DiaSil – diatomaceous earth to fortify plants and produce stronger stems
Organic cell strengthener for insect pest control and enhanced metabolic functions:
May alleviate drought and salt stress in plants.
Diatomaceous earth is composed of the fossilised remains of tiny organisms known as diatoms.
It is naturally high in plant-available silicon (at 26%).
Silicon has many benefits to plants:
- It helps to improve cell development, particularly improving the production of cell walls, creating a strong framework within the plant structure
- It helps plant cells to work more efficiently and can result in plant tissue growing more quickly.
- It increases the plant’s ability to uptake other nutrients, creating a more balanced nutrient profile.
- It helps plants grow thicker stems that can more easily transport water and nutrients to the parts of the plant that need them most
By creating a strong structure, the plant may be more resilient to external stressors – for example:
- Stronger stems and branches can reduce damage to plants during storms and heavy winds
- Stronger stems are less easily pierced, resulting in fewer disease entry points
Increased plant resilience: silicon has been shown to alleviate drought and salt stress; improve wind, rain and heat tolerance; and slow transpiration.
Plants use silica to build up an additional mineral barrier, accumulating silica in the epidermal cell walls of leaves and stalks, making them stronger and more difficult to pierce. This may help to minimise disease entry points.
Plants also accumulate silica around infected sites, forming selectively fortified areas to help protect themselves. Plants use silica to build up an additional mineral barrier, essentially lining the cells, which may help to reduce disease entry points.
May be wetted down in combination with a surfactant and applied as a foliar spray.
We recommend LoliPepta for a natural and effective foliar spray to use with DiaSil. LoliPepta supports plants to form a protective biofilm which is a natural physical barrier to protect the leaves from external threats.
Faster growth and bigger plants
Silica fortifies cells from the inside out. Thicker cell walls resulting from silica use create bigger stalks and stems that can uptake and transport more water, nutrients and plant secretions throughout the plant body, facilitating faster growth rates and bigger plants.
Increased resistance to environmental stress
Silicon has been shown to alleviate drought and salt stress. It also improves wind, rain and heat tolerance.
The presence of silicon aids crop plants by strengthening cell walls which slows transpiration, alleviating salt and water stress.
Plants use silica to build up an additional mineral barrier, accumulating silica in the epidermal cell walls of leaves and stalks, making them stronger and more difficult to pierce. This may help to minimise disease entry points. Plants also accumulate silica around infected sites, forming selectively fortified areas to help protect them.
Foliar feeding is the most effective way to ensure the silica gets directly absorbed into the leaves where it can be immediately used.
This product is classified as NON-HAZARDOUS.
Do NOT swallow or inhale. Wash hands after use. Rinse eyes or mouth if contact is made.
|Seed Coating||Apply at 2-5 kg per 100 kg of seed|
|Seedling Drench||5g per square meter of seedling tray as a drench in nursery applications. Every 3-4 weeks.|
|Soil Application||2-5g/m3 – Distribute DiaSil to give an even coating over entire field.|
|Fertigation||10 kg per ha, 2 – 3 applications or as required throughout season (refer to soil analysis Calcium Chloride test)|
|Foliar Applications||15-50 g / L full cover drench low volume sprays|
1-2 kg per 100 litres up to 1000 litres per Ha.
Greater volumes use at 1 kg per 100 litres as a full cover spray. Product will dry on leaf surfaces and may leave a white residue that can be washed off during post-harvest
To produce optimal results, silica is best used throughout the lifecycle of the plant, from seed and seedling stages up until harvest. Once the plant has absorbed silica into its cellular structure, it cannot be redistributed to other parts of the plant. Plants absorb much more through foliar feeding than just through the root zone however, if applying as both a foliar and root feed, be careful not to overdose the plants. Use frequent leaf and soil or nutrient analysis with a Calcium Chloride test to ascertain plant requirements.
Silica is alkaline and will therefore naturally raise the pH level of your nutrient solution. Add silica AFTER the other nutrients have been thoroughly mixed into the water to avoid nutrient lockout that may occur when it comes into direct contact with other elements in the solution.
NO withholding periods are required for this product.
Note that if applied as a foliar spray, the product will dry on leaf surfaces and may leave a white residue that can be washed off during post-harvest.
Keep dry. DiaSil has an indefinite shelf life.
Available in 4 kg or 12.5 kg bag