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