Add Silicon to Soil to Make Plants More Resistant to Pests and Disease

One of the key ingredients in Cascade Minerals’ Remineralizing Soil Booster is silicon, a plant nutrient that is often overlooked yet which plays a very important role in plant health and vitality.

Listen as agronomist Rich Affeldt discusses how silicon added to soil helps make plants more resistant to pests and disease:

An essential component of the cell wall of all plant cells, silicon is also found in the rough, spiny structures of cucurbits (cucumbers, melons, squash, etc.) as well as in some flowers like zinnias.

In fact, anything with a “scratchy” feeling is likely to be a silicon structure that the plant has produced to ward off predators and pests. What agronomists and horticulturists are learning is that adding silicon to soil or soil media is an excellent way to improve plant resistance to leaf and foliar diseases (such as downy mildew). It also makes it easier for plants to ward off plant-eating insects so they stay strong and healthy.

Last but not least, gardeners can rest assured that there is no danger to plants of adding “too much” Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster. Made of all-natural volcanic basalt, the product is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production and is safe to use around children and pets. That said, a little bit goes a long way in nourishing the soil and ensuring the long-term health and vitality of the plants that grow in it.