By Guy Ehydro
Pure Essentials Black Label Nutrients are able to provide your plants with premium, raw, mineral nutrition that’s ready to absorb straight away – no breakdown required – because they understand how your plant is feeding. By specifically designing the Black Label nutrient program for maximum uptake growers that use the line are finding lusher foliage, stronger stems, and more new growth tips thanks to its natural pH regulation and pure raw, mineral ingredients.
Perhaps the only uniting trait of all hydroponic nutrients is the essential elements must be available as a variety of different ions (elements with a charge) that are small enough to pass through the plant’s security barrier – The Casparian Strip.
Casparian Strip Ion Exchange
The passing of ions across cellular membranes is actually facilitated by trans-membrane proteins referred to in botanical circles as ‘ion channels’ found in the roots. Mother Nature designed most ion channels to be specific to just one or a very limited range of ions. These ion channels use simple chemistry to select the type of ions that they will allow to pass through. Ion Channels can be in either of two states:
- Open ion channels can allow the right elements through by a process of natural diffusion.
- Closed channels take a bit more persuasion as they can change their configuration to open and close a ‘gate’-and it only opens when presented with some kind of stimuli: a little voltage, light, hormones or simply the presence of the ion itself.
Understanding this allows us as growers to exploit nature to maximum effect. As an example in Pure Essentials Black Label base nutrient Veg A+B the key element nitrogen is supplied as raw mineral nitrates (NO3-) and ammonium (NH4+) because many plants yield significantly more when the Ion Channels have a choice of both. Natural pH regulators found in the Black Label Root Enhance also help to make raw mineral elements more available to your plants. Plants show increased drought tolerance and enjoy higher ion-exchange capabilities as well as enhanced pH stability in the rhizosphere.
Go on! Try a side-by-side test using the VEG A & B formula against your regular grow nutrient. Be aware that our base nutrients are super concentrated (meaning they’re absolutely superb value for money!) You’ll notice stronger, stouter stems (thanks to multiple forms of calcium), lush foliage and incredible—jaw droppingly fast—growth! Why? Because this premium, two-part Dutch style hydroponic nutrient uses the highest grade micros and macros available! That’s why!
Pure Essentials Black Label BUD A & B supplies potassium, a key element in flower and fruit production, in SIX different forms! Plants love having access to the key element potassium, cunningly devised by our plant scientists to be in sheer abundance without those telltale toxicity problems common to lesser products when dosed at higher concentrations.
Potassium is the oil in the engine of your plants. It regulates the osmotic potential of cells (e.g. opening and closing of stomatal guard cells) and flows to where it’s most needed in the plant. After your plants are done developing stems and leaves, it’s time for them to start packing on the pounds—that means they need plenty of potassium for flower and fruit production. But potassium has other important roles to play too as an activator for a number of enzymes, most importantly those directly related to photosynthesis and respiration. So going short on this crucial element at any point is an absolute NO-NO! That’s why Potassium is supplied this nutrient system in six different ways, maximizing uptake and your harvest.
Sage Advice from Guy Green:
My advice is to keep your temperatures as near constant as possible. Grow in a well-insulated location and keep your temperature differential under 10˚ F if it’s practical and efficient to do so. Use a Growers Edge Thermometer to keep track of your high and low temperatures and heaters on thermostats to keep your grow room temperatures up during lights-out if required. The extra heat minimizes moisture falling out of the air and on to your buds. (Dew drop causes mold and bud rot.)
Plants that are kept at a more constant temperature tend to be more likely to grow into forms that are more conducive to indoor grow lights. If you live in one of the cooler states you should pay close attention to your minimum temperatures. Use a Min/Max thermometer to record them. If temperatures drop below 60° F (15° C) photosynthesis and plant metabolism slow to a snail’s pace! Low temperatures during bud, flower and fruit ripening, even for just one night, can retard maturation.