Updated: Feb 20
The internet is a vast place; full of some of the best methods for growing cannabis. Everyone wants the silver bullet to growing the absolute best flower. There’s one secret in particular that’s only bundled in the best brands of fulvic acid. Gallic acid is the best plant supplement you’ve never heard of.
A bottle of humates used as an additive to your base fertilizer may contain several different substances. It may contain just humic and a small amount of fulvic acid if it is sourced from Leonardite. The problem with Leonardite is the unnatural chemical processing which degrades the content of organic acids that are advantageous to the plant. Water extracted humate sources contain fulvic acid, a small amount of humic acid and an array of beneficial organic acids; most notably- gallic acid.
Gallic acid is also known as 3,4,5-Trihydroxybenzoic acid. It contains anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Gallic acid is an antioxidant compound which has protective actions against degeneration, toxicity and oxidative stress for plants and animals. It builds roots and protects against insects and pathogens. The benefits can be listed, but published scientific studies more concretely show the benefits of gallic acid for plants.
Gallic acid concentrations alleviated toxicity in rice by assisting in the increased level of antioxidant activity and photosynthetic efficiency (Ozfidan-Konakci, Yildiztugay, & Kucukoduk, 2015, p. 219).
Gallic acid mitigated toxin-induced injury, having a beneficial effect on salinity and osmotic stress (Ozfidan-Konakci, Yildiztugay, & Kucukoduk, 2015, p. 1487).
A gallic acid derivative has potent growth promoting action on plants (Bhattacharya, U.S. Patent No. WO 2005063677 A1, 2005).
Gallic acid, an auxin synergist (auxin synergists have been long proven to promote cutting root growth), promoted cutting root growth in the plant Eranthemum tricolor (Randhawa & Mukhopadhyay, 1986, p. 51).
Gallic acid is known to have a pronounced effect on insect or pathogen infections in plants, acting as a defense against such herbivores (Ananthakrishnan, 1997, pp. 577-578).
Only the best water extracted fulvic acid supplements for agriculture have gallic acid. Market research has shown it is found in brands like Agtonik’s AGT-50 for commercial production facilities and manufacturers. When you pick up a bottle of fulvic acid for your garden, does it contain gallic acid, the best kept secret for growing?