The soil you use affects how well your plants will – or won’t – grow. Whether you’re growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers it’s important to make sure you’re giving them good, nutrient-rich soil to begin with.
Pictured: Cracked, sandy soil that can't hold nutrients is an unhealthy medium for your plants to grow in.
If you’re growing outside, the first step is to identify what kind of soil you’re working with: silt, sand, or clay. All soil is a mixture of elements, but you’ll be able to identify the primary components of your soil when you start digging. The easiest thing to do is to take a small bit of soil and run it through your hands to feel the texture – sandy, sticky and solid, or a mixture of both. You should get a pH tester so you can find out if your soil is too acidic, alkaline, or a good balance between. PH levels for soil go from 0 to 14, with anything below 7 being acidic, and above 7 is more alkaline. The best pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7, though most plants will adapt to less than optimal conditions.
Now that you know what your base soil is, it’s time to start optimizing it for the plants you plan on growing! The best thing about this part of the process is that Geoflora makes improving your soil easy – it’s a two-step system that delivers a balanced charge of beneficial bacteria along with 19 organic and all natural inputs and diverse macro and secondary nutrient profiles – all of which work together to create a web of living soil biology that’s designed to aid in the transport of nutrients, amino acids, and vitamins. Geoflora is terrific to use whether you’re a hobbyist gardener or need to scale up for a commercial grow.
Pictured: Geoflora VEG - the first step in the two-part process.
The two-part process isn’t tricky, it simply refers to the two parts of the growing process you’ll be tending your plant through – from the beginning stages as a sprout through blossom to harvest time. Geflora VEG is the first step to use when planting or transplanting your new growth, whether into the ground or in a pot or planter. It’s formulated with diverse nitrogen sources and a full profile of beneficial inputs designed to support a robust vegetative growth cycle – just what a young plant needs. Geoflora VEG is used up to week 6 in the growth cycle, added to the soil every two weeks. Geoflora nutrients are an OMRI listed organic dry fertilizer in an easy to apply granular form that doesn’t pose the health risks that powder has or the prospect of over-fertilization that a liquid does. Geoflora requires no mixing of multiple components, and is ready to use right out of the bag. Just top-dress your plants at the base of the stem and water in. The days of fumbling multiple bottles and measuring utensils are over!
Pictured: Soil that's been treated with Geoflora VEG.
Week 6 is when it’s time to start adding Geoflora BLOOM, specially formulated with reduced nitrogen levels to help ease your plant through this phase and bolster flower and fruit production. Geoflora BLOOM is added every two weeks up through week 10 when you’ll stop adding amendments and get ready for harvest in another 2 weeks’ time!
Pictured: Geoflora BLOOM - the last step in the two-part process.
Geoflora nutrients are the best choice for any grower looking for an uncomplicated way to add nutrients to their soil, as well as saving money while doing it. In-house trials of Geoflora VEG and BLOOM in a commercial setting saw an average 20% increase in final product potency, and a 10% average increase in terpene production – all from a bi-weekly regimen!
Numbers don’t lie, and when it comes to nutrition it’s clear that plants benefit from a healthy diet just as any living thing does. With the time and care you put into your grow, it just makes sense to make sure they’re well fed – you’ll be thanked with a bountiful harvest.
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Dialing in the flow rate correctly can be trial and error for a lot of growers, and is usually something they want to be able to do quickly once they’ve isolated the source of their plants ill health. Octo-Flow has the answer to this – and other – irrigation problems. Octo-Flow is an innovative 8 port stationary water irrigation manifold that allows the grower to control the flow rate or turn the flow off/on with a turn of the included hex key. If needed, it can be converted into a full-open version – all with a simple adjustment.
Carbohydrates play a huge role in how a plant develops - provide building blocks for plant structural components, such as cellulose – which helps grow the cell walls – and they help deliver energy for growth. Besides helping to mimic a plant’s natural carbohydrate profile, Karbo Boost brings an ample food source to plant’s cellular building processes. Though cool-season plants tend to have a shorter growing season than those that have had all summer to bloom they still need to be tended and fertilized - Karbo Boost is making sure your plants are getting the food they need – and then some!
It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that a gardener forgo soil completely for their grow, but here are some of the problems a professional horticulturalist may have with soil…
For professional growers, their agriculture is what they depend on, so taking a chance on soil that could end up ruining even a portion of their grow. This is where soilless growing mediums come into play for agriculturalists that want to start with a blank slate where they control how much water, and what nutrients, the plants get from germination until harvest. A soilless medium is a mix of mediums like peat, coco coir, and basalt that can be used in a hydroponic system or in pots and is free of contaminants, has great aeration and drainage abilities, and can allow the grower to apply whatever mix of nutrients they feel is right for their crop.