Friday, March 28, 2014

Mother Earth and the Science we have developed to mimic her.

 By Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

Earth is a sentient and living being that plants, like ourselves, depend on in order to survive and sustain. Many organic systems work together in order for this symbiotic relationship, known as life, to persist. Teaming with Microbes is one of the best reads for explaining the natural systems existing in nature that keep plants sustaining and flourishing without human intervention.  By reading this book, you will have a better understanding of the natural soil food web and how it works. This book will also provide perspective to the reader on how to apply these powerful soil food web insights within your own soil or hydroponic gardens.-Ed

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Rock Nutrients: Resinator

Rock Nutrients-Resinator

I have used this product and it does exactly what it suggests! Bigger, Fatter, Denser, and Stickier!-Ed Hydroharbor/Homegrown Hydroponics.

Product Description:

Rock Resinator uses an extensive and complex combination of phosphorus and potassium designed to pack on extra size and weight. Rock Resinator contains citric metabolites to accelerate the kreb cycle to deliver consistent results in flower size, quantity and quality that has no rivals. Using the finest and most refined natural base elements and plant extracts ensures your favorite plants are given the best opportunity to develop to their full potential. Triple Action Technology - Rock Resinator uses the latest bio stimulant technology to accelerate flower formation and essential oil production with results that will rock your world!
Use Rock Resinator starting the second week of flowering through harvest at a rate of 4mL/1Gal for lower EC's and up to 8mL/1Gal for higher EC's. Shake well before use.
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Aurora Innovations-Roots Organics Nutrients-Master and Player Packs




Aurora Innovations-Roots Organics fertilizer starter kits

This product is well designed and highly effective in both hydroponic systems (Soul Synthetics) and Soil (Roots Organics). Definitely a plus having all your bases, cal+mag, beneficials, and flowering additives in one pack for $50; definitely the best value for the money right here!-Jacob-Homegrown Hydroponics. 

Player & Master Packs
Aurora Innovations is proud to offer our trial kits at an introductory price for first time customers. Designed both for new gardeners looking to start with a powerful complete program at an economical price, and for established gardeners wishing to do a side by side comparison to see for themselves the quality and yields they can achieve with our hand crafted nutrients. Our sampling program consists of one of the following three comprehensive packs:

SOUL SYNTHETICS PLAYER PACK | $39.99
16oz Grow, 16oz Bloom, 16oz Infinity, 8oz Grow-N, 8oz Amino-Aide , 8oz Big Swell, 8oz Peak. This nutrient line is designed for growing in coco fiber, hydroponics and works great in soil as well.

ROOTS ORGANICS PLAYER PACK | $39.99
16oz Buddha Grow, 16oz Buddha Bloom, 16oz Trinity, 8oz Extreme Serene, 8oz Ancient Amber, 8oz HP2, 8oz HPK, 1.8oz Oregonism XL. This nutrient line is designed to be used in potting soil.

5 ML MASTER PACK | $44.99
16oz Buddha Grow, 16oz Buddha Bloom, 16oz Trinity, 8oz Amino-Aide, 8oz Big Swell, 8oz Ancient Amber, 8oz Extreme Serene, 8oz HP2, 8oz HPK, 1.8oz Oregonism XL. Designed to be used in potting soil.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Humboldt County's Own Nutrients-Snowstorm Ultra

Humboldt Counties Own-Snow Storm Ultra
A potassium boost that works very well. Our customers say they have seen a night and day difference using this product specifically formulated for essential oil production results.-Ed

If you like Purple Maxx you’re gonna’ love Humboldt County’s Own Snow Storm Ultra (0-0-3). Contains potassium to increase essential oil production in plants and can be used with your favorite nutrient line. Does NOT contain molasses or carbohydrates.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
It’s important not to over fertilize. It’s never necessary to run nutrient concentration above 1000 ppm.
Soil: Typically use 5 ml (1 tsp.) per gallon of water and apply every watering or every other watering. First dose is usually applied when lights are cut back. During peak flower development dosage can be slowly increased. Continue to apply right up to harvest. If applying with Gravity or Bushmaster use only plain water — no fertilizer.
Hydroponics: Use 2 ml per gallon and run continuously. Be cautious if running nutrients over 800 ppm. For example, running 5 ml/ gallon at 1200 ppm will drop reservoir to 800 ppm in 24 hours. Some plants can take it, some cannot.
Foliar: Much more economical. Use 2-5 ml/ gallon and apply once a week. Use caution once flowers bulk up.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Root Rot in Hydroponics.


Fusarium root rot on peas.  Photo Source: Lyndon Porter

"Root rot" is a common waterborne disease that can seriously affect indoor and outdoor crops year round. "Pythium" is a generic term for several different root rot and stem rot fungus species (including Pythium, Verticillium, and Phytophthora, and Fusarium). Root rot is also known as "damping-off" in seeds, seedlings and clones.

Root Rot in hydroponics can be a very annoying and persistent condition that inhibits productivity. Luckily there are methods for preventing and treating root rot.

1. Keep the reservoir clean by sterilizing with H2O2 on a regular basis. Keeping your water temps below 70 degrees Fahrenheit will also inhibit root rot. Always make sure plenty of oxygen is being dissolved in your reservoir with an air-stone or some other agitation of the surface water. These practices will help prevent root rot causing fungi from ever establishing themselves in the first place.



2. Neem Oil: I have been aware of the extreme gardening benefits of neem oil for sometime now, even before it was available in the US. It is now marketed in the US as a leaf shine, but it is so much more. I use it as a fungicide in my hydroponics cultures and as an insecticide. It works in a symbiotic way with plants ,as plants end up integrating it within their natural resistance to predators and diseases. Neem oil kills fungi on contact and it sterilizes insect pests that come in contact with the oil or feed from plants that have absorbed the oil, rendering them unable to reproduce.



3. SM90: Uses natural coriander oil which is a fungicide to prevent and eliminate root rot.

SM-90

SM-90




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Neem Oil Wikipedia
Coriander Oil_Mountain Rose Herbs
Fusarium on Wikipedia
Homegrown Hydroponics