After a couple of seasons, gardeners are no longer a novice to the art of growing and often look beyond the basic such as fertilizer. This is because they understand that there’s more that can be done for the plants than just supplying water and clearing out weeds that can help improve yields and keep the plants in good health.
The root system is a good place to start when looking for what can be done to provide any additional nutrients or ensure water is readily available for uptake. Roots are where a plant's vascular system begins, with water and nutrients are pulled up from the oxygenated soil around the roots, which is known as the root zone. This zone is vital to the plant, and everything the plant takes from this root zone is dispersed through the rest of it. If the roots are getting the nutrients, the leaves will, too.
Which brings us to rhizobacteria. Rhizobacteria are a root-associated bacteria that form symbiotic relationships with many plants, and this symbiosis is beneficial for both the plant as well as the bacteria. One of the most helpful outcomes of this relationship for the plants is nitrogen fixation, where Rhizobacteria convert gaseous nitrogen to ammonia, making it an available nutrient to the plant, which can use it to support and enhance its growth. The plant provides the rhizobacteria with amino acids, so it does not need to assimilate the ammonia.
This is just one of the many ways the rhizobacteria work in the root zone to the benefit of the plant, and it’s such an important role that within the root zone is an area known as the rhizosphere; a region in the soil that is directly influenced by root secretions. This rhizosphere contains a collection of bacteria and other microorganism that feed off sloughed off plant cells, along with the proteins and sugars secreted by the roots, in return giving the plant the ability to uptake phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium and water more easily.
There are ways a grower can focus on the root zone to give their plants a boost of rhizobacteria! Tribus Original™ is a highly concentrated, targeted blend of three growth-promoting rhizobacteria that can be used with organic or conventional growing practices to increase crop quality and quantity. The bacteria in Tribus Original™ will populate the root zone of plants in all mediums and does not cause problematic biofilm formation in hydroponic applications. Tribus Original™ can be used on seedlings as well, to reduce the time from cut to root in clones while simultaneously encouraging vigorous development of new roots.
If you’re looking for something beyond water and fertilizer, Tribus Original™ could be the bacterial support your plants need to grow stronger!
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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.