MASTER BLOOM ADVICE - Originally Printed in the H&G Growers Journal
Find out how with our 5 secrets to booming blooming!
We understand that florae utilise different ratios and quantities of mineral nutriment during the distinctive stages of growth, and according to their environmental conditions. When flowering the growth patterns and internal chemistry changes, stems elongate, leaf structure varies, green chlorophyll production slows and less nitrogen is required.
To reach the plants floral genetic potential we need to understand and recognise these physiological changes in ur crop so we can adjust accordingly.
Try following our 5 steps for booming blooming and see the results first hand!
- Nutritional Demands for Macro & Trace elements
Plants biologically require a complete balanced pro le of macro and trace elements throughout all growth stages. Inadequate or excessive quantities of any essential macro or microelement will negatively affect plant growth. Ensure you’re following our precisely calculated feed charts; we’ve done all the hard work for you.
- Organic is always essential
Organic biostimulants such as kelp, amino acids and enzymes aid in overall plant health through a variety of biological processes. Amino acids for example, incite enzyme production and promote the natural breakdown of nutrients within the medium for increased plant consumption. Organics also encourage far greater beneficial bacteria, trichoderma and mycorrhizal activity. This aids plant development in a beautiful symbiotic relationship.
- Environmental Control
For generative growth in photoperiodic plants we understand the required lighting is usually 12hrs on / 12hrs off. We need to remember the changes that occur as lighting can drastically influence temperature and humidity levels. Always ensure you have appropriate environmental control to account for increased night time humidity spikes as well as daytime heat and humidity control. Aim for 45-55% humidity and you shouldn’t encounter any problems.
- Make your plants work harder
Crop manipulation and selective training will ensure you can maximise your spatial efficiency and get the most from every single plant. Investigate the best relevant practices for your crop species but always be tender so as to not shock the plant. De-leafing, topping, supercropping and LST are all different methods of adapting the plant to better suit their surroundings. If done effectively, this can increase airflow to the plant and reduce problems with mould and bacteria on flowers.
- Select your genetics carefully
For the best possible results in any field of horticulture it’s essential to begin with the best possible genetics available for the selected plant species. My favourite homegrown strawberries came from a rare hybrid that my aunty had produced on her farm outside of Sydney. Regardless of the seasonal weather and how much I neglected them, they still outperformed my average store-bought strawberry seedlings.
Try searching online for the elite providers of your desired plant species, and try to pick genetics that suit your current climate.