20 Jan Fertilizers: Solubility is the Problem
Most people think that plants get their “food” by absorbing nutrients that are dissolved in the soil water. However, in order to be highly soluble in water, a substance must be capable of easily dissociating into positively charged ions (cations) and negatively charged ions (anions). The physical relationship between highly soluble fertilizer chemicals and water actually disturbs living systems and is responsible for fertilizer “tie-up” and leaching into the environment, both of which start immediately after application. A closer look at insoluble natural inputs is warranted.