!