In the yard in mid-April, which means that most gardeners tomato seedlings already formed and strengthened. Usually, by the time the plants are fertilized all the major trace elements for growth, so it's time to take their future health.
For tomato seedlings, however, as for many other vegetable crops, primary preventive procedure is foliar application iodine. In fact, this care is spraying the green parts of the plant with a solution of iodine.
Why feed the seedlings with iodine
Foliar feeding seedlings produced primarily as a prophylaxis against fungal and viral diseases. This simple pharmaceutical preparation is familiar to everyone since childhood, it helps destroy pathogens and improve the immune system of the entire plant.
In addition to preventing disease, iodine treatment plant is saturated with the same name trace element that is important both during growth and fruiting time culture.
In addition, unlike most purchased dressings, iodine is useful and necessary for human health.
During the preparation of the iodine solution for fertilizing it is very important to observe the dosage and do not overdo it with the amount of active ingredient. Too much concentration of iodine can cause irritation and burns plants.
Make the right iodine solution is not difficult. For this we need a pipette, a glass jar, and warm water of the present.
Pour into a jar three liters of warm water (preferably from a well or rain barrels) and add a drop of liquid pharmaceutical iodine. The resulting solution was stirred well for 15-20 seconds. A spray mixture is ready, now it is necessary to fill the spray them.
Dosing and Dose
For tomato seedlings will be enough of one iodine fertilizing before planting in the ground. Processing is performed using the classical hand sprayer.
We must try to lay down uniform solution for all the green part of the seedling. This ensures the destruction of the majority of harmful microorganisms. However, in all need to know when to stop, so the processing of the plant should not leave more than 7 seconds.
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