Phytosporin is the most popular antifungal and antibacterial agent for many gardeners. It is based on bacterium bacilli, is non-phytotoxic and is used in everything from pre-sowing seed treatment to soil irrigation and spraying of mature plants.
Phytosporin is effective in combating many diseases, accelerates seed germination, ensures stable growth of seedlings and rapid development of plants. True, some roof owners are somehow “successful” than others – why?
Our regular reader shares her opinion on this matter and her experience with Fitosporin.
Let’s talk about a very famous and one of the most popular biological products – Fitosporin. More precisely, about the features of its use for maximum effect and benefit.
I will not list here its properties and plant diseases for which this remedy can help, this information is easy to find in any search engine. I will only mention that this treatment is based on the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, i.e., Hay bacillus, strain 26D. Everyone who has read the instructions for the drug knows how strong the fungicidal effect is promised by the manufacturer. The list includes several dozen plant diseases, including the most harmful, such as late blight, downy mildew and all kinds of bacterial rot.
So why are there two completely opposite opinions about this drug? Some praise and say that everything written on the package is true, while others say that this is an inappropriate waste of something. Let’s see why this is so.
Phytosporin is available in three forms: powder, paste and solution.
Only the aqueous solution, which is sold in vials, is ready for use without prior preparation. This is the one that should contain live and active hay bacteria, that is, add water according to the instructions, use and be satisfied. I intentionally wrote the word “should” because it shouldn’t be.
The solution may be sterile because this particular form of drug is easily spoiled, for example, due to non-compliance with storage or transportation conditions. Therefore, the purchase of goods in this form is a pure lottery. And this means that the result of its use can be radically different.
The powder and paste do not contain live bacteria, but the spores of Bacillus subtilis are dormant. However, it is almost impossible to kill spores during transportation and storage. They can withstand a very wide temperature range from freezing to boiling. Therefore, using these forms of the drug is much more reliable.
So why do people get different experiences from using these shapes if they definitely have life in them?
And here everything is simple. As mentioned earlier, these molds contain hay spores that are dormant and must be “awakened” before they can be used. How to wake them up? The instructions say that you need to dissolve the paste or powder in a certain amount of water without chlorine (soft, stagnant), wait a few hours, and you’re done.
And in general this is true. In these few hours, the spores will really begin to wake up, and a certain amount of live bacteria will already grow from the spores in the solution. After entering the soil, the drug should begin further reproduction, increasing the mass of bacteria and thereby enhancing the fungicidal effect. However, there is one big “but” in all this.
These favorable conditions may simply not work – reproduction will be suppressed, and those bacteria that have already become active will be replaced by the native microflora of our soil, including pathogenic microorganisms, because they are many times stronger and there are more of them. This is a scenario that usually works – and we get little or no effect.
Those of you who have grown or attempted to grow Trichoderma on grain have seen the suppression process I wrote about above. This is what happens when it is not trichoderma that grows in a jar, but, for example, Mucor or Penicillus.
So what can be done? Not only use the product diluted according to the instructions, but use it in a rich and very active phase. This will ensure the maximum effect of the product, and you will be convinced of its effectiveness. I learned how to achieve this on a famous channel. The recipe was cross-checked by me from several sources and tested last season.
Paste Revive Phytosporin (200 g). Dissolve any water-soluble compound fertilizer (for flowers, for example) in 1 liter of chlorine-free water according to fertilizer instructions. Dissolve our paste in this solution. For convenience, you can pour a small portion, heat and dissolve, and then add to the total volume. Cover with a lid and set aside in a dark, warm place. At least once a day, open the lid for gas exchange: the hay stick is aerobic in order to live, it must breathe. After about a week, a white coating will begin to appear on the surface – this is a live bacterial mass, active and ready to fight. You can use this solution as a mother tincture according to package directions.
Thanks to this method of preparing the mother tincture, we get a preparation saturated with billions of live and active bacteria. What’s more, you can add a fertilizer solution during use and bacteria will continue to multiply and you’ll have a virtually unlimited amount of hay fever mother tincture.
Editorial opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the author.
Good luck to all of us. And I wish you a healthy harvest! And most importantly, do not get sick, take care of yourself!