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THE PROS AND CONS OF
WATER-SOLUBLE FERTILIZERS!

                 "Water-soluble fertilizer" run-off is a primary cause of pollution of waterways,  green algae bloom, and fish kills.  The rapid release of  nutrients is in amounts that crops cannot quickly absorb.  During rains, the run-off ends up in waterways and cause a range of environmental problems and to compound the problem, new additional fertilizer must be reapplied to the crops, golf courses, and landscaping. (USGS photo)

 

                 Fertilizers can be an impossibly complex subject that is difficult to understand.  The following is a simplified summary that clearly explains the transformational HAWAIIANITE™ innovations that make it the easiest-to-use, universal fertilizer and the only one you'll ever need!


                 First there were manures, composts and other "organic" fertilizers produced on farms. They were joined by bone meal, blood meal and bagged bird guano that made possible "industrialized agriculture."  Most agree that organic practices and fertilizers have commendable sustainable features that improve the quality of the soil but are less efficient and more costly. 

                 "Artificial fertilizers" began when nitrogen was converted to ammonium and rock phosphate was treated with acids to create "WATER-SOLUBLE FERTILIZERS!"  These two major milestones were largely responsible for the huge increase in food production that we enjoy today.  Water-soluble nutrients are released when exposed to moisture and this is both good and bad.  It makes available nutrients in stronger concentrations than available in organic fertilizers and may produce greater production.

                 The release is rapid and it is necessary to select the ideal formulation for the specific crop,  and to apply it in a precise manner to prevent burning the plants.  Each crop and each growing environment is a different situation and it is necessary to learn specific details.  A safe system is to use relatively weak formulations and apply them in small amounts frequently, being careful to water as soon as possible after applying the fertilizer to prevent burning.  But this is labor intensive and costly.   

                 Heavy rains or an excessive amount of irrigation will cause water-soluble nitrogen and phosphorous run-offs to pollute waterways, and cause green algae bloom and fish-kills.  Water-soluble fertilizers release nutrients upon contact with water faster than plants can absorb. Only a tiny amount is utilized; most of it is wasted and become pollutants that are causing major environmental problems.


               HAWAIIANITE is a transformational new category of fertilizers developed in 2016 that have both WATER-SOLUBLE and CITRATE-SOLUBLE nutrients in controlled ratios.  The small amount of water-soluble nutrients produce initial growth,  but the majority of the nutrients are held in non-leaching citrate-soluble form.  Water soluble nitrogen kept below 1.5% will not burn even sensitive plants.  There is enough water-soluble  phosphorous to produce good initial growth, but the majority of the large 32% phosphorous in citrate-soluble form is only released "on-demand" when the plants need it.

               “Citrate-soluble” nutrients are more effective and controlled by the amount of citric acid emitted by the plant root tips.  Few roots --- limited release.  More roots --- more release.  Lots of roots --- optimum release.  Any excess remains for the future!

                Phosphorous produces strong plants with large root systems that produce an abundance of flowers that go on to produce seed, nuts, fruit, root crops and even the fiber in trees. Hawaiianite™ is a new generation of high-phosphorous fertilizers that is ideal to be used as a universal fertilizer.  It automatically adjusts to different environments as fewer roots are produced when there is lower light,  lower temperatures, or by slower growing plants.

                Although Hawaiianite may seem more costly,  it is very cost-effective. It is not necessary to refertilize after a rain storm to result in a significant labor saving to reduce overall costs.  The availability of steady, usable amounts of nutrients will produce ideal continuous optimum growth. The cost of fertilizer is only a tiny part of maintaining and operating a golf course, residential or commercial landscaping.  It's a very small part of installing a new landscaping. A little goes a long way and for those with just a few plants or not willing to learn the complexities of fertilizers,  Hawaiianite is the only universal fertilizer you'll ever need!

 

For more information, please contact:  David W. Fukumoto, president & founder, FUKU-BONSAI
              PO Box 6000 (17-856 Olaa Road), Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
              Phone (808) 982-9880;  Email:  david.f@fukubonsai.com;  URL:  www.fukubonsai.com
March 2017