Issue 12 2017
Flower power: reaching new levels of productivity with Polysulphate
View of the Polysulphate trial at Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. Chrysanthemum plants were grown in a greenhouse on sandy loam soil.
A lot of what we report to you is the effect of Polysulphate on the crops and fresh produce that feed us. But Polysulphate is being shown to have beneficial effects on crops that are a feast for the eyes: flowers.

Global flower production is growing fast. A fairly recent entrant to the industry is Malaysia. In the area known as the Cameron Highlands, growers on the lower slopes can produce the tropical flowers much in demand. At higher altitudes they have begun to specialize in temperate flowers. Of the different varieties, the one with the enduring popularity is chrysanthemum.

Flower features in demand

Native to Asia, the chrysanthemum has international appeal. As flower shoppers we may look for color and form but we also have an eye for how long the bloom is going to last. Flower growers, on the other hand, look for ways to get strong uniform growth, with robust roots and strong stems to support high numbers of top quality blooms and resistance to the stresses and strains - biotic and abiotic - of intensive cultivation.

A bouquet of results from Polysulphate

An experiment is underway in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia to measure the effects of using granular Polysulphate on chrysanthemum plants.

Early results of visible benefits from Polysulphate application are that the plants are vigorous, with better roots, bigger stems, greener leaves and more uniform growth. Higher resistance to disease, and improved drought tolerance have also been observed. The next phase will be to measure the number, quality, size and vase life of the blooms.
Field Observation (May 2017, 1 month after planting): On left side (without Polysulphate) plants are smaller and growth is not uniform. On the right side (with Polysulphate): plants are bigger and taller, uniform growth.
Polysulphate strengthened the plants for thicker shoots.
Flowers ‘a cut above the rest’ with Polysulphate
So when you next give or receive flowers, spare a thought for the people, process and place that produced that natural beauty and - perhaps - that Polysulphate may have been at the root of its splendor.
Mined in the UK, ICL is the first – and only - producer in the world to mine polyhalite, marketed as Polysulphate