Maintaining a Clean Growing Environment
Good practice in the growroom is the key to insect and fungus prevention and a healthy crop. Keep the floor clean. Keep all algal biomass off the surface of your growing media as this can create the perfect environment for disease. Regular use of Essentials BlockClean will keep this biomass at bay.
Do not use mulch. Insects and fungi thrive under dead decaying leaves or composting material so pick up fallen leaves and dispose of them. Grower's tools often transport many microscopic pests, diseases and fungi that could ultimately destroy your crop. This means regular sanitary precautions must be taken. A separate set of indoor tools is easy to keep clean. Disinfect these after each use by soaking in or washing with Essentials RoomClean. Similarly when taking clones always make sure you have cleaned your scalpel and board with Essentials RoomClean.
Take care not to leave decomposing organic material in your nutrient solution or trays. This material should always be removed as it will cause a depletion of oxygen. Lack of oxygen at the root zone is the leading cause of root death.
Roots NEED oxygen. Roots should never sit in stagnant or ponding nutrient solution so always aerate your nutrient solution with an air pump and air stone.
Well or spring water can be high in methane and organic sulphates, both of which OxyPlus will remove. The free oxygen OxyPlus releases is extremely effective at eliminating many disease causing organisms and spores.
Clean your growroom after harvesting
For limiting outbreaks of botrytis (bud rot) and pythium (root rot), it is good practice to wash down all equipment, reservoirs, the walls and the entire floor with Essentials RoomClean concentrate. You can plant out straight afterwards as RoomClean is an organic product.
Allow this to air dry, repeat if possible or if you had a previous disease problem. Spray any motherplants down with a neem oil solution such as Neem Repel before you put them back in as an extra line of defence.
If your problems remain once the room is 100% cleaned with Essentials RoomClean, unplug all electrical equipment and fill the room with ozone from a unit such as the Hydrozone. This is the final sterilisation and will eliminate any missed spores. Evacuate the room for at least 2hrs and then put on the intake and exhaust fans at full power for several hours, which removes the ozone.