Consumer demand for natural and organic products has increased. Consequently indoor gardening companies have taken notice. As a result producers now offer a wide range of nutrients, soil-less mixes, and other products made for growers growing organically! It can be hard to make a decision without spending hours and hours researching brands, ingredients, and production practices.
Allow us to spend the time doing the homework for you! Because we have direct access to vendor representatives and manufacturers. We source information directly from them to make sure we know exactly what we are selling. Here’s some insight into some products that are organic or environmentally friendly.
Organic Vs. Mineral
First lets talk about what makes an fertilizer organic. Most all organic fertilizers are going to made from carbon sources. While mineral nutrients which are typically salts, are either mined or manufactured. Most organic nutrients rely on beneficial fungi and bacteria to break them down. After they are broken down they become available for the plants to uptake. This is different than most mineral based fertilizers which are instantly available for plants to use. This makes it harder to burn plants with organic fertilizers. This topic is suitable for a whole post in itself. Let’s get back on track and talk about the types or organic fertilizers we offer.
Hydro Organics has been manufacturing Earth Juice brand fertilizers since 1991. Their Earth Juice, Grow, Bloom and Microblast are the standard to which all other organic fertilizers are judged against. Although now offering a range of mineral and natural fertilizers their best selling products are still the originals.
General Hydroponics offers a natural nutrient line under the General Organics branding. Although not certified General Organics, does use natural plant and animal based ingredients in their products. BioThrive Grow and BioThrive Bloom are both vegan plant based supplements. If you prefer to not use animal based products the the Bio Thrive line would be for you.
BioMarine is made from cold processed squid it can be used as a stand alone fertilizer in healthy rich soils. Furthermore it can also be a supplement to any feeding program. BioWeed is made using cold processed seaweed. Consequently it is awesome for cuttings and transplants. It is a great booster to add to plants in any grow medium. Seaweed fertilizers can help increase branching and decrease node spacing. You should consider trying some if you don’t already have some in your regime.
Aptus Plant Tech manufactures their products in Holland. Fasilitors success and the sheer concentration of the nutrient line has caused it’s popularity to explode! While not certified organic the company professes to use production processes with the health and safety of the consumer in mind. Consequently they source L-amino acids using a process know as Hydrolyzation, using water in place of chemicals. So if your plants are high performance and you prefer hand watering you should give Aptus a try.