A chemical compound composed of a metal ion and a chelating agent, usually organic such as an amino acid. Chelates bond with certain minerals to increase uptake in plants while preventing interactions with other minerals that could render minerals unavailable (lockout.)
The first “leaves” of a dicot plant that emerge when a seed is planted that serve as the nutrient source until a plant develops roots for uptake of minerals.
Stands for the Electrical Conductivity of a solution. An EC meter is helpful in determining the concentration of minerals, nutrients or salts affecting plant growth; the higher the concentration, the more conductive the solution is.
Critical to the uptake of minerals and cooling of the plant, through movement of water within the entire plant. Can also be described as loss of water through evaporation.
A naturally-occurring mineral complex that’s used to lower the pH of a grow medium.
Hydrolite is the product name for Botanicare’s exclusive silica based mineral rock also known as zeolite. Hydrolite is a natural...
A naturally-occurring mined mineral complex which will raise pH.
Colonies of beneficial fungi which live on plant roots in a symbiotic association where fungireceive carbohydrates while plant roots receive enhanced mineral absorption capability.
Issue #2 is live. The NPK issue covers a number of topics including: A Simple Guide to NPK, A beginners...
A mineral that a plant can uptake and assimilate into its tissue; a plant food.
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