Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Shake All Earth Juice Liquid Fertilizer Products Vigorously Before Each Use.
2. Can the Earth Juice Original Grow & Bloom Liquid Fertilizers be used in automated hydroponic systems?
Earth Juice® Original Grow & Bloom Liquid Fertilizers are recommended for hand-feeding only. Please visit www.hydro-organics product section for the appropriate products.
3. What Earth Juice nutrient lines do you recommend for hydroponics?
Sugar Peak, Hi-Brix Grow & Bloom, Sweet & Heavy, and Elements are all excellent choices. They are also superb choices for hand-feeding applications.
4. What’s the shelf life of Earth Juice/Hydro-Organic Products?
Earth Juice liquids, granulars and solubles have an indefinite shelf life. Products containing Mycorrhizae and/or Microbes are generally packaged for use within 3-5 years. Earth Juice Sugar Peak, Sweet & Heavy, Hi-Brix Grow & Bloom may develop sugar crystal deposits that will not alter the effectiveness of the products.
5. I’m hand-feeding my plants with Earth Juice Grow, so do I need to aerate the Earth Juice solution before using?
It’s not necessary. Simply mix with water and feed your plants. You can aerate prior to using if you choose. Aeration is a great way of conditioning organic nutrients.
6. Do I need to aerate my hydroponic reservoir?
For best results, we recommend to continuously aerate reservoir solutions with a high quality air pump. It is especially recommended when using Earth Juice Sugar Peak, Hi-Brix Grow & Bloom and Sweet & Heavy.
7. Is it necessary to change my reservoir when using Earth Juice hydroponic nutrients? We recommend keeping systems fresh by draining, flushing lines, if necessary, and adding fresh solution every 14-28 days.
8. My gallon bottle of Earth Juice Bloom has turned thick?
This can occur if the product had not been properly mixed before each use. When standing, the heavier organic materials will settle out and the lighter materials and liquid will rise to the top. If the bottle is not thoroughly shaken before each use, the liquid will eventually be poured off and what will remain will be the heavier, thicker material.
9.There's a thick mass of sediment in my bottle of Earth Juice Bloom, can I dilute the concentrate in the bottle with water?
Yes! the formula can be reconstituted but only very carefully with Distilled Water Only and by using the following directions: This procedure can be used to reconstitute Earth Juice Bloom and Grow formulas
A. Only use Distilled Water.
B. Do not use more Distilled Water than 25% (1/4th) of the original volume of the bottle.
C. Add the Distilled Water and shake or stir until the mass of sediment has completely dispersed into the solution.
D. Place a piece of cloth over the opening allowing the bottle to breathe for 24 hours.
E. After 24 hours replace and tighten the cap, shake well and now it's ready to use.
F. May use at 25% over the recommended use rates.
G. Shake Vigorously Before Each Use
10. My bottle of Meta-K has chunks?
Sediment may occur in this product.The sediment can range from silt to small brittle segments (chunks) that can be heard upon shaking. This is normal & it will not effect the product's performance.
Meta-K is derived from a natural minded source of potassium and the quantity of sediment that can develop from using this natural source varies due to conditions beyond our control.
11. I'm using Sugar Peak and the pH of my reservoir solutions is low?
When using Sugar Peak, Hi-Brix Grow & Bloom & Sweet & Heavy we recommend mixing the concentrate as per directions with TAP water. Take an initial pH reading. Make sure to continuously aerate the solution and use the system as normal. After the 1st 24 hours, take a 2nd pH reading. At that time if you believe the pH of the solution needs to be raised, we recommend to adjust in small increments until you reach the desired pH.
Many EJ hydroponic products after they are mixed with Tap water will begin on the acid side. After 24-48 hours of aeration and use the solution will generally exhibit an upward movement in pH. Because of this feature we caution using pH up adjusters during the initial 24-48 hour period. But if solution’s pH does not exhibit upward movement, the next time you produce a fresh solution try initially adjusting to pH 4.5-4.8. If after 24-48 hours of aeration and use there is again no upward movement in the pH, adjust to the desired pH. In cases were there is no signs of upward movement in the fresh solution’s pH within first 24-48 hours of aeration and use, you may need to adjust the pH initially to the desired pH. Do not let the pH exceed 6.8. If the pH exceeds 6.8, lower the pH to your preferred pH
12. I mixed a solution using the Earth Juice Original Formulas "Advanced Chart" and my pH is 3.90?
Since 1991 the mass majority, including ourselves, of gardeners who use the Earth Juice Original formulas simply mix with water and use without adjusting the pH. The initial pH of Earth Juice Original formulas will generally be on the mild acidic side, this is primarily due to the natural phyto-acids and amino-acids contained in many of the Earth Juice formulas. These are considered "Weak" acids that will help transport (chelate) nutrients for easy and rapid use by the soil microbes and plants. Earth Juice will adjust and be conditioned by medium and beneficial microbes supported by the applications of Earth Juice.
If you need and/or prefer to adjust the pH prior to using here's a here's several suggestions:
Always mix with portable TAP water and use a high quality professional planting mix that contains pH adjusters: lime, dolomite, oyster shell lime, etc.
A. Aerate the solution for 12-24 hours. After the aeration period if the solution exhibits an increased in the pH, do not adjust and use as is. If there is no increase in the pH, adjust the desired pH and use. For the next mix, prior to the aeration process, adjust the pH to 4.5 followed by aerating for 12-24 hours. After this period if there is not increase in pH adjust to pH and use
B. Add, with caution, a liming material to the medium; dolomite, oyster shell , etc
C. See the Earth Juice "Advanced Plus" Chart. The initial pH using the "Advanced Plus" Chart will generally be a bit higher.
D. Try a
partial substitution of Earth Juice Big Bloomin Guano for proportions of the
Earth Juice Bloom. Example: 1 tsp/gl Earth Juice Bloom + 3 tsp/gal Big Bloomin
Guano. Use Big Bloomin Guano during the Vegetative period at 1-3 tsp/gal.
E. To keep it as easy without any worries, use Amazon Bloom as your medium and follow the Amazon Bloom "Keep It Simple" Chart.
13. I have bad water!
We recommend for those with water concerns to have their water analyzed by a state certified or accredited lab. That's the only way you will know for sure the quality of your water.
14. Do I need to use Reverse Osmosis?
When using Earth Juice plant nutrients, we recommend to use good TAP water whenever possible. Rule of Thumb: If the tap water is considered potable and it’s being applied to the outdoor landscape & houseplants without any adverse affects on plants and/or turf, it's probably fairly reasonable to say it's ok for mixing with Earth Juice.
15. I use RO water because my well water is 1000 ppm and because I'm using RO water, I have to add higher amounts of additives in order to balance the pH, any suggestions?
If your TAP is potable and is used on your ornamental houseplants and outdoor landscape without any noticeable issues in growth then it should be suitable for use with Earth Juice. I would suggest you do some research on what ppm meters can and cannot detect and what is considered commonly acceptable ppm for potable water sources. If you still have concerns, you may want to start slowly with using your Tap water by mixing equal parts of RO to your Tap water. You may find the natural occurring bi-carbonates beneficial in helping to reduce your use of additives.
16. I’m using Sugar Peak & Catalyst and my reservoir has a thin film mostly around the edges?
Reservoirs may develop a thin film on the surface and/or at the edges with using many of our hydroponic nutrients and additives. This is a harmless natural occurring material containing many of the same beneficials that are found in best compost teas.
17. Do I need to add Perlite to Amazon Bloom?
Although the addition perlite would hurt, generally no. Amazon Bloom is designed with the ideal balance of air-to-moisture ratio preferred by most plants. Amazon Bloom provides the optimum growing environment for both foliage and flowering plants.
18. Can I use Procoir straight without Perlite?
Yes you can plant directly into Procoir without the addition of perlite or Aerorocks (the preferred alternative). Procoir is pre-aerated and the only coir on the market designed for humid environments.
19. Is Aerorock better than Perlite?
Aerorock provides superior & longer lasting aeration without
20. Can I or should I use Earth Juice Catalyst with other plant nutrients?
Yes. Catalyst (Canada Xatalyst) is the number #1 hydroponic additive in the world. It will improve the performance and effectiveness of all soil and hydroponic nutrients. Due to the potential of accelerated nutrient availability, use caution when using Earth Juice Catalyst with granular synthetic timed released fertilizers.
21. When should I start using goGnats?
Start applications prior to pest infestations when conditions for the development of pest problems are prevalent.
22. I added “goGnats”, per the manufacturer’s directions, to several 55-gallon water reservoirs. Immediately after being mechanically mixed strands of fatty like substance appeared floating at the top?
The strands or beads are natural surfactants that, due to various conditions, at times may developed but they will not reduce the product's overall performance.
23. Can I use Hi-Brix MFP during the leaf growth/blooming phase?
We highly recommend using Hi-Brix through all phases of plant growth. It contains elements that are beneficial for plants through all phases of plant development. For ultimate results, use in conjunction with Catalyst.
24. Solution Guano leaves a residue in my tank?
Solution Guano is a micro-fine 1000 plus mesh material and although it is considered Solution Grade it is not a Water Soluble Salt. When using add to a volume of water agitate and use immediately. Stock Tanks/ Reservoir agitate just prior and during applications. For those using sprayers, bubblers and various other emitters you will need to use emitters that will permit the material to pass freely. For best results we recommend to continuously aerate stock tanks/reservoirs. Even if thoroughly agitate you may still develop a residue which is primarily Calcium. To improve the performance of Solution Guano use in conjunction with Earth Juice Catalyst.
opened my bag of Amazon Bloom and white threadlike fungus and mushrooms?
Amazon Bloom contains a several strains of Mycorrhizae. The tiny white strands are hyphae of mycorrhizal fungi and the mushrooms are the visible fruit (see Pisolithus tinctorius) of some of the mycorrhizal strains.
26. Is Amazon Bloom “Hot”?
Amazon Bloom is not a “Hot” soil. Amazon Bloom contains only natural-organic materials that are that are Non-Burning and with the Lowest Salt index. Although we recommend to start fertilization 15-45 days after planting, low rate applications of fertilizers can be applied immediately after planting. We do recommend being cautious when using synthetic fertilizers and/or manures such as chicken for they can and will burn if not use properly.
27. There are gnats in my bagged soil?
Gnats are endemic and prevalent. They can translocate by eggs or in their adult state and quickly establish a population. They are generally consider not to be harmful to plants but they can develop into being quite a nuisance. Please contact your local garden supply store and ask for advice (also see goGnats).
28. I used a syringe for measuring out all of my plant nutrients and my bottle of Meta-K is starting to smell funky?
The practice of dipping a measuring and application device directly into the bottles of various natural-organic liquid concentrates will lead to cross contaminations. Add to the fact that syringes are very difficult to completely clean of all residues and sanitize only increases the risk. The results of cross contamination of liquid natural-organic products can lead to the development of malodors. Best to use measuring devices that require you to pour the liquid out of the container and that also can be thoroughly cleaned and sanitize after using.
29. Do I need SeaBlast Transition, can I just mix a solution of 50% Grow and 50% Blooming formulas and get the same results?
Depending on the products you can probably do quite nicely with a blend of Grow & Bloom formulas but you will not achieve the same type of superior results as with using SeaBlast Transition during this important phase of a production plant's development.
SeaBlast Transition is formulated and designed to be applied during that critical period when there is a need for increased stem growth (elongation) and a boost in the production of buds (flowers). A general solution composed of a Grow & Bloom formulas used together will not provide the all correct elements nor the proper macro-micro nutrient ratios to maximize this phase of a high production (flowering and fruiting) plant's development.*Earth Juice TRANSITION formulas, SeaBlast and Sugar Peak, are yet another "Exclusive" development in a long history of "Pioneering Innovations" in nutrient technologies from the "Creative Minds at Earth Juice".
30. What kind of molasses do you use in your products?
Only SugarCane Molasses.
31. I just picked up Hi Brix MFP (Molasses For Plants) and the use rates are confusing me? It says for compost teas to use twice as much as the "heavy feeding' rates. I use compost teas almost every watering so would I be using too much at 4 Tbsp (Tablespoon) per gallon, twice a week? The use range for brewing teas can vary from 1 tsp to 4 Tbsp per gallon. 4 Tbsp is a general use rate to add to the initial tea preparation prior to starting the "aeration" and brewing process. If the tea is properly and completely brewed, you can use with each watering/feeding. Now if you tea is rich in carbohydrates and/or potassium I would suggest reducing the rate to 0.5 - 1 Tbsp per gallon.
32. Do I need to add Calcium when using Earth Juice Grow & Bloom?
Earth Juice Grow contains approximately 1-2% Ca. Earth Juice Bloom approximately 4-5% Ca.
are my plant's leaves yellowing after switching from a synthetic 3-2-1 nutrient
to Earth Juice Grow ?
I was using the 3-2-1 at 5 tsp per gallon and now I'm using Earth Juice Grow at 3 tsp per gallon. I also flushed with straight water just before starting with Earth Juice Grow.
A. The flushing with straight water will dilute and/or rinse the present nutrients from the soil which could be helpful or could be stressing your plants. Now you will have to wait until the soil dries out, which will further stress your plants.
B. 5 tsp of a 3%N synthetic is on the higher side of hand feeding plants with a plant food with each watering but if you plants are thriving at this dosage rate they must be very aggressive feeders. In this case, to obtain the same rate of N using Earth Juice Grow you will need to use 7.5 tsp (2.5 Tbsp). Earth Juice Grow is a protein (amino acid) based Grow plant food so you can easily increase the dosage rates without the fear of excess N burning.
Here's the general usage guidelines for Earth Juice Grow
Mild:1/2Tbsp - Medium:1Tbsp - Strong: 2Tbsp - Extra Strong: 3Tbsp.
For fast growing plants a common rate is 2Tbsp per gallon.
34. I using Sugar Peak at 30 ml per gallon and my leaves are Yellowing?
I'm presuming you are in soil and Hand-Feeding with the Sugar Peak Vegetative formula. First, please read the instructions on the label that state for hand -feeding use at 1/2 strength. The recommended strength for a Recovery Systems (hydroponics) is 4 tsp (20ml) per gallon. 1/2 strength would be 10ml to be used at each watering (feeding). At 30 ml/gl you are currently using 238ppm of Nitrogen, which is at the higher end of Nitrogen requirements for most container plants especially if using with each watering (feeding). So it's not a Nitrogen deficiency.
Couple of other of the common causes of Yellowing: Insufficient or shaded lighting and/or over watering:If the only the lower leaves are yellowing and you are using the Sugar Peak Vegetative at 30ml/g this could be from insufficient lighting.The general signs of over watering are yellowing progressing to the top of the plant following by leaves drying out and becoming brittle. Suggestions to prevent over watering:
A. Use a breathable container (see Aerobags).
B. When transplanting starts do not transplant into a too large of a container. The "Rule of Thumb" when transplanting starts is to not increase the container size by more than 3 times the volume of the starts current/original container. NOTE: If you want to move into a larger container, do so with caution by making sure to use a breathable container, increase aeration (see Aerorock), make sure there is sufficient lighting, good air movement, and use a Moisture Meter to determine when to water (Feed).
35. I noticed a fluffy white web like growth in the top layer of the Amazon Bloom ?
That's more than likely a harmless and often beneficial fungal mycellia. Under the right conditions and with the proper food, Mycellia can develop and form a dense fluffy white blanket on the surface of the medium. Some gardeners purposely cultivate various mycellia to harvest and to add to their Plant Teas.
36. My New Bottle of Earth Juice Catalyst has
sort of a off sour odor, is it good to use?
Earth Juice Catalyst, Grow & Bloom at times all can exhibit slightly earthy to sharp-sour aromatic tones. The aromatics are primarily a combination of the natural ingredients & predominately the "Earth Juice Yeast Complex". The yeast has a naturally sharp-sour odor. The aromatics will vary somewhat from batch to batch. As these three products age in the bottle the sharp-sour notes to various degrees generally reduce & mellow overtime. As long as prior to opening a brand new bottle, the bottle is not noticeably swollen, solely the condition of the aromatics, sharpness/sourness, does not hamper or change the effectiveness of the products.
37. I notice there is a contradiction in the recommended "frequency of use rates" between the Charts and instructions listed on your site & what's listed on the bottles?
A. Most of the Earth Juice Products are very forgiving and allowed for wide variations in rates and frequencies of use.
B. The Charts are only General guidelines.
C. The Charts will vary due to the fertilizer combinations. For Example Meta-K: The label is considering being used alone and/or in combination with the most typical fertilizers and media.The Chart recommendations for Meta-K are taking into consideration the TOTAL COMBINATION of the following fertilizers/supplements: Earth Juice Grow, Earth Juice Bloom, Big Bloomin Guano, Catalyst, and MicroBlast.
38. I'm using your SeaBlast Nutes, they are great! Should I be using anything else with them?
To really experience the total effectiveness of SeaBlast, add Catalyst with each feeding at a minimum of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of SeaBlast feeding solution. The 2nd recommendation would be to include BioZeus and/or BioRighteous.
39. Do I need to use your Elements Cal-m-Mag with the Sugar Peak formulas?
Sugar Peak, Sweet & Heavy, Hi-Brix Grow & Bloom, Earth Juice Original Formula Grow & Bloom, Rainbow Mix, Rainbow Mix Pro all contain adequate quantities of both (Ca) Calcium & (Mg) Magnesium required by many types of plants. Elements Cal-n-Mag is compatible with and can be used with all of these products for additional quantities of Calcium & Magnesium that may be required by some types of plants.
40. I sprayed my plants with goGnats & the next day I noticed a whitish residue on my plants?
That is normal. The white residue is harmless. If you choose you can rinse the residue off with plain water.
41. How much feeding solution will a gallon of Elements make?
There are 4 formulas in the Elements line and not knowing which one(s) you are referring to here are the general use rates and quantities that a gallon of various Elements formulas can produce:
Formula Teaspoons per gallon of water Feeding solution
Elements Grow 0.25 - 0.75 tsp 3072-2304 Gal
Elements Bloom 0.25 - 1.5 tsp 3072-1536 Gal
Elements Micro 0.25 - 2 tsp 3072-1152 Gal
Elements Cal-Mag 0.25 - 1.75 tsp 3072-1314 Gal
A recovery system is a re-circulating system that recovers the liquid plant feeding solution, that has passed thru the growing containers/media and has drained back into the reservoir, to be used again/repeatedly.Non-recovery system is where the feeding solution is not recirculated to be used again/repeatedly.Hand-feeding is when liquid plant food solutions are applied manually.
It is not solid and it will shake and pour. The fluid in Earth Juice Bloom will not and is not able to dissipate, evaporate or dissappear. The material after the initial filling can at times somewhat temporarily adhere to the bottom of the bottle giving the product a feel of being solid. By following these steps the product will become easy pour liquid.
A. Make sure the cap is properly and tightly secure.
B. Turn the bottle upside down and
give a several good 5-10 second shakes.
If it materials does not appear to be letting loose, carefully strike the bottom of the bottle with the heel of your hand or give it a couple of light taps with a rubber pallet and shake.
C. Once it has been thoroughly mixed (shook) there after it will continue to remain in a more fluid state.
A good shake at the initial stocking/shelving with follow up shake in 1-2 weeks will help keep the product in a fluid state.
44. How many Liters of feed can I make with SeaBlast Grow?
The following sizes of SeaBlast can make up to the following Liters (Gallons)
oz: 798 L (216 Gl)
2 lb: 2457 L (649 Gl)
5 lb: 6141 L (1623 Gl)
20 lb: 24565 L (6490 GL)
40 lb: 49131 L (12980 GL)
45. I'm in soil and after every few feedings I flush the soil with just straight water. Do I need to adjust the water's pH?
Most commonly and generally it's not necessary.