When looking for hydroponic supplements, you probably want something that makes your roots larger, helps your plants make the best use of your base nutrients, and generally supports the well being of your plants. With hydroponic products that contain beneficial microbes, you get all three.
Beneficial microbes can take hold in your system very quickly, very rapidly multiplying and working symbiotically with your plants. Even better, many higher quality brands of beneficial microbes are composed entirely of “super strains” which are much more potent than the common strains found in soil, rendering them more effective.
Here are just a few things these “super strains” of beneficial microbes can do for your plants.
Reduce Disease Risk – There are few things worse than to discover that your plants have been struck with a bacterial disease. It can take your plants weeks to recover, and might result in smaller yields or longer harvests.
Beneficial microbes are a proven way to protect against bacterial disease. There are a limited amount of resources on which bacteria can feed in any given reservoir. If these resources and nutrients are monopolized by beneficial bacteria, it is much less likely for a bacterial disease to take hold.
More Photosynthesis – The core factor of superior plant growth is a large supply of carbohydrates. The more carbohydrates that are available to your plant, the more energy that it can use to grow large. And at the core of carbohydrates is photosynthesis. The more you can do to help this essential process, the more that your plants will grow. Beneficial microbes can actually contribute to doing this by helping increase the production of chlorophyll. The idea is that the more chlorophyll that your plants contain, the more carbohydrates that they can produce, thus growing to their full potential.
A good indicator of the amount of chlorophyll in a plant is simply the hue of the leaves. If they are white, pale, or yellow in color, it is probably lacking. However, a very dark green color is a good indicator that there is plenty of chlorophyll.
Greater Margin of Error – It can be very difficult to ensure a good balance of nutrients at all times. Sometimes a plant left unattended too long can have a highly skewed or even harmful nutrient balance. If you make a mistake that results in your plants not having all of the proper conditions, it might not just slow growth, it might actually cause your plants to become sick.
But beneficial microbes give you a little more room for error when you are growing your plants. Even if the nutrient balance is somewhat lacking in your reservoir, the beneficial microbes will work hard to maximize the potential of those nutrients while also still supporting plant growth.
Less Stress – Stress can be caused by a number of reasons, including disease; poor grow room conditions, or even simply very rapid growth. These effects can be dampened, however, with the help of beneficial microbes.
Beneficial microbes help your plant weather even the worst of conditions and help speed recovery. The end result is a bigger yield, faster harvest, and overall healthier plants. So use generously to grow healthy, strong plants for superior yields.