Silicon and Tomato Plants
The benefits of using soluble silicon as a supplement are many but it is rarely mentioned in gardening circles.
It is only recently that research has started to show the benefits of silicon in the garden because there is still a lot about the way plants use nutrients that science has yet to discover.
We can fly to the moon in a space ship but there is a lot going on in our gardens that the most advanced scientific research has yet to uncover.
For years there has been a difference of opinion with regard to the value of giving silicon as a supplement to plants and whether or not it should be treated as a macro or micro nutrient.
It seems that those who have always said no, are re-evaluate their views because of the findings of recent research.
The Benefits of Silicon for Tomato Plants
These benefits include greater tolerance of environmental stresses, such as cold, heat, drought, salinity, mineral toxicity or deficiency.
Improved growth rates and resistance to insects and fungi. Soluble silicon promotes natural fungal defence mechanisms in plants, significantly reducing and, in many cases eliminating entirely, the need to use fungicides.
Silicon deposited in epidermal cell walls makes plants resistant to small sucking insects. The resulting increased mechanical strength in epidermal cell walls enhances leaf presentation and stem strength.
Soluble silicon enhances metabolic functions and improves pollen fertility, fruit and flower count.
The information above is taken from the following:
So, is it worth adding silicon to our tomato feed?
This is my first season using a soluble silicon supplement and I’ve been applying it as a foliar spray.
I’ll let you know the results later in the season, but I think that if it is only half as effective as the benefits above suggest, it is well worth a try – in a Summer like this, we need all the help we can get!