Plant Health, Pests and Pesticides
Healthy plants are the best way to reduce pests and thus the need for pesticides. Plants have natural resistances to pests and stronger plants will obviously have greater resistance.
Reduction/Elimination of Pesticide Use. Are you having to use pesticides? The issue of pest control and the use of pesticides is more than just an ethical question of selling a food grade product not produced using food grade standards. Pesticides are poisons and using them exposes growers and their employees to dangerous and hazardous substances. Using pesticides is not any farmer’s preference; both because of cost and because of health considerations. Generally the use of pesticides arises when a crop is endangered and the economic need for crop preservation outweighs the substantial downside. Clearly, reducing and eliminating the need for pesticides should be pursued throughout the plant grow cycle.
Plant Health. Taking measures to increase the health and resistance of the plants to pests is the single best way to reduce and eliminate the use of pesticides. Healthy plants resist pests through system-wide plant health that allows natural pest diversion, appropriate plant responses to its environment and to environmental changes. Pest control must concern all aspects of the grow environment, from grow container sterility to the drying process of harvested crops. Here we discuss aspects of the grow media used by producers in relation to plant health.
The ION Process and Perfected Earth Grow Media. The unique blend of components used in the ION Process provides plants with the attributes necessary to resist pests through strong systemic plant health.
Micronutrients include naturally sourced Salts, Vitamin A, Zinc, Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Boron, Molybdenum, Chromium, Selenium, and Trace Minerals from sea water.
Micronutrients might only compose 10% of plant diet throughout the grow cycle but these components offer the stability and consistency required for continuous plant uptake and absorption of the more commonly understood NPK nutrients. Without a balanced and natural diet, a plants struggle to understand what and how much nutrients to use. Transplants, Salts, Acids, Trimming, Humidity, and Temperature all become difficult for a plant to counteract when it doesn’t have the necessary nutrient to balance itself and continue to eat and grow. These periods of stress also open up the plant to disease and weaken its resilience to pests.
Minerals such as Azomite, Volcanic Ash, Glacial Rock Dust, Basalt Dust, Lime and Phosphate.
These are the main sourcing minerals of our grow media but ION also includes trace minerals from sea water and worm tea, as well as a complex micro-mineral arrangement. Minerals are the copper wiring of the high-powered electrical system found in all plants. The more complete and robust the mineral density, the stronger the connectivity and transfer of this electrical current. The electrical current fires at a rate of every 30 seconds, delivering a request from the plant and an answer back from the root zone, carrying the nutrients and minerals desired at each interval. In bloom, this channel is the very system that delivers nutrient density to the plants flower or fruit. This activity also promotes a strong microbial layer on the plants stock, stems and leaves.
Watering/moisture control. Plant watering should be lighter and regular, not heavy and seldom. Because of the high frequency Cation Exchange (CE) component of ION, water is utilized at a rapid rate and becomes the conduit for electrical current. The electrical effect creates the need for a constantly changing moisture level. Frequency of watering multiplies the exchange of nutrients, digestion of waste and multiplication of microbial development. The more times this happens in a plant’s life, the stronger the CE current can develop. Lighter and more regular watering also promotes breathability and reduces the moisture related larva and pests found in saturated soils.
Foliar Watering. In our experience, regular foliar watering stimulates leaf health and reduces pests. Pests that lay eggs or larva on or near the leaves will have significantly lower reproduction rates when lightly sprayed with water. Additionally, a worm tea and mineral concentrate sprayed on the plant foliage will stimulate the microbial layer on leafs, much like what we try to develop in the root zone. The leaf based microbial layer needs air, water, micronutrients and mineral much like the roots and in doing so creates a symbiosis and systemic health between the root zone and the plant.
Rhizosphere microbes. A natural root based fungus and microbial system supports plants so that they can absorb and use nutrients with ease and speed. The quicker and stronger this system can develop and function means a plant can process more nutrients. Nutrient uptake directly equates to plant size, yield, health and overall nutrient density. Microbial activity in the root zone allows for a more complex delivery of minerals and processes nutrient waste back into food both for the plant and for the microbial life. Water with minerals and micro nutrients supports the microbial life much like the same components support the plant only on a smaller scale and more immediately. Where the mineral and micro nutrient components of the media release in a slow and natural pattern, and when delivered to the plant in water, these components interact almost immediately with the microbial life in the rhizosphere. This activity creates a hostile environment for root based fungus and non-beneficial microbes.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE produces a hostile environment for soil/root based pest and larva. Our media mixing process takes makes certain that components like DE are consistently dispersed throughout the media on the minutest scale. The process guarantees consistent blending with each batch. DE is a beneficial mineral in the growing process so we allow for a high percentage of volume but also maintain the consistency of our media. This consistency in the blend is an exceptional trait of the ION Perfected Earth grow media. We use enough to be deadly to pests but not so much to affect the balance of the rest of the components.
Cation Exchange. Nutrients and minerals create high frequency electrical signals. The more balanced the component amounts for each plant need, the more times a signal can fire. ION was developed specifically for harnessing this exchange so that a plant won’t miss a single opportunity to grow. Every 30 seconds the plant fires a Cation signal. When the rhizosphere has a balanced complexion of nutrients and minerals, a strong microbial ecosystem and regular high frequency water, the plant never skips a beat and produces its highest form of DNA expression.
ION Organics is a high frequency media that promotes health. There are many benefits that come along with the ION process. The ease of growing the healthy plants is among them but the health of your customers, employees, self and business is by far the most important.
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