Have you ever noticed that your sick 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 pressure is at a minimum, any plant is better able to stay healthy and survive. And that is where the pathology of systemic control comes into play.
Have a look at the adjacent diagram. Let’s say a pesky little insect gets hungry (number 4 in the chart) 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, a systemic product could be preventative.
Various Forms of Systemic Control Products
- Products that are absorbed throughout the plant and cause the insect to die shortly after snacking on it. This type of systemic control works similar to the bait we put out for mice and other pests.
- Products that draw out 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 merely activates the plant’s protective proteins to better fend for itself without the need for systemic control 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 protection from other bacteria getting into the cut. If the wound 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 antibiotic prescription to fight any infection that might have started. That is systemic in its purest form. It’s providing that extra kick to the whole system for means of protection before 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.