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Due to organic acids, our products are lower on the pH scale. These acids allow the plants to naturally buffer the rhizosphere, without negatively impacting nutrient uptake. Therefore, we don’t recommend adjusting the pH as long as the solution falls between 3.0-6.0. If the pH falls below 3.0, adjust using potassium hydroxide; do not use products containing carbonates or silicates. If the pH rises above 6.0, adjust with phosphoric, nitric, or sulfuric acid.
Add one part to water. Mix thoroughly. Then add next part to water. Do not mix two concentrates together before adding water. This can lead to chemical burns and/or chemical reactions that will change the nutrient profile.
Due to the organic components in the products, especially E-PLUS, a biofilm may form in your reservoir if left standing for more than 3 days. This can lead to an unpleasant smell, clogged drip lines, or altered nutrient availability.
The organic components have color variance. This does not affect product quality. We use a lot code system to ensure consistency in batches.
Unopened products are stable for a minimum of two years. Once opened, they will remain stable as long as there is no external contamination. If products freeze, they can be thawed and used according to instructions after thorough agitation. Products can sustain temperatures up to 120 degrees without adverse effects.
All nutrient materials are sourced from suppliers in North America.
Our products are most effective when pH is unadjusted. The organic acids in our products will cause some upward pH fluctuations as the plant feeds. This is normal. Expect to see more rapid changes in recirculating and aerated systems. Do not use air stones in standing reservoirs or central tanks in deep water culture systems. If the pH falls below 3.0, adjust using potassium hydroxide; do not use products containing carbonates or silicates. If the pH rises above 6.0, adjust with phosphoric, nitric, or sulfuric acid.
Our nutrients do not hold an Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) certification at this time. We believe that a blend of elemental minerals and natural additives provides the best nutrition for plants grown in a variety of systems. Organic fertilizers require organisms to break down nutrients into a form that plants can absorb. This process can be difficult to stabilize and may produce inconsistent results in a hydroponic growing environment. Our Organic Paper discusses further.
Our products do not contain any synthetic growth hormones or regulators, but do contain naturally occurring hormones from plant-derived materials. Our cloning gel does contain IBA (Indole-3-Butyric Acid), a rooting hormone.
We recommend changing the recirculating reservoir every 7-10 days. If you are having problems with your reservoir developing a biofilm or getting murky, you may need to change the solution more often. We recommend adding hydrogen peroxide, hypochlorous acid or quaternary ammonium salts to help stabilize pH and combat pathogens in the nutrient solution.
The levels of toxic heavy metals in our nutrients are non-detectable in parts per billion.
No. The bases and additives already contain calcium and magnesium. Additional supplements may contribute to nutrient antagonism.
Due to the organic components in ENERGY, biofilm may form in recirculating and drip emitter systems if not properly sanitized or pressurized.
Yes. E-PLUS contains 55ppm of plant-available silica.
Add GROW A or increase LIFE Cloning Solution.
Do not dip cuttings directly into gel containers. Pour off the desired amount into a small, washable container before dipping cuttings.
We recommend spraying the stock plant (mother plants) two to five days prior to taking a cutting.
Every other day. You can spray more often if required to keep the leaves moist.
Yes, LIFE Mist is designed to help plants recover from transplant stress.
Yes. Our formula includes inert buffers that allow for easy application and mixing with water.
AXIOM contains 1% Harpinžs protein and 99% other ingredients. Harpin proteins are very powerful; only a small amount generates strong plant health and growth. The other ingredients are inert food-grade non-toxic substances.
Fold and clip packet closed. Store in a cool dark place. You should use AXIOM within three weeks of opening. Refrigeration can help preserve it for longer.
We recommend using AXIOMTM right before or as the lights come on, since the product triggers a photosynthesis response in the plant. This response is much more effective while the plant is awake (lights on) vs. sleeping (lights off).
We recommend applying up to two weeks before harvest.
No, the bacteria in ROOT are plant-specific.
It is best to apply ROOT according to the label rates; however, even significantly over- applying ROOT will not cause damage to your plants.
Bacteria activate and multiply when mixed in water, resulting in foam.
Do not use pH adjusters with ROOT, as this can damage the microbes.
No. The beneficial microbes are effective at the root zone, breaking down nutrients into more available forms.
Formononetin is a naturally occurring compound, originally discovered in plant roots with drought stress. It is proven to stimulate mycorrhizal activity and improve nutrient solubilization and availability.
We do not recommend ROOT for use in recirculating systems. It can cause excess foam and biofilm, and will be difficult to clean.