A professional grow is not a hobby; the size of a yield correlates to the amount of money being made, and is often a livelihood. As a specialist, you’re most concerned with what can be done beyond the growing medium, fertilizer, greenhouse conditions, and pest control. The answer is always with the soil. Though organic fertilizer and compost will help enrich it, the plants need the bacteria found in healthy soil to improve their nutrient uptake, which can result in a healthier grow and higher yields.
Tribus is an all-purpose microbial inoculant for plants that has been designed as a scalable microbial inoculant that works for cultivars of all types, improving nutrient uptake, root-development, and enzyme production while creating a beneficial soil consortia – resulting in healthier soil, healthier plants, and a better yield.
Developed alongside faculty at Colorado State University, Tribus has been tested on large scale grows with fantastic results. What makes Tribus stand out is that it’s a member of a newly emerging group of products known as PGPR, or Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria. It’s composed of a rhizobacteria which start growing and reproducing on plant roots, producing enzymes that contribute to improved growth. This means that it’s not dependent on soil; Tribus can be used in peat, coco, rockwool, deep water culture, or in the field. Those that use hydroponics will receive the same benefits from its’ use and will find that it reduces rooting time for cuttings.
By the numbers, Tribus results in 14.2% increased growth, a 16.3% increased stem diameter, and is active under wide pH range (5.5-9.0). It also creates a biofilm around the roots to prevent stress, aid growth, improve nutrient exchange.
The numbers we may be most interested in is cost; how much will this be and how can it help save money in the long term? As far as the initial cost goes, one of the important things to keep in mind is how concentrated Tribus is. It boasts a 50x higher concentration than the leading competitor for the same type of product; a 1 Liter bottle of Tribus Original will make about 3,790 gallons of irrigation water. At $170/L, that equates to about 4.5 cents per milliliter. This means that 1 Liter of Tribus will treat one full Acre. Lights, nutrients, and other additives can’t equal the benefits to your grow that Tribus will, and you may find a decreased need for fertilizer as it’s added to your regimen. However, if you do have fertilizers and nutrients that are currently being used, the good news is that Tribus will act as a supplement to the pre-existing fertilizer regimen you’ve been working with. It is also non-phytotoxic, which means you won’t overfeed or burn your plants with it.
The bottom line is that Tribus’ industry-leading concentration of 10 Billion cfu/mL gives users the best value for their purchase, and handles a full spectrum of micro and macronutrient mobilization rather than isolating a single macronutrient like other competitors. It can be easily integrated into systems of any scale by adding 1mL to 3mL per gallon of water to your reservoir or fertilizer solution, which can then be applied as you would any other soluble fertilizer solution.