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What is Silicon Dioxide and How it Benefits Plants

Updated: May 4, 2021

Silicon Dioxide provides many benefits for plant growth. It's widely present in nature and some plants contain it naturally. Adding it to the grow strengthens the cell walls, making the plant stronger and more resilient.

What is it?

Silicon dioxide (SiO2), known as silica, is a natural compound made of two of the earth's most abundant materials: silicon (Si) and oxygen (O2). Silicon dioxide is most often recognized in the form of sand, one of the best-known crystalline varieties of quartz.

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The earth's crust is 59% silica. It can be found in nature or produced synthetically. Biogreen is produced using the best quality raw materials that nature has to offer.

What does it do?

In basic, silicon dioxide develops cell wall strength, increasing the plant tolerance to drought and temperature stress. It improves protection against pests and diseases and also aids in the uptake of water and nutrients. Silicon dioxide plays a major role for obtaining an overall better crop quality and bigger yield. It alleviates the toxic effects caused by abiotic stresses such as drought and excess heavy metals

The role silicon plays in plant growth was at first attributed to it forming a physical barrier fortifying the cell wall (also helping to protect the plant from fungal attack), however, it’s now known to be far more complicated, as it involves a cross-talk with the cell interior and an effect on plant metabolism. Because of this silica also forms a cuticle double layer under the plant leaf epidermis which helps to reduce water loss through evaporation in heat. SiO2 also interacts with the fibre walls of the plant to give it increased strength and durability, it also has a noted effect on increased mass in yields.

How to get it?

Biogreen X-Force is one of the best highly concentrated silicon dioxide product on the market. It's made from the best quality raw ingredients, designed to be super absorbable by plants. Differences can be seen in less than 24h.

Summing up, silicon dioxide makes plants resistant to stress and helps by creating a barrier of protection to external factors. It's a must have for a successful crop.

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