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Silicates in Action. Advanced Nutrients Rhino Skin Review

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Big Jim There have been 0 comments

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I'd like to take a second to explain Silicates and what they mean to your plant and how it aids in the growth rate and uptake of a plant system.  In most systems I prefer Rhino Skin from Advanced Nutrients.  My reasoning for this is the Potassium Silicate, and the Dioxide molecules used in this product.  The reason Potassium is important to be attached to silicates is that when used the plant confuses it partially for just its potassium value and allows the product to pass through its root base more frequently than a Dioxide derivative.

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This is important when using this product as silicates will get held up in the cell walls (making them more sturdy and resistant to many stresses such as heat, nutrition and  and the plants that will need added silicates will need the potassium trick to have the amount of uptake it may need but genetically doesn't uptake raw silicates properly.   With all the breeding and crosses that are on the market, vulnerabilities come in the form of recessive traits and cause great genetics to have slight strength issues.

Silicates in action.
Think of the opening of the plants cell walls to have parking garage entry and exit points.  When the gates open too much your plants can slump or snap when bent rather than bend as it should. Some phenos wont naturally take up enough silicate. If you are bending and the main stalk snaps instead of folds and bends it is a good indicator that your plants need a silicate specifically potassium silicate.
When a silicate is delivered to the cell by the potassium being the agent the cell wants it and allows the potassium to enter but then parks the silicate in the cell wall not truly letting it in.  At this point that entry point is blocked off like a trailer that didn't clear the roof (by the silica).  The plant uses this as a strength point for that time and it acts like a pillar of strength in that area which in turn strengthens the cell and its bonding abilities to other cells while consuming the potassium and some but not all of the silica is being used for cell mitosis or growth.
Now if you ever heard some one say it also helps your roots, they are referring to a silicate dioxide.  The way this interacts with the plant is it stimulates new root growth by being a prosthetic extension of the root it is saturating.  What this means is that it helps wick the nutrients to the root zone by magnetically attracting the positively charged nutrition to its negative dioxide charge.  then boom, the plant gets nutrition from further away than originally it would have been able to.
Rhino Skin is a perfect blend of both types of silica and for that reason is a buy you will always make and never regret.
Over usage can lead to nutritional lock out as you are closing down streets with this, but in most cases you need the traffic to be controlled to keep the plant happy and consistent so i use this product from week 2 of vegetative stage until week 6 of bloom of a 8-9 week bloom cycle. it is a favorite tool that in plant science is just now beginning a much fuller and capable understanding of the importance of silicates and their processes in botany.

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