Sea kelp contains valuable nutrients for garden soil. In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes

Sea kelp provides valuable nutrients and plant growth hormones to improve your garden. Dan Hershman photo.

Kelp, a plant from the sea, is a great way to improve your land-based garden. The ocean’s garden contains many elements that terrestrial plants require to flourish.

Sea kelp can contain more than 70 vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential to the health of a plant. These rich nutrients act to improve soil health. And as you know, healthy soil is the key to healthy plants.

We are now applying sea kelp to our clients’ landscapes as part of our natural tree and shrub care program.

What makes sea kelp so great?

There are many benefits. It supplies potassium, an essential plant nutrient. It also contains trace elements that are deficient in most garden soils.

The bacteria, fungi and viruses found in ocean plants help to break down soil for the plant. This improves the release of nitrogen and phosphorus into the soil.

An important feature of sea kelp is its exceptional concentration of plant growth regulators. Plant growth regulators are hormones. They influence all aspects of plant growth, including seed germination, cell division and cell growth.

Sea kelp is our best concentrated source of the growth hormones known as cytokinins. Cytokinins aid the plants in processes like cell division and elongation. These processes play a number of crucial roles in promoting plant health, such as increasing root and shoot growth and improving photosynthesis.

How sea kelp could help your garden

  • Stronger, more extensive root systems
  • Richer foliage and healthier leaves
  • Faster germination rates
  • Higher yields of fruits and vegetables
  • Quicker repair of plant wounds, limiting the entry of pests and diseases
  • Stronger resistance to disease and insect infestations
  • Slower plant aging
  • Better plant growth and color
  • Enhanced flowering in some species of plants

Sea kelp can be applied as a foliar spray or as a soil soak. Either way, your plants will love it. Contact us if you would like us to apply sea kelp to your garden.

Read more at Sea Kelp for PlantsSea Kelp Gardens and Using Sea Kelp in the Garden.

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