FoliMAX Bi-Pass Soil and Water Conditioner counteracts excess bicarbonate and carbonate in recycled/ effluent irrigation water. The organic compounds in FoliMAX Bi-Pass which include polyphenolic compounds and lignosulphonic acid to offset the antagonistic effect of soil and water based bicarbonate.

Many recycled irrigation water sources and calcareous (limestone) soils contain high levels of bicarbonate and carbonate, both of which can adversely impact plant growth by raising soil and water pH, increasing soil salinity, and affecting the availability and uptake of nutrients and many critical micro-nutrients from the soil.

FoliMAX Bi-Pass can be used as a descaling agent to reduce Calcium scale deposits from irrigation lines. Normal use rates and intervals can prevent deposition and accumulation of lime scale. Higher rates may be required to clean out previously blocked lines.

FoliMAX BI-PASS Guaranteed Minimum Analysis:
  • Organic Acid: 55%
  • Calcium (Ca): 1.3%
  • Sulphur (S): 1.9%
  • Sugar: 10% 
FoliMAX BI-PASS Product Characteristics:
  • pH: 2 - 2.5 
  • Specific Gravity: 1.28 
  • Appearance: Brown, viscous product with slight ammonia smell
  • Solubility: 100%
Key Benefits of FoliMAX BI-PASS
  • Reduces bicarbonate and carbonate in irrigation water and soil solution.
  • Reduces Calcium scale deposits in irrigation lines.
  • Improves the plant availability of nutrients in the soil and water.
  • Proven performance in turf management.
  • Source of metabolisable energy for soil microbes.
  • Acidifies irrigation water.
  • Releases bound nutrients in alkaline soils.
  • Increases cation exchange capacity (CEC).
Real results using real science

Carbonate and Bicarbonate are both anions (negatively charged) and therefore will attract cations (positively charged) namely calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. Carbonate and Bicarbonate readily bind with calcium forming calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or Calcium Bicarbonate (Ca HCO3).

Furthermore when high bicarbonate irrigation water reaches the soil, the calcium can be removed (from being attached to the soil particle) and be less available for plant uptake.

This removal of calcium then allows for any sodium in solution to replace the calcium on exchange sites of the soil. Due to calcium having a 2+ charges and sodium having a 1+ charge, 2 sodium ions will replace 1 calcium ion. This will also have an effect on magnesium in the soil.

The influence high bicarbonates have on reducing the plant availability of calcium (and also magnesium) from the soil and water system also impact on the sodium in solution. The high bicarbonates impact the Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR) by effectively increasing the dominance of sodium in solution due to the reduction in calcium and magnesium availability.

The impact that bicarbonates have on SAR can often be seen in a water analysis reported as ‘Corrected SAR’. The SAR has direct impact on the stability of the soil aggregates and the overall water infiltration as seen in Figure 3. If the SAR is high and the EC is low then the rate of water infiltration into the soil can be reduced.

Continued use of high bicarbonate water leads to a high soil pH. When Na (Sodium) is the predominant cation in the soil, pH may be as high as 9.5. However, when Calcium predominates, soil pH generally stabilizes around 8.0. High pH can induce nutrient deficiencies and inefficiencies such as iron and manganese deficiencies by rendering these micronutrients unavailable to the plant roots. High soil pH can also favour the development of root diseases, such as Take-All Patch.

Brand: FoliMAX
Australian Made:
Product Form:
Analysis: Sulphur Compounds 8.0%, Polyelectrolytes, 29.0%, Organic Acids 34.0%, Inert Ingredients 19.0%
Application Rate: 20-50 mL per 100m²
What are the benefits of the FoliMAX range?
  • Turf specific fertiliser, researched and developed purely for turf purposes.
  • Contains SRN-IQ technology for improved plant utilisation and prolonged plant growth.
  • Utilises Nutrex Delivery Technology designed to enhance foliar uptake.
  • Excellent tank mix versatility. Highly compatible with many other fertilisers and chemicals.
  • Very low risk of phytotoxicity due to its low salt index, even on immature turf.
  • Excellent flexibility in application rates, allowing you to better optimise your nutrition program.
  • Non-corrosive formulation. Will not damage spray equipment.
What is SRN-IQ technology and what does it do?

The SRN-IQ Nitrogen technology is a true liquid, clear urea-formaldehyde solution which has an oily, resinous quality. The SRN-IQ Nitrogen technology has a linear molecular structure, which allows it to be more compact than other slow release nitrogen technologies, and therefore provides it with significantly improved foliar uptake capabilities.

  • Rapid plant uptake
  • Slow release nitrogen
  • Enhanced soil activity
What is NutrexTM Delivery Technology and how does it work?

Nutrex™ Delivery Technology is a novel technology designed to enhance foliar uptake of liquid nutrition products and optimise internal mobility of the applied nutrient. This vastly improves the efficiency of applications of fertilizer formulations containing the Nutrex™ Delivery Technology, resulting in minimal nutrient loss and optimum plant response.

  • Enhanced uptake and nutrient delivery to the plant’s vascular system.
  • Integrated surfactant package for optimised surface spreading, further enhancing foliar uptake.
  • Natural humectants within the formulation prolong drying time on the leaf to extend the uptake window.
  • Improves internal mobility of applied nutrients, getting the nutrient to where it needs to be faster, and with less expense of energy to the plant.
  • Provides a source of energy to the plant as the carbohydrate is metabolised internally.
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