Hormex, fertilizers and you

“Is Hormex Liquid a fertilizer?” We hear this question a lot. The quick answer is no. Unlike fertilizers, Hormex is a growth stimulant. While there is not an N-P-K listing on the side of the bottle, you must remember there is more to feeding and nurturing plant growth than Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium.

Fertilizers and Other Plant Supplements

Humans consume calories through fats, carbohydrates and proteins. But we also benefit from the addition of supplemental vitamins and minerals. Have you ever seen how many supplements a body builder consumes in a day?  So, to enhance a plant’s growth rate, you need to incorporate Hormex into to your fertilizing routine. Hormex also helps your plants to achieve optimal genetic potential in efflorescence

Potassium, Cultivars, and Fertilizers

In the early stages of plant growth, many cultivars require higher levels of potassium to increase root growth. Adding liquid Hormex at a rate 15-20 ml per gallon proves to be a great complement to a potassium silicate rich fertilizer.  Research shows1 that the addition of NAA can assist in the rapid growth of adventitious roots in monocotyledons such as Hemarthria compressa (whip grass). NAA also increases stolon production. Thus, consider adding liquid Hormex to a hose-end spray feeder to fertilize your lawn and create a thriving root system.

Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Fertilizers

During the vegetative stages, leaves and stems have a voracious demand for nitrogen and phosphorus. When you use the triple action of IBA (Indole-3-butyric acid), NAA (1-naphthaleneacetic acid) and B1, the supplements work synergistically both above and below ground.  The combination of IBA and NAA help to stimulate secondary root growth, promoting greater lateral root development and balancing nitrogen. Meanwhile, adding Vitamin B1 for plants helps increase vigor and turgor of stems and leaves.

Pre-bloom and Post-bloom

You should consider two other optimal times to include liquid Hormex: the period leading up to bloom and the period following bloom at the beginning of the wither phase.  When blooms are dying, perennials become dormant or are cut back. Therefore, you should add liquid Hormex. A week later, follow up with a Rhizomatic root inoculation. This enriches the rhizoshpere surrounding the root zone and protects against decline.  This process increases new root growth sites specifically along the hardened cambium layer of older roots. In early autumn, perform this process to give new roots a chance to harden before the ground freezes, especially if you live in an area that experiences early freezes.

So, at the end of the day (or should we say season?), you should remember that it’s not about how many inputs are added, but rather the proper timing that will garner the greatest results.


1.  Yan-Hong Yan, et. al. Effect of Naphthalene Acetic Acid on Adventitious Root Development and Associated Physiological Changes in Stem Cutting of Hemarthria compressa. PLoS One March 04, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090700

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