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Re: Silicates

I would think that the silicone could protect the plant from desiccation and from perhaps chewing by insects.  The potassium could have an impact on the opening or closing of the stomata since the stomata are opened or closed by potassium (and then water) either entering or exiting the guard cells that surround the stomata.  However, I have not worked with the product in question so I don't really know; just postulating theories based on plant physiology.
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Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 1:51 PM
Subject: Silicates

A product for foliage spray on ornamental and crop plants consists of potassium and silicone.  It protects against environmenet stress, disease, insects and temperature extremes.   Can anyone explain how silicates accomplish this.  Joe

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