What is “plant root stimulator”? Is it a vitamin for plants? Or is it just a type of fertilizer? So how does it work? Do I really need to use it? Good questions?
Without a good root system, your plants will have a tuff time growing and thriving.
What is Plant Root Stimulator?
It works by stimulating the existing roots into generating more roots. It is basically used when planting new trees, shrubs, plants or grass. The main ingredient is phosphorus but they will also have small amounts of nitrogen and potash. Most nursery store-bought root stimulators also contain vitamin B1.
Nitrogen will help with growth and greenery. Phosphorus helps with buds, blooms, stem and root growth. Potash helps with water and nitrogen uptake. Most commercially made root stimulators contain Auxin which is a synthetic hormone.
It’s important to note that this type of root stimulator is not organic. These are man-made chemicals that are used in root stimulator products. They work well and will help with root growth. I recommend using them.
However, nowadays folks are always talking about organics and gardeners are also looking for viable organic solutions.
Organic Root Stimulator
There are organic root stimulators that you can use and willow extract is the best type to use. Find out more by following this link – Willow Extract.
Bone meal is another great organic root stimulant and fertilizer. It also helps with bud and flower development. Rock phosphates is another organic fertilizer and both can be purchased at most local nursery stores. Both will help stimulate root growth.
Most organic root stimulators contain mycorrhizal fungi that help in growing healthy roots. It’s important to note that if you are using a fungicide to remove a fungus in your plants, lawns or trees this will kill your beneficial fungi.
When to use it?
I highly recommend using it whenever you are planting trees, shrubs, perennials and or annuals. You should mix about 3 or 4 tablespoons of root stimulator product to 1 gallon of water and apply to new plants, trees, and shrubs. You can do this about 2-3 times per week.
If you are using organic root stimulator it can be applied every day until you have exhausted your supply.
What are fertilizers? Find out here.
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