SILICA: Silica nutrient for hydroponic plants
FloraMax Silica contains aqueous potassium silicate. This form of silica is fully reactive, meaning it is completely soluble and can therefore be consumed by plants. This yields several benefits for hydroponic growers:
- Improves the rigidity of stems and leaves
- Prevents leaf wilt during extreme heat
- Increases weight, potency and shelf-life of fruit
Silica should be applied to an existing nutrient solution and used throughout both veg and flower.
Background: Silica, known chemically as silicon dioxide (SiO2), is the chemical form that silicon (Si) adopts in aqueous solution. Silica is NOT the same as silicon. Silicon is the stuff computer chips and car polishes are made from.
Heat stress with HID lighting: FloraMax Silica is very effective for combating leaf wilt during summer heat. Prevention treatment is best done by applying Silica as a foliar spray. This typically allows plants to endure ambient grow room temperatures upwards of 40 deg C (104 deg F). Foliage remains rigid and turgid so that photosynthesis can continue unaffected.