Silicon, the Long Forgotten Element of Plants
Silicon (Si) has a positive effect on plant development and growth, and enforces outward expression of its inner nature, regardless of whether the plant stores silica (SiO2) or not. This positive effect is demonstrated here by the results of recent physiological studies. SiO2 deposits are found on the periphery of plant cells and organs, in a matrix made up of sugar polymers or proteins whose structure is similar to that of collagen. SiO2 deposits increase with plant age, as opposed to a decrease in human tissues when ageing. Silica can alternatively take over functions of lignins or cellulose in the plant and thus replace carbon with regard to physiological tasks. Moreover, SiO2 causes a light effect which generally promotes the performance of photosynthesis and the development of the plant. Silica acts antagonistically to effects of calcium as well as nitrogen, which according to Rudolf Steiner, are both carriers of astrality. Further, Silica can balance nutrient conditions in the soil and reduce biotic and abiotic stress on the plant. These current data confirm Steiner’s descriptions and suggestions, which are used in biodynamic agriculture.