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My 120-day results with electroculture as an easy method to encourage garden plants to grow faster and more robustly.
Electroculture is buzzing in the gardening community as an easy way to encourage the growth of plants at a more brisk and robust pace.
Below is a short video from Electroculture.life that summarizes how it’s done and why to do it.
Supposedly, the copper wire harnesses the free electrons in the air to nourish and fertilize the soil, which sparks rapid and robust plant growth.
Plants nourished by electroculture are supposedly more resistant to pests. Some claim that you don’t even need to fertilize the plants at all …. the free electrons nourish the soil for you.
My Results with Electroculture
Since the soil where I live in Florida is quite sandy and low in nutrients, I thought my garden and yard would be a perfect candidate for electroculture.
Roughly 120 days ago, I procured copper wire and wrapped several sticks to try out the process for myself.
This is the brand of copper wire I purchased.
Unfortunately, the results have been less than spectacular. In two of the three cases, I placed the copper-wrapped stick “antennas” on the south side of the plant to maximize the effects of the earth’s magnetic field.
Sadly, in all three of my attempts, the non-electroculture plant actually grew better than the plants with an electroculture antenna nearby 🙁
Below are the photos of my results.
Passion Fruit Vine Seedlings
The first picture below shows the difference in the growth of passion fruit seedlings with and without electroculture.
As you can see, the seedling with an antenna is growing significantly slower than the one without the help of a copper wire antenna.
Both were planted and sprouted at the same time. The copper-wrapped antenna was placed when the seedlings were roughly the same size.
Potted Landscape Plants
My second example is of two bougainvillea landscape plants that were partially killed off by a winter freeze.
They were at roughly the same stage of recovery four months ago when I placed a copper wire electroculture antenna in one of the pots (south side of the plant) to see if the plant would recover faster.
Unfortunately, it did not.
As you can see, the potted plant without an antenna is significantly further along in the recovery process.
I also tested electroculture with my two young moringa trees.
Unlike the previous examples above, the trees were growing directly in the ground. Perhaps this would affect the results?
Once again, the tree growing without the aid of an electroculture antenna is growing at a faster and robust clip than the tree that has one.
As with the bougainvillea above, these trees were damaged by a freeze last winter.
I cut them back to the same spot on the trunk and then placed the electroculture antenna next to one of them to see if it would recover/grow faster.
As you can see, the tree without an antenna is growing significantly better.
Does Electroculture Really Work?
The claims surrounding electroculture are very compelling with some sources saying it is the answer to world hunger.
Unfortunately, my personal attempts to make it work on my property have failed three out of three times.
What am I doing wrong (if anything)? I would appreciate any input those of you who are more experienced with this can provide.
I would love for electroculture to be true and an actual principle home gardeners could use to increase production inexpensively and easily.
But so far, it is not living up to the hype at my house.