How Seaweed Fertilizer Helps Prevent Transplant Shock
The benefits of using a seaweed fertilizer can be reaped no matter how the usage varies. When used as a foliar feed—or the direct spraying of the liquid fertilizer on the plant—you can help the plant to transport the nutrients down to the roots, strengthening them so they can expand to become a strong, complex root system.
What to Look For When Purchasing
When you purchase your seaweed fertilizer, the back of the product’s container should have proper dilution instructions for you to follow. When it tells you your ratio, put that exact proportion of fertilizer to water in your fertilizer sprayer. For a personal home garden, it is recommended you use a compression sprayer, or pump sprayer. They typically hold 1- to 5-gallon volumes. These sprayers have a pump on top of the tank, which you pump to build up pressure in the tank, forcing the liquid into the hose and out through the nozzle. Some of the nozzles can be adjusted for either a light mist or a heavy, rain-like flow.
Just like with any other nitrogen fertilizer, it is important to remember to take it easy when applying the nutrients directly to the plants. Even though seaweed fertilizer is generally an organic material, there is still a risk of nutrient burn from over fertilization. This is why you must meticulously follow the instructions on the back of your fertilizer’s package. If you are afraid that based on your garden soil’s pH levels it’s too strong or too weak, feel free to research the proportions necessary for a healthy growth environment for your individual plant.
Pay Attention to the Leaves
Plants absorb nutrients through their leaves as well as their roots. Nutrients drawn in by the leaves are sent down to the roots to keep them strong and nourished, and so it’s good for the plants to use a foliar feed. It helps their roots expand and keep them rooted in the soil. This will protect the plant from winds that may tear it right out of the ground.
How To Use
To perform a general foliar feeding for your plants, pump your sprayer to build up pressure, and begin spraying. (Keep it to a misting. You waste less, you use less, and you optimize the plant’s ability to absorb the nutrients you give it. A misting also maximizes the amount you use. This is a thrifty trick employed by gardeners all over the world.) Thoroughly mist your plant’s leaves and flowers with the seaweed fertilizer solution in a slow, sweeping motion. Make sure you get the stalks, branches, and trunks, as these also absorb nutrients from the spray.
Foliar feeding can be one of the easiest ways to give your garden plant food. It allows you to control the intake and eliminate fertilizer nutrient burn, and it also lets you spend time with your plants, watching them flourish and thrive. This will let you see the fruits of your hard work (sometimes literally!) and enjoy them by yourself, or with your entire family.