Fertilizing is the addition to the soil, by people, of essential elements for the better nutrition of the plant. Without any one of 17 essential elements the plant will die. One is in the air (C – Carbon in CO2), two are in water (H – Hydrogen + O – Oxygen) and the remaining 14 are either found in soils or are added as a fertilizer.
Most fertilizer products label their packages as a combination number of NPK. N = Nitrogen, P = Phosphorus and K = Potassium. Commercial fertilizers are the salt molecule containing these elements. The different combinations and mixes of these quantities are used by people to stimulate different responses from plants. N stimulates foliar growth and helps the plant produce a lot of sugar, P stimulates root development, blooming and helps recovery after stress, K stimulates helps the overall metabolism.
S for acidity
Most acid fertilizers also add the essential element Sulfur. This element is consumed by special bacteria in the soil (Thiobacteria) which in turn excrete sulfuric acid as a waste product back into the soil. The sulfuric acid acidifies the soil and helps release minerals in to the soil for absorption by the plant by breaking large molecules into smaller ones.
Organic vs. Synthetic
Synthetic fertilizers usually contain essential elements in the form of large salt molecules. These have to be metabolized by the plant once they are absorbed in order to utilize them. Organic fertilizers on the other hand contain essential elements as smaller organic molecules which can be used immediately by the plant without having to metabolize them any further.
Microorganisms and soil health
The two main microorganisms needed for plant health and proper mineral absorption are Mycorrhiza and Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria. These consume the raw minerals and metabolize them into final products the plant can use directly. The PHC fertilizer products have all these essential organisms. Because many of these microorganisms die in winter they must be reapplied every Spring.
How to use it
Add a fertilizer (appropriate to the species pH preference)
add a microorganism inoculant (if not already in the fertilizer)
add a root stimulator (Hormex)
add an adjuvant (Yuccah).
The fertilizer provides the minerals needed, the inoculant provides the beneficial fungi or bacteria, the root stimulator promotes new roots to form and the adjuvant evenly distributes the solution in the soil column.
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