Reducing biotic and abiotic stress – stress caused by heat, cold, drought, salinity, diseases, etc – is one of the best ways to ensure your plants are focusing their energy on healthy growth instead of simple survival.
Any stress eats into a plant’s energy levels. For plants to resist abiotic stress, to generate enough energy, to stay healthy and to grow, flower and to produce, they need a large variety of amino acids. After all, the building block of life, the genetic code, contains 20 proteinogenic amino acids, not a couple. When you offer plants a limited number of amino acids, the plant has to invest valuable energy in assembling the missing amino acids. This in turn reduces the energy available for other plant growth processes.