|Berwick says faster lettuce growth problems prevented with Hygrozyme|
|What People Say - Love Letters|
Just a quick note to let you know we now have several clients using Hygrozyme on a regular basis. Hygrozyme (H/Z). When used for Hydroponic Lettuce Production, results in faster growth rates with reportedly improved shelf life. These are observations coming from our growers. Further more, Hygrozyme is a great additive for crops experiencing root disease problems ‚Äď H/Z seems to arrest the development of the disease, and continued application has seen crops recover from root disease problems and prevented the re-occurrence of the disease on younger crops growing within the same system. Two most memorable example of success with H/Z include:
1: An experienced hydroponic lettuce grower, who has been growing hydroponic lettuce for over 15 years and generally has no problems, found his crops suddenly wilting and dying from pythium and other root diseases. After having tried various products including chlorine, peroxide and some ‚Äėunnamed products‚Äô, this grower was running out of options. I suggested the use of Hygrozyme. The grower has several tanks with about 4000 liters of recalculating nutrient solution, each tank supporting about 15,000 lettuce plants. An initial dose of 4 liters of H/Z was added to the tank, and the further dose of 200ml per day was added. The grower called my back to say ‚ÄėHygrozyme is really amazing. It stopped the problem with the lettuces, and there are new roots coming out everywhere. I‚Äôve never seen a product work so well, and I will happily recommend it for you. If you have any customers who have any doubts about this product, you can ask them to give me a call so I can discuss it grower to grower. It really is a good product!‚ÄĚ
2. Another commercial hydroponic lettuce grower experienced some miss-hap ‚Äď some how the roots on his recently planted (4 days) lettuce seedlings had ‚Äėgone down‚Äô, the roots had all turned brown and things were looking grim. This concerned grower called me, and we decided to apply 4 liters of Hygrozyme to 4000 liters of nutrient solution, (servicing about 15,000 plants), followed by an additional 200ml Hygrozyme per day. Again, the results were very pleasing. New white roots had developed within two days after application of H/Z, and a lettuce crop which had appeared to have almost completely failed in the very early stages, had recovered and grown into a crop the grower was proud to call his own. ‚ÄúThe Hygrozyme is good stuff. It may be a bit pricey, but when it saves your crop its very cheap!‚ÄĚ.
A very important point to note with these success stories is Hygrozyme, being an organic product, presents itself as a safe and effective means of protecting the crop, and removed the risk of problems associated with chemical residues where alternative chemical remedies may be considered.
Other hydroponic lettuce growers have had great results with maintaining continuity of supply through the winter months. Most hydroponic lettuce production in Australia is performed outdoors and as a result, crops are exposed to temperatures as low as 0 to -2 degrees Celsius, even cooler in some areas, leading to a dramatic decrease in growth rates, and subsequently lower production. Hygrozyme, when used at 1 liter per 1000 liters of nutrient solution, has given winter crops a significant boost, and has shortened the harvest interval in the winter period by two weeks. Similar results have also been obtained with hydroponically grown bok choi.
More recently, we have observed a great result with a hydroponic strawberry grower. Hydroponically grown strawberry plants treated with Hygrozyme at 1.5ml per litre of nutrient solution showed superior root development compared with untreated plants. The Hygrozyme treated plants were larger with larger leaves and larger fruit ‚Äď but furthermore, the larger fruit were also significantly of better quality with respect to taste and shelf-life when compared to untreated plants.
We have also observed, in our own nursery, the strawberry cuttings/runners treated with H/Z immediately after planting, developed roots much more rapidly, and were saleable 2 weeks before untreated plants.
There is obviously something very beneficial to plants in the Hygrozyme formula delivering increased growth rates, better shelf-life and disease-shielding benefits, and also has the added bonus of being an organic product.
Boris, we have some scientific data that we should be able to forward to you in the next month. By then we should also have results carried out with Hygrozyme trails on greenhouse capsicums, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Dr. John Vella
PHDAgrBSc Agr (Hons)