Does looking at a wall of different nutrient brands leave you with analysis paralysis? I get asked pretty much every day to help at least one of our customers wade through the sea of reputable nutrient brands that stock our shelves. Assuming the customer isn’t looking specifically for an all organic line, I pretty much always give the same answer: Canna. Canna is a Dutch company that I’ve used for years in my personal growing life, after getting a recommendation at, you guessed it, Fifth Season Gardening Company! I started using it then, and I’ve never looked back. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and if you follow the Canna feed schedule for your particular medium, then it almost certainly will not “break”. It’s about as idiot proof (beginner friendly, if you’d prefer a kinder term) as a nutrient line comes. Let’s dive in!
Canna has different base nutrients for different growing media, as detailed below. These base nutrients are designed to be used as part of the Canna system (with the additives listed in the next section) or on their own as a nutritionally complete base nutrient formula. With the two part formulas, A is mixed into your feed water first, stirred thoroughly, followed by B. Additives follow after, in any order, but always mixed into the feed water, never together at full strength.
Terra – For use in pre-fertilized soil and soilless media that contain an initial nutrient charge and long term pH control. Excellent in almost any of our pre-bagged soils, such as Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest or Roots Organic’s Original mix.
Aqua – For use in recirculating hydroponic systems in which the nutrient solution is returned to the system for reuse. Ebb & Flow and Nutrient Film Technique are two examples of such systems.
Substra – For use in drain-to-waste or run-to-waste hydroponic solutions in which the nutrient solution is not reused, but is instead drained away.
– Two part Vega (veg) and Flores (flower)
Coco – For use in coco coir, ideally pre-buffered. We offer many fine loose and compressed coir options, with Canna’s own bricks and 50l pre-expanded bags being first rate examples.
Rhizotonic – A kelp derived root booster and stress alleviator, containing Oligosaccharides (simple sugars that encourage the growth and strength of the root structure,) B vitamins, and over 60 other microbiological substances. Best root booster on the market, hands down. Also excellent for up-potting; water in transplants with 15ml/gal of this product and they’ll be right back to growing in 1-2 days, almost no stress induced slowdown to speak of. One of the best products in an already excellent line-up.
– One two part nutrient for use in both veg and flower.
Cannazym – An enzymatic cleaner that maintains a healthy rhizosphere by breaking down dead and dying roots, and facilitates in flushing the media over time, preventing nutrient lockout and enabling efficient nutrient and mineral uptake.
CannaBoost – A combination of fermented plant products, condensed molasses soluble and, supposedly, triacontanol, although they don’t disclose that information, and are not legally required to do so. Gotta hold on to the secret recipe! Triacontanol is a fatty alcohol found in plant cuticle waxes and beeswax and acts as a growth stimulant for many plants. The molasses in this product also acts as a feed for the rhizosphere, encouraging the growth of healthy bacteria and mycorrhizae, and as a sweetener in general, increasing carbohydrate production in the plant.
Come on in and see us today for all this Dutch growing goodness. Happy Gardening, friends!