There Are Advantages and Disadvantages to Foliar Feeding
Foliar feeding is a method of fertilizing plants directly. It involves spraying diluted nutrients onto the plants leaves and stem where they are absorbed and used. It is considered an almost immediate way to feed your plants. It is becoming very common especially among cannabis and hemp growers. It is recommended that you apply Ocean Harvest foliarly as it is not a fertilizer and even when applied full strength will not burn or damage the plant.
Foliar application has a number of advantages and disadvantages which include the following:
Foliar feeding produces an almost immediate effect on the plants. For example, if used on green leafy plants like kales, they will have larger and fleshier leaves within a shorter period of time compared when other fertilizing methods are used. The reason for this is that the nutrients provided are already in the form that the plant needs. After absorption, all the plant has to do is utilize these nutrients. Crops like tomatoes have shown an increase in both yield and sweetness (brix) when Ocean Harvest is applied foliarly.
Foliar feeding is the best way to grow plants in places where there isn’t enough water. This is because the plant will absorb water through its roots. It is recommended that you use Ocean Harvest alongside Origins Base and Bloom blends via other fertilizing methods (drop, drench) to get the best results. Both of these products are environmentally friendly.
It can be an expensive method of fertilizing your plants in the long run. As the plants will almost immediately absorb all the nutrients applied, you will have to apply more fertilizers frequently if you want the best yields. If you want to cut down on these costs, then using this method for Ocean Harvest alongside soil fertilizing with Origins will be necessary.
If you don’t apply traditional fertilizer appropriately, you might end up damaging the plant. There are times when you concentrate so much on one part that it ends up burnt. This is especially the case for chemical based liquid fertilizers. To avoid this, read all the instructions given with regards to use of the fertilizer and follow them.
Ocean Harvest can only be applied during the morning and evening hours. This is because it is during these times that the plant stomata are open. If you apply during the day, especially when its hot, then it is likely that it wont be absorbed into the plant.
Ocean Harvest contains both organic molasses and lactobacillus microbes – both originally used as passive pest and insect control methods. Lactobacillus Casei has been shown to be effective in protecting and helping to feed plants by allowing the pores on the plant’s leaves to open up larger and stay open longer so the plant can get more nutrients.