What is Potassium?
Potassium is ionic salt (chemical) which is vital to many plant processes. Potassium ions are necessary for the function of living cells (i.e. plants, crop and fruits). It is an essential nutrient for healthy pasture growth along with nitrogen and phosphorus.
Potassium activates at least 60 different enzymes during the growth process of plants. When there is shortage of water supply, this nutrient closes the pores of the plants to prevent loss of water and minimize drought stress.
Wood Ash Use in Compost
We have added wood ash to compost to create a special mix that efficiently increases potassium levels in plants. In fact, the benefits of wood ash and potassium have long been recognized as both are cheap and contain a number of essential nutrients. This combination has been tested by Hill Laboratories for quality assurance too.
How does it help the soil in relation to healthy pasture growth?
Potassium is necessary in the development of plants' cell walls. It actively aids in photosynthesis and plant formation and it helps control the plants ability to respond to drought stress. This nutrient helps improve root growth and produces grain rich in starch.
Deficiency in potassium may lead to the wilting of your pasture and crops or it will make them immune to diseases. By applying high potassium fertilisers you will enhance translocation of sugars and starch in your plants. They will also add to the protein content as well as build cellulose and reduce lodging.
Some common potassium fertilisers are potassium potash, potassium sulphate, potassium nitrate and manure. All of these help retard crop diseases.