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Sun System® Pro Sun™ LEC® 315 Commercial Fixtures
Combining the cutting edge Light Emitting Ceramic® brand technology with the Sun System® Etelligent™ controllability options (controller sold separately)
State-of-the-art 95% reflective German aluminum optic offers unparalleled output, reflectivity, and diffusion. The 315 LEC®/CMH lamp (sold separately) creates an amazing full-color light spectrum out of next-generation ceramic lamps. Higher amounts of beneficial UV and far-red spectrums increase the lamp’s growth power to the plants. The ballast is housed in thermally optimized, non-fan cooled aluminum that is ideal for commercial environments. This highly efficient electronic ballast designed specifically to drive LEC®/CMH lamps operates at a 160 Hz low frequency, square wave. Internal ballast programming will also protect the unit in an instance of open-circuit, short-circuit, over/under voltage or high-temperature exposure.
Sun System® Pro Sun™ LEC® 315 features an internal built-in circuit breaker. This unit is dimmable and can operate a LEC® lamp anywhere from 50% to 100% (10% increments). Low current, staggered ignition delay feature eliminates circuit inrush overload and protects lamp for increased lumen maintenance. The compact commercial design minimizes natural sunlight blockage in a greenhouse setting. Power cord or plug configuration varies by fixture voltage. Eye bolts included. Lamp purchased separately.
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Mother Earth® Coco Peat
A rich blend of natural ingredients designed for those looking for an alternative to traditional bark-based growing media. Comprised of coco fiber, peat moss, perlite, pumice, and 15 other ingredients, this blend allows for more frequent feedings and a higher degree of control. Blended specifically to balance water holding and air-filled capacity, this growing media is ideal for fast growing annuals.
Ready to use out of the bag, Mother Earth® Coco Peat contains only the highest quality coco fiber, peat moss, perlite, pumice, castings, guanos, and meals. Mother Earth® Coco Peat is pH adjusted to ensure that growers are receiving the same quality and consistency that they have come to expect from all Mother Earth® Products. Available in two formats: 1.5 ft3 and 2 yd3.
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Mother Earth® Groundswell™ Performance Soil
An ideal all-purpose potting media, this aeration formula is blended with complementary ingredients that allow the grower to start his or her favorite nutrient regimen sooner than traditional potting media. Optimized air holding capacity provides an excellent environment for promoting root growth.
Ready to use out of the bag, Mother Earth® Groundswell™ Performance Soil is comprised of only the highest quality peat moss, aged forest products, perlite, pumice, worm castings, guanos, and meals. Meticulously blended, growers receive the same quality and consistency they have come to expect from all Mother Earth® Products. Available in two formats: 1.5 ft3 and 2 yd3.
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Lost Coast Plant Therapy
Protect your valuable crops from damaging pests, mold, and mildew with Lost Coast Plant Therapy. This non-toxic solution kills bugs on contact without using poison. Designed to suffocate and dehydrate on contact, the active ingredients in the spray adhere to the target insect, egg case or larvae, causing disruption of respiration and digestion within the pest. The unique formula does not stress the plant and will not damage flowers, fruits or vegetables as long as it is applied under proper lighting and low heat conditions.
Lost Coat Plant Therapy has been laboratory tested by CW Analytical (among others) and found to leave no residue; this means it is safe for your soil, food and ornamental plants, pets and people. With proper application, the product can even be used on the day of harvest.
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Introducing Grodan Pro with Commercial-friendly Packaging
Grodan now offers your favorite Grodan blocks in a commercial-friendly format: no cellophane and no retail stickers! With the new Grodan Pro blocks, commercial growers will enjoy the lower price and ease of use that comes with reduced packaging. Grodan Pro blocks still have the Grodan branded poly-wrap to hold in moisture and protect roots, and are available in a variety of sizes. Only the cellophane and stickers have been removed.
Many sizes of Grodan Pro available at HydroFarm.com
New! Bountea Alaskan Humus 20 LB
Humus is the essence of fertility. It is the earthy smelling stuff that makes soil dark brown. Known for its natural, rugged, untouched beauty, Alaska is the premier location for the harvest of humus. Alaskan humus is entirely natural and devoid of any pesticides, E. coli, or harmful chemicals that are often found in commercial composts and fertilizers. Humus, often described as the “life-force” of soil, increases soil water absorption and improves soil workability. Bountea Alaskan Humus can be used as a seed germinator, soil amendment, living compost for tea or a top dressing for lawns and gardens. WSDA and OIM certified Organic.
- Pure Natural 100% Organic Humus
- A premium starter for all compost teas
- Enriches and enlivens potting soils
- A biologically active soil amendment
Exclusively available at HydroFarm.com
Grotek: Black Pearl
Grotek™ was the first to bring engineered charcoal to our industry in 2009 as a means to improve soil quality, plant growth, and to stimulate soil biology. Black Pearl™ is more than just high-quality charcoal. It is super mineralized with plant and mineral derived inputs like volcanic and sedimentary rock dust, natural chelates, and kelp extract. The harmony between ingredients provides a dramatic boost to crops when added to any nutrient program. Remember that not all charcoal is the same. Grotek uses virgin wood fiber from sustainably managed forests, charred in an engineered pyrolysis process. It is considered a Class 1 product by the IBI standards with a surface area over 700m2/g.
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The variety of mycorrhizae found in Synergy™ is particularly effective in intensive agriculture when using fertilizers. Not all Mycorrhizae have constant positive results with crops. This is due to a lack of colonization, which can be impacted by the use of any fertilizer. This particular strain adapts to and tolerates saline (high EC) environments found in intensive agriculture far better than glomus intraradices and glomus mosseae. Under these conditions, Synergy™ shines with rapid colonization and improved impact on plants and soil structures.
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A New Generation of Gavita Master Controllers
Take control of your grow lights and switch, dim or boost them from the simple, clean interface of the Gavita Master controller. The second-generation Master controller has advanced functionality like sunrise and sunset settings, safety control features, logging and independent light cycles (EL2 only).
The EL1F and EL2F also add a smart, integrated fan control for a stable grow room environment.
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