Month Archives: May 2024


How Suboptimal Fertilization Affects Yield

Fertilizer is a crucial component of crop production, but simply adding fertilizer to the system is no guarantee a crop will get the nutrients it needs. Inadequate nutrient availability, nutrient incompatibility, and subpar nutrient formulations can result in under-fertilized plants, also known as suboptimal fertilization.Without the right nutrients in the right concentrations and ratios, plants cannot achieve optimal yields or maximize crop quality. For cannabis, suboptimal fertilization can also impact cannabinoid profiles and concentrations.Consequences of suboptimal fertilizationIn one study, researchers …

The Benefits of a 3-Part Nutrient System

When you want to grow top-quality cannabis, the right nutrient system for your grow can make a world of difference. 2-part systems are amazing too, but in this Grower Knowledge post, we will explore the benefits of using a 3-part nutrient system, and how it can help your grow! What is a 3-part nutrient system? The 3-part nutrient system typically consists of the three different products Grow, Micro and Bloom. Each different part is tailored to meet the very specific nutrient requirements …

Enzyme-Based Biofilm Cleaners

Biofilms are a common problem in cannabis grow operations. These slimy layers of microbial colonies can clog the irrigation system, spread plant diseases and reduce oxygen levels in the nutrient solution.One way to eliminate biofilms is with enzyme-based cleaners. Enzymes are biological catalysts, or biocatalysts, that trigger and accelerate chemical reactions in living things. They offer a practical, non-harmful approach to degrading and removing biofilm.How enzymes degrade biofilmsEnzymes are proteins that catalyze specific chemical reactions. They are involved in all …

Biofilms in your Grow Ops

Biofilms are slimy layers of microbial colonies that form where microorganisms grow and reproduce. Because microorganisms flourish where water and nutrients are abundant, irrigation systems offer ideal environments for biofilms. When biofilms develop in grow operations, they can create clogs, harbor pathogens and cause oxygen levels in the nutrient solution to drop. Preventing or eliminating biofilms is essential to growing healthy, high-yield crops. How biofilms develop Biofilm begins when free-floating microorganisms in the water supply such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa or algae …

Clogs in your Grow Room

Clogs in emitters, feeding lines and drains One of the biggest challenges growers face with irrigation systems is clogs. Clogs can form from physical particles, chemical precipitates or biological growth, and they can occur in an irrigation system’s lines, emitters or drains. Not only do they prevent the irrigation system from functioning properly, but they can also be detrimental to crop health and yield. Figure 1Consequences of clogsClogging in is more than a maintenance nuisance. Because clogs reduce the uniformity of water …