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Sugar Chelated Fertilizers

About Sugar Chelated Fertilizers

Sugar Chelated Fertilizers contain micro-nutrients with a sugar based food product. This allows plants to absorb the material more effectively and acts as a sugar source after delivering the micro-nutrient to the plant.

Sugar chelates are extremely useful because the nutrient is absorbed and used by the plant. The left over carbohydrates molecule energizes the plant and gives it a boost of energy.

Results should be noticed within days after spraying our sugar chelated micro-nutrients.

 

Chelated Fertilizers

Sugar Chelated Fertilizers are effective with soils as well, but perform better when soil and tank mixes have neutral to low pH (<7.3). Sugar-based chelates are much more effective when applied directly to plants and require much less energy and  time to become available to the plants.

Chelated micronutrients are fertilizers where the micronutrient ion (for example Fe or iron) is surrounded by a larger molecule called a ligand or chelator. Ligands can be natural or synthetic chemicals. These compounds combined with a micronutrient forms a chelated micronutrient.

To form a chelated product for adding to fertilizer, the chelating agent is ground to a fine powder. It is then mixed with the sulfate of the desired micronutrient, for example, ferrous sulfate if iron is to be the chelated micronutrient.

There are 7 essential plant nutrient elements defined as micronutrients [boron (B), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), molybdenum (Mo), chlorine (Cl)]. They constitute in total less than 1% of the dry weight of most plants.

Chelates prevent loss of nutrients through leaching, or wash out. Chelation increases the mobility of nutrients in soil. This increased mobility enhances the uptake of nutrients by plants. Chelating agents reduce the growth of plant pathogens by reducing available iron.

Chelated nutrients are inorganic metal nutrients that are encased by organic molecules. The Greek word ‘chelate’ translates into ‘claw’ and refers to the pincer-like manner that the inorganic metal nutrient is encircled by the organic molecules that resemble the shape of a lobster’s claw.

Chelated micronutrients are fertilizers where the micronutrient ion (for example Fe or iron) is surrounded by a larger molecule called a ligand or chelator. Ligands can be natural or synthetic chemicals. These compounds combined with a micronutrient forms a chelated micronutrient.