Used as a growth enhancer with irrigation water or in addition to regular fertilizers, silica improves plant structure and foliar development, increases yield, and improves flower and fruit production. Plants will additionally experience improved heat and cold tolerance, stress resistance, and light absorption, which lead to greater plant stature. Silica helps to strengthen plants and increases resistance to environmental stresses including heat, drought, and cold. It can also help prevent pest and disease. Silica is a vital part of the plants tissue in that if the cells are the bricks than the silica is the cement. It creates hardier leaves making it unappetizing to pests and hard to penetrate by disease. If disease does take hold the silica will be sent directly to the source and help create beneficial anti fungal and antibiotics to help fight the disease. When used in conjunction with a regular feed schedule as a root drench or foliar spray Silica can up your plants performance in every way. Silica increases the amount of chlorophyll in leaves, allowing plants to tolerate both higher- and lower-than-optimum light levels by making better use of that which is available. It also helps plants produce enzymes that give plants a higher capacity to make use of available CO2.