Gorton's trial

Gorton's Solution with Humic and Fulvic acids

$12.98
4.15

Ecofriendly

5.0/5

Cost

3.8/5

Effective

3.8/5

Pros

  • Does not smell bad (smells like ink)
  • Works on both edible plants and landscape
  • Immediate results on established plants

Cons

  • Need some time to see results on new transplants
  • Sample size seems pricey

Before you start reading on the review, I would like to disclaim that I get no commission out of this product. Gorton’s representative got in touch with me to try their product. In return, I write an unbiased review to share with you.

What is Gorton’s Solutions?

Gorton’s solution is a natural soil amendment. It helps plants absorb the needed nutrients more efficiently from the soil. The company does not disclose the “secret recipe” of the product, but some of them mention they contain Humic and Fulvic acids.

Gorton’s Solution is a liquid plant growth enhancer that amends soil while maximizing the health and growth of plants. It is not a fertilizer, yet it helps plants use fertilizer products more efficiently.

Gorton’s site

If you want to learn more about the company and the product, you may visit their site here.

The difference between fertilizer and a soil amendment?

A fertilizer is a product that adds nutritional elements to the soil. Plants need macronutrients as well as micronutrients to be able to grow properly. The three numbers found on every fertilizer bag/ container represent Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus (N-P-K). These are the main macronutrients that allow plant cells to function well.

An amendment, on the other hand, is a product that improves the physical characteristics of the soil. For example, adding compost improves drainage on clay soil and water retention on sandy soil.

In a nutshell, a fertilizer improves soil chemically (nutrients) while an amendment improves soil physically (texture, color, structure).

Organic vs natural products

An organic product is made of living organisms that eventually die and decompose in nature. A natural product, on the other hand, is made of materials that are found in nature but are not living organisms, such as salts and minerals.

Gorton’s Solution with Humic and Fulvic Acids

When Gorton’s solution came to my hand, it rose my curiosity about the humic and fulvic acids added. I had to look them up and understand their involvement with plant life.

Note

Note that the product I used contained humic and fulvic acids, but not all Gorton’s solutions products contain these two elements.

What are humic and fulvic acids?

Humic and fulvic acids are the utmost byproducts of the decomposition of organic matter. During the composting process, organic material breaks down with the help of living organisms. At the same time, non-living material goes through degradation due to weathering.

The particles resulting from both phenomena mix forming Hummus. The break down continues to reach the final form of stable molecules that won’t go through further decay. These molecules are what make Humic Acid, Humin Acid, and Fulvic Acid.

These acids are different from one area to another, depending on the organic material they derive from. Acids coming from the decomposition of vegetative decay is not the same as the one coming from animal remains.

How do the acids help the plant?

Humic acid and fulvic acid are similar and, most of the time, are found together in a product. The main difference between the two is that the humic acid molecule is much larger than fulvic acid’s.

The molecules are negatively charged, which allows them to attract positive particles in the soil, such as Iron, Magnesium, zinc, etc. Plant roots are also negatively charged but at a much more powerful level. When the mineral carrying acids come around, the roots pull them and get to absorb the micronutrients they hold.

What problems does Gorton’s solution tackle?

According to their website, Gorton’s claim a list of benefits to the plants.

Boosts plants’ heat tolerance which combats wilting on hot days
Plants can last longer without water and still thrive
Flowers grow faster and with more vibrant colors
Fills in most brown and bare spots on grass
Helps grass to grow in the shade
Flowers bloom for longer periods
Grasses green up earlier and last longer in the year

Benefits of Humic and Fulvic Acids

  • Since they are the derivatives of organic material decomposition, they do carry some nutrients but not at a level that would make them a fertilizer.
  • They are chelators of nutrients, in other words, they hold on to nutrients and carry them making them available to the plant.
Gorton's trial

Does Gorton’s solution really work?

A real-time trial in a home garden

I had the chance to try this product for a length of five weeks. I tried different plants in my garden.

  • six sweet pepper plants (established)
  • Four newly planted tomatoes
  • Three established tomatoes
  • A Rosebush

Weather conditions during the trial

  1. The first week was extremely hot and dry. The plants were showing signs of stress.
  2. By the end of the second week, we got some heavy rain, which brought some relief.
  3. The heat was back with vengeance in the third week, and
  4. Finally, the heat broke in the fourth week. We had some unexpected cool nights followed by rain.

Result Table

Initial StateWeek1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Established peppersLot of leaf deformity
Aphid Infestation
No changeNew growth starting to appearObvious growth with nice-looking leavesMuch better looking leaves and fewer aphids
New tomato plantsDeformed/ burnt leaves (due to extreme heat)No changeNo ChangeSome growthSudden growth with healthy- looking leaves.
Established tomato plantsDeep dark green color with slower growth.No changeSome growth Good growth and healthy- looking leavesSudden Growth with vibrant green color
RosebushLack of vibrancy and fullness.No changesome new growthA lot of new budsLooking much better
These are the observations recorded a week after each application

To make the trial more accurate, I did have control plants to have a better comparison. All plant were under the same conditions, soil, water, and weather. The control plants were pepper and tomato plants. Planted in the same area as the trial plants.

The pepper comparison

The pictures above show the control pepper plant at week one (on the left) then at week four (on the right). There is some new growth but does not look healthy. There is also some improvement in color. In comparison to the peppers treated with Gorton’s below.

Tomato transplant comparison

The tomatoes were the most affected by the harsh weather. I had two trials:

  1. Established tomatoes: planted in April and did well until the heat kicked in. I had to cut them back for a new start in the fall.
  2. Newly transplanted tomatoes: they were showing signs of stress such as wrinkled new leaves. I lost a few at the beginning of the trial. I thought I would lose them all.

The above pictures show the control tomato plant at week one (left), then at week four (right). The plant is showing some new growth but the leaves are still deformed.

The below pictures show Gorton’s trial tomato plant. The first week’s plant was struggling, I even thought I would lose it. It made it through the last month of brutal heat. Finally, in the fourth week a lot of new growth show on the little plant.

Established tomato plant comparison

When I started the trial, I had already cut back my spring-planted tomato plants. That’s what we do here in Texas to give our plant some rest during the hot summer. In the fall the plants are supposed to come back and produce before our first freeze.

This year, as I mentioned before, has been exceptionally hot. The plants got a beating and I lost many of them. They were, also, had a lot of spider mite damage. These pest just would not give up.

I started using Gorton’s solution in the remaining plants. Check the pictures below to see for yourself.

This is an established tomato plant treated with Gorton’s solution

The plant looks so healthy and beautiful. The leaves are thick and healthy and don’t have any sign of spider mite damage, which usually appear as soon as the leaf unfolds.

Note

Gorton’s solution is not a pest control product, but the healthier the plant the stronger it is to defend itself against pests.

Effects on a rosebush

I have not been lucky with my roses. I keep losing them to drought or whatever it is killing them. This rosebush, I planted two years ago. It blooms from time to time but does show vigorous growth. I decided to try Gorton’s solution on it and see what happens.

The results are pretty obvious on the rosebush. The color is much more vibrant after the weekly application of Gorton’s solution. I am happy with it and looking forward to more blooms.

Who should use Gorton’s solution?

The great thing about Gorton’s product is that it is available to everyone. If you are a home gardener, a landscaper, or even a commercial grower, this product is for you to try and use.

In my opinion, it is a great product for new gardens. Garden soil builds itself through the years of cultivation. Store-bought soil, most likely, needs more enrichment. Gorton’s solution may be the right choice to awaken the life within it.

Is Gorton’s solution cost effective?

The short answer is “yes” and “no”.

The dilution ratio, one teaspoon per gallon of water, makes the solution go a long way. However, following instructions of applying twice a week may turn out a bit costly. The company recommends using it regularly, alone or along with your favorite fertilizer. But If it were a short term treatment for your plant problem, it would make it worthwhile.

As a home gardener, I am trying to cut my costs as much as possible. The trial size of 8 oz was able to cover only a few of my plants in four weeks period. I followed the instructions and applied it weekly, while I usually fertilize my veggies biweekly. I assume maybe using a 32 oz container with a hose-end sprayer, which they recommend, may be more cost-effective.

Overall

In conclusion, I do think Gorton’s solution is worth a try, especially if you are a beginner gardener, and your soil doesn’t seem to have much life in it. It will speed up the process of improving it and bringing life to it.

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