Plant food sugar does not equal refined sugar. This should go without saying, however there are some who falsley believe that using refined sugar water on their plants help them grow.  Here is the truth to that myth:  Refined sugar water is typically alright for use on cut flowers that are beginning to wilt to give a quick boost of energy. The cut roots absorb the sugar and typically come alive a bit more. When you have live plants with wilted leaves, a bit of sugar water often brings them back to life as well. When you add sugar to your plant’s water supply, it changes the ability of the plants to absorb water. It can be helpful when the plants are dying off, but in other cases this will damage the plants in cases when the plant is already functioning properly.

Plants make their own glucose that is perfected through the photosynthesis process for growth. Plants absorb light energy using chlorophyll in their leaves. They use it to react carbon dioxide with water to make a sugar called glucose. The glucose is used in respiration, or converted into starch and stored for later use. Plants perform one of the most biologically useful transformations of energy on Earth: they convert the energy of sunlight into the chemical energy stored within organic molecules.

Green plants absorb light energy using chlorophyll in their leaves. They use it to react carbon dioxide with water to make a sugar called glucose. The glucose is used in respiration, or converted into starch and stored. Oxygen is produced as a by-product.

How Sugar is Made Through Photosynthesis:

Carbon Dioxide + Water  ——>  LIGHT ENERGY  ——> Glucose + Oxygen
Photosynthesis is the chemical change which happens in the leaves of green plants, and is the first step towards making food. During this reaction, carbon dioxide and water are converted into glucose and oxygen. The reaction requires light energy, which is absorbed by a green substance called chlorophyll.

Glucose is a simple monosaccharide (sugar) with a molecular formula of C6H12O6; it is a principal source of energy for cellular metabolism.

Plants absorb water through their roots, and carbon dioxide through their leaves. Some glucose is used for respiration, while some is converted into insoluble starch for storage. The stored starch can later be turned back into glucose and used in respiration.

DO NOT interrupt this process with refined sugar.

How Natural Sugar Balances Soil

Nature’s environmental remediation capacity originates from the sun which provides energy absorbed, carried through and stored in the plant. Plants store nectars/sugars in roots, fruits and seeds in forms of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and lipids, as well as vitamins. This plant food sugar derivatives reside solely inside fruits and seeds. Minerals absorbed by the plant are pushed to the outside to form a protective shell of cellulose fiber and a concentrated mineral salt layer to guard itself from pests and biological decomposition. Cellulose fiber also builds the plant’s resilient structure to function as protection against other environmental factors. When we plant a seed, the initial root and seedling development is fed by the carbohydrates and proteins stored in the endosperm of the seed.

All human and plant bio material is made up of 96.6% Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen (CHO) known as sugars and the remaining 3.4% salts are made up of trace essential macro micro minerals. Nature’s balance of salts to sugars is what fuels the plant’s bio-remediation process.

Water, along with the minerals it carries, flow upward through an open channel in the plant. Plant sugars flow downward from cell to cell in the phloem. As the plant photosynthates it transports sugars to all areas of the plant for cell maintenance and growth. When sufficient plant sugars are produced, they flow down to the roots to exude beyond, into the soil, to support the plant’s rhizosphere.

Exudates are clear acidic carbohydrates that feed symbiotic aerobic microbiology which protects and feeds the plant. Plant food sugar is exuded at the root tips and root hairs to provide carbohydrates for new cell development and elongation. Acidic sugars dissolve a path for new growth in front of the root tip. Sugars are also transported to each living cell in the plant for food. Fertilizer is not plant food. Plant food is Sugar. Mineral fertilizers may catalyze metabolic reactions, but sugars are virtually mineral free. Sugars are made from compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Likewise, mineral fertilizer does not feed the world, plant sugars do. Sugars are predominantly responsible for the sustenance of all beneficial life forms, even beneficial micro-biology.

Plant Food Is Not Fertilizer Plant Food Is Sugar

Difference Between Spent and Unspent Sugar

All sugar starts out as natural unspent sugar.  Through the act of the refining and processing steps which involve heating of the unspent sugar, it changes its flavor and substance and becomes spent sugar.

Active sugars are what you want in your soil because the molecular structure is intact and the energy between the bonds can be used. Active sugars help create a healthier environment for soil and helps fight off pathogens. Sugar helps facilitate the presence of aerobic microbes which feed off of microbes in the soil.

Sugar becomes spent either when heated up or cooled down. The energy between the bonds becomes lost because it’s broken down and the soil becomes anaerobic. At this point the plant will become more prone to disease and pathegons.

Some examples of active sugars are plants in their active state which are unprocessed and unrefined:

– fallen fruit
– fallen leaves
– fallen vegetables
– cut grass

Farmers want to use alternative sources for their sugars unfortunately the sugars they are using are spent. Some of these types of sugars are:
– molasses (75% spent sugars)
– agave
– sugar water
– fermented fruits and teas
– yucca

These are examples of spent sugars since they are processed and refined. This means your soil will become anerobic which is counterproductive for the growth of your plant.

One real life example is when you cut your grass. If you allow the cut grass to fall into the soil it helps facilitate the aerobic microbes to come up and feed off the fallen grass. This is beneficial to soil and grass because the sugars are in their unprocessed and unrefined state.

On the other hand, if you were to not allow your grass to sit on top of your lawn and instead let it pile up onto a compost heap, then those grass cuttings would heat up and their molecular structure would change and become spent.

Another example of the active and spent sugars is if you cut down a tree and leave it on the ground, it still has a lot of active carbon. Say you take a piece of wood from the tree, it contains pitch which is also active carbon and can ignite a fire. Once the fire is going and the sap is used up and the wood turned to ash, there is still carbon present. However that carbon has been spent which means its molecular structure has changed because it’s been heated or burned in the fire. We this in things like biochar which is presently being used by farmers. Used in excess, biochar will have negative effects on the soil beds. We see this in campfires where wood (active carbon) has been burned (makes inactive carbon). If you go back a couple of years later you will find that nothing has grown where the ashes from the campfire is. It’s because the carbon has been spent and it won’t allow new growth to happen.

In this age of instant gratification and shortcuts, it’s been found that they just don’t work with the scientific process. The natural process of breaking down carbon and sugars is the only pure way to complete the perfection of using unspent sugar and carbons to create balanced soil.  Aerobic sugars help the good microbes and microbes help the aerobic sugars.  The main takeaway is to keep the system in a balance that tips on the aerobic side. FOLLOW THE SCIENCE!


References:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/fruit-vegetable/nutrient-cycling-and-fertility/
https://www.hunker.com/12484396/what-happens-if-we-give-sugar-water-to-plants