The Shelf Life of Nutrients
How can I get the most out of my nutrients? You can invest some hard-earned dollars on your nutrients, so you want to make sure you are getting the most out of them. In general, heat, light and moisture could diminish the efficacy of dry and liquid, organic and chemical nutrients. It is important to check the expiration date on your nutrients, and test them. Here are some general precautions you can take to keep nutrient degradation at bay:
- Leave nutrient containers sealed until feeding time. You might be tempted to open your containers before you are ready to use them, but that can introduce bacteria or other unwanted substances.
- Mix only as much nutrient as you need for each feeding.
- Keep liquid nutrients sealed and place opened bags or boxes of dry nutrients in airtight containers when not in use.
- Store all nutrients in a dark closet or cabinet to further preserve their strength. To block as much light as possible, suppliers typically package nutrients in opaque or dark-colored containers.
Do dry, granulated nutrients last longer than liquid forms? That depends. Both forms of nutrients do degrade with time, but the relative temperature and humidity of your storage conditions impact each to a different extent. For instance, dry nutrients tolerate extreme temperatures better than liquid nutrients can, but high humidity will shorten the shelf life of granulated nutrients.
Over time, liquid nutrients can crystallize, costing some potency. Shaking liquid products well before each use can help re-emulsify stratified nutrients. Some liquid products benefit from refrigeration; once opened, some rooting gels can be preserved this way for up to one year. Organic liquid nutrients do not always last as long as chemical liquid nutrients; in warm conditions, bottled organics can bloat or bloom.
Even if you have stored nutrients properly, be careful when using old nutrients. It is a good idea to test the nutrients in question on one or two plants before taking a chance on your entire crop.
Still not sure whether or not your nutrients are past their prime? When in doubt, remember fresher is better!
The 2014 Fall & Winter Catalog is Here
Take a look at product favorites, hand-picked by our garden experts. Today’s picks are from Worm’s Way Missouri.
Worm’s Way customers are raving about our newest inline fans from Vortex. The Vortex Powerfan S-Line offers improved energy efficiency and remarkably quiet operation, featuring a brush-less motor and double-insulated walls. Constructed with high impact-resistant polycarbonate casings, the S-Line models also include a quick and easy mounting bracket. The Vortex Powerfan S-Line backed by a 10-year warranty.
-Steve, Advanced Sales Associate, Worm’s Way Missouri
Safer EndAll Insect Killer, RTU
Fall is the time of year to prep outside plants to bring inside for the winter. Safer EndAll Insect Killer is an effective, ready-to-use spray that kills 45 different insect species in any stage of life, from egg to adult. Among the targeted pests are aphids, various beetles (including Japanese beetles), caterpillars and larvae (including gypsy moth caterpillars and tent caterpillars), harlequin bugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, stink bugs, and whiteflies. Spray at least two times at 5 to 7 day intervals for amazing results. Want even better results? Before treating the plants remove the top inch of soil (where the majority of insect eggs are located) and replace with worm castings!
-Mary, Advanced Sales Associate,Worm’s Way Missouri
Cyco Recovery Kit
This Cyco Recovery Kit contains three great products that even when used with another nutrient line can save a sick plant! The Cyco makers say “When you save a customer’s plant with the recovery kit, those results will bring them back for the rest of the line!” The first product is B1 Boost, obviously this has the B1 vitamin helping with stress. But it also has a specially formulated mix of N-P-K to aid plant development. The second product is Zyme, which produces sugars and also helps break down dead/organic plant matter! The third and final product in the kit is Dr. Repair, which treats yellowing leaves and also plant stresses using nitrogen and chelated iron! These three products together will save most plants from stresses and deficiencies. This will allow the customer to get the most out of what they are growing!
-Ben, Advanced Sales Associate, Worm’s Way Missouri
Mountain Air Carbon Filters remove 99% of everything under 20 microns from the air in one pass. These versatile filters can remove ALL organic odors. They keep odors at bay for 36 months of use. Flanges are built in so you just need to figure the cubic feet (L x W x H) of your growing area and off you go! The CFM on these filters ranges from 265 cfm to 2300 cfm. By far the best carbon filter out there!
-Corki, Store Manager, Worm’s Way Missouri