A biostimulant is any substance or microorganism that can be applied directly to a plant or seed to enhance or improve natural processes. In particular, biostimulants may increase nutrient uptake, the efficiency of nutrient use by the plant, or the plant’s tolerance to stress. Biostimulants can also lead to increased crop quality and improved yields. Biostimulants appear under many different names. A biostimulant may be called a Biological Plant Activator, Plant Probiotic, or Plant Health Stimulator. Whatever name is used the impact is the same: stimulating and enhancing natural processes.
Biostimulant and Fertilizer: What’s the Difference?
A biostimulant should not be confused with a fertilizer. Fertilizers provide various combinations of nutrients to plants including the most essential plant nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Biostimulants do not provide nutrients to plants—although some biostimulant products do contain nutrients as well. Instead, a biostimulant can increase the efficacy of fertilizer by ensuring the plant is able to absorb and process the nutrients being provided. Biostimulants are also not the same as pesticides. While a biostimulant may improve a plant’s immunity to diseases and pests, the purpose of a pesticide is to eradicate the pests. Nor are biostimulants to be confused with soil improvers, which are used to improve the quality of the soil around the plant rather than altering the plant itself as a biostimulant does.
Biostimulants can be either organic or synthetic and there are many different biostimulant methods and processes. Among the many biostimulants available are ones that use microorganisms that provide benefits to plants. This can include both beneficial bacteria and useful fungi. Two other types of biostimulants are humic and fulvic acid. Humic substances are comprised of decomposed plants, animals, and microbes and make up a part of organic soil matter. Humic substances can be divided into humic acids and fulvic acids. There are also various extracts that have biostimulant effects on plants, such as seaweed. It is thought that seaweed contains important micronutrients and plant hormones that can stimulate plant metabolism and immunity. However, the exact nutrient and chemical composition of such extracts are generally not completely understood or known.
Biostimulants from BAC
Here at BAC, we produce several powerful biostimulants that have been rigorously tried and tested. Our biostimulant range focuses on using beneficial microorganisms to improve the health and vitality of your plants. Our biostimulants use both fungi and bacteria to boost nutrient uptake, stimulate growth, and protect your plants against pests and diseases. Bloom Stimulant - This powerful biostimulant will give your plants a boost during the blooming phase by multiplying the number of beneficial microorganisms in the growing medium resulting in a faster uptake of potassium. Root Stimulator - Carefully crafted by scientists, our Root Stimulator biostimulant uses microorganisms to increase nutrient uptake and increase the amount of oxygen binding in the capillary. Final Solution - Our Final Solution biostimulant formula uses microorganisms to process waste around the plant’s roots. The microorganisms produce enzymes that bind harmful waste, such as chlorine and natrium, preventing them from impeding plant development. X-Seed - Specifically designed to enhance the germination of seeds, X-Seed is the only germination booster you’ll ever need. This revolutionary biostimulant formula can be used on vegetables and small flowers to excellent effect.