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WHAT ARE BIOSTIMULANTS? Davao City, Philippines

In Europe, which has the largest market for biostimulants globally, biostimulants have been defined by the European Biostimulants Industry Council as:

Contain[ing] substance(s) and/or micro-organisms whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere is to stimulate natural processes to enhance/benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, and crop quality.”

It’s important to note that biostimulants act only a plant’s vigor, offering no direct action against diseases, insects, or weeds. “And biostimulants are not Plant Growth Regulators”, which are a different class and are regulated by EPA.

Here’s an example of how biostimulant works. Beans on the tray came from 80 pods on 50 trees, while beans on the table came from 80 pods on 5 trees only. Same genetic (variety/varieties) , the other one have biostimulant (#FullOn by GrowSwitch), the other one have none. It may seem impossible, but the large quantity/volume of beans, as shown came from only 5 trees, with #FullOn (Biostimulant).

Categories of Biostimulants

There are seven main categories of biostimulants according to the scientific journal Scientia Horticulturae (vol. 196, 2015):


Amino-acids and peptides mixtures obtained by chemical and enzymatic protein hydrolysis from both plant sources and animal wastes. The plant-based peptides in particular are the most interesting of the biostimulants due to their multifunctional activity.


Organic acids that occur naturally in soil, resulting from the decomposition of plant, animal and microbial residues. These acids can also come from soil microbe activity.


Seaweed is the more established extract, having been used for hundreds of years as a fertilizer and to improve soil structure. However, the biostimulant effects of seaweed extracts are a relatively new development. Extracts from other plants are increasingly being studied and used.


Several uses have been developed over the years, usually focused on plant protection against fungal pathogens, but recently studies also point toward tolerance to various plant stresses.


These are minerals such as silica, selenium, cobalt and others which promote plant growth, the quality of plant products and tolerance to abiotic stress.

Benefits of Biostimulants

The European Biostimulants Industry Council lists the benefits of biostimulants as:

  • Improving the efficiency of the plant’s metabolism to induce yield increases and enhanced crop quality;

    Rice field on the left hand side is days to harvest, with biostimulant (#FullOn), while on the other is 2 weeks to harvest without biostimulant.
  • Increasing plant tolerance to and recovery from abiotic stresses;

    30% increase in yield or even up to 80%, with less inputs and less time.
  • Facilitating nutrient assimilation, translocation and use;

    In fact, I won a competition on top quality cacao beans, here in Davao City, Philippines. Also, did make it to top 5, but unfortunately, they disqualified me because of so many sudden reason, (“you know what I mean”).
  • Enhancing quality attributes of produce, including sugar content, colour, fruit seeding, etc;

    35 month old cacao tree, with biostimulant (#FullOn)
  • Rendering water use more efficient;

    Despite the heat of the day(sun), plants are still up and processing photosynthesis so efficiently, that we only use less water, and they’re still 19 days after transplant.
  • Enhancing soil fertility, particularly by fostering the development of complementary soil micro-organisms.

    This was just an ordinary soil, more clay, but when biostimulant is introduced, it did changed.

A new frontier in biostimulant research in the USA is the use of biostimulants to alleviate stress caused by the application of postemergent herbicides over the top of crops.

Because biostimulants are relatively new, metrics and data are necessary to sort out the reliable technologies from the gimmicks. Biostimulants are lightly regulated. Many product claims are made from a wide variety of merchants and all sorts of concoctions that purport to be a biostimulant. Make sure you are given an explanation as to  “why” something works.  If not, find another product or supplier.

The science around biostimulants is advancing rapidly, and careful measurement of results is key to determining what products can create real results for growers. Next time you apply product, take a look at our detailed guide to getting the most out of your farm’s applications.


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Biostimulant, (FullOn on Bok-Choy, Davao City, Philippines)

Definition – What does Biostimulant mean?

Biostimulants are made up of a variety of biological substances, microorganisms, and compounds that can be applied directly to plants, seeds, or soil to improve a plant’s vigor, increase crop yields, and relieve plant stress.

2 days after seeds were sown

The use of biostimulants can start in the seed germination phase and continue throughout the plant’s life cycle.

3rd day after sowing

Biostimulants work by enhancing the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients so it can develop properly. When applied to soil, biostimulants improve the soil’s complementary microbes that help a plant’s roots thrive and form a beneficial symbiotic relationship.

10 days after seeds were sown, seedlings are now ready for transplant (5 days earlier than usual).
Day of transplant
Jobs done!
During transplant/transplanting, seedlings will likely to get/got stresses, like abiotic stress, but when using biostimulant like “FullOn”, seedlings are less likely affected by it. So, simply ,means that mortality rate is low or even zero.

MaximumYield – explains Biostimulant

Biostimulants are called a variety of things, such as plant strengtheners, plant conditioners, enhancers, phytostimulants, and bioactivators. Unlike typical fertilizers, biostimulants are all natural and biologically derived.

19 days after transplant

Plants benefit from biostimulants by creating higher yields, stronger growth, enhanced water absorption, better overall appearance, and an improved tolerance for heat, cold, and transplanting.

Plants are well established in just 19 days after transplant.

Depending on the manufacturer, biostimulants can contain a bevy of biological ingredients that are believed to aid in a plant’s growth, such as humic acids, biochemical materials, microbial inoculants, fulvic acids, amino acids, and seaweed extracts.

The continued use of biostimulants is believed to enhance fruit colors, taste, sugar content, and more readily fruit seedlings.

Grow Switch: New Nano Ionic Biostimulants


34 month old Cacao trees, Davao City, Philippines

This is our micro Cacao R and D garden. Houses 5 cacao trees, 3 kinds of variety (W10, PG610, PBC123) in just +-15 sqm area. Spacing of the trees are at 2-2.5 meters.

Note: Ideal space/distance between trees is at least 3 meters.


This garden is 100 % cide free (no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc), although  sometimes I use small amount of synthetic foliar NPK, but at a very minimum rate at less than 50% of the suggested feeding rate. I apply ones per month or sometimes 2-3 months interval, so since I only apply very little amount of synthetic input, it maybe safe to say  it’s more likely organic (at least 90%-95% organic).


If you noticed that leaves are just left underneath the trees, which in the basic good practice of cacao growing is not ideal, because they say “it can cause pest and diseases”, yet I don’t have any serious problem about it (by far) at all.


The common term of this practice is  “Permaculture”, but the right term is called biome (microbiome).


Since this is 100% cide free garden, the insect kingdom here is so dense, meaning it’s very biodiverse. Microbes and fungi help breaking down organic matters more easily. Composting process is much faster than the normal rate. And plants are so healthy, happy and vigorous, one of the reason why pest and diseases are not a big deal here.


Forest frogs thrives here so well that they’ve even created this area their home. They reproduced so fast that they’ve even attracted so many predators, like stray cats and snakes. Yes, snakes.. Finally saw snakes living or just hunting here. But can’t blame the snakes, it’s a lovely place to be for them. 🙂

Birds also visits the area everyday, every morning they come here like it’s their one stop shop for worms, insects and some more foods that they can eat. I should say that growing organic and not putting salt based NPK directly to the soil, or not using any kind of cide helps nature do its thing efficiently and effectively.   This is a perfect example of nature at its best. Growing your foods (as much as possible) naturally. Making your soil so healthy, once it is, all that lives there will also be so happy and healthy leading to good quality produce.

Remember, “Nature doesn’t need people, but we, the people, need nature” .




New Nano Nutrient Technology for Higher Brix, Amazing Produce Quality and Faster Growth Cycles. Works with all NPK base nutrients.

New Organic Ionic Nutrient Technology. Grow Faster, Grow Better.

Our proprietary Nano Ionic Biostimulant, Full On, sets new levels of nutrient uptake and utilization. Boosts plants ability to efficiently convert nutrients into new cell growth.

We’ve been receiving very consistent reports from our commercial customers around the country about reducing cycle times by 7 to 10 days or more, regardless of plant genetics, nutrients or growing methods/environments, while helping plants to achieve their full genetic expression.

Can reduce some synthetic NPK Requirements by up to ~50%, lowering growing costs and reducing the environmental impact of fertilizer.

Increased Yields. Flush cycles reduced from weeks to days. Amazing Produce with Higher Brix. Sweeter and cleaner every time.

Full On uses nanoscale technology (particles less than 50 nanometers in size). Our formulation fills in the missing links and provides all necessary building blocks of plant life, and the energy for the necessary conversions and exchanges to occur.

How does it work?
Think of it like a super effective transporter moving nutrients into the plant, very efficiently because of the minuscule nano size (quantum angstrom) allows it to enter into plant cells with ease. As a result, increased photosynthesis occurs that improves cellulose, sugars/brix, starches, waxes, carbohydrates, oils and proteins; the building blocks of plant growth and health, and increases the plant’s natural ability to complete growth cycles sooner.

Higher brix, increased nutrient density, faster plant growth gives Full On Growers a distinct advantage in every market.