How To Make Plant Roots Grow Faster: Utilizing Microbial Conditioner
A healthy plant is the sum total of all of its individual parts. While the roots anchor the plant in the soil, they also absorb water and nutrients. And thus a healthy root system is vital for the proper growth of the plant. The fast growth of plant roots depends on a lot of factors, both physical and chemical. Let us discuss how you can support vigorous plant growth through the growth of the roots.
How to Make Plant Roots Grow Faster?
Plant growth does not occur overnight. It is a slow process and requires constant care and mediation. Whether you are a home gardener or a commercial farmer, growing plants is a tedious process that requires patience and perseverance.
For a healthy plant to grow, thrive and provide fresh produce, it is imperative that it has a healthy, active root system. A robust root system will help the plant to get optimum amounts of water and nutrients to support its growth.
For plant roots to grow faster, it requires nutrients, sufficient water, well-aerated soil, enough light, the right range of temperature and proper amendments.
Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the three essential nutrients that a plant requires for its growth. If you provide these nutrients the plants will absorb them as food which supports the growth of new roots. Careful application of a high-quality NPK fertilizer supports a healthy root system. It will increase the speed of root growth in new plants and provides a boost to existing, well-rooted plants. A plant with a well-developed root system is well on its way to growing and thriving.
While phosphorus helps in the establishment of a healthy root system at the beginning of plant growth, it also promotes flowering and fruit setting. Potassium, on the other hand, promote root growth.
A well-watered soil is more likely to support the growth of plant roots than a poorly watered one.
Water is the medium of life – all metabolic processes occur in a watery environment. Water is actively absorbed by the plant roots and distributed to all parts of the plant. So while a healthy root system is vital for optimum water absorption, sufficient water in the soil is important for robust root growth.
While water is vital for root, and plant growth, each plant has its own water requirements. Over-watering may do more harm than good. And under-watering will stunt plant growth. Also, water requirements will change according to seasons. Thus, it is necessary to provide optimal amounts of water at the right time to the right plants.
Temperature has a strong influence on root growth with the best growth happening between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. When growing a plant, it is important to maintain an optimal temperature range, especially during the early growth phase, when the root system is being developed.
When you are growing plants indoors, it is comparatively easier to control temperature than while growing outdoors. You will need a soil temperature monitor to keep track of the temperature ranges.
- Soil Amendments
Soil amendment products play multiple roles in the soil to support the growth of the plant – directly and indirectly.
The quality of the soil should be such that it allows easy movement of nutrients, water and the physical movement of the roots as they grow. A densely packed soil, for instance, will hinder this movement, while a very loose soil will not physically support the plant or retain moisture.
It is thus necessary to apply soil amendment products (coco, compost, greensand, rock phosphate, kelp, etc) to soils so that the physical characteristics of the soil are improved. When you treat soil using certain soil amendment products you can improve water retention, aeration, water movement within the soil, and its overall structure. Overall, the soil amendment products provide a conducive environment for the roots to grow, and eventually the plant to thrive.
Myco Chum is a quality soil amendment and fertilizer combo product from Plant Revolution. It contains a ready mix of kelp, molasses, fish hydrolysate and humic acid. These quality ingredients provide food for the beneficial soil microorganisms. They also act to enhance the physical properties of the soil over the long term.
Apart from these products, you can also perform certain physical activities that will supplement the addition of these products. For example, you can help aerate the soil by turning it regularly to avoid compaction.
Utilizing Microbial Soil Amendments
Soil is a dynamic ecosystem. In nature, it consists of a wide variety of growing plants and trillions of microorganisms. Many of these microorganisms live in close proximity with growing plants and form a symbiotic relationship (mutually beneficial). They form a specialized ecosystem called the “rhizosphere.”
A rhizosphere, as the name indicates, is the zone around a root system inhabited by bacteria, fungi and other soil organisms living in a mutually beneficial way. While the microbes benefit from the exudates (sugars) they obtain from the plant, they perform a variety of functions that benefit the plant as well.
In many ways, microbial fertilizers – a carefully chosen consortium of beneficial root microorganisms – are a potent soil amendment. The microbes in the fertilizer break down organic matter to condition the soil and improve its physical characteristics. The microbes also help in mobilizing many locked nutrients and make them available to the growing plant.
Microbial fertilizers are great soil amendments that provide potent soil microorganisms to the plant that eventually play multiple roles in supporting healthy root growth. Beneficial bacteria -
- Mobilize and make nutrients bioavailable
- Enhance existing root system to improve nutrient and water absorption
- Remove toxins from the soil
- Improve soil structure by forming aggregates
- Increase physical characteristics of soil like aeration, water retention and drainage
King Crab, by Plant Revolution, is a meticulously designed microbial that contains various beneficial microorganisms that make the rhizosphere of growing plants more diverse and robust.
How Mycorrhizal Biofertilizers Affect Root Growth
Mycorrhizal fungi are rhizosphere microorganisms that affect plants in many ways. There are essentially two types of mycorrhizal fungi – ecto and endo. The endo-mycorrhizal (also called arbuscular mycorrhizal, or AM) fungi actually live inside the plant roots. Through their specialized structure they form a sort of “second root system” for the plant. This enhanced root system makes the plant capable of absorbing more nutrients and water and thus enhances its overall growth.
Strong Roots Make Better Plants
It is clear that the more healthy and robust a root system, the better the overall growth of the plant. And a healthy plant not only looks good, but it also gives a better yield of flowers and fruits.
Making roots grow faster is a well-defined process that involves providing sufficient quantities of the right kind of nutrients, maintaining temperature, regular watering, and amending soil with conditioners to improve physical characteristics.
Plant Revolution’s quality products act as powerful soil amendment that improve soil quality and support plant growth through the activities of its constituent microorganisms. For more information on our products, please visit https://plantrevolution.com/.