humic acidWhen dinosaurs roamed the earth, organic material was accumulating that today is a fantastic plant food.

Give Your High-Value Plants The Gift Of Organic Ancient Earth

Millions of years ago, organic materials piled up to become part of the earth’s crust and topsoil. Some of those materials became coal and oil. But others became rare materials known as humic and fulvic acid, which today you can use to supercharge your high-value plants!

The humic acid story starts eons ago in bogs, swamps and peat beds, where conditions favor organic decomposition. Over a period of 70 million years, decomposition and geologic forces created layers of leonardite — an organic material rich in carbon that hasn’t yet reached the state of being coal or oil.

Leonardite contains many compounds, but for your plants, the most important ones are humic acids and fulvic acids, which come from the humates in leonardite. Humates are carbon compounds derived from organic matter. Humic acid is the precursor to fulvic acid, which has to be carefully separated from humic acid using fractionation, so the fulvic acid retains the properties that make it beneficial for your crop.

When the humate component of soil is exhausted or otherwise depleted, soil becomes biologically dead. That’s why the application of humic and fulvic acids to soil has been a common agricultural tactic for centuries.

Some botanists have described humates as the most important amendment that can be applied to soil to make it fertile for plants. Outdoor cultivators who grow in marginal soils and/or at remote grow sites where it’s difficult to water and fertilize plants are well-advised to apply humics and fulvics to their root zones — but it’s great for indoor growing, too.

In fact, humic and fulvic acids offer a complex suite of benefits for all types of growers, whether you’re growing in soil, outdoors, or a pure hydroponics grow room, and their physical properties make root-zone media more able to absorb and release nutrients elements. Plus, humic and fulvic acid contain nutrients, vitamins and trace minerals that directly feed plants.

Check out the below classroom clip of HTG’s Dr. Myers, who discusses the benefits of humic and fulvic acid for your garden:

The Amazing Benefits Of Ancient Earth Organic OIM Bloom Booster

Following is a comprehensive list of all the scientifically proven benefits of humic and fulvic acids:

  • Increased root size and function.
  • Better survival rate for seedlings, clones and transplants.
  • Faster nutrient uptake.
  • Effective chelation that increases availability of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium and calcium.
  • More efficient use of nutrients that lowers fertilization costs.
  • Increased resistance to disease, insects, drought, heat and stress. In other words, less crop losses.
  • Better bloom-phase growth for larger harvests with more active and diverse chemical compounds, including terpenoids.
  • Enhanced function of beneficial soil microbes and beneficial fungi.
  • Lower root-zone toxicity; higher root-zone fertility.
  • Prevents water and nutrient losses in light, sandy soils.
  • Improves fertility due to increased microbial decomposition. In heavy, compact soils, aeration of soil and water retention are improved; cultivation is made easier.
  • Prevent soil cracking, surface water runoff and soil erosion by increasing ability of colloids to combine.
  • Increase water-holding capacity of soil, so that plants better resist drought.
  • Balance acid and alkaline soils.
  • Retain water-soluble inorganic fertilizers in root zones, and reduce leaching.
  • Promote conversion of N, P, K + Fe, Zn, Ca and trace elements into forms available to plants. Reduce phosphorus’s chemical reaction with Ca, Fe, Mg and Al so it’s more beneficial to plants.
  • Liberate carbon dioxide from soil calcium carbonate and enable its use in photosynthesis.
  • Eliminate iron-deficiency chlorosis.
  • Enhance plant’s natural resistance against disease and pests.
  • Stimulate root growth, especially vertically, to quickly enable better uptake of nutrients.
  • Increase root respiration and root formation.
  • Promote development of chlorophyll, sugars and amino acids in plants, and aid in photosynthesis.
  • Increase vitamin and mineral content of plants.
  • Stimulate plant enzymes and increase their production.
  • Increase root respiration and root formation.
  • Promote development of chlorophyll, sugars and amino acids in plants and aid in photosynthesis.
  • Increase vitamin and mineral content of plants.
  • Thicken plants’ cell walls and prolong storage life of dried and cured flowers.
  • Increase germination and viability of seeds.
  • Stimulate plant growth by accelerating cell division, increasing the rate of development in root systems, and increasing the yield of dry matter.
  • Increase quality and quantity of flower and improve their physical appearance and market value.
  • Humic substances form insoluble compounds with heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium and cadmium, which prevents transfer of these toxic heavy metals into your plants and into you.

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How You Find Organic Humic & Fulvic Acids

As you can see from that lengthy list, humic and fulvic acids provide an incredible range of benefits not offered by any other solo fertilizer product. The crucial factor in importing these benefits into your garden is finding a product made for high-value plants that contains high-quality, and properly sourced and bottled humics and fulvics.

After I heard about the benefits of humic acid, I used several products that supposedly contain it. Some were powders that you mix into your root zone or into water. Others were liquid products. The only reliable humic and fulvic product I’ve found for my plants is called Ancient Earth Organic OIM. This product name makes literal sense, given that humics and fulvics do come from ancient earth.

The grower support advisor who works for Advanced Nutrients — the nutrients company that created of Ancient Earth — explained that their leonardite sourcing and product manufacturing standards and processes are at a much higher level than any other humic and fulvic competitor brand on the market.

Ancient Earth ingredients are sourced from a rare, pure vein of premium leonardite. This is important, because raw materials used by other humic acid sellers offer less potency, purity and quality, with some being nothing more than liquefied coal dust, animal manure, or similarly low-grade material with few intact humates.

Most products claiming to contain humics and fulvics are sold by companies that grind low-grade materials such as dung, peat and coal into dust before bottling it, often using unaccountable foreign companies to do the work for them.

It also matters how humics and fulvics are extracted from leonardite. The compounds are fragile, and a multi-step process is required to first extract the humic component, from which the fulvic acids are distilled. Then, the humic acid compounds have to be carefully handled during filtration and bottling to ensure they retain their biological, chemical and physical integrity.

Ancient Earth is the only certified organic humic and fulvic acids formula there is, and the certification is from California’s Organic Input Material (OIM) Program, which has higher standards than other similar organic certification programs.

The few other humic acid products sold in grow shops, such as General Hydroponics Diamond Nectar and Diamond Black, seem to be nothing more than dark-colored water with unidentifiable materials in solution. And they smell like literal poop!

Ancient Earth is one of few fertilizer products that benefit plants from start to finish, and not just in grow phase or bloom phase. I use it to pre-soak old seeds to make them more likely to germinate, and as a tonic for cuttings and early clones to help them root faster. When I’m running an otherwise entirely synthetic feed program, Ancient Earth adds an organic component that helps plants absorb hydroponic nutrients elements faster and better. And because it contains potassium and helps your plants intake phosphorus, it has an extra bloom-boosting effect, along with all of its other benefits.

I’m grateful that someone went to the trouble of making OIM certified organic humic and fulvic acids for growers of high-value plants. Ancient Earth is a rare find, and your plants will love it!

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