Gardening is a hobby that makes use of all five of the senses – seeing how the plants are developing, feeling the soil to make sure it’s healthy, hearing the contented buzz of the bee’s as they gather pollen, tasting the fresh fruits or vegetables from the garden, and smelling…all of it. Fresh soil, fragrant flowers, ripe vegetables…it’s no wonder that people get hooked on the experience and look forward to starting over each season.
Smell is one of the senses that can be taken for granted in a garden (except a rose or other flower garden!) but for a lot of herbs, trees, and fruits, it’s one of the most important. On an almost instinctual level, people will make certain the fruits and vegetables they’re about to eat don’t smell rotten. There’s an entire industry built around essential oils, which are compounds extracted from plants that capture their unique scent and are used for everything from freshening up fabric that’s been in storage to aromatherapy for stress relief.
These fragrant plants produce terpenes, which are a diverse class of organic compounds that are responsible for the unique smell each plant has and are the primary elements used in essential oils. While many growers may be aware of fertilizers and amendments that help provide a plant with added nutrition to facilitate a greater yield at harvest, there’s a nutrient that can be applied to a grow that is specifically formulated to increase the concentration of terpenes in aromatic plant oils.
After years of research into these naturally occurring plant compounds., Terpinator by Rhizoflora was created for the sole purpose of increasing these aromatic oils by enlarging the gland size and also multiplying the amount of gland sites that produce terpenes on the surface area of the plant. By providing the necessary building blocks for secondary metabolites, Terpinator helps increase the trichome counts and productivity by supplying the plant with a soluble form of potassium.
Potassium is found in most of the fertilizers and nutrient-enriched soils on the market, but it’s mostly insoluble for the plant as it’s bound to soil components such as mica or clay. Since plants best absorb potassium through external, soluble sources, Terpinator is providing the plant with a nutrient it needs, but may not be getting in sufficient amounts because of the method of delivery.
For a grower interested in trying Terpinator to increase the aromatics in their garden, they’ll find it doesn’t upset their routine. Terpinator is safe for use in all grow applications with the same feed rate, and it can be incorporated to any nutrient regiment with no change to a pre-existing schedule. For a grow with an array of plants, it won’t interfere as Terpinator is safe for use on all plants, and is used through both the vegetative and flowering stages – there’s no change of nutrients through the entire cycle!
From flowers to fruits, it’s worth it to give Terpinator a try – for those interested in aromatics, they’ll be able to smell the difference!
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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.