Where do Higher Yields come from?
Our research shows that bigger, sustainable yields are achieved when plants spend their time absorbing their nutrition more efficiently during critical growth stages of their development. The efficient absorption of nutrients and the minimizing of stress factors on a plant is what will create your "superstars".
The ideal growing environment consists of the balance of soil (growing mediums), water, sunlight, air and nutrition for your plants. In order to maximize yields, knowledge of each of these elements and their impact on your plants is essential. It is also imperative to know the source, concentration and purity of your inputs. This information will limit the variables that could impede a successful grow.
Achieving Bigger Yields – GROW MEDIUM:
Coco, rock wool, composted tree bark, and potting soil all have their benefits depending on what you intend to grow and what you want these mediums to do for your plants. Some act as the basis for plant nutrition, some as a mere medium to hold your plants root system.
Knowing their inherent properties and sourcing them from reliable and safe sources is incredibly important.
Plants can thrive in a variety of mediums (even in sand!) with the proper care. The key is to understand what your plant needs to thrive and providing the tools necessary for this to occur.
Achieving Bigger Yields – WATER:
Municipal water in the majority of the United States has been accepted as some of the best available in the world. This may be true. However, knowing a little about what goes into the water to eliminate the harmful bacteria is very important for the grower. Typically, chlorine and fluoride are the main additives used to eliminate the bacterial threat. (Having your local water analyzed is the only true way to know.) Although this process makes the water safer to consume, plants don't really like chlorine. Many growers opt for a variety of water filtration systems just to make sure the contaminants are removed.
One of the more popular water filtration systems used by growers is reverse osmosis. This process is very effective in removing all the particulates as well as the chemical additives. The resulting water is very clean, empty water (removal of all the beneficial minerals).
This information is crucial for the grower to know. The water molecule will seek balance and therefore extract calcium and magnesium from whatever source available.
Growers using this source of water need to know the water will reclaim the minerals from the plants yielding plants deficient in calcium and magnesium; therefore the grower will need to compensate with a calcium/magnesium supplement to offset the drain.
Alkaline water is the ideal water to grow with.
The chemicals have been removed but the essential minerals still remain intact. Alkaline water does not extract minerals from your plants; a key factor for achieving bigger yields.
Achieving Bigger Yields – SUNLIGHT OR LAMPLIGHT?
Our work with growers has given us extensive information regarding this question. We have helped both indoor and outdoor growers in their endeavors. Although the results from indoor growing can be impressive, all things considered, the photosynthetic processes of plants using natural sunlight significantly outperform plants grown indoors.
Achieving Bigger Yields – AIR QUALITY:
In a controlled environment, the oxygen coming in and out of the area is very important. Many things can contaminate and impede your grow. Mold spores, weeds, airborne pathogens, insects, over spray of chemical pesticides, and pollution can all contribute to challenges a grower will have to deal with. Making sure exposure to these contaminants is held to a minimum will allow your plants to focus their energy on growing instead of expending their energy fighting for survival.
Achieving Bigger Yields – PLANT NUTRITION:
It’s all about the N-P-K? (NITROGEN-PHOSPHORUS-POTASSIUM)
Better growing through chemistry has been the mantra of the agriculture industry for the last 60 years. By adding the necessary amounts of N-P-K to the soil, we could bend nature to our will and feed the world. This approach has increased yields dramatically, but at what cost? Global soils are nutritionally dead and without a huge input of chemical stimulant, plants refuse to grow. Harvests from this soil look fantastic but the nutritional content is marginal, at best.
Nature is amazingly forgiving but there are limits!
Nutritionally challenged soil can be resurrected. We believe in the idea of feeding both your plants and soil. The microbial activity in the growing medium your plants are in can be stimulated organically. The rebuilding of these nutrients will greatly impact the outcome of your grow.
The more fertile your soil, the greater the yield and nutrient content of your harvest.
Plants solely using N-P-K for nutrition can effectively grow but the micro-flora of the soil needs to be fed in order to provide the rest of the necessary ingredients for plants to thrive. Without the collection of other elements present, the plants won’t have the necessary diversification of nutrients needed to maximize their development. The addition of N-P-K stimulates growth but creates plant and soil stress due to an imbalance in the micro-flora. These mysteries of nature are just starting to be understood by our science.
Proteins and amino acids are the basic components of living cells. They are the building blocks of all living matter and are absolutely essential to a plants life.
These elements can be synthesized by the combination of water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight by means of plant photosynthesis. Plants have everything necessary to perform these processes without any help. These processes do require a significant amount of energy. The greater the availability of existing absorbable nutrition, the less energy needs to be expended in order to create those elements needed for plant growth.
Some fertilizers require chemical decomposition in the soil in order for the microbial activity to make the nitrogen available. This process takes time and the plant must wait to absorb the nutrition. This huge dose of nitrogen is un-absorbable by the plant! Just like a person does better eating many smaller meals per day, a plant can take up only so much nitrogen at one feeding. Many small feedings will keep the plants growing fat and happy.
To try to feed a plant with a giant dose of nitrogen at one sitting would be a waste of nitrogen. What is not used is generally wasted and washed away.
Our research has shown that having liquid amino acids readily available and in single monomer form is the ideal form of plant nutrition.
The uptake through roots, stems and leaves is effortless on the plants part and the amino acids can be used directly by the plant with no waste of energy. The presence of amino acids in the soil or grow medium also increases the fertility and improves the micro-flora at the base of the plant. This in turn generates the diversification of nutrients the plant needs in order to thrive.
The growth of plants, animals and life in general, is based on amino acid uptake. Single monomer amino acids that have low molecular weight can be more easily absorbed by plants and the nutrients can be directly assimilated and easily used.
Growth is all about getting maximum ABSORBABLE nutrition in.
This helps your plants dedicate their energy to better plant development, not energy-robbing nutrient breakdown. With the ideal growing environment, ample filtered
water and food nutritious and easy to assimilate, a grower can reduce growing times by 10-15%. This manner of growing creates stress free, healthier, disease immune plants that produce bigger yields.