Nutrients & Fertilizer

  • How To Use Dolomite Lime For Plants

    Are you curious about how to use dolomite for plants? By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident using this unique compound in the garden to balance out your soil.

    It’s important to understand the exact needs of your plants. Although some plants, such as blueberries and azaleas, like acidic soil, most prefer for things to be more on the neutral side. That’s where dolomite lime for plants is so useful. 

    This common garden amendment is a limestone compound that contains both magnesium and calcium at ratios of 18 to 23% each. These elements not only can provide much-needed minerals to your soil but can also help raise the pH to make the soil more alkaline.

    So when is dolomite for plants necessary - and how do you apply it? We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using dolomite lime for plants. 

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  • Organic Hydroponics: How To Grow Soilless Plants Organically

    One of the most hotly contested debates in agriculture has been that of organic hydroponics. Is it truly possible to cultivate soilless plants organically?

    You may be thinking, of course it is - I can just feed my hydro plants an organic nutrient solution, right? In the past, this wasn’t really possible because organic nutes were thick, and clogged systems.

    But these days, natural plant nutrition has evolved to the point where this is less of a concern. There are all kinds of organic formulations that claim to be suitable for hydroponnics.

    And yet, many growers claim that organic growing will never actually be possible through a hydroponics system.

    We’ll explore this debate in depth, and take a look at arguments from both sides of the fence to finally put this debate to rest.

    We’ll then give our recommendation on how you should proceed if you’re interested in giving this approach to horticulture a try! Let’s start with some definitions.

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  • Kelp Meal For Plants: The Power Of Seaweed Fertilizer!

    While you may not have ever considered feeding seaweed in the garden or grow room, hear us out when we say liquid kelp meal for plants is one of the most potent, organic fertilizers out there!

    Chalk full of essential nutrients and derived entirely from plant sources, this is something organic growers have turned to for decades to produce natural, bountiful harvests.

    And if you’ve read our article discussing whether plant nutrient sources matter or not, you are already aware of what a plant-based fertilizer can do.

    But because growers are so used to feeding a full-fledged nutrient package with an easy to follow, detailed feeding schedule, how do you add this into your regimen without risking nutrient toxicity?

    We’ll teach you how to introduce this into your existing regimen, or create a feeding schedule around it. After that, we’ll give you our top three choices for liquid kelp for plants.

    First, though, we want to cover what this additive even is, what nutrients it contains, and why we think you should add it to your plant’s diet.

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  • How To Foliar Spray: Feed & Protect Plants At The Leaves!

    Whether you're battling a pest or disease outbreak, or struggling with nutrient uptake at the roots, a foliar spray can help save your grow.

    Oftentimes, growers will actually undertake foliar spraying on a routine basis to keep their plants healthy, actively preventatively instead.

    There are all kinds of health benefits you’ll unlock when you start spraying your plants foliage with nutrients or some form of plant wash/insecticide. 

    But, this isn’t a simple task that you can just undertake blindly. There are specific instances in which you should or shouldn’t do this.

    That’s why we are writing this guide, to help you feel confident in your gardening abilities.

    We’ll explain what exactly this is, and the two main instances in which you would do it.

    Then, we’ll cover exactly how to do it, along with all kinds of other important intricacies you need to be aware of to get the best results.

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  • Why Are My Plant's Leaves Curling Up?

    At one point or another, you’re going to walk into your grow room or garden and notice your plant’s leaves curling up. 

    You may not know exactly what is causing this, but one thing is for sure - it doesn’t look healthy, and it certainly indicates a more serious underlying problem.

    The foliage of our plants tells us a lot about them - it’s where we can look to identify nutrient or pH problems, for example. It’s also the place where you’ll identify common pests and diseases, as bugs love to feast on these.

    When our plants are stressed, either by heat or changes to their environment, the leaves may start changing as well. With so many different plant problems being related to the leaves, it can make diagnosing the root cause of the issue difficult.

    Worry not, because in the coming minutes, we’ll teach you everything that could be causing your plant’s leaves to start curling up. Then, we’ll explain how to remedy each potential cause.

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  • How To Use Bone Meal Fertilizer In The Garden

    When you need to add phosphorus to the soil in your garden, many gardeners turn to bone meal fertilizer. 

    This is a highly effective and natural soil amendment that can work wonders for your plants.

    After all, plants that are deficient in phosphorus tend to have a hard time forming strong roots and growing the way they should.

    If you’re curious about how to use bone meal for soil plants, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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  • How To Use Rooting Hormones On Cuttings

    If you don’t already know how to use rooting hormone on cuttings, you are in for a treat today, because we are going to change your cloning & propagation process for good.

    If you want your plants to get off to the right start, it’s up to you to provide them what they need to thrive.

    Water and sunlight - those are the two biggies, right? When you’re trying to propagate plant cuttings, those are important for sure. 

    However, many people neglect the importance of this product. If you’re curious about how to use rooting hormone on cuttings to improve propagation, you’ve come to the right place. 

    In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about this product and how it can help you increase the likelihood of your plant’s success.

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  • Best pH Testers For Soil & Hydroponics Of 2021

    To make accurate decisions in your grow room or garden, you need to use the best pH testers for soil or hydroponics.

    If your pH is not dialed into the ideal range, your plants will not reach their full potential. You’ll run the risk of developing nutrient deficiencies, leading to dismal harvests.

    If you are new to growing in general, a good starting point is our blog post on how to actually test your nutrient solution and soil pH, along with TDS/EC, and more.

    If you’re just here to find the best soil & hydroponic pH tester, we’ll get to that in a minute. We’ll share some picks for hobby growers and commercial cultivars alike. First, we want to spread some basic information on these devices.

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  • How To Use Worm Castings To Grow Huge, Healthy Plants

    If you want to try and add some organic nutrition to your garden, you need to learn how to use worm castings!

    You might already know just how beneficial live earthworms can be to a garden, helping breakdown bacteria and fungi into usable resources for your roots. But, adding dead earthworm castings to the soil can be even more valuable to your plants!

    Read on to discover how to use this product in the garden, along with why you should even consider supplementing your existing nutrient regimen with them in the first place.

    We’ll start by explaining what exactly worm castings are, and cover some basic information you need to know.

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  • Increase Flower Density With A Bud Hardener!

    If you are noticing your blooms are very light and airy, you can try and increase flower density with a bud hardener!

    If you’re a hobby grower cultivating for personal use, light, airy buds are super disappointing. Plus, they’re a hassle to try and trim.

    From a commercial grower’s standpoint, growing dense buds is a must. Nobody wants to send a light, airy product to market. It's all about bag appeal!

    There are a few factors that affect the density of your buds, but a lot of it comes down to genetics.

    If you have your grow dialed in and use top-shelf genetics but still can't seem to produce the dense buds you're after, a bud hardener is your best bet.

    At the end of this article, we’ll share some of the best products you can use to grow fat, dense colas this season!

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