HumaCal provides calcium which is essential for proper plant growth and development—all plants require calcium in order to mature. It also supplies Sulfur, which plays a key role in several different aspects of cell growth. From assisting in chlorophyll production to the production of proteins necessary for healthy development.
Calcium also plays a critical role in the structure of cell walls, protecting the plant. Moreover, calcium plays an important role facilitating the transport of other nutrients to different parts of the plant. It is also essential in allowing water to be taken in by the roots of the plant.
In order for plants to grow properly, they need to be able to absorb the appropriate amount of the correct nutrients. These nutrients can be broken down into two basic groups. The first group of nutrients is referred to as non-mineral—these are primarily carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, which are ever-present in the atmosphere and in water molecules.
During photosynthesis, plants absorb light energy from the sun and convert it into chemical energy in the form of sugars and starches which fuel the plant’s processes. Most of this activity occurs outside of the control of the planter, since these nutrients are taken in through the atmosphere and water.
There is an additional group of nutrients known as mineral nutrients, which refers to a group of thirteen nutrients which are absorbed by the roots of a plant through the soil. The first group are micronutrients, which the plant only requires in small amounts. This includes minerals such as manganese, boron, copper and zinc.
The second group of nutrients are called macronutrients, and they are required by the plant in larger amounts. These include nutrients such as calcium, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, and potassium. These macronutrients are absorbed by a plant through the soil.
For our purposes, we will focus on the role of calcium and sulfur, since these are the two minerals supplemented by HumaCal.
Adequate calcium is essential for proper plant growth and development—all plants require calcium in order to mature. Calcium plays a critical role in the structure of cell walls, protecting the plant. Moreover, calcium plays an important role facilitating the transport of other nutrients to different parts of the plant. It is also essential in allowing water to be taken in by the roots of the plant.
Sufficient levels of calcium are also important in the regulation of the acid content found in the soil. While calcium is typically found in various forms within soil, it is often present in forms that plants are unable to absorb. Consequently, farmers often are required to add supplements to their soil containing absorbable forms of calcium.
Sulfur plays a key role in several different aspects of cell growth, including the production of proteins necessary for healthy development. Moreover, sulfur is involved with the making of chlorophyll, which is the pigment essential for photosynthesis to occur. While it often seeps into soil from rainwater, it is relatively common for soil to lack adequate sulfur content.
This product is an organic certified by the OMRI to be composed of 18% calcium and 5% sulfur in pelletized form.
It has a balanced pH of between 5.5 and 6, so it can be applied without fears of disturbing the acidic content of your soil. As such, it can be used in organic gardening and non-gardening alike, since it can also be used in conjunction with fertilizer to boost its effectiveness.
As an organic and natural source of calcium, there are several distinct benefits of a product such as HumaCal:HumaCal delivers an absorb-able form of sulfur to plants known as sulfate, which provides numerous benefits for plants as mentioned aboveHumaCal raises the cation exchange capacity, which in turn helps plants retain a larger percentage of important nutrients and it allows plants to retain a larger amount of water at one time
HumaCal aids in the absorption of crucial micro nutrients and macro nutrients, including phosphorus, calcium and nitrogen.HumaCal can be applied together with fertilizer, or by itself as a soil conditioner.
At its core, it is an environmentally-conscious option that can play a significant role in any soil maintenance effort to provide plants with nutrient-rich material, particularly those of organic farmers.