Naturally Produced Growth Hormones for Plant Growth and Health

Date:  10/31/2019

Berries, cherries and other crops can be super prolific with the right nutrition and balance of plant hormones.

Plant growth is influenced by plant hormones that promote cell division in plant roots, shoots, and growth of buds.  These hormones are classified as Cytokinins, Auxins and Gibberellin.  There are about 200 different known cytokinins, and many auxins and gibberellins.

These hormones are produced by plants, and also produced and secreted by fungi. And hormones can be provided by kelp and other inputs.  We believe that Pacific Gro’s effectiveness is partly due to its stimulation of beneficial fungi – which in turn produce hormones.

The balance between these hormones in plants influences plant growth: elongation, apical dominance, lateral branching, root formation, and etc.  The shape and density of plants, number of fruiting buds and relative size of roots are all influenced by the balance of plant hormones. These hormones also increase resistance to diseases and temperature extremes.

For example, Auxins promote cell enlargement, increasing root formation, respiration, nutrient movement, apical dominance, fruit growth, and ripening of fruits.

Healthy plants are generally Cytokinin dominant. They have more root growth below the soil than they have shoot growth above ground.  A plant with strong Cytokinins will produce closely spaced internodes, and more fruiting buds.   This is evident in the photos of Strawberries, and also seen in soybeans with numerous buds.     

Strawberries treated with Pacific Gro are high yielding, sweeter and higher quality than non-treated strawberries, because of the fungal dominant food source, and the organic, soluble form of Calcium that transports more nutrients into the plant.   This keeps the plant healthier with better resistance to disease and weather stress.