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How do you choose which products to use? More often than not, people tend to play it safe by sticking to what they know. The trouble is that by that logic you’re never likely to move away from the first product you try, which means you could well be missing out on a better alternative.

There are plenty of people out there who are more than happy to offer up their opinion, but just how much value there is to their opinion isn’t so easy to determine. HYDROMAG offers you the opportunity to see beyond the sea of brightly coloured labels by giving industry experts the opportunity to tell you about their products, in their own words. No statistics plucked from the air, no marketing spiel, and no bikini clad women (well as few as possible; you can’t blame them for trying). Years of dedicated research and development go into producing high quality products, so who better to hear about them from than the people who make a living doing exactly that? Some growers will tell you that adding to your base nutrient regime isn’t necessary. There’s some credence to the opinion; you don’t need to add to it any more then you need to have cream with your pudding. Nonetheless, the fact that booster and stimulants exist at all in the market is a testament to their legitimacy.

We’re all cautious when it comes to the final stages of any plant’s life. Nobody wants to tempt fate with something that you’ve spent months tending to, so bloom boosters are understandably a harder sell than propagation boosters or even grow boosters. On the other hand, there’s a strong chance that bloom boosters could give your plants that final push that you’ve been missing. Personally, I think pudding without cream is tantamount to heresy. It isn’t my opinion that counts though, so over to the experts…

“The benefits of supplementing your base nutrient with a PK additive are many and by harvest time also obvious.”

Buddhas Tree

Environment is universally accepted as the Number 1 factor for healthy productive plants. We also know, when it comes to short flowering annual plants that are popular with growers, their need for various elements changes during their lifetime. Attention to the strength and type of nutrients you feed to your plants is important at all stages of its life cycle, but none more so than the blooming phase.

So assuming that all environmental and lighting conditions are perfect, we can then consider the addition of bloom boosting nutrients and additives to our existing base nutrient regime. This enables us to more closely follow the changing pattern of the plants desire for varying strengths and ratios of elements. It also enables us to have more control of the plants metabolism and to bio stimulate other cellular systems and functions essential to their life and productivity. By ensuring that you meet the plants changing demand , whilst not over
fertilising , you can significantly enhance the yield and quality of your flowers.

Our approach to their most productive growing phase consists of 3 key areas of consideration that are vitally important for your plants to fulfil their potential.

Firstly is the area of PK supplementation. The benefits of supplementing your base nutrient with a PK additive are many and by harvest time also obvious. There are many great base flowering nutrients available but it is to be considered that these have to be developed with a ratio and composition in the middle ground, so that it caters for your plants at the start of flower when their desire for P and K is weaker, up towards the end of the flowering cycle when the plants demand often outstrips the ratio of P and K in your base nutrient. PK based bloom boosting nutrient such as our Buddhas Tree PK 9-18 gives you control and enables you to increase these elements without over fertilization and to meet the plants increasing demand for them throughout most of the flowering cycle. Secondly is the area of the plants metabolism. What is the saying? You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink?Indeed this is also the case with any living organism.

“By providing the plant with a rich source of natural bio stimulants directly it can save the plant energy converting the nutrients into its own.”

Just because you provide your plants with the best most well balanced and healthy nutrient that you can, doesn’t mean that its necessarily hungry. Many environmental and other factors can affect your plants metabolism that will cause its nutrient uptake to slow or if severe, even stop. Sometimes a plants metabolic rate is also a genetic trait. It is possible to increase your plants hunger, even over and above its normal levels by stimulating and energising their metabolism. This makes for overall increases in productivity and quality. A bloom boosting additive such as our Buddhas Tree Advanced Meta-BOOST achieves this in a natural way and will keep your plants in a healthy hungry state of maximum productivity.

Finally is the area of bio-stimulation. Your plants have many other vital biological and biochemical systems that are vital for its life and development. As such your plant has to synthesise many Phytohormones, Amino acids and other biochemical compounds from the nutrient you provide. Many of these are complex molecules that the plant expends significant energy making. By providing the plant with a rich source of natural bio stimulants directly it can save the plant energy converting the nutrients into its own. Its saved energy gets given over to more desirable areas of growth such as your flowers development, sugar and oil production. Buddhas Tree Advanced Meta- BOOST is the perfect full spectrum source of natural seaweed derived bio-stimulants.

Many PK supplements are around a ratio of 13/14 (close to 1:1 and some even higher near 2:1). This high ratio of P is unneeded by your plant in our experience and opinion. This ratio of Phosphorus can only be used at a very specific time in the flowering cycle (usually around week 5). If used before this window, that ratio of P will have an adverse, stunting effect on your plants . Likewise if used after this window, the plants get loaded with P that they can’t make use of and again this has adverse effects on the quality of your harvest. The plant cant metabolise the excess P and so it remains in the plant tissue. Our PK 9-18 is a unique blend of ingredients and has a 9-18 (1:2) elemental ratio of P and K. At this ratio it provides a much wider window of enrichment, finer control of the changing demands of the plant and effects a much improved response from the plants than conventional ratios and blends. It set the highest standards of performance, solubility and stability, whilst setting new standards of safety for a PK based nutrient supplement with its conformity to EU regulation.

At Buddhas Tree we have developed these duo of safe and innovative products to work beautifully together and to support your base nutrient regime. They work outstandingly well to meet the changing demands of your plants and to stimulate and drive all of their flowering biosystems onto new levels of productivity and quality. Visit our website for more information on our bloom boosting supplements.

“Booster quite literally means a product or substance used to initiate or accelerate a process, to deliver an injection of energy.”

Canna

When purchasing a booster one should consider the following:

The product ingredients:

  • Are these macro or trace elements, whether or not in special forms such as chelates or EDTA? Are terms like “minerals” or “nutrients” used? If so, you can be sure that you are dealing here with a fertiliser, possibly with further additives?
  • Does the product contain numerous unfamiliar substances? A booster isn’t a magic potion, with as many weird ingredients as possible! Check whether the claims made for the product match up with the properties of a booster.

Product claims:

  • Is the product described as affecting factors other than processes in the plant? There might for example be claims about effects on organisms in the soil, or effects on the growing medium. However exceptional such a product may be, it isn’t a booster.
  • Are claims made about effects on several unconnected processes in the plant, promoting growth in both the vegetative and flowering phases? If so it may be wise to have doubts about the effectiveness of such a product.

Booster quite literally means a product or substance used to initiate or accelerate a process, to deliver an injection of energy. In plant cultivation boosters are products whose ingredients influence the vital processes of the plant, with positive outcomes for the grower. These substances are often referred to as “stimulators” and they continuously encourage processes going on in the plant.

Light and nutrition are two obvious means of influencing biological processes in the plant; many plants are sensitive to day length for example and will start to form flowers in response to a change in the hours of light they receive. You will also be familiar with the effects of nutrition on the development of plants. Light and nutrients are not considered as boosters however, otherwise we would be calling everything a plant needs for healthy growth a “booster”.

Boosters are therefore defined as products whose ingredients are not essential for the plant, but which nevertheless have substantial impacts on its processes. However, if the plant’s essential needs for light, water and nutrition are not met, administering a booster cannot be expected to deliver a better plant compared to a situation where those basic requirements were met.

” A booster stimulates one or more linked processes in the plant, and the active ingredient or ingredients are not essential requirements for the survival of the plant.”

Boosters may seem to have almost magical properties, but that is quite wrong, as the effects of their constituents are actually well understood. Unfortunately the secrecy that often surrounds the nature of the active ingredients sometimes causes a temptation to mislead purchasers. As a result this leads to a believer versus non-believer situation. Yet using the definition of a ‘booster’ actually makes it easy to recognise a genuine one:

A booster stimulates one or more linked processes in the plant, and the active ingredient or ingredients are not essential requirements for the survival of the plant. To be clear, products used in plant cultivation incorrectly identified as boosters may be excellent products, but they just aren’t boosters. It’s thought that around 85% of the products promoted as a “booster” may fall into that category.

You can read more about Canna Boost here.

This article was originally published in Issue 004 of HYDROMAG (April – May 2013).

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