Working Inside a Plant...
Have you ever noticed that your sickly plants are the most affected by disease and insects? In part this is because the plant is vulnerable and not able to fend for itself against these added stresses. I think we can all agree that when stress is held to a minimum that the plant is better able to stay healthy and survive. This is where the pathology of systemic really comes into play.
Please refer to the diagram above. Let’s say a pesky little insect gets hungry (number 4 in the diagram) and decides it’s time for dinner at your plant’s expense. What usually happens is that you might notice a chew here and there, and then boom, overnight the plant is butchered. Typically one becomes reactive and sets out to eradicate these pests. In retrospect, this could have all been prevented by the use of a systemic product.
Various Forms of Systemic Products
Products that are absorbed throughout the plant and cause the insect to die shortly after snacking on it. This type of systemic works similar to the bait we put out for mice and other pests.
Products that draw out a plant’s defensive mechanisms so that the plant can fend for itself against pests and disease. The cool thing about this type of product is that it does not kill anything in its process. It simply activates the plant’s protective proteins so that it can better fend for itself without the need of pesticides and insecticides.
Here is another way of looking at it. Say I scratch myself. What happens in this case is that my body stops the bleeding by creating a scab. This scab is a protection from other bacteria getting into the cut. If the cut is bad enough most of us will apply a topical cream and place a band-aid over it. In an even worse situation, like stepping on an old rusty nail, we may go to the doctor and get an anti-biotic prescription to fight any infection that might have started. That is systemic in its truest form. It is about providing an extra kick to the whole system as a means of protection ahead of time instead of waiting for things to spiral out of control and bring an onslaught of infection and sickness.
Remember that being proactive in your growing habits will reward you with healthy plants that produce the bounty that Mother Nature intends.