Ecothrive Coco Lite Mix
PLEASE NOTE: Full bag: 50L
25L & 10L qty are split into plain unbranded bags
The perfect mix of 70% coco coir and 30% perlite for optimum aeration, pre-blended with Ecothrive Charge for an unbeatable biological boost.
Ecothrive Charge is comprised of 100% premium organic insect frass. Thousands of production-focused growers across the UK already mix Charge into their coco coir every time they pot up. With Ecothrive Coco Lite Mix you can enjoy all the benefits of Ecothrive Charge straight out of the bag.
Coco coir has a high water holding capacity. While being one of its great benefits, in some situations it can make for a tricky growing media to work with. However, when perlite is mixed into coco coir the amount of air within the mix increases and the water holding capacity reduces, creating a lighter mix with better drainage and improved resistance to compaction. Plants grown in Ecothrive Lite Mix will show improved root growth, quicker establishment, a faster growth rate and be far less prone to the effects of over-watering than pure coco coir. Ecothrive Lite Mix is ideal for:
Drip irrigation systems
Hand watering applications
During propagation its fairly easy to over-water coco and slow down plant growth, particularly if you’re a beginner. The addition of perlite helps increase the air space within the mix, giving roots more access to oxygen. This makes the mix much more difficult to over-water and also leads to better root growth which in turn creates faster establishment and quicker growth of cuttings and seedlings.
When growing in coco, refreshing the root zone frequently with nutrient solution will lead to better growth. This is hard to do with 100% coco, as it holds a lot of water. Using Ecothrive Lite Mix mix will provide an overall lower water holding capacity compared to 100% coco coir, allowing you to water more often, providing the plants with a refreshed root zone on a regular basis. Coco Lite Mix is still suitable for hand watering in pots, watering daily, but is ideal for drip irrigation and Autopot systems.
Evenly Blended, Ready to Use
Most coco coir mixes contain no nutrients with very low levels of beneficial biological activity. Now with Charge conveniently pre-blended into your coco mix your plants enjoy a balanced, organic source of primary nutrients along with a boost of beneficial bacteria, chitin derivatives and naturally occurring Trichoderma.
Coco Lite Mix uses RHP certified, buffered coco that has been pre-blended with Ecothrive Charge at 1% by volume. This mixing ratio makes it ideal for almost all applications. However if you are potting up plants into their final pots you can add more Charge into the mix at the rate of 10ml per L of potting mix to provide a nutritional kick and ultimately, a bigger boost.
Use Ecothrive Coco Lite Mix and enjoy a forgiving, aerated, growing medium that produces stronger, healthier, more vigorous plants when compared to growing with ‘uncharged’ coco mixes.
Breathe new life into your plants with Biosys—the complete microbial solution.
Biosys contains a unique blend of microbes and natural plant growth stimulants. Easy and quick to mix and use, nothing immediately improves the health of your root zone quite like Biosys.
Biosys is a concentrated powder that you add to water to make what we call a ‘microbe tea’. It contains some quite complex ingredients that work on a few levels. The microbes in Biosys improve root function, increase nutrient and water availability, help with disease prevention, speed up the breakdown organic matter and improve plant growth. These organisms include;
8 Species of Endo mycorrhizal fungi
8 Species of Bacillus
2 Species of Nitrogen fixing bacteria
2 Species of Pseudomonas
2 Species of Trichoderma
Biosys also contains biological catalysts to allow activation and continued growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi within the root zone – right where you need them. These catalysts that activate and sustain the microbes include humic acids, amino acids, enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates and seaweed extract.
When added to water and applied to root zone, Biosys comes to life quickly to improve the root environment of your crop. Biosys is ideal for use outdoors on open soil, as well as indoors with potting soil, coco, hydroponic growing media (such as rockwool) and even in hydroponic systems with little or no growing media.
Biosys is very suitable to (re)populate, to stimulate and maintain the biological balance in the root zone. Biosys is ideally applied during propagation of seedlings or cuttings, with subsequent applications every 1-2 weeks indoors, and every 4 weeks outdoors. Biosys has a unique action that quickly populates the rhizosphere with a diversity of natural microorganisms to enable your plants to thrive.
Biosys contain beneficial bacteria, fungi, enzymes and plant growth stimulants and microbial catalysts all in an easy to use powder!
Biosys stimulates rooting of cuttings and promotes both vegetative and generative plant development.
Maintains a healthy root zone throughout the entire plant cycle.
Biosys enriches the rhizosphere with a natural balance of micro-organisms to improve plant growth and allow healthy uptake of water and nutrients.
Helps plants recover quickly from periods of stress.
Biosys is highly concentrated.
The microbial catalysts in Biosys are water soluble.
No brewing necessary, an advanced instant alternative to aerated compost tea!
Biosys is very easy to apply – straight away!
When Should I use Biosys?
For best results, use Biosys during the early propagation phase of your plants growing cycle. Re-apply at the first potting stage, and thereafter use every 1-2 weeks indoors and once a month outdoors.
Charge is a 100% naturally-produced potting soil enhancer that offers a wide range of biological benefits to your plants. Charge boosts and prolongs the fertility of your potting mix by adding a balance of long-lasting primary nutrients in a highly available form. Composed entirely from the droppings of beetles, this premium grade poop is packed full of beneficial microorganisms and natural plant growth catalysts. Charge will stimulate robust plant growth, improve root zone conditions and create vigorous high yielding plants. It’s also certified for use in growing organic crops by the Soil Association.
Contains a well-balanced proportion of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium with good availability and long-term supply.
Promotes a healthy biological presence in the growing media, improving nutrient cycling and availability as well as improved root growth.
Contains naturally occurring activators of plants’ immune response, elevating defence against bacterial and fungal diseases.
Easy to apply thanks to user-friendly sandy texture.
100% Organic – Approved by the Soil Association.
What is in Charge?
Charge contains of just one ingredient: premium grade beetle frass. (Frass is the technical term for insect poop.) The specific insects that create Charge are the larvae of Tenebrio molitor beetles, commonly known as mealworms. Charge goes through a number of processes and tests before being packaged to ensure it’s of the highest quality and no actual insects are present.
What do the beetle larvae eat?
Good quality outputs come from good quality inputs! The beetle larvae that make Charge are treated to a diet of organic carrots and wheat bran. These components contain everything the beetles need for a healthy lifecycle. Additionally, this strict vegetarian additive-free diet ensures the mealworm frass is the same high quality each and every time to deliver a consistent product year round.
How Does Charge Work?
Charge improves plant growth in a number of ways. Firstly, Charge provides a range of macro and micro-nutrients needed for healthy plant growth. Secondly, mealworm frass is packed full of beneficial microorganisms. Laboratory tests have shown that Charge consistently contains more than 450 million colony forming units of beneficial rhizosphere bacteria per gram! These beneficial bacteria ‘charge’ the potting mix, making it more favourable for root growth and function, and vastly improve nutrient cycling and availability when growing organically. Finally, being an organic waste from insects, Charge contains derivatives of chitin, which is a modified polysaccharide found in large concentrations in the cell walls of insects. The chitinous derivatives found in Charge are able to naturally elevate the plants in-built resistance to pests and disease, as well as increase growth rates and productivity; ensuring a healthy and fruitful crop.
When Should I use Charge?
For best results, mix Charge into your potting mix before planting. If your growing media has a low-medium nutritional content , such as Coco Coir or straight peat, mix it at 1-2% by volume (10-20ml per L). If you use a heavily fertilised potting soil mix it at 0.5-1% by volume (5-10ml per L). See below for more application info.
In the weeks after mixing into the growing media, water and feed as you would normally. Charge contains a mild kick of nutrients and will compliment your nutrient regime, not interfere with it.
For continued plant health and growth improvement, top dress Charge onto the surface of the growing media every 2-4 weeks.
Charge can also be mixed with water for use as growth boosting foliar spray. See below for more details.