Charge from Ecothrive is a 100% organic mixer for soil and coco coir that boosts fertility. It is full of beneficial micro organisms and natural plant catalysts for improving plant health and vitality. Charge consists of insect frass (beetle droppings) and contains long lasting primary nutrients. These NPK compounds are in a highly available form and will give plants an extra boost in growth. The ratio of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus is 3-2-3.
Charge promotes a healthy biological presence in the substrate, improves nutrient cycling and boosts root growth. It also has a unique effect on a plants immune system for better overall health. As it is from beetles, the plant gets a false signal of insect attack and bolsters its defences in retaliation. This results in a much better resistance against attack from bacterial and fungal diseases.
The beetle larvae that make Charge eat a high quality diet of organic carrots and wheat bran. This additive-free diet ensures they give a consistent product, time after time. To get the most out of it, mix Charge into the substrate before transplanting the plants. If you have a low EC media such as coco coir, apply at a rate of about 1-2% (10-20ml per L). For heavily fertilized soils, mix at a rate of 0.5-1% (5-10ml per L). In the following few weeks, water and feed the plants as usual. For a continuing benefit, top dress the plants with Charge every 2-4 weeks. Alternatively, mix it with water and apply as a foliar spray for a boost in growth.
Alternatives to Charge
At Straight Up Hydroponics, we have a range of substrate mixers for boosting beneficial bacteria and fungus. These include Great White, Mykos and Azos. You can see all of these products on our website by clicking here.