25 May 2021

What are Phosphites?

What are Phosphites? A simple definition: A Phosphite (H3PO3) is a Phosphate (H3PO4) with one less oxygen (O) molecule.   That missing oxygen molecule makes Phosphites vastly different from Phosphates.   Phosphate is the phosphorous (P) in NPK fertilizers.   Phosphite is more soluble than Phosphate. This makes foliar and root uptake more efficient. It slowly converts to phosphorus following an application to roots or foliage and also offers additional unique benefits:   1. Works as a biodegradable fungicide to help protect plants from Phytophthora and armillaria root rot.   2. Can be applied as a direct application to open wounds or bleeding cankers on trees to help speed healing.   3. As a soil application, it enhances plant resistance to stresses induced by drought, water logging, disease, and insect infestations.   4. Reacts with soil bacteria to produce mycorrhizae...

13 May 2021


What are Humates? Humates (humic acids) are the result of the decomposition of plant and animal tissue in the soil.  This final decomposition (humate) creates complex molecules which provide a variety of benefits to soil and plants. For more information click this link. Plants grown in humate rich soil produce better growth, better nutrient uptake, and are less subject to stress. Humates increase soil water holding capacity, holding up to seven times their volume in water. Humate molecules attach to plant roots and enhance the uptake and efficiency of nutrients. Humates stimulate root growth and development, thus speeding up establishment of newly planted trees, shrubs, and turf. Although humate is not a fertilizer, it complements a good fertilizer program. In soils, especially those lacking in organic matter, it is often advantageous to supplement the humate profile. ‘Doggett’s Natural Resource’ product...