Silica is a key component in the structure of plant leaves, stems and flowers. It strengthens the plant against pests and diseases, and helps the plant to better withstand environmental stresses such as heat, cold and drought. Silica also helps the plant to take up nutrients from the soil and to better resist attack from herbivores.
Silica is not just beneficial for the plant itself, but also for the soil in which it grows. Silica helps to improve the structure of the soil, making it more aerated and better able to hold water and nutrients. This in turn leads to healthier plants and increased yields. Silica also helps to reduce the amount of water and fertilizer needed for plants, and can even help to control weeds.
There are many ways to add silica to the soil, including using silica-rich amendments such as diatomaceous earth, rock dust or wood ash. You can also apply silica-rich liquids, such as seaweed extract or horsetail tea. Or you can simply allow plants to grow in silica-rich environments, such as near a beach or in a desert.
Whatever method you choose, adding silica to the soil will undoubtedly be beneficial for your plants. So why not give it a try today?