Kelpak is a complex elixir of phytochemicals – vitamins, amino acids, hormones, polyamines, minerals, phlorotannins, brassinosteroids, and other plant growth regulators – that together, work as a safe but powerful biostimulant. Rather than delving into the functions of individual components, it is probably best to think in terms of resources used by the plant.
Plants take in water, air and mineral nutrients and produce many complex chemicals that become the resources they use to live, grow, and reproduce. As we describe in the “Support the Reserves” article, the chemical reserves are first allocated to staying alive. If the volume of those reserves is sufficient, the plant can dedicate some to growth, and if the reserve is sufficiently stocked and the cultural conditions allow the plant to easily produce more, it may expend some on reproduction – flowering.
Just as a football player may get an intravenous injection of fluids containing sugars and electrolytes at half-time that allows him recover his energy and play stronger in the second half, Kelpak can be considered to be a “plant IV”, augmenting the natural reserves in the plant, allowing it to perform at a higher level.
The concept of “reserves augmentation” also explains how the restoration of rootless plants and the rooting and establishment of cuttings is better than it is when using rooting hormones or trace-element concoctions that stimulate the production of them. With those root growth stimulating methodologies, the “gas tank” of phytochemical reserves usable by the plant or cutting is limited to that it already contains, and that is used up in the root-growth process, weakening it. A Kelpak application, on the other hand, boosts the supply of reserves, giving the plant or cutting more resources to “burn” in its root-growth and recovery efforts. In fact, Kelpak application has proved to help fuel all plant processes, from germination to growth to flowering and fruiting, resulting in greater yields at every stage.