When most people think of a lotus, they picture a beautiful flower with symmetrical leaves and striking colors floating on top of a lake of water. The deep symbolic meaning might also come to mind, as the flower has long been regarded as a sacred plant, particularly in eastern societies
For example, in the Egyptian culture, the flower represents the universe, in the Hindu culture, the lotus flower is believed to have been the thrones of gods and goddesses, and Buddhists believe that Buddha himself appeared on a floating lotus and that lotus blossoms were left behind when he took his first steps on land. The flower is also associated with rebirth, spiritual enlightenment, and even magic among various cultures throughout the world.
Beyond beauty and spiritual enlightenment, the lotus also offers a myriad of physical benefits. The plant’s flower, along with its seeds and leaves, and parts of the stem (rhizome) offer medicinal properties and have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. That’s because the lotus, particularly the plants rhizomes, are packed with naturally occurring and extremely powerful antioxidants.
Some of the maladies that lotus has been used to treat include coughing, bleeding, fever, headaches, and digestive health problems. It also helps to promote more radiant skin, enhances cognitive functioning, boosts energy levels, supports digestion and weight loss, strengthens cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, and even strengthens the immune system.
The stem of the lotus is edible, too, and is an ingredient in several Asian dishes, such as salads, soups, and stir fries. In case you’re interested in giving it a try for yourself, the root has a crunchy texture and a mild flavor that’s similar to nuts.
The lotus plant isn’t only beneficial to humans; it’s also beneficial to other types of plants. The nutrients are used to promote the growth of healthier plants; most notably, cannabis. In fact the nutrients that the lotus plant offers are so powerful that a renowned medicinal plant cultivation company has named the plant nutrients they offer “Lotus Nutrients”.
If you’re a grower yourself and you’re looking for a way to improve the health of your crops and achieve higher yields, you might want to give Lotus Nutrients a whirl.
What are Lotus Nutrients? What benefits do they provide? Are there similar products of the same caliper? To find the answers to these questions and more – and most importantly, to find out how you can improve the health and increase the yields of your crops – keep on reading.
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In the paragraphs below, you’ll find an overview of Lotus Nutrients, and you can use the information provided to determine if using it to support your cannabis plants is the right choice for you.
The Importance of Nutrients for Plant Growth
Before we dive into Lotus Nutrients, you first need to understand the importance of nutrients for plant growth.
Plants are living thing, and like every other living thing, in order to not only thrive, but to survive, plants need nutrients. No matter the type or whether it’s flowering or bearing fruit, plants need nutrients in order to achieve optimal health and prosperity.
Just like the nutrients humans need to support growth and health, the nutrients that plants require are divided into two basic groups: macronutrients and micronutrients.
What are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients are the essential nutrients that all plants need to continue to live, to grow, to reach maturity and bloom (flower) and produce healthy seeds/fruits/pollen. These can be broken down into basic elements including:
- Nitrogen, which aids in the production of healthy stems, leaves, and shoots, and improves a plant’s greenness and lushness, as it is responsible for vegetative growth and helps a plant use the chlorophyll that’s used during photosynthesis.
- Phosphorus, which help to strength the root system, the stems, and supports bloom growth and photosynthesis.
- Potassium, which helps a plant resist diseases, and also helps in the production of more abundant, larger, and aromatic blooms. It also boosts a plant’s overall health and promotes faster growth.
- Magnesium, which aids in the formation of chlorophyll. Plants are unable to process sunlight without this macronutrient. Magnesium also helps plants metabolize carbohydrates.
- Calcium, which aids in the development of a plant’s cell walls, thus strengthening the stems, as well as new shoots.
- Sulfur, which helps in the formation of amino acids, enzymes, proteins, and vitamins, and helps plants resist diseases, too.
What are Micronutrients?
Micronutrients are needed in less quantities (hence the “micro” modifier) than macronutrients but are still essential, in sometimes extremely small quantities, for healthy growth and plant metabolism. They can be naturally or synthetically-derived.
There is a wider variety of micronutrients and they can be fine tuned to help manipulate plant output. Popular cannabis micronutrients include:
- Iron, which is needed for chlorophyll production.
- Manganese, which assists iron in the formation of chlorophyll, and it acts as an enzyme activator in the growth process. It also helps plants breakdown carbohydrates.
- Zinc, which assists the plant in transforming carbs into sugars.
- Copper, which aids in plant reproduction and improves metabolism in the roots.
- Boron, which regulates carb metabolism, and is crucial for new growth, seeds, and fruit.
- Molybdenum, which helps plants make use of nitrogen. Without this micronutrient, plants ae unable to turn nitrogen into amino acids.
- Chlorine, which supports plant growth and health. This micronutrient promotes the chemical reaction that enables the opening and closing of stomata (small plant pores) that allow for the exchange of gas and water; the foundation of photosynthesis.
If you want your plants to be as healthy as possible and to produce an abundance of large, fragrant, and tasty buds, adding macronutrients and micronutrients to the soil is an absolute must. Why? Because not all soils naturally contain the nutrients that plants need to thrive, and as such, they won’t be nearly as healthy as they should be.
If there’s a severe lack of nutrients, your plants may not grow at all, or they could start growing and die soon after. Nutrient’s are a big deal and where a lot of growers really sink a good portion of their cultivation budgets these day, particularly on the higher end/premium side of things.
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About Lotus Nutrients
Now that you have a pretty good understanding of the importance of plant nutrients and what type of macro and micronutrients plants need to thrive, let’s take a look at Lotus Nutrients.
Lotus Nutrients were scientifically developed by North Carolina-based growers who have years of experience cultivating medicinal plants. Their team is made up of highly knowledgeable and experienced growers, horticulturists, and scientists who have a wide breadth and depth of experiences.
The team’s frustration of not being able to find high-quality plant nutrients and the nuisance of multiple steps that are required in the mixing process of existing nutrients, is what brought them together. The scientists, growers, and horticulturists at Lotus Nutrients joined forces with a shared unique vision: to develop the standard for pure medicinal plant grade nutrients.
After dedicating several years researching, testing, and developing nutrients, the Lotus Nutrients team determined the benchmark that they had initially set out to discover, and dubbed them Lotus Pure Premium Hydroponic Plant Nutrients.
There are endless plant nutrients on the market, which can make trying to determine which ones to choose and use a daunting task. Moreover, when growers do make a decision, there’s a chance that their choice could end up being a poor one, and the nutrients may end up not being beneficial for plants at all.
With Lotus Nutrients, the process of selecting high-quality plant nutrients has been simplified. They offer a three part nutrient line, and because the nutrients don’t require complex mixing, using them is a lot more convenient. The Lotus Nutrient 3 part nutrient system is specifically designed to provide plants with all of the nutrients that they need to develop.
So, from the moment a seed is placed in the ground until a plant reaches full maturity and is ready to harvest, the macro and micronutrients that Lotus Nutrients offer will feed your plants with the perfect blend and appropriate balance of nutrients.
Lotus Nutrients are formulated specifically for medicinal plants. They’re comprised of 14 one-of-a-kind, raw, and natural ingredients, including 11 vital micro and macronutrients. They also contain raw materials, such as seaweed extract, hydrolysate, and humiliate.
Lotus Nutrients are 100 percent water soluble, too, so they will fully breakdown in the soil and will be absorbed by your plants. These nutrients are milled and blended to ensure the ideal consistency, and there are absolutely no additives, like dyes, binders, and fillers.
Lotus Nutrients Products
Lotus Nutrients offers a variety of pure, medicinal plant based, plant nutrients. All of their products offer robust amounts of the key macro and micronutrients that plants need to thrive. Their lineup includes several different products. A snapshot of their products is as follows:
- Grow Pro Series. The Lotus Nutrients Grow Pro Series is specially formulated to provide plants with the key nutrients they required to grow quickly, and to generate lush vegetation. It supports stronger stems, tighter inter-nodal spacing, a strong root system, and the development of a dense canopy.
- Bloom Pro Series. Specially formulated to support rapid flowering, as it provides plants with the nutrients that they need for strong development, and to produce abundant yields.
- Boost Pro Series. Lotus Nutrients claims that the Boost Pro Series is a “turbo-charged secret weapon”. It’s specially formulated to promote larger plants, more flowers, and to maximize the product of oil, allowing for better flavor and potency.
- Cal/Mag Pro Series. A premium source of two of the most readily and easily absorbed secondary nutrients – calcium and magnesium. These nutrients promote balanced, and healthy plant growth.
- Carboflush Pro Series. Instead of adding nutrients, Carboflush is actually designed to remove them. It draws out the buildup of excess nutrients in plants and the mediums they grow in, and serves as a catalyst for flushing out plants in their final stages of growth, yet ensure the components that are needed for microbial activity are still present.
- Starter Kit. With the starter kit, you’ll receive three key Lotus Nutrients products in one, including Pros Series Grow, Boost, and Bloom Nutrients. The combination of these products will ensure that your plants receive the vital nutrients that are needed for strong, healthy growth. You’ll receive 16 ounces of the Pro Series Grow and Bloom Nutrients, and 18 ounces of the Boost Nutrients.
The premium-quality nutrients combined with the fact that all of the products are specially formulated with care from highly experienced and knowledgeable growers, horticulturists, and scientists, as well as the fact that all of the nutrients are water-soluble, and it’s easy to see why Lotus Nutrients are hailed as the best plant nutrients among countless growers.
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Lotus vs BioBizz vs General vs Humboldt Vs Advanced
Lotus Nutrients isn’t the only manufacturer of plant nutrients. There are several other brands on the market that offer similar products. The key competitors of Lotus Nutrients include:
- BioBizz. Their nutrients are organic (learn more about the importance of organic nutrients) and they offer a vast selection of high-quality, water soluble, and support stronger, healthier, and more productive plants, and higher yields of highly aromatic, potent buds. Do note, however, that the nutrients are highly concentrated, so they should be scaled back a bit.
- General Hydroponics. This manufacturer also offers a variety of nutrients. They’re said to offer one of the best low-priced based and flowering formulas. They’re also water soluble and are said to yield excellent results.
- Humboldt County’s Own. Comprised of supercharge plants and formulated to product bigger, stronger, and more robust plants with intense resin growth for exceptional aroma and potency. It’s important to note that these nutrients are meant to be used as additives and boosters.
- Advanced Nutrients. Advanced Nutrients are specifically formulated for cannabis growth. As such, you don’t need to worry about adjusting the PPM or pH. They’re easy to work with and require minimal maintenance. That said, however, Advanced Nutrients are quite pricy.
Herb CEO Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for a way to ensure that your cannabis growing efforts are as successful as possible, applying plant nutrients is a must. Of all the different plant nutrients that are on the market, in our honest opinion (as well as the opinion of countless growers), Lotus Nutrients are one of if not the best of the best.
While there are other products that are formulated to provide plants with the key macro and micronutrients that they need to thrive, Lotus Nutrients are, hands down, the cream of the crop.
We’re not looking to pick fights here, and we acknowledge there are definitely other quality nutrient brands offering unique value when compared to Lotus. If you’ve had particularly good success with a specific nutrient brand let us know in the comments below, we’re always looking to learn and share with our readers whenever we can!