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Why Are Ionic Substrates So Efficient For Plants Nutrition?

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Development of first ionic substrates has begun in 1960th as a part of the USSR Space Program. Which aim was plants growing in space shuttles and stations to feed cosmonauts with fresh greens and vegetables during long-term Cosmos missions. Initially ionic substrates principle was working on ion-exchange polymers. The synthetic ion-exchangers were very efficient but very expensive at the same time and could not be promoted on the mass market. Thus new science of IONITOPONICS* began to develop.

Nowadays, ionitoponics is serving all the modern needs of agriculture.  This modern science is the future of private farming, greenhouses, plant nurseries, indoor and outdoor plant growing and even Mars and Venus colonization. Ionic ZION substrates consist 100% natural and eco matrix, with full spectrum of nutrients required for efficient plant growth.

To make you more familiar with the product and history of the ZION creation we invite you to join a thrilling scientific journey of Prof. Vladimir Soldatov. The founder of ionitoponics technology and brilliant scientist in following short movie.

*Ionitoponics  is a new method of plants growing based on usage of ion-exchange substrates. This is a promising technology which is already used in modern gardening, agriculture and space science.



Ionic ZION substrates  provide intensive plant growth, fast development of the root system. They increase the yield of greens, vegetables and fruits, reduce the time of ripening. It promotes early and long-term blossom of garden flowers. ZION could be used both independently and as corrective additives to any soil (depleted and degraded soils, sand, perlite, vermiculite, unbalanced soil of any composition, etc.).

✅  User friendly (add once and simply regularly pour tap water);

✅  Contains 60 times more nutrients than the most fertile soil;

✅  Suitable for growing of any kinds of plants.

ZION products are the sublimation of ionic exchange knowledge based on ionitoponics principles. The studies were condemned in the Institute of Physical and Organic Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.


Ionitoponics technology. Patent № 2626772 from 11/16/2017



Environment friendly

Zion is 100% natural and contains only ecological ingredients. It does not contain any nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, growth accelerators and hormones.

   Intensive plant growth

    Just add at least 2% of the ion  exchange substrate ZION (1-2 tbsp./liter) to the soil

   No root burn

   Contributes to the enhanced development of the root system.  Overdosing is simply impossible!

   Improves soil fertility

    Addition of ZION even to barren sand makes it comparable in terms of nutrients with the best peat soils.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is ZION a fertilizer?

No. ZION is an ionic substrate (nutritional supplement with a long-term activity). ZION based on 100% natural matrix. It consists of full spectrum of nutrients required for efficient plant growth. Eco-friendly. No environmental pollution by agrochemicals anymore.

Where can I use ZION?

 In cultivation of healthy and strong seedlings, organic greenery and vegetables, adaptation and survival of plants after transplantation, for the indoor and garden flowers growth as well as for restoring and increasing the fertility of degraded or depleted soils.

How to use ZION?

Add Zion to the root zone of the plant in an amount of 2 to 10 percent of the volume of extracted soil. The amount depends on the type and size of the plant. Overdose is impossible. The more substrate you add the longer it will work.

How ZION helps plants to grow efficiently?

Zion gives the plant a balanced diet throughout the entire period of its life. It allows the plant to grow and bear fruit as efficiently as possible.

Is ZION a zeolite?

Zeolite is a raw material for ZION production. Plants cannot grow on pure zeolite, but ZION substrate is an ideal medium for growth. It contains up to 60 times more nutrients than the most fertile soil. The nutrients are immobilized on zeolite surfaces using ion-exchange properties of the zeolites and technological know-how.

Does ZION fit to any kind of plants?

Yes. Ionic substrate Zion can be used for any type of plants. To adopt substrate properties to individual types of plants, we have developed special compositions for greens, vegetables and flowers.

Can I add a substrate to over wetted soil?

Yes. Nutrients are associated with the functional groups of the matrix and could not be washed out in case of over wetted soil. However, it should be noted that plants will grow much worse in over moistened soil, as the root system needs air for the optimal development.

Are there any requirements to soil composition?

There are no special requirements or limitations. But you need to take care of the permeability of soil for air (i.e. in clay soils we would recommend adding perlite or vermiculite also).

How to mix substrate with the soil and achieve an optimal distribution of ZION?

Technically, it looks like the process of applying mineral fertilizers: add Zion, dig and level. The second option is to place Zion directly into the landing pits or trenches and mix it slightly with the ground below. The closer Zion is to the root zone, the better!

Can I plant seeds and seedlings on pure ZION substrate?

Yes, you can. But the best option is to grow the plants on a mixture of ZION with the soil.

Are there any issues during long-term storage period?

ZION does not have an expiration date. It should be stored in dry conditions.

Is there any microbiological growth on the substrate or is it sterile?

ZION is sterile according to the method of production. However, it could affect the development of the natural microflora present in the soil. In particular, it promotes the development of nitrifying bacteria in the soil. Long-term storage of unpacked ZION in the wet state can also lead to the development of microflora on it.

What is the pH value of ZION?

The acidity of the substrate ZION is 6.8-7.0. It can be adjusted in the production process in the range of 5.0-8.0. At the same time, it has buffer properties.

What are the requirements for transportation and storage conditions?

Substrates can be transported by any type of transport. Substrates are recommended to be stored in a dark place or using non-light transmitting materials in covered warehouses at a temperature not lower than 0° С and not higher than + 30° С separately from volatile chemical substances. During transportation and long-term storage, ZION can be stored at negative temperatures, but before use it must be brought to a temperature above 0° C.

When can I notice the effect of substrate to plant growth?

The result becomes noticeable after 3-4 weeks after adding the substrate and start of the plant growth.

What percentage of Zion should be used for mixing?

You should add Zion at least of 2% of substrate to the volume of the soil. For optimal effect, we recommend adding from 3 to 10% of the substrate.

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