Real science is the difference
Osmocote® Smart-Release® technology provides a steady supply of nutrients for even and continuous plant development throughout the growth cycle. A biodegradable resin coating encapsulates each nutrient granule. The granules are virtually identical and each contains the same carefully blended mix of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, the fundamentals of all living things. Nutrient release occurs by the process of osmosis. That means nutrients replenish at the same rate that plants feed. Both the nutrient uptake by the plants and release of the nutrients from the Osmocote® granules are triggered by soil temperature. Feeding and replenishment are in natural harmony.
Osmocote® Plant Food consists of a homogeneous nutrient granule coated with a semi-permeable resin.
The coating supports the principle of osmosis. It permits moisture to penetrate the granule and dissolve the encapsulated nutrients.
Consistency is the key to great results
Each Osmocote® granule is homogeneous and nearly spherical. That results in uniform, consistent feeding. Importantly, excess nutrient runoff is virtually eliminated. The unique coating controls the release of nutrients to match the uptake of nutrients by the plant’s root system. Plants get what they need, when they need it. One application lasts 4 months (or 6) depending on the formula.
Tested and then tested some more
Osmocote® has decades of rigorous field testing to prove product effectiveness. Its scientists have proven this with thousands of plant species in various climates around the world. Research has shown that soil temperature most correlates to plant growth. Therefore, using Osmocote® controls nutrient release rates with minimal waste. When soil temperatures cool, minimal plant growth corresponds to minimal Osmocote® release. As soil temperatures warm, the plant growth increases, as does the Osmocote® release. This process allows the plant to utilize the majority of the nutrients, leaving little, if any, waste.
Nutrients from inside the granule are released into the soil at the same rate that the plant’s root system takes-up nutritents, neither under or overfeeding the plant.
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