Breakthroughs have been made in the research on applying potassium silicate in the agricultural field. The research results indicate that potassium silicate, as a functional organic fertilizer, has multiple effects, such as strengthening roots, improving soil fertility, enhancing tree vigor, increasing yield, and improving color and quality. This fertilizer is widely used in producing fruits such as apples and has achieved significant results.
It is reported that the synthesis principle of potassium silicate is closely related to black technology. During the ripening period of apples, the release of ethylene from the branches promotes fruit ripening, while potassium silicate can enhance tree vigor, increase yield, improve color and quality, and have multiple effects. In addition, potassium silicate also contains nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and trace elements of organic matter, which are crucial for plant growth. Experts say potassium silicate, as a functional organic fertilizer, has broad application prospects. In addition to playing an important role in fruit production, potassium silicate can also be applied in the production of other crops to improve yield and quality. In the future, with the increasing demand for green, organic, and healthy food, potassium silicate, as an environmentally friendly and efficient fertilizer, will receive more and more attention and application.
Potassium silicate is a colorless or slightly yellow semi-transparent to transparent glassy substance with hygroscopicity, belonging to strong alkaline reactions. It is soluble in water and acid but not in alcohol. Potassium silicate is usually a viscous liquid with a blue-green color and a purity specification of 99.5%. It decomposes in acid and precipitates silica, which is slowly soluble in cold water or almost insoluble in water (depending on its composition). In addition, potassium silicate has a high melting point, exceeding 300 Â° C.
The characteristics of potassium silicate:
- Protective coating: Potassium metasilicate can determine a protective layer to combat salt crystallization on the surface, so then avert surface damage.
- Catalysts and adhesives: Potassium silicate is used as a descaling agent in glass and ceramics manufacturing and can also be used as a catalyst and adhesive.
- Fluorescent screen coating layer and soap filler: Potassium silicate is also used as a binder and soap filler for fluorescent screen powders.
Application of potassium silicate:
- Welding rod manufacturing: Potassium silicate is an important raw material for welding rods, as it can overcome the problem of splashing during welding.
- Catalyst: Potassium metasilicate plays a catalytic role in organic synthesis and the petroleum industry, promoting various chemical reactions.
- Fire retardant: Potassium silicate can be used as one of the components of a fire retardant to prevent the combustion of combustibles.
- Adhesive: Potassium silicate is used as an adhesive in the construction, automotive, and electronics industries, which can firmly bond different materials.
- Agriculture: Potassium silicate can be used as a soil amendment and fertilizer in agriculture, which helps to improve crop yield and quality.
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