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Mother Earth Root Down Plant Starter Mix 3-6-3 4.4LB/6

Mother Earth Root Down Plant Starter Mix 3-6-3 4.4LB/6


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Mother Earth Root Down Plant Starter Mix is a premium, nutrient-rich planting blend designed to give your young plants a strong and healthy start. Whether you're seeding, transplanting, or propagating, this meticulously crafted mix provides the essential nutrients and beneficial microbes needed to establish robust root systems and vigorous growth.

Key Features:

Balanced Nutrient Profile: With a balanced N-P-K (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) ratio of 3-6-3, this starter mix delivers a well-rounded nutrition package for young plants. Nitrogen supports lush foliage, phosphorus encourages root development, and potassium aids in overall plant health.
Beneficial Microbes: Mother Earth Root Down includes beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, enhancing nutrient uptake and plant resilience. These beneficial microbes boost root growth and nutrient absorption.
Organic Components: This mix is formulated using high-quality organic ingredients, ensuring that your plants receive natural and sustainable nourishment. It's free from synthetic additives and harmful chemicals, making it safe for both your plants and the environment.
Improved Water Retention: The mix's superior water-holding capacity ensures that your plants stay adequately hydrated during their critical early stages. Proper moisture levels are vital for root development.
Enhanced Aeration: Mother Earth Root Down also offers excellent aeration properties, preventing waterlogged conditions that can harm young roots. Well-aerated soil promotes healthy root structure and function.
Versatile Application: Suitable for a wide range of applications, including starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and propagating cuttings. Use it for vegetables, flowers, herbs, and more.

Usage Instructions:

Seeding: Fill seed trays or pots with Mother Earth Root Down Plant Starter Mix and sow seeds as directed. Keep the mix consistently moist to support germination and early growth.
Transplanting: When transplanting young plants into larger containers or the garden, prepare the planting hole with a mixture of the starter mix and native soil. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with the mix.
Propagation: Dip cuttings in water and then into the starter mix before planting. This will help stimulate root development in propagated plants.

Give your young plants the best possible start with Mother Earth Root Down Plant Starter Mix. Nurture strong, healthy roots and vigorous growth, setting the stage for a bountiful and beautiful garden.

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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is the science of growing plants without soil. The plants thrive on the nutrient-water solution alone. The growing medium merely acts as a support for the plants and their root systems while the solution passes freely. The growing medium, if any, is totally inert.

What types of plants grow best hydroponically?

Anything can be grown hydroponically, but some plants prove to be more space efficient. Some plants we suggest are tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot chilies, lettuce, spinach, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, beans, snow peas, herbs and flowers of all types.

Can you REALLY get better yields/quicker growth?

Absolutely. The plants, when receiving everything they need, tend to be healthier, faster growing and generally more productive. You can expect 30% faster growth with many crops.

What are the watering cycle timelines hydroponic systems?

Once the reservoir is filled with nutrients, it is time to put your hydro system to work! The ease of hydroponics is automation – automation is achieved by putting the pump on a timer according to your watering needs. The watering cycle depends on growth stage, growing medium and hydroponic system. In an ebb and flow or drip system with rockwool as the medium, seedlings, clones and plants in the early vegetative stage require watering only once a day for 15-30 minutes (twice a day for higher temps). Mature, flowering and fruiting plants require a heavier feed and can be fed once a day for 30 minutes (twice a day for higher temps). Typically soiless mixes and coco fiber can be watered for about 15 minutes twice a day, and can be adjusted for heavier feeding during the flowering and fruiting stage or higher temps. ViaStone, Hydroton, Grow Rocks, and Silicate mediums need to be watered more frequently – a constant drip for drip systems, and about 15-30 minutes every 3 hours for ebb and flow systems and can be adjusted for heavier feeding during the flowering and fruiting stage or higher temps. Aeroponic systems require frequent watering cycles; 30-60 seconds every few minutes or a constant spray.

What do I need to test pH? How do I test pH?

pH has a range from 0 (acidic) – 14 (alkaline), with 7 being neutral. A proper hydroponic pH range is between 5.5 to 6.2 for most hydroponic crops. For specific crop pH, check out our Plant Guide. pH must remain within the proper range for good plant health, disease resistance, and proper nutrient uptake. pH is maintained by adding pH Up and pH Down to the nutrient solution. For more information, see the Testssection of our site.

How will the flavor compare to my outdoor grown, organic produce?

The taste may be even better! This is simply due to the fact that the hydroponically grown plants are getting everything they need, when they need it. Don’t be fooled by “hot house” produce grown commercially. The grower’s primary concern is shipability and storage, not flavor. When you grow your own vegetables at home, you can expect nothing less than excellent results. Plus, hydroponically grown produce has the added benefit of a longer shelf life.