The “Plantricity” system was developed by David MacZura and published to the world via his friend Mark Fancher’s website, BroadrOOt.com.  David has been developing 2 methods of growing, one called MultirOOting, and another called Plantricity.  Plantricity is David’s way of stimulating plants by planting a portion of the plant other than it’s normal root system into a separate container and electrifying both containers with a switched electric current.

As you can see, the results of his experiments stand for themselves:

In the photo below, the electrified Pothos plant on the right side has much larger leaves that are also much greener than the multiRooted plants on the left.

 

The photo below shows the electrified plant as having more than double the growth of the MultirOOted plant.

Another effect that can be seen is a larger sized root-ball (right image, below) in these 10 day old pepper plants.

Comparison of Electrified Pepper Plant Roots After 10 Days (Source: Broadroot.com)

I think it’s interesting that they found that electrical stimulation also caused the abundant growth of mushrooms in their growing medium.

Stimulated Mushroom Growth with Plantricity (Source: Broadroot.com)

For those interested in aquaculture, the photo below shows a small group of fish that are congregating around a custom powered fish-house that houses an electric-field.  It turns out that the stimulated house was a popular place for the fish to congregate.

Fish House Boosts Aquaculture Growth

Electrically-Stimulation via Custom Fish-House (Source: Broadroot.com)

The author writes, “Over a period of time, the loss of fish was drastically less on the electrically stimulated setup.  The appetite and size of the fish electrically stimulated setup was also much greater than the non-electric tank.” – Plantricity website

Summary

It’s great to see independent experimenters posting the results of their experiments online.  I would like to see more of this!

As far as the results they attained, their results are in alignment with my own independent studies, albeit using somewhat different methods of stimulation.  In summary, the following effects on the plant were observed:

  •  Larger leaves
  •  Greener leaves
  •  Greatly increased stem growth
  •  Increased growth of mushrooms

While not all plants experience these marked levels of response, it is clear that the Plantricity method is effective for accelerating the growth of potted plants.


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  • Adam Beatty

    I wonder if all this electric stimuli is just accelerating the aging process; therefore expediting the stages of growth to happen faster. I thought before it was because of radiation; sharing of electrons as a resource of energy; perhaps I still think that; but now I’m also starting to think on other theories.
    Perhaps it’s both; extra energy for growth and expediting the aging process.
    This probably so obvious to a refined scientist; figured I would share my thoughts thus far any way.
    As for the fish; the area around the electrically stimulated area is probably slightly warmer water; which is why the fish like it better.

    • Keith

      I think its helping soil bacteria fix nitrogen better for plant growth.

  • electricfertilizer

    The science is actually quite sound – I try my best to break it down in my book. In essence, the starting point of all of the exciting stuff comes from the way that the electric field creates a charge imbalance on the cell walls of ‘active cells’ located throughout the root system. When these cells experience what’s called a state of depolarization (ie reversed charge distribution), it causes something called an ‘action potential’ to result. This is where all the magic happens, as it is a jolt of electro-chemical signaling that can propagate throughout the plant causing a wide variety of effects.

    As far as the fish go, I read an explanation lately… That perhaps it is because it causes small scale electrolysis (at low voltages) and thus increases the levels of oxygen present in the water. More study is needed in this area. Perhaps there is some truth to what you’re saying also.