Hydroponic & Indoor Growing Advice for Alaskans

Southside Garden Super Stores Actively Aerated Microbial  Tea

 

The tea we offer to our customers is not a gimmick; it’s the real deal.

This is a gift from Rob and Julie and from the Southside Garden Super Stores Team to each and every grower that comes into the store, and we do it to really help our customers reach their full growing potential, because without them, there is no us.

 

Why should growers use our tea?

Our tea is used to create a vigorous root system, and to help prevent harmful pathogens from taking hold!

Our tea is filled with beneficial bacteria and fungi, and we only use the highest quality sea kelp and molasses to quickly and vigorously energize the activation and reproduction of our beneficials.

Beneficial Bacteria

When introduced, Bacillus has an impact on plant health through promoting plant health & nutrition as well as boosting plant defenses. When a biological community is composed of specific species that use distinct resources, there is less free room for invading species to establish themselves.

What’s in it?

Bacillus firmus – Controls harmful (root-eating) nematode development

B. amyloliquefaciens – fight root pathogens such as Ralstonia solanacearum, Pythium, Rhizoctonia solani, Alternaria tenuissima and Fusarium as well improve root tolerance to salt stress. It is considered a growth-promoting rhizobacteria and has the ability to quickly colonize roots.

B. subtilis – proven to fight Blight, Grey Mold and several forms of mildew. Prevents pathogens from colonizing on the roots.

B. licheniformis – a spore-forming soil organism that contributes to nutrient cycling and has antifungal activity.

B. megaterium – a potential agent for the biocontrol of plant diseases. Nitrogen fixation has also been demonstrated in some strains of B. megaterium

B. pumilus – prevents fusarium (“stem rot”) spores from germinating.

B. azotoformans – biological control of root pathogens

B. coagulans – works as an antimicrobial treatment

Paenibacillus polymyxa – used to protect against Seedling blight and root rot caused by Pythium

Paenibacillus durum – these rhizobacteria promote plant growth

Psuedomonas aureofaciens & Psuedomonas fluorescens – induces systemic resistance of the emerging plant to pathogens. The application is available by several manufacturers to control many fungal and bacterial diseases.

Streptomyces lydicus & Steptomyces griseus – Target pests: Root decay fungi such as Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Phytophthora, Phytomatotricum, Aphanomyces, Monosprascus, Armillaria, Sclerotinia, Postia, Verticillium, Geotrichum. Other target pests include powdery mildew and other fungal pathogens that attack plant foliage

Trichoderma reesei & Trichoderma harzianum – Trichoderma can work as biocontrol agents in several ways

  1. It may grow faster or use its food source more efficiently than the pathogen, thereby crowding out the pathogen and taking over, known as nutrient competition.
  2. A biocontrol agent may excrete a compound that slows down or completely inhibit the growth of pathogens in the surrounding area of such a compound called antibiosis.
  3. It may feed on or in a pathogenic species directly known as parasitism.
  4. It may promote a plant to produce a chemical that protects it from the pathogen, which is induced resistance.
  5. They can grow in an endophytic way in other species and supports plant growth.

Beneficial Mycorrhizal (My-Co-rye-zal) Fungi (Fun-gye, not Fun-guy)

Endo Mycorrhizae: 220 propagules/g

Glomus intraradices, Glomus mosseae, Glomus aggregatum, Glomus etunicatum (55 propagules/g each)

White Fungai network of filaments for uptake of plant nutrients helping indoor gardening and hydroponics in Alaska.

Mycorrhizae attaches itself to the root giving it hundreds of thousands of new access points for nutrients and water, as well as the ability to store 7 days of reserve. The fungal filaments translocate and store deficient nutrients to distant parts of the soil where nutrients may be lacking, allowing growth to continue. The fungus is fed by the plant simple sugars; while fungus supplies N, P, other nutrients and even water to the plant.

While plant root hairs extend one to two millimetres into the soil from the root, the fungi create an invisible network of threads that explore a volume of soil extending 15 centimetres and beyond from the plant’s roots, as depicted in Fig. 1, below. It is not uncommon for these networks of threads to extend for meters in depth from the host plant and to cover hectares in area.

(http://www.futuredirections.org.au/publication/agricultural-application-of-mycorrhizal-fungi-to-increase-crop-yields-promote-soil-health-and-combat-climate-change/)

Here is the passage from the Cannabis Encyclopedia:

Mycorrhizae help make nutrients in the soil more readily available for uptake. Most organic molecules, especially long chain types derived from humates breaking down to form humic and fulvic acids, are not taken up by the roots or through the leaves, and the same is true for the fungi.

Mycorrhizae refer to a class of fungi that forms a symbiotic relationship between mycelium of specific fungi and roots of plants. The ectomycorrhizal fungal hyphae (microscopic strands that grow from fungal spores) surround and encapsulate roots and exchange nutrients because they are so close together. Endomycorrhizal fungal hyphae actually enter the cells of roots to exchange nutrients. Mycorrhizae (fungi) grow around and even penetrate root tissue and grow out into the soil to find more water and nutrients than roots could find on their own. This is essentially a second root system that improves water and nutrient uptake and contributes to the overall health of the plant.

The two fungi species that are best known to colonize the roots of cannabis are Glomus intraradices and Glomus mosseae. These two species have the maximum potential to colonize cannabis roots. However, there are many mycorrhizae that have yet to be discovered and studied.  Mycorrhizae take time to become established enough to be of assistance to the plant, so they should be introduced early in a plant’s life cycle. Apply spores to seeds or a cutting’s roots when planting. It can take six weeks or longer for full mycorrhizae colonization to occur. Plants that grow for three months or more receive the most benefit from mycorrhizae colonization.

Add as a soil amendment or mix with a nutrient solution and use as a drench. Incorporate mycorrhizae into the top four inches of soil or mix with potting soil when planting

How to use it?

Use this product in the rooting/vegetative & fruiting/bloom stage of plant life.

Use dechlorinated/R.O./high quality H2O (quality may change seasonally). Apply directly to the roots for young clones, as a root drench in Veg and Bloom or add directly to your nutrient reservoir.  Add as a soil amendment or mix with a nutrient solution and use as a drench. Incorporate mycorrhizae into the top four inches of soil or mix with potting soil when planting.  Keep nutrient mix/H2O aerated & below 73 degrees (this allows more oxygen to remain in the water, keeping the organisms healthy and active).  There are living microbes in this tea! Those little guys have a tough time surviving in water with large temperature swings, or if the living conditions are outside their normal safe parameters.  Take care of them and they’ll take care of your plants!