01 Oct How to Raise °Brix Levels and Increase Plant Health
°Brix is a term popularized by Dr. Carey Reams in the early 1900s, and identified as the sugar content in an aqueous solution. Dr. Reams discovered that through a balance of several nutrients, the °Brix levels of various plants increased along with the health of the plant.1 Therefore, the greater the amount of sugar the plant contains, the less disease and deficiencies the plant will endure.
The balance of nutrients necessary for raising °Brix levels and optimal plant health can best be described by the plant biochemical sequence explained by Hugh Lovel, educator of quantum agricultural. He reminds us that a plant’s most important nutrient, nitrogen actually cannot be used by the plant without the presence of available sulfur, boron, silicon and calcium, which many fertilizers do not provide.2 Hugh also quotes Justus von Liebig, a nineteenth century chemist when stating “plants can only grow to the extent of their most deficient element.”2
So no matter how much N-P-K the plant is fed, it cannot grow past the extent of its most deficient element. Whenever there is a shortage of an important nutrient the plant will begin to shut down and lose productivity.
Subsequent studies have found that higher °Brix levels also correlate with improved produce quality, in terms of a higher nutritional value, greater density, longer storage attributes and sweeter tasting fruit.3
In order to provide a complete balance of the secondary and micro-nutrients that Dr. Reams and Hugh Lovel have identified to be a key factor in the optimal health and success of plants, HyR BRIX® Fertilizers contain the necessary percentages of each of these nutrients in a dry, granular form. This will ensure plants receive exactly what they need, right when they need it.