“Organics” is such a buzz word in society.

July 13, 2021

Is it important to your plants at all, a little, a lot ?

Organic growing is amazing in a purest sort of way. Go back a hundred years or more and that is how almost all crops were produced. But why did it stop? Economics, simply as that.

When organic nutrients like rock phosphate or green sand began to be mined from the ground or ocean, farmers discovered that they went into solution much quicker with rain or irrigation water and the crops reacted much faster and fed much more aggressively. 

Over time and because of the industrial revolution more and more plant nutrients became readily available by themselves or combined together and farms began to flourish and be able to produce crops to feed the ever increasing population of emerging countries. 

Does this mean organics was better or worse? Well from a farmers perspective they could grow larger crops in smaller spaces and produce higher yields with inorganic fertilizers. It was really about economics and it was about controlling exactly what you provided for each crop. 

Cotton for example had different nutritional needs than corn or wheat. Also plants really didn’t care where they got the nutrition from as long as it was available to them when they needed it.

The issue with organics was the lag time it took to break down and become available, sometimes months to years before it was truly soluble and available and typically in concentrations much less than inorganic fertilizers.

Some growers and consumers will say organics produce healthier crops and that might be true but there is little factual evidence of that other than anecdotal comments or opinions.

If you were to ask most indoor farmers growing cannabis or peppers why they use the nutrients they choose, it is because of convenience, time and yeild. Simple as that. You see it would take a lot more volume of material such as bone meal or manure to grow that crop than a 1 gallon pail of 5-5-5 to realize the same results. Plus the fact that you need heat, light and time to break down the organic nutrients before they are totally available and you cannot replicate outdoor conditions with seasonal weather, biological creatures such as worms and fungi, indoors, the same as you can with real outdoor conditions.

For most indoor crops, like cannabis production, you only have 10-12 weeks of total crop time until harvest and that is just not enough time to properly breakdown most organic materials. 

Do organics have a place in growing? Of course they do and if you’re growing wheat, apple trees or your annual vegetable garden you can dramatically improve the health of the soil with organics over many months to many years by regularly adding organic materials to rejuvenate the soil; however, for a short crop or an indoor crop it isn’t practical.

Now if you’re producing “living soil” and reusing that soil time and time again, organic materials like Sea Monster or Monster Maxx (beneficial bacteria) is extremely helpful and beneficial. Don’t totally rule out adding some organics to your garden.

Someone asked me once why I recommend inorganic nutrients for growing cannabis. I said to them that “if you’re driving a Formula One race car you’re there to put up the fastest time and win. You cannot use biodiesel and expect to come in first place. You need the proper fuel for a race car.”

 If we want maximum performance then we need to use the best products available for the best outcome. We use the purest plant nutrient materials in all our formulas, that are science backed, because we want success for our customers with time and max yield in mind.


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