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Q: I recently set up my farm but my plants grow too leggy and skinny. I already invested a lot into <brand name> "magic fertilizers", so I am not sure if I want to try another system... Attached is a picture of my growroom, any recommendations?
A: Here is what we can tell from the picture...
First of all, your HPS lamps are too high. Cannabis plants don't grow up to the ceiling, and with this arrangement of lamps, they pretty much lose in lighting. Not enough light causes leggy plants. Another observation, using HPS lamps means not enough blue spectrum. Plant height is controlled by blue part of spectrum.
Regarding nutrients, it looks like your irrigation system is drain-to-waste technolog: watering small or medium sized pots with an excess of nutrient solution, where excess water draining from pots is recycled/reused. While it is a good technology for automation, however, it creates problems with the disposal of excess solution or, in case of repeated use, creates biological contamination. If you use regular soil and tap water, it should be easier, but will result in week plants and a few times less profit.
The most optimal technology for yield is - larger pots, which are watered manually according to the needs of plants.
We can help you with setting it up your growroom properly. If you are not ready to switch to a new nutrition system, this is what we suggest. Try watering just a few plants with Sunshine Nutrition System and see the big difference just in a couple of weeks. Everyone who tried Sunshine boosters, were very impressed and their yield increased 30-50%!
Example of a good set up and use of a proper nutrition system:
Q: I am currently using XXX-brand of nutritions and noticed they create some serious salt build up. Is it true that Sunbshine Boosters don't have this problem?
A: Sunshine Boosters formulas are amino-acid based. Generally speaking, all fertilizers may create salts build up from excess, however with amino-acid based solutions, everything is used up by plants. This is why it is important to keep your soil pH low: to eliminate salts build up and make elements accessible for plants.
Q: Would black bat flowers do well in hydroponics?
A: Sunshine Boosters are designed specially for container plants. Hydroponics is just a part of container-type cultivation that uses soilless growing media. Potting mixes are in soilless media category.
So to answer your question - yes, you can use Sunshine products for your Tacca plant, as well as for all potted plants.
One of the great benefits of Sunshine boosters - these nutrients have mild formulas and mild effect (being amino-acid based), they won't burn plant roots and will be consumed by a plant slowly as needed. You can't accidentally overdose those fertilizers, and they won't create salts build up in the soil.
Tacca's most valued features are both beautiful lush foliage and showy flowers, so you will need the Complete Nutrition Kit in order to provide all necessary elements required for both leaves and flowers. Just follow instructions and watch your plant grow beautifully like in a professional greenhouse.
You can also buy boosters separately, but it will be less savings than buying as a kit.
See more information about feed charts for different plants depending on their growing needs.
Q: Should I continue to fertilize my Plumeria in Winter?
A: Traditionally, we stop fertilizing in winter, because most plants go dormant at lower temperature or at least slow down their metabolism. This means, their needs in nutrients are reduced or minimal. Sunshine Boosters with their mild formulas are exceptions from the rule. Sunshine boosters is a new generation of plant nutrients: thanks to their amino-acid-based formulation, all elements and compounds are consumed by a plant without build up in soil. They can be used on tropical, subtropical, and house plants year round, as long as the temperature is maintained above 55-60F.
With Plumeria, you may continue fertilizing once a week with half-doze of Sunshine TotalFeed. This will maintain the plant healthy and prepare it for the blooming season in Spring. Just make sure to minimize watering and keep the plant on a dry side until it starts growing new leaves in Spring.
Q: I've always believed that garden plants should be fertilized once a month, is it safe to give them food on daily basis as you recommend for Sunshine Boosters? No risk of overfertilizing?
A: The rule of thumb with every fertilizer is - it's always apply lower concentrations but more frequently.
Sunshine Boosters can (and should) be used with every watering because:
1) They have mild formulas and low concentrations; this eliminates dozing error and allows frequent applications
2) They add on daily basis all lacking elements that already had been consumed
In general, plants do not use up all elements from soil completely right away. Nutrients are absorbed from soil only in areas of direct contact with roots. In case of nutrients lock up (when elements don't migrate) plants use up all nutrients around roots, which creates effect of "poor soil". Mobile elements are: N, Na, Cl. Less mobile elements: P, K, Ca, S, Mg and all micro-elements that with time bond up into low-soluble salts which are available for pants ONLY with pH < 6.5. This soolubility is enough for a plant only for getting by, not for active growth. This is why the most effective fertilizing program is daily food in small amounts. Sunshine Boosters (being amino-acid-based) provide acidic environment which helps to improve solubility of leftover compounds, as well as add on daily basis all lacking elements that already had been consumed from the soil.
Q: I read your article on blueberries in the Tropics. I live in St. Thomas, USVI and would love to try growing them here in pots. Would you recommend a variety for our year round warm weather?
A: Yes, you can grow blueberries in tropical and subtropical climate. This is what you need:
1) Choose varieties that are adaptable for warm climates and do not require many chill ours: Emerald, Gulfcoast, Jewel, Oneal, Sharp, Windsor. They do not require any cold period.
2) Make sure to provide proper low pH potting mix
3) Use only amino-acid based liquid fertilizers, such as Sunshine nutrition system. Besides providing complete feeding schedule to your edibles, they will help to maintain pH of the soil between 5.5-6.5.
Q: Why should I use Sunshine-Epi?
A: Because it will make your plants grow!
Q: What is Sunshine-Epi?
A: Sunshine-Epi is a natural plant bioregulator that can enhance the growth and vigor of your plants as well as increase the root growth and provide your plants with greater resistance to both heat and cold stress.
Q: Why haven't I heard about this innovation before now?
A: Sunshine-Epi is a Brassinosteroid and these compounds were not identified until 1979 and their broad effects upon plant growth are still being discovered. These bioregulators are rare in nature and are very expensive to extract.
Q: When I use Sunshine-Epi what should I expect to see?
A: That depends upon a number of factors. Seedlings are most responsive, but mature plants will also exhibit modified growth and vigor due to enhanced root growth.
Q: Is Sunshine-Epi safe for me and my pets?
A: Sunshine-Epi is 100% ecologically safe, nontoxic to humans, pets, useful insects, and fish. It is a natural plant growth booster, originally derived from bee-collected pollen of Yellow Turnip (Brassica napus).
Q: Can I use Sunshine-Epi on my organic veggie garden?
A: Yes, you can! The active ingredient, Epibrassinolide, is a natural bioregulator that is both ecologically safe and nontoxic. Sunshine-Epi is representative of a new generation of agricultural ingredients, which have no interference with the environment and which are comparable with the natural content of epibrassinolide in a plant.
Q: Will Sunshine-Epi result in GMO fruits?
A: No! Sunshine-Epi is a natural plant element that doesn't alter or modify plant DNA.
Q: Will Sunshine-Epi affect the taste of my tomatoes?
A: No. It stimulates growth and production by boosting the immune system of the plant. The fruit will retain the same quality and taste. Your vegetables will only grow bigger, better, and disease-free!
Q: There are many "magic" remedies nowadays, are you trying to sell me another one?
A: Sunshine-Epi is not a "magic-cure-all" medicine where one can't find its active ingredient. The active ingredient in Sunshine is well-known and is used worldwide to promote growth, fruiting, blooming, and rooting, in both horticultural and agricultural applications.
Q: This product is so inexpensive, can I just use it on all my plants year round? I have some dying plants, will Sunshine-Epi bring them back to life?
A: Sunshine-Epi will not bring a dead plant back to life and it should be used only when needed: for stressed plants, for plants which need extra boost, for cold protection, etc. This booster is not a substitution for a proper plant care.
Q: Do I still need to use fertilizer while using Sunshine-Epi?
A: Sunshine-Epi is not a fertilizer and won't replace it. You have to apply fertilizer and a micro-element solution to keep your plants healthy.
Q: Can I mix Sunshine-Epi in one of my regular spray applications?
A: The active ingredient in Sunshine-Epi is recommended to be used only in distilled water at the recommended concentrations for best results.
Q: I recently purchased Sunshine-Epi. How many days can I store it after mixing with water?
A: We recommend mixing Sunshine-Epi only as needed, as it maintains its potency up to two to three days while mixed with water.
Q: I purchased a set of different Sunshine-Epi products. Are they the same ingredients packaged with different instructions for different applications?
A: The difference in the formulation of Sunshine-Epi products is in the concentration and ratio of active and inactive ingredients. However keep in mind that general formula of Sunshine-Epi also works well for all listed applications, because the active ingredient is effective at very low doses.
Q: How does Sunshine-Epi protect from cold?
A: Because Sunshine-Epi works as a booster of a plants immune system, it can be used as an additional tool for cold protection of tropical plants. Sunshine-Epi is not a blanket or heater that you may keep around your plants; it is a solution that will bring out your plants' own defense mechanisms for withstanding the cold. Experiments proved that plants treated with Sunshine-Epi show a few more degrees cold tolerance than untreated plants. However be reasonable and do not try to grow a coconut palm in Michigan. Even Sunshine-Epi won't turn a plant from tropical into temperate.
Q: Can I use Sunshine-Epi in greenhouse during winter?
A: Yes, you should! Sunshine-Epi will help to maintain both greenhouse and indoor plants by improving tolerance to low light, low temperatures, and low humidity as well as improving disease resistance and dormancy stability.
Q: Will Sunshine-Epi create abstinence/withdrawal syndrome in plants, or some kind of "drug"-dependency?
A: According to our research, Sunshine-Epi doesn't create such side effects. However, while bigger and better is not a bad thing, it is best to only use SSunshine-Epie; when needed: to provide a kick start to young seedlings and cuttings, to help weak or stressed plants, and during periods of cold, drought, or dormancy.
Q: I accidentally sprayed Sunshine-Epi on my dog. I assume it won't hurt the dog, but I was wondering if it may help to grow thicker hair?
A: Sunshine-Epi is designed for plants, and while it won't hurt your pets, we do not recommend you apply it to animals.
Q: Is Sunshine-SuperFood a fertilizer?
A: Traditionally we call a fertilizer macro-elements (NPK - nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Technically, Sunshine-SuperFood is a complex of micro-elements that are essential for plant health. It provides such elements as Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, B, Mo, S, and Amino-acids that our soils are usually poor of. These elements are responsible for proper development of leaves, roots, flowers, and overall plant vigor. Read more about role of these micro elements.
Q: Can I just get these additional elements in a dry form and add to soil like a fertilizer?
A: No. Some of these elements must present in extremely low concentrations (this is why they are called micro-). Sunshine-SuperFood is a liquid substance with very high bioavailability that has a complicated formula; it is not just a mix of the elements. The formula is developed with the maximum efficiency for a plant to absorb through leaves and a root system.
Q: Is it better to spray leaves or water the plant with the solution?
A: Foliar applications are always most efficient in regards of seeing a quick result. However, we recommend to also drench the root ball with Sunshine-SuperFood solution to deliver the necessary elements evenly to all parts of the plant through its natural metabolism.
Q: My gardenia looks very sad after winter - most leaves are yellow and some have pale spots. Should I use SUNSHINE-SuperFood more often and in higher concentrations?
A: We recommend to apply Sunshine-SuperFood once a month to maintain a general plant health. In difficult cases, like the jasmine photo below, you can do twice a month. However do not exceed recommended concentration. The rule of thumb is, you can apply water soluble fertilizers and supplements more often, but with lower concentrations - this way a plant will be more responsive. Plant metabolism in general is rather slow, changes take days and weeks - don't try to speed it up. Your patience will be rewarded. Try Sunshine SuperFood on sick looking plants, especially with leaves that are yellowing, deformed or have spots.
There are no miracles, but this one works like a Miracle! All you need is a few drops of Sunshine SuperFood:
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