Ecothrive & Indoor Organics Life-Cycle
Ecothrive & Indoor Organics Life-Cycle Organic Soil Amendment
Life-Cycle is a balanced organic nutrient mix designed to feed the soil with a diverse blend of nutrients and minerals. Life-Cycle can be mixed with depleted soil at the end of a grow, or used to boost the soil in veg and bloom as a top dressed supplement. Created for use with our Eco-Life potting soil, but can also be used with other soil or coco mixes. Made from raw dry ingredients, Life-Cycle will nourish your soil to produce naturally productive plants.
What's in Life-Cycle?
Mealworm Frass (Ecothrive Charge)
Boosting nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, as well as providing a good dose of beneficial microbes, the addition of mealworm castings naturally charges up our soil mix. As a secondary benefit, frass contains mealworm skins and body parts, these are a good source of chitin which activates the plant immune response and elevates its defences.
Neem is ideal for soil fertility due to being a nutrient accumulator itself, with deep reaching roots, pulling up nutrition from down below the soil surface where other plants can’t reach. Neem is rich in N,P & K, as well as calcium and magnesium and also has a good effect against soil pests and pathogens.
Not only does gypsum bring additional calcium and sulphur for improved aroma and flavour development but it also conditions the soil by improving water penetration and reducing water logging.
Basalt Rock Dust
Volcanic Rock Dust or Basalt is also another source for diverse trace minerals and for it’s high silica content. Silica is essential for optimal plant health and vigour but is often lacking from soil mixes. Having a good Silica content in your soil will allow plants to grow big and strong, with thick stems and branches to support heavy yields.
Our seaweed meal comes from the species Ascophyllum nodosum and contains a broad spectrum of minerals - over 60 trace elements that your plants need for a fully nutritional diet. Seaweed also contains valuable natural plant growth hormones including; cytokinins to help drive cell division and speed up growth, indoles for faster root development, auxins and gibberellins for assisting the mobility of essential nutrients. Probably the best overall organic soil amendment known to man!
Another multi-nutritional input, our crustacean meal is 100% Krill and offers N, P, K as well as good levels of calcium, magnesium and sulphur to really help bring out the flavour in the product. It is full of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega/EFA’s) which are beneficial microbial foods. Most importantly, Krill meal is the most sustainable crustacean input because the harvesting of Krill from the ocean gets virtually zero bycatch and is only taken from regenerative fishing zones.
Humic and Fulvic Acids
Humus is the final product of decomposition, and is rich in humic and fulvic acids. Life-Cycle contains humic and fulvic acids from natural mined deposits of ancient vegetation. These key fractions are great at chelating nutrients making them easy for plants to uptake, as well as stimulating microbial activity and improving plant health and root growth.
How to use
Used Eco-Life Soil - Mix 250-300g per 40-50L
New Soil or Coco Mix -
Light fertility - 300-400g per 50L
Moderate fertility - 500-600g per 50L
High fertility - 800-1000g per 50L
After mixing, allow some time for the soil mix to warm up and cool down before using. Larger volumes of soil (500+L) with a higher dose of amendment will warm up more and may need turning every 2-3 days for up to 2 weeks. When making a small batch (50L or so) with a light dose of amendment, cooking time is not always necessary.
When making your own soil mix with Life-Cycle, we recommend using 20-30% high quality compost or worm castings/vermicompost. This will increase biological diversity and speed up the conversion of organic ingredients into plant available nutrition.
Lightly dust the surface of each 40-50L pot with 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml). Water as usual after application. Repeat every 2-3 weeks. Apply the last top dress 4-5 weeks before harvest.