Do I need to feed my plants if I'm using biostimulants?

April 19, 2021 2 min read

Do I need to feed my plants if I'm using biostimulants?

The theme of today’s blog is focusing on one of the most common questions we receive.

Q: “Do I need to feed my plants if I’m using biostimulants?”

A: Yes

There is often a misunderstanding about what a biostimulant is, and what role it can play in maintaining a healthy garden.

To recap a previous blog post, The Magic Molecule Co. describes a biostimulant as:

‘materials/microorganisms which, when applied to plants or soil, may enhance nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, plant growth, tolerance to abiotic stress and plant quality.’

This description is not the same as a fertiliser. Rather than feeding the plant, a biostimulant is affecting its internal processes and metabolism. Just like humans and animals, plants need food to survive. Plants make their own food by using photosynthesis to convert sunlight into sugars. But this process itself is not enough for plants to ensure its continued growth and survival. Just as humans need a varied diet and proper nutrition, plants also require additional nutrients, which are obtained from the soil. As you would expect, over time soils become deficient in those necessary nutrients.

A biostimulant acts a bit like a supplement. We take supplements to improve our digestion, our joints and build our immunity – amongst many other things. By adding organic fertilisers or feeds to the soil, you’re replenishing the essential nutrients the plant needs and the biostimulants help the plant do this in the most effective way possible. When used as a supplement in conjunction with fertilisers or feeds, our Magic Molecules improve plant growth, produce better and tastier fruits and veg and increase a plant’s tolerance to stress.

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