“Get your plants off to a healthy start – a plant tonic like no other”
Optimizing the growth of your plants, and finding the correct nutrient balance is essential.
HY-GEN Australia, have developed a selection of nutrient-rich hydroponic solutions that will aid the growth of your plants, with many of them taking into consideration the effects of calcium deficiency in your garden, in this tutorial we will focus on Omegazyme.
Calcium-rich products that eliminate the harmful effects of calcium deficiency play an important role in ensuring your garden thrives. Here, we look at just how important calcium is in the growing process.
How Does Calcium Actively Improve Plant Growth?
Calcium is responsible for maintaining strong cell structure and vigour. High calcium levels are vital during the late growth stage, as additional calcium will ensure a higher number of flowers are produced and retained by the plant. This is particularly important if you want those flowers to mature correctly.
Calcium also plays a critical metabolic role in the removal of carbohydrates, while also neutralising cell acids.
Some other benefits of Calcium include:
- Promotes accelerated root growth & repair
- Promotes plant cell elongation
- Strengthens the structure of the cell wall through the formation of calcium pectate compounds.
- This will bind cells together and give stability to the cell walls.
- In doing this, calcium will protect the plant against diseases, as stronger cell walls will make it harder for fungi and bacteria to break through
- Assists with hormonal and enzymatic processes
- Improves fruit quality
As you can see, calcium is an essential part of the growing process, and when you’re growing your plants in Coco coir or Hydroponics systems, ensuring your plants have access to all of their essential nutrients is even more important.
What Happens When Plants Become Calcium Deficient?
Calcium deficiencies in plants are usually a result of low calcium availability, or water stress that lowers transpiration rates (i.e. higher environmental humidity)
You can usually tell if a plant has become deficient in calcium if young leaves start to curl or have spots appear on them. Stunted growth, leaf tip burns and aborted flowers or damaged fruit are other signs that your plant isn’t getting enough calcium.
Never increase the max dosages suggested on the nutrient bottles, in most cases this will raise your EC too high which will lock out other elements, so no matter how much calcium you put in the rootzone it will not have any impact, whereas if we flush our pots and remove any potential for excess, now we have a rootzone that can synergize calcium properly, in any case you could be waiting for 2 weeks to notice any effects, in vegetation this is fine, in flower its probably too late if we are being honest with you.
Calcium is immobile, no matter how much calcium you apply to the root zone, once calcium is locked out it is not being absorbed by the plant, you must first rebalance (synergize) the nutrition in the rootzone and fix any environmental issues (VPD) causing the deficiency.
Another variable to consider when observing a calcium deficiency is pH. If the pH of your nutrient solution is not in the desired range, then calcium can become unavailable to the plant, always ensure to check & correct pH.
Calcium in plants is best absorbed from a pH of 5.8-6.5.
Calcium PPM requirements differ slightly per crop, ideal is 150ppm > 300ppm for most varieties.
The best way to use HY-GEN's Omegazyme in your garden?
Use Omegazyme from the cutting stage all the way through flower until your pistillate flowers start to form, then commence using Omegazyme and start using Sea Essentials until the bracts appear. This will optimize the transition into fruit production and greatly maximise yield potential.
Omegazyme is derived from sea kelp & organically derived compounds below are the analysis & ingredients (%w/w):
- Total Nitrogen (N)….0.2
- Phosphorus (P)….0.4
- Potassium (K)….0.2
- Contains Organic Extracts
- Seedlings….1.5ml p/L
- Growth….3ml p/L
- Early Flowering….1ml p/L
- Foliar….1.5ml p/L