SUPER CONCENTRATED, FINELY FILTERED HIGH-END POTASSIUM SILICATE/SILICIC ACID
DOUBLES AS A ROOT FEED AND FOLIAR SPRAY FOR INCREASED CHLOROPHYLL & YIELDS
DEFEND AGAINST POWDERY MILDEW AND CHEWING INSECTS - MITES, WHITEFLIES, APHIDS
NO DETECTABLE UNWANTED HEAVY METALS & ZERO ADDED HORMONES OR PGR’S
DESIGNED, TESTED & MANUFACTURED IN THE U.S.A. FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWERS
Sila-Guard® is a finely-filtered, SAR (systemic acquired resistance) inducing, growth enhancing aqueous source of potassium silicate, also known as silicic acid, that provides plants with the essential element - silicon (Si). Potassium silicate works to naturally build the plant’s immunity to disease, fungal and chewing insect attack and plays an active role in disease resistance by strengthening and stimulating the plant’s own immune system. Potassium silicate is safe, non-toxic and approved for use on agricultural crops, fruits, nuts and vines by the EPA to be used as a fungicide, insecticide and miticide and is best used as a combination root and foliar feed as part of an ongoing preventative, broad spectrum, IPM (integrated pest management) program.
Increased levels of silicon will improve upright stem stature and strength, greatly reducing bud flop. Silicon supplementation is also scientifically proven to a) help plants tolerate cold, heat and drought, relieving biotic and abiotic environmental stresses and b) greatly reduce the incidence of fungal (powdery mildew, bud rot, etc) and insect (mites, whiteflies, gnats, aphids, etc) attack, while also providing increased photosynthesis which naturally increases plant growth rates. Sila-Guard® is a cost effective, must-have additive for all growers and is designed to be used as both a root feed and foliar spray, with the lights on, to maximize silicon uptake and help prevent deficiencies.
The Dutch Master® Commercial Edition® is a range of advanced nutrients and additives suitable for both professional and general hydroponics growers and is proudly manufactured in Chicago U.S.A. in an ISO 9001, ISO 13485 (medical manufacturer) and ISO 14001 (green manufacturing practices) certified facility - a world first in our community!
Usage & Mixing Instructions:
See Usage Instructions & Tips for in-depth root & foliar feed directions and advanced growing tips, and Feed Charts for recommended Sila-Guard® dilution rates. Never mix undiluted nutrients or additives together as precipitation (fallout) will occur rendering some nutritive elements unavailable to plants potentially creating deficiencies.
Root Feeding: Add separately to water while stirring, beginning with Sila-Guard®, then Cal-Mag®, followed by Micro, Grow, Bloom, Trich-XL®, Zone® then Saturator® last until you reach desired EC/ppm - measuring preferably using a calibrated meter. If you don’t have a TDS meter, be sure to follow our Feed Chart recommended dilution rates beginning with the standard feed chart before progressing confidently to the aggressive feed chart. To increase nutrient EC/ppm strength, increase dosage volume of Micro, Grow and Bloom maintaining recommended dilution ratios. To decrease nutrient EC/ppm strength, dilute by adding more water. Finally, check pH and adjust accordingly.
Dutch Master® recommends maintaining nutrient feed solution pH for Aqua Feed® and Media Feed® between 5.5-6.1 and Coir Feed® between 5.6-6.2 using Commercial Edition® pH Up or pH Down. When making a fresh nutrient solution, adjust the pH to the low pH point recommended for your nutrient above, as pH may rise over time. If the pH of your nutrient solution approaches the high pH point above, and it’s not time to drain and refresh the entire nutrient solution in the system, slowly add a little Dutch Master® Commercial Edition® pH Down while stirring and checking with a calibrated pH meter or pH indicator strips to achieve the low pH point again. Remember, adding pH Down is also adding phosphorus, while adding pH Up is also adding potassium so be diligent with its use. If the pH of your made up nutrient solution shifts drastically in a short period, it is usually a sign that the plant is stressing. Check for root rot etc.
Foliar Feeding: Foliar spray the top and underneath of leaves weekly with a combination of Sila-Guard®, Cal-Mag®, Trich-XL® and Saturator® mixed in water (never mix undiluted), pH adjusted to ~6.0-7.0, as per the foliar Feed Chart dilution rates, from cutting, all through the vegetative stage and up to bud-set (about 14 days into flowering), preferably when lights first come on, avoiding excessive heat and direct air flow on plants (turn off fans to allow spray to sit on leaves longer). Spraying leaves until slight runoff occurs at the beginning of the lights-on cycle allows plants to maximize photosynthetic response to the foliar application resulting in faster, healthier growth!
WARNING: Avoid spraying light bulbs or electrical equipment. For the longest product shelf life, store nutrients and additives with a sealed cap in a cool, dark, dry area.
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