Thursday, July 23, 2015
Doug and Kaye McGaughey own Natrakelp, it’s a family business with both son and daughter involved.
The factory is situated just out from Maroochydore, Queensland.
We use this product all year round in our garden and advise others just how good it is.
Natrakelp Liquid Seaweed is a certified organic product made from brown kelp.
The Brown kelp comes from the cold, unpolluted waters of both the southern and northern hemisphere.
Don’t forget that kelp is the fastest growing plant in the world
The efficacy of a seaweed product is judged by the amount of Alginic acid retained in the product.
Alginic acid is a naturally occurring hydrophilic colloidal polysaccharide (sugars) obtained from various species of brown seaweed (Kelp).
Seaweed products also contain a wide range of minerals and trace elements.
The kelp is either harvested or collected from the shoreline.
It is then hung in the open, allowed to be washed by the rain to remove any sand and excess salt, then kiln dried and put through a hammermill to the consistency of meal.
It is then bagged and sent to the factory at Maroochydore for processing.
It is then put into large stainless steel vats using a unique bacterial fermentation process for 21 days with absolutely no heat or chemical used.
This process retains all the vital elements of the original kelp including the alginates.
Other products are manufactured either after the alginate is removed or used as a bi- product or by using either heat or chemicals (acids) which tend to destroy much of the original alginates.
After the fermentation process the liquid is filtered to 100 mesh to allow it to go through all types of sprays.
Natrakelp is packaged into various sizes from 1 litre for home garden use to 1,000 litre for commercial growers.
Seaweed products are used for the ability to:
Provide more rapid germination
Increase nutrient uptake
Increase both yield and quality
Increase shelf life
Increased frost tolerance.
Decrease water stress due to either drought or salinity.
So, all in all it’s a great product that does wonders for your garden as it has done for ours.