IONIC® Soil Overview Advice FAQ IONIC is a unique single pack nutrient designed to deliver the complex profile of mineral elements a plant needs, in an easy-to-use format. Growth Technology’s research has enabled all essential elements to be combined in a single pack. Most importantly, these are stable in solution and delivered in the correct ratios required by plants. IONIC is also pH stable giving the grower easy control over nutrient solution and trouble-free operation. IONIC contains 14 essential elements at both macro and micro levels supporting rampant growth and superb harvests. IONIC delivers every time. IONIC: Delivers stunning results Easy to use pH stable IONIC often copied, never bettered…. Many growers prefer to use natural media in which to grow plants. Nutrition for these media is more complicated than it is for inert media such as Perlite. After research and experimentation, it has been found that the best results with these biological mediums are obtained by a combination of mineral and organic nutrients. This is, after all, how plants obtain nutrients in nature. IONIC nutrients for soil are powerfully enriched with complex organic plant acids, to increase nutrient uptake and enhance growth rates and yields. IONIC for SOIL: a blend of the best in mineral and organic nutrients – the natural system IONIC for SOIL Precisely formulated to the specific requirements of plants in a wide range of soils. It is fortified with natural organic plant acids and agents of chelation. Now available in separate formulations for GROW and BLOOM. IONIC Nutrients for Soil Formulated with pure, soluble mineral salts, enriched with complex organic plant acids. Now available in separate formulations for the grow and bloom phases of growth. Specific formulations for natural media. Single part simplicity and stabilised pH. Gentle plant friendly solutions that come the closest to natural systems. Green plants depend upon mineral (inorganic) elements as their primary source of nutrition. Plants in their natural state draw their nutrients from a sort of nutrient solution, known as the “soil-water”. This is made up of mineral elements dissolved out of rock fragments in the surrounding soil; it is therefore a “mineral solution”. Hydroponic nutrient solutions are a replacement for the soil-water and are usually formulated to the exact needs of the plant. However the soil-water contains much more than minerals; in healthy soil it is a rich repository of organic compounds that plants can make use of. These agents are derived from decaying plant and animal material and from the relentless activity of soil bacteria and detritivores. These include the complex plant acids that can massively assist the plant to assimilate the mineral nutrients it depends upon. It is surely clear that natural systems thrive on the combination of mineral and organic nutrients – the combination found in IONIC nutrient formulations for soil. Are single pack nutrients better than two part nutrients? Firstly you only have to purchase one high quality product that is great value for money. The macro elements are locked together in large molecules in exactly the right ratio for plant growth. This technology makes the single pack possible and it also ensures that the target NPK ratio is exactly right to the point that the plants take it up. This allows us to be far more precise than we can be with the old twin packs. Well we have been formulating and manufacturing twin packs since 1984 and Optimum and Europonic are still very popular. There is nothing wrong with them – of course – but IONIC® technology is undoubtedly superior. The large molecule concept allows us to deliver specific cations – Calcium – Magnesium and so on, without the huge and unnecessary level of anions that usually goes with them. This means that a greater percentage of the mineral ions are useful to the plant and this means that the tank will be stable and balanced for much longer. People sometimes call IONIC® a beginner’s nutrient – why is that? Presumably because it is so easy to use. Only one bottle to worry about and no hassles with pH – basically fool proof, which means great results for first time growers. However it is important to remember that IONIC® is a professional formulation from a commercially oriented company. Once is it diluted and in the tank it is 100% complete. There are no shortcuts or compromises in this solution and it is equal to, or better, than anything else on the market. To be sure it is great for beginners but many experienced growers around the world use it for great results. Why is the pH so stable in IONIC®? This is a result of the manufacturing process, unique to IONIC®, which creates large molecules containing the key macro elements. They are thus partially buffered and become much less reactive in terms of pH. For many people the pH stability is the chief advantage that IONIC® offers but they wouldn’t use it if they felt that yield or quality were to be compromised. Why do you need IONIC® PK Boost in the flowering stage? Mainly because of the incredible potential of flowering crops to uptake certain minerals from the tank. IONIC® Bloom is precisely formulated to provide the right balance of nutrients to support intense flowering and will give excellent results on its own. However flowering crops have a high demand for specific elements, potassium for example, and a vigorous crop can reduce the amount of them in the tank very quickly. Even if the conductivity is being properly maintained with stock solution the level of potassium in the tank can decline very fast. PK BOOST is an easy way to maintain an ideal level of the specific nutrients that plants need to produce heavy crops. In our experience a lot depends on the size of the tank. If it is small with respect to the number and size of plants involved then the need for Boost is greater. In almost all situations the regular application of PK Boost will enhance flowering and increase yields. Is IONIC® PK BOOST designed to work specifically with IONIC® BLOOM nutrients? Well it is certainly designed to work well with any of the IONIC® BLOOM formulations, but it will also be a superb addition to any good Bloom nutrient. Just follow the instructions or the IONIC® Schedule to get the best results.