EXPERIENCE A HEAVY NUTRIENT DEMAND
Agrobridge says that with a favorable harvest predicted this year, both in quantity and quality, trees in growers’ orchards will experience a heavy nutrient demand from developing and maturing fruit. While it’s commonplace for growers to apply a postharvest balance of NPK fertiliser – typically 15-15-15 or 16-16-16 to help the tree recover, something that’s often overlooked is the tree’s need for trace elements too. Agronomists say that trees that lack sufficient concentrations of trace elements will often need a longer recovery period before they’re ready to fruit again. Those growers who manage to extract more than one season in a year are usually those who are aware of the value of trace elements and take steps to remedy any shortfalls. Correcting trace element deficiencies is simple, says Agrobridge, with several options available including Complexsupra Granular T.E., a granular micronutrient formulation that has been specially formulated for durian, oil palm, and other fruit trees. Research confirms that with sufficient trace elements available, trees respond with an increase in photosynthesis, leading to improved fruit quality and yield. Trace elements are also essential for the plant’s ‘immune system’ – just like humans, the availability of micronutrients helps improve their resistance to diseases.
An alternative to Complexsupra Granular T.E. which is for soil application, Wuxal Microplant which is for foliar application can be used. Wuxal Microplant provides growers with a well balanced formulation of trace elements, including molybdenum (often absent, or at sub-optimal levels, in many soils), copper, manganese and the all-important boron – essential for flower germination – co-formulated with nitrogen, potassium, sulphur and magnesium. Growers looking to simplify their post-harvest nutrition regime should opt for Wuxal Microplant, safe in the knowledge that its complete formulation provides everything the durian plant requires in the crucial recovery stage.
Five golden rules for foliar fertilisation – Agrobridge (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd
This year both in quantity and quality, trees in growers’ orchards will experience a heavy nutrient demand from developing and maturing fruit.