What we are doing to the environment is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another
- Mahatma Gandhi
A 4-5% solution of Humic Acid or Potassium Humate
Humic acid is a principal component of humic substances, which are the major organic constituents of soil (humus), peat, coal, many upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. It is produced by biodegradation of dead organic matter.
Formation and description
Humic substances are formed by the microbial degradation of dead plant matter, such as lignin. They are very resistant to further biodegradation. The precise properties and structure of a given sample depend on the water or soil source and the specific conditions of extraction. Nevertheless, the average properties of humic substances from different sources are remarkably similar.
|Example of a typical humic acid, having a variety of components including quinone, phenol, catechol and sugar moieties|
It is used in agriculture as a fertilizer additive to increase the efficiency of fertilizers especially nitrogen and phosphorus based fertilizer inputs.
What is HUMAS?
HUMAS is the brand name of Humic Acid manufactured by Ecohealth. It is derived from the word “humus”. The term "humus" dates back to the time of the Romans, when it was frequently used to designate the soil as a whole. It was later applied to the organic matter of soils and composts, or to different fractions of this organic matter; as well as, to complexes formed from a variety of natural organic substances.
Why Use HUMAS?
Today, there is a recognized and increasing use of humic acids for their beneficial impact on the growth and cultivation of crops (vegetable & non-vegetable), citrus, turf, flowers, and particularly in organically-deficient soils. Humic acid is not a fertilizer as it does not directly provide nutrients to plants, but is a compliment to fertilizer. Benefits include:
|Addition of organic matter to organically-deficient soils|
|Increase root vitality|
|Improved nutrient uptake|
|Increased chlorophyll synthesis|
|Better seed germination|
|Increased fertilizer retention|
|Stimulate beneficial microbial activity|
|Healthier plants and improved yields|
How Does HUMAS Improve Soil?
When applied to clay soils, humic acid can help break up compacted soils, allowing for enhanced water penetration and better root zone growth and development. When applied to sandy soils, humic acid adds essential organic material necessary for water retention thus improving root growth and enhancing the sandy soil's ability to retain and not leach out vital plant nutrients.
How Does HUMAS Improve Plant Growth?
One way plant growth is improved is through the structural improvement of both clay and sandy soil allowing for better root growth development.
Plant growth is also improved by the ability of the plant to uptake and receive more nutrients. Humic acid is especially beneficial in freeing up nutrients in the soil so that they are made available to the plant as needed. For instance if an aluminum molecule is binded with a phosphorus one, humic acid detaches them making the phosphorus available for the plant. Humic acid is also especially important because of its ability to chelate micronutrients increasing their bio-availability.
DOSING : Dilution 30 ml of HUMAS in a litre of water. For trees : 3 litres of mix every 10 days. For plants : 1 liter of mix every 10 days.