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The Benefits of Ferulic Acid in Your Garden

Ferulic Acid

The Benefits of Ferulic Acid in Your Garden

Ferulic Acid is a famous hydroxycitric acid, an acid naturally occurring in most plants. It’s an abundant organic phenol, a flavanoid phytonutrient found mainly in plant cells, covalently linked as orthohydroxyl groups to other molecules like arabinoxyl esters. As an essential component of cork, ferulic acid has a major role in the synthesis of other aromatic chemicals. With its ability to maintain biological and physical stability during freezing and thawing, this vital nutrient is indispensable for plant growth and development.

The benefits of this vital nutrient were discovered over seventy years ago by German bacteriologist Reinhold Voll, who used liquid cultures of green chlorophyll in order to study the process of photosynthesis. During this study, he realized that a process called Photosystems had to be at work, if the plants were to attain their greatest potential. In his book, The Economic Growth of Plants, Voll described how the unique structure of the leaves of the Echinacea plant was related to photosynthesis. Because of this discovery, he delved further into the field of phytoplankton and learned that the sea slugs, which are a group of gelatinous and social amoi, contain the enzymes needed for photosynthesis and the accumulation of energy.

From my experience, I can only confirm what Voll stated about the importance of Photosystems to plant life. For years, I have utilized a variety of environmentally friendly stain products in my own home garden in order to encourage blooming perennials like my Sedum plant. As one of my favorite plants, Sedum grows quite fast and forms a colorful bed along the base of one tree in my yard. Because of my love of perennials, I always use different coloured products on the beds in spring and summer, in order to maintain the colour scheme. By late autumn, however, when the cold weather sets in, Sedum begins to die back, and its graceful, multicoloured flowers die down too.

Because of my frustration with the slow rate at which Sedum blooms, I sought out to learn more about how I could speed things up. By using the best products on the market, I have achieved my goal. My Sedum plant now grows much faster than it did when I started. The roots of my corked plugs now sprout and form thick stems in a few weeks. I no longer have to wait for spring to get things going again.

Ferulic acid has many interesting properties that make it beneficial to a number of different soil organisms. For example, because it inhibits microbial growth by inhibiting an enzyme found in all soil biology, it is a great help to the microorganisms that are trying to break down dead plant matter. Because it slows the rate of decomposition, it is useful in providing the first nourishment to the new root growth. The fact that it also forms a protective layer on the surface of the soil allows nutrients to be leeched into the roots more easily, as well as enabling plants to withstand drought more efficiently. By using less water and using less fertilizer, your plants will be healthier overall and live longer.

If you are still wondering if your corked plugs are ready for the garden, I encourage you to experiment with both types of acid. Use ferric acid for a couple of weeks, and then switch to using regular cork. Keep an eye on the health of your plants and you should see a big difference in their appearance. I personally love the latter, but it doesn’t hurt to find out what works for you.

It is interesting to note that although cork is organic, the acid slows the rate at which it decays. This does not, however, affect the value of the cork for the environment. In fact, the cork can even improve the soil’s ability to store nutrients. Fertilizing with ferric acid before planting your plants can greatly increase the success rate of the crop you are hoping to grow. And don’t forget that by reducing the decay rate of your corked plugs, you are helping to conserve resources.

Using cork as a source of plant nutrition has its benefits. Ferulic acid is very effective in controlling plant erosion and preventing surface water from washing away the top layer of soil. I recommend using it in conjunction with a natural fertilization like coconut oil. The combination of these two natural fertilizers will allow your plants to have a deeper root system that will better resist drought and disease. Switching to corked plugs is a small step towards improving your eco-friendly garden and protecting the life of plants that you grow for profit.