DiaSil

Organic cell strengthener for insect pest control and enhanced metabolic functions:

  • Grow stronger stalks and stems to make plants more resistant to sap sucking insects
  • Lacerate exoskeleton of crawling insects, killing them
  • Increase plant resistance to pathogens and pests
  • Improve wind, rain and heat tolerance

May alleviate drought and salt stress in plants.

May also be applied topically to livestock for control of lice, fleas, ticks and other pests and used for the control of internal parasites of livestock.


Plants

Diatomaceous earth is composed of fossilised remains of tiny organisms known as diatoms. The edges of these fossilised diatoms are extremely sharp and will lacerate the exoskeleton of most crawling insects the come into contact with them.

Once their outer shell has been lacerated, the powdery diatomaceous earth dehydrates the insect, killing it. It does NOT effect bees as they have a layer of fine hairs that prevent them from being effected. DiaSil has been trialled and found effective at controlling the small hive beetle, without effecting the honey bee.

Resistance is not likely as it is the physical properties of DiaSil that make it an effective insecticide.

Livestock

May be applied topically to livestock for control of lice, fleas, ticks and other pests.

May also be used for the control of internal parasites of livestock. Ask your vet for guidance.

May be wetted down in combination with a surfactant and applied as a foliar spray.

We recommend LoliPepta for a natural and effective foliar disease management option.

Diatomaceous earth is composed of fossilised remains of tiny organisms known as diatoms. The edges of these fossilised diatoms are extremely sharp and will lacerate the exoskeleton of most crawling insects the come into contact with them.

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.

Increased resistance to pathogens

Plants use silica to build up an additional mineral barrier, essentially lining the cells, making it more difficult for diseases and plant pathogens to make their way inside the plant.

Plants also accumulate silica around infected sites, forming selectively fortified areas that can fend off fungal infections.

Increase resistance to pests

Silica accumulates in the epidermal cell walls of leaves, making it harder for biting and sucking bugs to damage the plant. Deposits of silicic acid within the cells act as an additional barrier to sap sucking insects. 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.

Plants

Seed CoatingApply at 2-5 kg per 100 kg of seed
Seedling Drench5g per square meter of seedling tray as a drench in nursery applications. Every 3-4 weeks.
Soil Application2-5g/m3 – Distribute DiaSil to give an even coating over entire field.
Fertigation10 kg per ha, 2 – 3 applications or as required throughout season (refer to soil analysis Calcium Chloride test)
Foliar Applications15-50 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 that 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.

Livestock

Apply

May be applied topically to livestock for control of lice, fleas, ticks and other pests.

May also be used for the control of internal parasites of livestock. Ask your vet for guidance.

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

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