Hypochlorous Acid Growing Applications

Hypochlorous Acid, Keeping Drip Tables & Irrigation Systems Clean

What is Hypochlorous Acid?

Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid solution, widely used in applications ranging from food processing facilities to hospital surgical units to keep things hygienic and kill harmful bacteria, pathogens, etc. 

Aside from these industrial applications, It's also very well suited to keeping mineral salts and biofilms from accumulating on growing surfaces such as irrigation systems and tanks. Fortunately, Hypochlorous acid (HOCl-) is available in stable concentrates specifically for drip applications that can be injected directly into fertigation systems or added into hydroponics reservoirs

Substances such as biofilms and other naturally occurring residues, if left unchecked in hydroponics systems, can lead to crop failures. In extreme circumstances, it can require irrigation system removal and replacement. Both are expensive prospects and important considerations for the professional as well as a residential grower. 

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Hypochlorous Acid Growing Applications


Hypochlorous Acid, Keeping Drip Tables & Irrigation Systems Clean

What is Hypochlorous Acid?

Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid solution, widely used in applications ranging from food processing facilities to hospital surgical units to keep things hygienic and kill harmful bacteria, pathogens, etc. 

Aside from these industrial applications, It's also very well suited to keeping mineral salts and biofilms from accumulating on growing surfaces such as irrigation systems and tanks. Fortunately, Hypochlorous acid (HOCl-) is available in stable concentrates specifically for drip applications that can be injected directly into fertigation systems or added into hydroponics reservoirs

Substances such as biofilms and other naturally occurring residues, if left unchecked in hydroponics systems, can lead to crop failures. In extreme circumstances, it can require irrigation system removal and replacement. Both are expensive prospects and important considerations for the professional as well as a residential grower. 

Fortunately, HOCl- concentrates like Clear Line or UC Roots can also be added to water storage systems, for example, RO product water tanks to help keep water supplies hygienic.


What Are BioFilms

Biofilms form as complex collectives of exudate and microorganisms, competing with roots for resources like minerals and oxygen, often serving as a vector for various crop infections. Studies demonstrate that as soon as the water comes into contact with surfaces, especially irrigation pipes in warm well illuminated places, these films begin to form. 

Over time, they can develop at faster rates and with a higher level of persistence when there is a constant source of moisture and microbial food source. Organic debris, nutrients, aerobic and aerobic microbes, among others, are key contributors to the existence and formation of biofilms.


Clear Line vs UC Roots: What’s the Difference?

Clear Line - is a highly concentrated form of HOCl- designed for use in a variety of applications, including fertigation injection systems.  Its concentrated form makes it more cost-effective to utilize at scale. When added into a feeding program, dosage rates are typically 0.25 to 1ml per US Gallon to reach optimal ORP values. Clear Line is 5 times as concentrated as the competition, at only 3 times the cost!

UC Roots - is a more diluted and easier to apply in recirculating water culture systems such as the Current Culture Under Current or HPAC (high-pressure aeroponic cloner) systems. Typical dosage rates range from 3 to 5 ml per US Gallon of nutrient solution.


It is worth noting that not all HOCl- solutions are created equal, and here’s why:

  • If not intended as a growing solution, HOCl- may contain unacceptable levels of Sodium (Na) that can be toxic to plants.
  • Clear Line or UC Roots are pH neutral and will not affect the PPM or pH of nutrient solutions in any significant way when used as directed. 
  • Clear Line and UC Roots have a stable shelf life of one year; at which point they will remain effective but begin to diminish in potency.
  • Most other available HOCl- solutions need to be used very quickly after manufacture to be effective.

*Note - Always follow the manufacturer's directions for best results and to maximize both the effectiveness and economy of hypochlorous acid solutions intended for use in cultivating crops.


Benefits of Using Hypochlorous Acid

  • Predictable Results - Reduces mineral build-up and biofilms in pressure compensating drip emitters, assuring precision delivery of the nutrient solution.
  • Improve ROI - Increases the operational life span of irrigation plumbing saving money on maintenance and replacement equipment.
  • Crop Consistency - Ensures nutrient solution remains highly soluble, providing optimal availability for plant uptake.
  • Enhanced H2O - Improves overall water quality by increasing Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).
  • Neutral Chemistry - Compatible with all nutrient and fertilizer programs, without affecting the pH of the nutrient solution.
  • Safe to Use - Non-corrosive and non-hazardous to handle, creating a safer work environment for cultivation staff. It is also safe to handle and use at all plant stages.
  • Cost-Effective - Highly concentrated Hypochlorous Acid with the lowest cost of use, ideal for commercial-scale facilities. It costs only $0.01 per gallon, doesn't get much less than that!


Final Thoughts On Hypochlorous Acid

Using a premium highly concentrated hypochlorous acid is a must-do, especially in large commercial grow facilities and outdoor growing. Not only will it save you thousands in irrigation lines, drip emitters, auto-dosing and fertigation pumps, and more, but it will also help keep your hydroponic set-ups using coco or Rockwool productive and operating smoothly. All you have to do is inject it into your drip fertigation system or add and dosed into reservoirs.

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