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FAQ: What kind of silicon should I consider, and is it necessary for my soil with a high sand content?

Q1: Is silicon necessary for soil with a high sand content?

A: Absolutely. Sand in your soil primarily exists as silica, which is inaccessible to plants. Applying silicon is essential to make it available for plant use.

Q2: What's the safest form of silicon for plants?

A: Silicon Dioxide is a highly usable form of silicon for plants. Natural Diatomaceous Earth, when applied, breaks down into Silicon Dioxide in the soil, making it accessible to plant roots. It can enhance plant health and reduce pest issues.

Q3: Can you explain the benefits of silicon in more detail?

A: Increasing silicon levels in plants enhances resistance to pests and diseases, reducing the need for plant growth regulators (PGRs). Silicon aids in converting nitrate into protein, making plants less attractive to insects. It later transforms into monosilicic acid, the active form of silicon in the plant.

Q4: How do you apply silicon to crops?

A: For soil application, consider using Diatomaceous Earth in your liquid applicator. For foliar application, use potassium silicate, but be cautious about handling to avoid sprayer clogging issues.

Q5: Is regular silicon application necessary?

A: Yes, it's essential because new plant growth lacks silicon, and silicon, like calcium, is immobile within the plant. Regular application helps maintain plant health and resistance to pests.

Q6: Can I purchase silicon already in its monosilicic form?

A: While it's possible, be cautious, as monosilicic acid can act as a potent insecticide and may harm beneficial organisms. It's advisable to avoid this option if possible.

Q7: Will silicon be a recurring topic on your website?

A: Yes, silicon plays a vital role in my farming system and aligns with my values and goals. You can expect more insights and information on silicon in future discussions on my website.

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