Shungite use in Agriculture – Overview

Introduction and usage guidlines

Numerous applications..

Shungite has many applications in agriculture, viticulture, horticulture, pisciculture and general farming that extend equally well to garden plants and house plants, as well as fruit trees, vineyards, and even grain crops. Shungite is as suitable for home gardens as for large scale commercial operations.

In the long run, and certainly in terms of the build up and half-life of residues, the frequent use of chemical fertilizers ends up making the fields toxic, weakening the natural nutritive value of the soil, and resulting in a significant reduction of organic material—the biomass. Fortunately, many farmers are turning toward other methods of farming that are more respectful of the environment and of themselves; either by finding alternative solutions or by moving to organic farming or biodynamic agriculture. Shungite can contribute certain solutions for a healthier agriculture.

Classic shungite - chemical content as percentage range:

50-60% - Silicon dioxide(SiO) and compound silicates
25-40% - Shungite carbon (C)
up to 9% - Other (FeO, CaO, MgO,TiO2, Na2, O, K2O etc
4-5% - Aluminium oxide (Al2O2)
1-3% - Sulphur (S) and Sulphides

Classic shungite - example of chemical content (weight content : %)

SiO2 TiO2 Ai2O3 FeO MgO CaO NaO2 K2O S C H2O
57.0 0.2 4.0 2.5 1.2 0.3 0.2 1.5 1.2 30.0 1.7

In brief, shungite is:

  • A sorbent (a substance that can attach to another) that purifies water and air, getting rid of many organic and non-organic compounds through the act of sorbtion
  • A catalysator that ensures decomposition of occluded organic substances and repair of sorbate (non-sorbent) properties
  • A material that actively interacts with electromagnetic fields of different types and neutralizes their negative impact on humans, animals and plants
  • A carrier of a wide spectrum of micro-elements and biologically active substances that increase intensity of biological processes in human and animal organisms
  • A natural antioxidant that can boost the immune system of humans and animals and  increase resistance in plants

Capabilities

Shungite absorbs and neutralizes harmful chemicals, such as residues from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other defoliants. Many chemical products being applied on fields do not decompose at the end of their period of usefulness and in fact have very long half-lives. A significant amount of these chemical compounds remains in the soil and certain elements that are not leached away by precipitation or absorbed by deeper layers of earth remain and accumulate on the surface year after year. Shungite, because of the fullerenes it contains (and the peculiarities of their molecular composition), attracts these toxic substances and neutralizes most of them.

In Russia

Shungite stimulates what is living and using shungite  in growing soil supports the rebuilding of the substrate of microorganisms that are naturally present in soil so that there is at least a partial return to a balanced, living structure in the fields and in the farming process. Experiments in Russia on large scale plots of farmland showed satisfactory results with the introduction of 10 grams per square meter of land. Having shungite present in water reservoirs used for agriculture (tanks, cisterns) or in the irrigation systems allows large-scale irrigation with shungite water.

In France

A study of the application of shungite on plants is now being carried out in France for over a year by Jean-Michel Pasternak and Claude Bernard. They sent me the following conclusions: “The tests conducted this year show a great tonicity in the plants, more vibrant colors, significant growth, and an accumulated resistance to blight and dryness.”

They have established protocols in arboriculture relative to the quantities and timing of shungite watering or spreading it in pulverized form intended to enrich the substrates. They have also conducted experiments on the way foliage and roots absorb the shungite. Here is their advice:

Usage & application

Watering:
Prepare three days in advance, add 5 litres of water to a bucket with 1 to 1.5 kg of shungite in mineral form on the bottom. Use this water directly on your plants for watering. Or add 7 grams of shungite powder for each litre of water and sprinkle it directly on plants.

For the substrates:
You can mix in the shungite in order to improve the action of the mineral on the plants. Add 1 kg of powdered shungite per cubic meter of substrate to be used as is.

For restructuring the soil and promoting the elimination of toxic substances:
Add 1 kg of powdered or crushed shungite for each cubic meter of substrate. Nine cubic meters per hectare (2.5 acres) of this mixture is enough to restore balance to the soil. This spreading of shungite should be done once every two years.

For enriching a hectare of cultivated land:
Add 1 kg of powdered shungite per cubic meter of substrate to be used as is. This spreading should be done once every three years. Spreading on the soil: Add 30 to 40 grams of semi-crushed shungite per square meter of soil. This spreading is done once every two to four years depending on the state of the soil.

Use on fruit trees & shrubs

Remarkable results are obtained using shungite on fruit trees whether they’re young plants or mature, fruit-bearing trees.

Several methods can be used:

  • Add crushed shungite to the soil at the foot of the tree, or in the earth when the seedling is being planted
  • Spread powdered shungite at the foot of the tree
  • Water the orchards with shungite water.

Experiments carried out in both Russia and in France report a better root system in the plants, reinforced of natural defenses - and therefore a very good resistance against parasites - plus improved growth.

Use in Market Gardening

As shungite promotes soil fertility, it is advised to spread crushed shungite as from the end of Winter to mid Spring according to the planting season, and again after harvest. The amount of crushed shungite to apply is in the range 0.02 to 0.5 kg per square meter according to need, the characteristics of the particular soil, and the specific requirements of each type of planting.

You will notice right away a decrease in water consumption (shungite supports humidity retention), a reduction in the need to use chemicals (in the case of non-organic farming), and enhanced productivity. Russian and French farmers have experienced an improved productivity in market gardening of between 20 percent and 40 percent.

In greenhouses

spreading a layer of shungite promotes photosynthesis and the black color raises, but also regulates, the temperature of the soil from the absorption of solar energy. We have seen that shungite exerts a thermic action on the cells so that they don’t overheat. It works the same way with the plants; shungite receives and stores the sun’s heat, passing it on to the plants and the soil in a continuous flow. Shungite also promotes humidity retention, thus reducing evaporation and lessening the need for irrigation. Shungite powder can also be used as a component in the substrate used for hydroponic gardening. In this application it can reduce and neutralise toxic build up, extend the useful life of substrate materials and improve disposal conditions.

Use with indoor plants

The crushed stone is used both for water drainage and for the fertilization of indoor plants. You only need about 20 grams of crushed shungite for 1 kg of soil. Watering with shungite water is very good for potted plants; their luster and color change, which indicates that the plant is healthier in general and has increased vitality. You will also notice growth and significant development in the stems, leaves, and flowers.

Test it out..

A very simple experiment to demonstrate and prove the eficacy of shungite is to have two vases of cut flowers for comparison - add shungite to one vase of cut flowers: you will see that the flowers in the shungite will last considerably longer and fade much less quickly.