It turns out iodine saves not only broken knees, but also the crop from pests! It is able to rid plants of late blight and powdery mildew, protect against root and fruit rot, feed seedlings and increase the yield …
Iodine plays an important role in the life of plants, the normal course of their physiological processes. It takes part in the synthesis of individual amino acids and proteins (included in their composition), is a natural antiseptic, participates in respiration, photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism.
This trace element is active against most fungi, viruses and bacteria – it is especially effective in the fight against late blight, various rot and powdery mildew. And iodine is also necessary for plants for normal development, budding and fruit setting.
Lack of iodine in plants can lead to a decrease in their resistance to various diseases. The reason for iodine deficiency may be the insufficient content of this element in the soil (especially for peat and podzolic soils, light sandy loam, as well as substrates with a deficiency of organic matter).
Excessively acidic soils are unfavorable for iodine – in them iodine instantly goes to the lower layers, becoming inaccessible to plants. Most of all natural iodine is found in fertile chernozem soils, in lowlands and especially in coastal areas.
It is quite difficult to visually determine the lack of this microelement in plants, since the signs of its lack are rather arbitrary, and some coincide with signs of various diseases, the action of pests, and freezing of plants.
Therefore, we recommend that you do at least preventive feeding of plants with iodine – at least it will be useful in any summer cottage and certainly will not harm the plants.
Watering the seedlings with iodine helps it to rise faster and more amicably, and also accelerates growth. In the early stages of development, the use of this trace element is the key to the formation of high resistance to unfavorable environmental factors and various diseases.
Top dressing with iodine solution is indicated for seedlings of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, cabbage. To create a working solution, dilute 1 drop of iodine in 3 liters of water. Mix thoroughly and water the seedlings under the root with the solution. To enrich seedlings with iodine, such a single watering will be enough.