Gardeners: Colloidal Silver Kills Plant Fungus, Produces Larger and Healthier Crops
Have you ever wondered about using colloidal silver in your garden, to control plant fungus and other infections that can destroy crops, or dramatically limit crop yields?
Well, here’s an interesting study demonstrating the fact that antimicrobial silver is not only effective against plant fungus, but also helps increase crop quality and size. Here’s what you need to know…
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In this breakthrough study, published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Mycobiology, researchers found that applying varying levels of silver nanoparticles to the roots of green onion plants completely eradicated Sclerotium cepivorum fungal infections known to destroy the plants.
Not only did the application of silver nanoparticles destroy the pathogenic plant fungus, but according to the study authors, it caused no significant harm to beneficial soil microbes needed by the green onion plants for growth, nor was there any negative change in the soil chemistry or composition.
Bigger and Better Crops
What’s more, the nanosilver-treated green onion plants, once harvested, were demonstrated to have grown larger and to weigh more than the non-treated green onion plants.
According to the researchers:
“We applied different concentrations of nanosilver (10 ppm, 23 ppm, 50 ppm, and 100 ppm) at the base of each plant four times each week for up to four weeks.
After five months, the roots of the plants were observed and the dry weight was measured after drying it in the drying machine at 80 degrees.
The fresh weight of the harvested green onion was also measured.
… Both the fresh weight and the dry weight of the treated plants increased. The onions treated with the nanosilver liquid had more weight than the non-treated or controls.”
That’s astonishing, of course, because it means the use of antimicrobial silver actually increased crop weight and therefore crop yield as well.
Do the Plants Know How Much Silver They Need?
Finally, the researchers pointed out that the more they increased the use of nanosilver on the green onion plants in order to test what higher levels of silver would do to the plants, the less silver the plants absorbed.
The researchers stated:
“When the amount of nano-silver was calculated in the plants grown in nano-silver treated soil, it was found that the concentration of nano-silver used for treatment and the concentration of nano-silver found in the plants was inversely proportional.”
In other words, the plants themselves apparently reduce absorption of the silver when high levels are used on them to control the plant blight.
This appears to mean the plants only absorbed what they needed for protection and healing, and then stop absorbing the silver after protective levels have been reached.
The conclusion drawn by the study researchers was staggering in its implications.
If further studies demonstrate these same results to be applicable to all crops, it would revolutionize farming (and gardening as well).
The researchers wrote:
“This research has shown that nano-silver liquid can increase plant productivity and reduce environmental pollution…
… Nano-silver liquid for the prevention of various plant pathogenic fungi is highly recommended to farmers.
Additionally… it is safe for the environment and agricultural products.
In conclusion, we can say that by using nano-silver liquid, environmental pollution and the excessive use of chemical compounds in the field can be reduced.
It is expected that the application of nano-silver at low concentrations will be economic, eco-friendly, and decrease farm management costs.”
Gardeners have reported great results like this for decades. But of course, anecdotal accounts don’t prove anything. They are just indicators.
It is studies like the above that provide bona-fide documentation of silver’s highly beneficial uses for crop plants.
Why Does the Silver Work So Well?
According to the Journal of Food and Chemistry, the reason silver works against plant fungi is that it’s rapidly taken up by fungal spores, which in turn stops germination of the fungus.
“Silver is taken up rapidly by fungus spores, so that germination can be completely inhibited after a contact time of 1 minute or less.
Only mercury( I) and (II), and to a lesser extent copper, offer serious competition.”
– Miller, Lawrence P., and McCallan, S.E.A. 1957. Toxic action of metal ions to fungus spores. Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 5(2), 116-122.
It’s interesting to note that the above quote is from a study published way back in 1957. This means silver’s effectiveness against fungal pathogens that harm crops has been known for over 55 years.
And yet, because of resistance from the giant chemical conglomerates which supply the potentially toxic synthetic chemicals used in farming, the use of antimicrobial silver to stop plant blight and associated fungal infections has still never been implemented on a wide scale basis in farming.
Of course, the radical anti-silver environmentalists will scream bloody murder and argue that silver nanoparticles should not be used on plant crops because they pose an imminent “danger to the environment.”
This, in spite of the fact that the latest studies have demonstrated there is no ecoloigcal harm whatsoever from silver in the environment. (Not to mention the fact that silver comes from the environment in the first place.)
So you have to look at underlying agenda when you hear these loud and sensationalistic cries against the use of silver coming from radical elements within the environmental community.
Often, those who claim to be “protecting the environment,” are in reality merely protecting the global corporate masters who would lose hundreds of billions of dollars in profits if their synthetic chemicals were no longer being used.
More Research and Personal Experiences
The bottom line is this:
A growing body of research is clearly demonstrating the fact that silver has its place in crop disease management, and should be used in place of the potentially toxic chemicals presently being used, and that are losing their effectiveness against pathogens.
Far from damaging or harming crop plants, silver appears to help save them from plant blight, and even increases the overall quality and yield of the crops without causing harm to the soil or surrounding environment.
Independent research seems to dovetail with the results achieved by the researchers in the above study.
For example, Brooks Bradley, of the Harborne Research Foundations has stated of his experiments with the topical use of colloidal silver on plant crops and shrubs:
“… we performed some limited, plant-oriented evaluations utilizing colloidal silver.
Our initial investigation involved experiments designed to determine if colloidal silver would yield beneficial effects on ‘fire-blight’ associated with pear trees and pyracantha shrubs.
The only effective protocol we had found, prior to our colloidal silver evaluations, was the application of streptomycin (water soluble form) in an aerosol spray.
A solution of 10 ppm strength colloidal silver mixed at the rate of 1 pint colloidal silver to 2.5 gallons of water and 1/4 teaspoon household detergent was applied to affected trees (in various states of challenge, from 10% to 50% foliage involvement).
Visually detectable improvement manifested within 48 hours. Marked improvement and pathogenic stabilization evidenced within 72 hours.
New leaf growth—in former areas of heavy attack—started to appear within 7 days of the initial treatment.
This protocol was repeatable (we performed it 4 times).”
And as Dr. Keith F. Courtenay (U.L.C., USA) has stated in his book, Colloidal Silver: the Hidden Truths:
“For all bacterial, fungal and viral attacks on plants, flowers and fruit, simply spray diluted colloidal silver on the leaves; also, add to water, mixing one tablespoon per liter.
I put silver in my hydroponic system to eradicate root rot. A friend of mine grows very rare orchids; these are sold overseas for a large amount of money. He was getting a fungus growing on some of them and they became worthless.
We came up with the idea that the silver might eradicate the fungus, as it does on humans and animals. So why not give it a try?
It worked and he is a very happy man. He has now put a spray system in and all his flowers are sprayed at regular intervals and have never had any trouble since.”
As house plant enthusiast Lisa B. recently wrote on the Colloidal Silver Secrets Community on Facebook:
“We love our new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator … love it… love it… I have been using the colloidal silver on all kind of things. The neatest so far was this:
I made a 6 hour batch and sprayed enough to just make it wet on mold that had formed in the earth around a house plant.
All signs of the mold are still gone after 4 days. Before that mold would have killed the plant.”
And as another plant enthusiast wrote on the Colloidal Silver Secrets Community on Facebook:
“I add about 1/2 ounce of colloidal silver to the water when I am rooting plant cuttings. No more stagnant water with rotted cuttings.”
On the WebMD.com website, you’ll find the following colloidal silver and plant testimonial from an avid gardener:
“I use it my garden. You should see how lush my Tomato plants look and my Zucchini plants. Wow!
I even spray it on my roses and it gets rid of the aphids and the roses are brilliant in color.”
My wife Kathy has been experimenting with the use of colloidal silver in her garden for many years now. She’s used it a number of times to eradicate tomato plant fungus, and has noted that the tomatoes on the treated plants always seem to be redder and juicier and plumper than tomatoes on untreated plants.
Over the past couple of years she’s also used it, moderately, in the soil around plants that seemed to be infected or were having trouble growing vegetables. As I wrote several years ago in an article “Environmentalists Claim Silver Nanoparticles a Threat to Plant Life”:
“I know of dozens of people who use nanoscale colloidal silver to keep their plants healthier, and make their fruits and vegetables grow faster and stronger in their home gardens.
A non-published experiment during the last growing season demonstrated that tomato seeds planted in soil treated with small amounts of nanosilver produced 30% more sprouts than the same amount of seeds planted in non-silver-treated soil.
What’s more, the plants grew nearly twice as fast over the first 15 days of the experiment before leveling out and growing normally after that. They started out faster, and stayed larger and hardier than the plants in the non-silver-treated soil. That’s a sign of superior health. Not harm.
My wife sprayed her garden with nano-scale colloidal silver all growing season long last year, at least once every week, and sometimes twice…
… and she won a blue ribbon first-place award for her veggies at the local fair. (Not to mention feeding me week after week all summer long with fresh organic squash, tomatoes, black berries, artichokes, cantaloupe and more!)
What’s more, for the first time in over 10 years of gardening, her garden was still producing crops all of the way through to early of November, well after the first frost!
I won’t even mention the pot growers who use colloidal silver to produce more potent pot buds.”
For additional information on using colloidal silver in gardening, see Angela Kaelin’s great article, “Using Colloidal Silver for Healthier Fruits and Vegetables.”
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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