How & Why it Works
Ferticell® products are a concentrated solution of cells and cell extracts including algae and bacteria which are naturally occurring single cellular plants. The unique characteristics of the different types of all cells used in Ferticell® is their ability to store very large amounts of nutrients such as amino acids, microelements, and vitamins within their cell walls and then transfer these nutrients to the plant.
Cytoplasmic streaming, or Inter-Cellular Exchange (ICE), is the mechanism by which nutrient movement from Ferticell® occurs into the plant’s cells. ICE is most active in young living cells, particularly those found in leaves and roots. The conditions required for cytoplasmic streaming are:
• A functional connection system between two cells – plasmadesmata (strands of cytoplasm)
• A surrounding medium of lower concentration than the two cells. Either the dilute inter-cellular space or the soil solution
• A difference in concentration of plasmas in two adjacent cells – Ferticell® cells and plant cells
The cells in the Ferticell® products are considerably more concentrated than the surrounding solution. The leaf cells contain a solution which is considerably less concentrated than the Ferticell® cells. This difference in concentration initiates the Inter-Cellular Exchange of nutrients from Ferticell® into the plant’s leaves. The same process applies to the transfer of Ferticell® nutrients into the plant root when it is in the soil. Here the Ferticell® cell associates with root hairs and the plasma medium enters the soil solution in the immediate vicinity of the hairs. Although cells appear to be self-contained units, there are minute pores in the cell wall, through which strands of cytoplasm can pass. These strands, called plasmadesmata, play a vital role in providing an interconnection between adjacent cells in such a way that the cytoplasm is continuous between the cells.
Graphic View of Inter-Cellular Exchange
If we magnify the leaf and picture it in a three-dimensional section we would see that it is composed of cells, pores and space for air and water. If we concentrate our view on a leaf pore, or stomata, the Ferticell® cell is smaller than the stomata and thus can enter the plant leaf when foliar applied. It passes through the stomata into spaces around the various leaf cells known as the spongy layers. These spaces are occupied with a diluted solution of nutrient and air. It is here that the unique benefits of Ferticell® are realized, as nutrients are transferred to the plant. The transfer is a phenomenon known as the Pressure Transference Phenomenon or cytoplasmic streaming.
Graphic View of Cytoplasmic Streaming
Nutrients will flow from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration (source to sink) to achieve a balance. The nutrient rich Ferticell® cells transfer cytoplasm to the nutrient depleted leaf cells, which in turn are transferred to other cells and parts of the plant for storage, growth, regeneration and reproduction.
Nutrient Transfer in Soil Applications
The Ferticell® cells in the soil will also unlock any nutrients in the soil and transfer them to the plant. The result will be a diffusion of water into the Ferticell® cell from the leaf cell. The Ferticell® cell, containing cytoplasm with its nutrients, will be carried along in a mass flow to the leaf cell. The mass flow will cease when enough nutrients have been moved from the Ferticell® cell to the leaf cell to balance the concentration of both solutions. The likely scenario, following the achievement of this balance is that the Ferticell® cell will die and release its remaining nutrients into the inter-cellular medium or soil solution. These nutrients become available for diffusion through the cell membrane by active transport.
Why Ferticell® Should be an Integral Part of Your Program
Not only is Ferticell® a nutrient source, , it helps the plant utilize existing nutrients in the leaf tissue and soil more effectively. Inter-Cellular Exchange ability within plant cells means that it’s response rate, in terms of plant growth is enormously enhanced. You will see better root structure, more top growth and increased yields with more homogeneous fruits and increased shelf life with Ferticell®.
Ferticell® – A Unique, Proprietary Product Line
Ferticell® products are a line of liquid plant stimulants/nutrients based on fresh water algae extracts. This proprietary technology combines the unique characteristics of fresh water algae with a combination of bacteria, enzymes and minerals that interact synergistically to stimulate plant growth, flowering and fruiting. Ferticell® products provide the auxins and cytokinins that users of seaweed products have found helpful to plant health, without the salt levels inherent in seaweed. As such, Ferticell® is safe and effective to use when applied at labeled rates under a broad range of growing conditions. The proprietary ingredients and processes used to formulate Ferticell® products can only be obtained from Ferticell.®, the exclusive importer of this outstanding technology which has been proven in Europe for over 20 years Materials Used in Ferticell® Products Only the latest technology and raw materials are used in the manufacture of Ferticell® products. This means consistent quality, safety and performance from all Ferticell® products.