Dissection of a Nutrient Label

more available to be absorbed by the plant. Amino acids and vitamins can also stimu­late and improve the plants immune defense mechanisms and when added at the right time, can increase flower sites/budding sites and production in the side branches, as well as increase cellular division and tissue growth. Amino acids are a magical part of plant and human science.

Enzymes- Enzyme additives help to keep the root surfaces clean, as well as consuming any dead or necrotic organic materials residing in the root zone. It can also help with the algae that inevitably will form on the top of your growing medium. (A formula to remember: Light + water = algae) Enzymes are important to keeping your soil healthy and maintaining active nutrient uptake. They are also very helpful for non-organic nutri­ents because they can turn some of the salt build up into useable plant nutrients. Overall it’s a root zone and soil cleanser as well as a conditioner. These will sometimes come with some sugars in them to feed the enzymes and keep them alive and thriving. Although your plants will also send down any extra carbohydrates it isn’t using during photosynthesis as part of the soil food web. Using an enzyme is one of the most beneficial symbiotic additives you can use in plant nutri­tion. Proper use can allow you to use your grow medium for longer periods of time and even re-use it in multiple cycles, possibly saving you money on purchasing more medium.

Dissection of a Nutrient 07Flushing Agents- The word flushing can confuse here, these are not really going to pull the nutrients out of the plant but these are designed to aid in the uptake of any leftover nutrients from within the plant, come harvest time. This is where staying on the min­eral and organic side of fertilizer can be in your favor. Man made nutrients tend to get stuck inside the uptake system if not utilized in a timely man­ner by the plant. This happens when the chelate wrapper that was attached on the way in is used and gone, mak­ing it no longer visible as food to the plant. Some nutrient flushes come containing empty chelating chemi­cals; these can enter the plant and latch onto the non-organic leftovers to get the plant to use the nutrient. Others use humic and/or fulvic acids as natural uptake helpers, trying to get the plant to uptake the nutes before harvest. Either way if you’re not 100% organic with your nutrient feedings then flushing is a good idea.

There are approx 16 different micro and macro nutrients required for plant growth. Companies test and reformu­late their products so that they per­form as they are supposed to, so the manufacturers feeding charts are a great tool to have. Seek out a nutrient line that is tailored towards the canna­bis plants we grow and keep yourself informed by reading other growers reviews on specific products. You will soon begin to build a feeding program that works best for you and your girls

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