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Product Related Questions

I’m looking to buy Technaflora’s products online. Can I do that directly from Technaflora’s website?

As a manufacturer, Technaflora does not sell directly to individual consumers. Our website has a comprehensive and detailed guide of thousands of retail outlets where Technaflora’s products can be purchased, including dozens of authorized online retailers.

Can Technaflora’s Recipe for Success be used in soil?

Yes. Feed the recipe to the plants every third watering.  For example, feed, then water, then water again.  (Feed – Water – Water). This will help the soil dilute stored mineral salts which cause acidic soil resulting in poor nutrient uptake and disappointing yields.

Can Technaflora’s supplements such as Thrive Alive, Sugar Daddy and Magical be used with other manufacturer’s base-nutrient solutions.

Yes. It is ideal to use our complete recipe, but our supplements will complement all major brands of base fertilizers.

Can I use Rootech Cloning Gel when using a cloning machine?

Yes. Rootech can be used when rooting plants with a cloning machine. Rootech is alcohol-free making it water-soluble. Add a level teaspoon (5g) per litre of water. Another option is dipping the cutting in Rootech before inserting the clone into the machine.

Can you tell me the significance of the statement “always add BC Boost first” on the product labels?

BC Boost is mixed into the reservoir or mixing tank first because it contains high levels of both calcium and iron. Ensuring these elements are properly mixed into the solution first will make sure they do not bond with other elements in the BC Grow and BC Bloom. Take your time while making the nutrient solution. There’s no rush, and it’s very important. Always shake your nutrient bottles before using them. Always stir each product one at a time. Check your measurements twice, and stir well. It is worth the extra few minutes.

When is the ideal time to foliar feed my plants with Thrive Alive?

Do not foliar feed plants while the lights are on or during the afternoon sun. This causes rapid evaporation and will leave behind a concentrated dose of nutrients that burns your plants. The liquid foliar feed will also magnify the light, leaving behind burn spots. Early morning, and directly after lights-off are good times to foliar feed.

What is the difference between Thrive Alive Red label and Thrive Alive Green label?

Thrive Alive Green is OMRI listed and can be used for certified farm use. Line testing has proven both Red and Green provide the same excellent results. It is popular among growers to use Thrive Alive Red in their reservoirs and mixing tanks and use Thrive Alive Green as a weekly foliar spray. Both versions of Thrive Alive make a fantastic standalone house plant food.

What is the shelf life of the products in the Recipe for Success starter kit?

All products manufactured by Technaflora have a two-year warranty from the date of manufacturing. Each product batch is subject to various levels of quality control and lab testing. Each batch is numbered, coded and physically archived for five-years on site.

The nutrients froze solid over the winter; can I still use them?

No. Once a product freezes, it cannot be used. Freezing and thawing destroy the consistency of the products. They are no longer water-soluble, pH stable or nutrient balanced.  The products should be replaced with fresh nutrients for the next crop.

The plants look healthy, and they are growing at a good rate, but they don’t look as green as usual. Can I add anything to the recipe to green-up the crop?

It is a good idea to follow Technaflora’s recipe when it comes to scheduled feed days. If a little extra nutrient might be helpful, add 15ml per gallon of Magical to the water in between feedings. Foliar feeding Thrive Alive once to twice a week will be helpful as well.

Does Woody really like answering tech questions?

Yes, he does. He has spoken to thousands of growers worldwide in the past 25 years.  Occasionally there is a difficult call but for the most part, it has been many hours of amazing conversations with like-minded cannabis growers from all four corners of the planet. If you have a question that’s not answered here, drop us a line and we will get Woody to answer it.

I am using the Pura Vida nutrient line and I was wondering if there are any other products that can or should be used with the Pura Vida Grow and Bloom?

Pura Vida does not contain a calcium source. In order to add a source of calcium, the first supplement that should be used with Pura Vida is Magical. Add 3ml of Magical per each litre of mixed Pura Vida solution. This applies to using both PV Grow, PV Bloom and the Pura Vida aggressive formula.

How do I properly store Technaflora Plant Products while growing my crop?

Store Technaflora’s products in a cool, dark room and shake well before making each batch of nutrient solution. Do not store the nutrients in your grow room where they will be exposed to direct HID lighting and warm, humid conditions.

I mixed a large batch of the Recipe for Success and have leftovers. Can this nutrient solution be used for my next feeding later this week?

We advise feeding the Recipe for Success to your crop immediately after mixing. If you wish to keep leftover nutrients for use later, store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Avoid direct light and use it as soon as possible. Always mix well and double-check the ppm’s and pH before using.

Creating a day by day feed journal will help in all aspects of growing a successful crop and serve as a manual in the future.

Should Rootech Cloning Gel be stored in the fridge between taking clones and cuttings?

No. Rootech should be stored, tightly sealed in its double-wall jar, at room temperature in a dark place such as a drawer or cupboard. It is best to spoon out the Rootech expected to be used and not dip the plants directly into the Rootech jar. This will prevent the remaining gel from becoming contaminated.

What are some differences between BC nutrients and other companies’ base nutrients?

he major difference is the micronutrient solutions are custom designed for both the vegetative and flowering stages. Most major brands have only one micro recipe for both vegetative and flowering stages.

Technaflora’s B.C. Hydroponic Nutrients is a three-part nutrient system that only employs two parts at any given stage of growth. Both B.C Grow and B.C Bloom formulations contain a full complement of micronutrients.

How many applications of the Transplant formula should be used before moving forward to the Vegetative formula?

The transplant formula should be applied only once in the soil before feeding the plants the Vegetative formula. When using in a hydroponic system, let the Transplant formula run in the system for two to three days before switching to the Vegetative formula.

How many applications of the Pre-Harvest formula are required before my final flush?

When using soil or soilless mixtures, apply the Pre-Harvest formula only once followed by a minimum of seven days of freshwater flushing. When using in a hydroponic system, circulate the Pre-Harvest formula for one to two days followed by a minimum of seven days of freshwater flushing.

What is the benefit of using Rootech Cloning gel instead of cloning powders?
  1. Dipping the clone into Rootech gel immediately after cutting will seal the cut tissue, preventing the potential risk of embolism. An embolism occurs when an air bubble travels up the stem of the freshly cut plant and blocks nutrients from the upper part of the clone. The result of this is cuttings that don’t root.
  2. Powders are also known to be inconsistently mixed, resulting in pockets of concentrated ingredients called “hot spots.” These hot spots are toxic to young cuttings and will cause them to die.

  3. Rootech is a water-based gel that is much safer to use than rooting powders. Powders are known to end up airborne, creating skin, sinus and eye irritation. The airborne powders also settle on the foliage, contributing to poor health.

Can I use Technaflora’s Recipe for Success when growing indoor and outdoor vegetable crops?

Absolutely. The Recipe for Success is ideal for everything you grow.

What makes the Recipe for Success so successful?

The Recipe for Success is comprised of 10 exceptional nutrients and supplements. It also includes an easy to use mixing chart to meet your gardening needs – whether you grow hydroponically, in soil or soilless mediums.

The Recipe for Success works on a stage-to-stage plant cycle formula, rather than week-to-week. The approach eliminates all the guesswork. From the cutting stage through to the pre-harvest stage, the Recipe for Success shows how to mix your nutrients successfully and with ease.

What is the equivalent range of use of B.C. Grow/B.C. Bloom in microsiemens or millisiemes?

Salinity is measured as electrical conductivity (EC). It is a relative measure of the total quantity of salts dissolved in the water. Pure water is a poor conductor, whereas saline water is a good conductor.

EC is reported as deciSiemens per meter (dS/m), microSiemens per centimeter (uS/cm) or milliSiemens per centimeter (mS/cm). Crops vary in their sensitivity to salinity according to their kind, stage of growth, and container size. In general, mature plants are the most tolerant, while plant plugs are the most sensitive.

As for converting PPM to EC: In short, there is no direct conversion that will work across the board. A good frame of reference to go by is 700PPM = 1.0 EC, although this conversion will not hold true with all testing devices.

Growing/Technical Related Questions

I only apply one feed and one irrigation per week. Should I change the feeding pattern from feed – water – water to feed – water, feed – water?

Yes. When irrigating less frequently, adding a feed every other time will ensure the soil has proper nutrient levels to maintain healthy growth.

How dry should the soil get between irrigations?

You should try to cycle the irrigation of your plants so they go through a cycle of total saturation to near de-hydration.

The exact rhythm of your irrigation cycle will depend on many factors specific to your growing situation. For example, plant size, container size, type of medium, temperature, humidity, and airflow are all factors that will determine the ideal irrigation cycle.

Do I adjust the pH of the water in the mixing tank before or after adding the Recipe for Success?

We recommend adjusting the pH after mixing the nutrient solution.

What is the ideal pH for growing cannabis?

6.2 is the suggested pH for most cannabis strains.

How often should I change the nutrient solution in my hydroponic system?

The nutrient solution in a hydroponic system should be changed every seven days to ensure a balanced diet for the plants. During the seven days between reservoir changes, use fresh pH balanced water to keep the system’s volume at a proper functioning level. Adding a new nutrient solution to the old nutrient solution will create an over-concentration of many essential elements, resulting in poor yields.

How long should my plants stay in the vegetative stage? How tall should the plants be when entering the flowering stage?

This will entirely depend on the specific grow room and growing environments. Please note that a cannabis plant will generally continue to grow in height for the first couple of weeks of the flower cycle.

How important is it to follow the light cycles? Wouldn’t using 24-hour light grow the plant faster?

No. Light is required for the work of photosynthesis, the reaction that turns air and water into food. At night, plants cannot photosynthesize – they respire instead. Respiration is sort of like eating and breathing. In the dark, sugars created during the day move around the plant to power growth. Plants create food during light cycles and eat during dark hours.

Is it important to always follow the 12-hour light and 12-hour dark cycle during the flowering stage of my cannabis crop?

Yes, this is one of the most important details for growing a successful crop. Ensure the grow room is completely dark during the off times. The smallest amount of light during these dark hours can cause poor flower production. This is commonly known in the growing community as light pollution.

How do I best avoid light pollution in my grow room during dark cycle?

Stand inside the grow room or chamber with the lights off and block any areas letting light into the room.  The most common light-leaks come from under doorways, exterior windows, and around ventilation ducts. Consider unscrewing house lights to make sure those do not remain on during the wrong hours.

How often should I feed my hydroponic system?

The important question is when NOT to feed your plants in a hydroponic system! Do not run your irrigation during dark hours. Lights off also mean the pump should be off as well. Automated feeding during dark hours quickly leads to yellow wilting foliage and root rot.

Should I add hydrogen peroxide to my Recipe to increase the oxygen level of my nutrient solution?

No. Do not add hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to the Recipe for Success.  H2O2 can kill positive microbes and helpful bacteria in the root zones. Using air pumps and air stones is a gentler way to aerate the water and nutrient solutions being used in the grow room.