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!
Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on Tribus Original™. If you’re looking for Tribus Original™ near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local Tribus Original™ retailer!
Tribus Microbes Original™ is the product you can use that will get right to the ‘root’ of what you’re looking to improve in your grow. Tribus Microbes 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.
For new gardeners, over- or under-watering are easy mistakes to make that can negatively affect the plants and cause them to wilt, reduce their yield, or even die. Luckily, irrigation has made it possible to remove this problem for a lot of growers, and systems like the Octo-Flow 8 Port Irrigation Manifold have made dialing in the right amount of water at the right time the easiest part of the season! With add-ons like the Octo-Flow Flexible PVC Tubing to help build out the system, your garden irrigation system can be completely built out with high-quality components.