Preparing for next tomato growing season! This work presented here has reached out to world famous Silicon researchers, who present my results at different events, because they are novel globally. On picture down you can see the picture of tomato transplants: on the left – Si treatment, on the right – Control treatment
Silicon is a mineral substrate for the growth and development of most plants. The purpose of the investigations was to look the effect of silicic acid on the tomato transplant growth and nutritional content, because only few investigations have been carried out on tomato transplants treated with silicic acid. Another aim was to see whether there is an effect of silicic acid so early in plant development. The experiments in the greenhouse were carried out in the spring 2014 at the Estonian Crop Research Institute. There were two treatments: 1. stabilized silicic acid treatment; 2. Control. Silicic acid treatments: First spray, when plants were growing and when 1 real leaf was present (7.04.14); second spray was 2 weeks after spray 1 (21.04.14); third spray as 2 weeks after spray 2 (05.05.14). First spray: 1ml silicic acid was solved in 0,5 liter clean (demineralized water, pH neutral) water; second spray: 2 ml silicic acid was solved in 1 liters clean (demineralized water, pH neutral) water; third spray: 2 ml silicic acid was solved in 1 liter (demineralized water, pH neutral) water. pH of spray solution was 5,5. Control plants were untreated. Tomato transplants were taller and stem diameter was greater in silicic acid treatment compared to control. The content of NO3, N, P, K and Ca were higher in silicic acid treated plants. Mg content did not show significant results after silicic acid treatment.
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