Saturday, 5 June 2010

Fertilizer: Nitrate of Soda

Nitrate of Soda (NaNO3contains nitrogen which is a major player in the growth of stems and leaves. Too much causes delayed flowering and fruiting and too little can cause stunted growth. Suspect nitrogen deficiency when new growth is pale, yellowish, or otherwise weak. 

If your soil is deficient in nitrogen, the only rock mineral fertilizer to use is nitrate of soda (16-0-0), which can also be called sodium nitrate. The mineral nitrogen, mined from the Atacama Desert in Chile, is almost immediately available to plant roots. 
  • A fast acting nitrogen fertiliser for beetroot, celery and other leafy crops.
  • Apply as required during the growing season.
  • Can be applied as a top dressing or a liquid feed
  • It is short-lived in soil, so it is best applied just before planting time. 
  • Apply 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet. 
  • The fertilizer increases both sodium and soil pH - 1 pound of sodium nitrate raises pH about as much as 3 pounds of lime would. 
  • Hi-Yield Nitrate of Soda is a fast acting, non-acid forming source of nitrogen when growth and color are needed quickly.
  • Nitrate of Soda should not be applied to heavy clay soils as it makes them harder to work.
NPK 16-0-0

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