Flowering in tomato plants: the value of biostimulants
Flowering in tomato plants is one of the most important and crucial phenological stages of this crop. Just as in the rest of fruit and vegetable crops, flowering marks the plant's life cycle and reproductive process, on which the quality of the harvest and success of final production largely depends.
There are three factors that play an essential role in tomato flowering. In addition to the presence of well-formed and well-structured flowers, tomato plants require the right climatic conditions to ensure development of the pollen tube and subsequent fertilisation. And thirdly, in a such a demanding process as flowering, it is important to ensure that the plant can cope with the extraordinary energy demands in this period of initial development that will condition the continuity of the process throughout the whole cycle.
When do tomato plants flower?
Both in greenhouse-growing and in the open field (industrial tomatoes) once the plant has rooted and is well established, it develops rapidly. From that time onwards the first flower clusters begin to appear. Depending on numerous environmental factors, tomato plants continue their cycle of development in a uniform, constant way or they must adapt to the resources available.
It is at this stage of flowering in tomato plants that application of biostimulants is recommended as they help ensure the natural development process, strengthening the plant's flower structure, improving pollen production, germination, and the development of the pollen tube. These are key factors to guarantee optimal fertilisation and fruit set.
Biostimulation of flowering in fruit and vegetable crops
Kynetic4 is a biostimulant designed by Seipasa to enhance flowering and to optimise fruit set. Applying it encourages the synthesis of specific proteins at a time when plants undergo increased energy demands. It makes them available to plants, which is exactly what occurs when it is applied to tomato plants during flowering; it guarantees excellent fruit set.
The Kynetic4 formulation, based on a combination of high-value precursor amino acids, is designed to optimise the 4 key processes in flowering, namely: development, pollination, fertilisation, and fruit set.
The key bioactive compounds in Kynetic4 intervene in the synthesis of metabolic intermediaries of the flowering process. In that way Kynetic4 increases pollen viability, encourages pollen tube formation and the production of high-quality nectar.
The trend in fruit and vegetable crops is to optimise production yields and quality, which necessarily means increasing the number of high commercial value fruits per hectare. This is where strategies to achieve more uniform flowering and fruit set come into play. Kynetic4 has an extraordinary effect on plants' metabolism, it activates and optimises physiological processes, strengthens vegetative development, and improves the quality of the final crop.