Greenhouse grown flower crops in the Colombian highlands, near Bogota, suffer from decades of monocropping and subsequent depletion of organic content in the soil.
Foliar supplements are commonly used to complement soil applied fertilisers, through trickle irrigation on most farms.
OMEX Bio 8 is formulated to supply seedlings with essential nutrients. It includes organic material derived from a single seaweed variety, which has proven beneficial effects upon plants by stimulating root development. Applications will result in greater root biomass, and maximum utilisation of available moisture and nutrients.
OMEX Bio 8 was applied at a rate of 1.0 cc/l, at weekly intervals from 8 days post-emergence. It was applied using a knapsack sprayer in recently transplanted Astromelia rhizomes under greenhouse conditions.
Assessments were made of the foliar canopy, stem numbers per plant and flower stalk length.
OMEX Bio 8 gave an increase in stem number of 30% compared to the control, a 40% increase in average plant height and a 17% increase in flower stalk length!
This trial demonstrates that the use of OMEX Bio 8 improves plant vigour in terms of bigger crop canopy, more stem numbers and bigger flower stalks.