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HOW TO GROW

BIGGER BUDS GET 5 BUD-GETTING BENEFITS ABSOLUTELY FREE! SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS (EVERY ADVANCED NUTRIENTS CUSTOMER QUALIFIES!) PAGE 08

THROW AWAY YOUR PENS AND METERS—THE SECRET TO NEVER BALANCING YOUR pH AGAIN!

(NEW PH BALANCE-FREE NUTRIENT TECHNOLOGY AUTOMATICALLY BALANCES YOUR pH AND KEEPS IT THERE FOR UP TO ONE WEEK!) PAGE 10

CUP-WINNING GROWERS’ BIGGER BUDS FORMULA:

COMPLETE PLAN TO OPTIMIZE THE 3 CRITICAL PHASES OF BUD DEVELOPMENT ADDS SIZE, DENSITY AND WEIGHT TO YOUR BUDS. PAGE 26

32 CUP-WINNING SOLUTIONS TO RAISE YOUR BUD WEIGHTS AND REPUTATION! THE “MISSING LINK” FOR FLAWLESS COCO COIR GROWERS

(NEVER SUFFER WEIRD NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES AGAIN! FULL DETAILS ON PAGE 84)

PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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From the Desk of Michael “BigMike” Straumietis, Founder and CEO of Advanced Nutrients

Solutions for Growers, Built by Growers... Dear Fellow Grower, I want to thank you for taking the time to check out the 2016 edition of “How to Grow Bigger Buds”. Please enjoy this totally FREE look at the solutions we’ve developed to solve the real problems that serious, educated growers like you encounter every single day in the hydroponic world. There’s something for everyone inside, from the raw rookie to the advanced Cup-Winning Grower—the solutions you need are waiting for you... • Better built plant-specific base nutrients... • Root Mass Expanders... • Best-in-class bloom boosters... • And much, much more! In fact, we’ve completely reformulated our entire lineup of nutrients to make them easier and more simple to understand where they fit in your growing strategy (see the explanation of the new Advanced Nutrients “Tribes” over the next few pages)... As always, our dedication is to you. It’s to your plants. It’s to your passion. Please enjoy this free preview with my compliments and visit your local hydroponics store to try any one of our products absolutely RISK-FREE (see our world-famous Grower Guarantee for more details!)

Sincerely,

Michael “BigMike” Straumietis Founder


Contents Our World-Famous Grower Guarantee.................................................................. 4 Advanced Nutrients Balance-Free pH Perfect® Plant-Specific Base Nutrients.......................................................... 6 And the 5 Bud-Getting Benefits Included in Every Advanced Nutrients Base Nutrient!.......................................................................................8 Balance-Free pH Perfect® Base Nutrients Automatically Balance Your pH for You and Keep It There for One Week ................... 10 If You Want the Biggest, Most Colorful, Most Aromatic, and Most Impressive Blooming Possible, Here’s How Cup-Winning Growers Are Forcing 31% More Nutrients into Their High-Profit Plants and Doing It… at Least... 37% FASTER!..................12 Say Goodbye to pH Pens, and Hello to Your Best Harvest Yet...........................................16 For Experienced Growers of High-Value Plants Who Are Almost (But Not Quite) Satisfied with Their Yields—and Are Looking for Something More.................................................................................................... 20 Welcome to the Tribe!.............................................................................................24 Bigger Buds Tribe....................................................................................................26 Big Bud®: How You Get the Biggest Yields from Your Bloom Booster...........................28 Bud Ignitor: What Cup-Winning Growers Do to Enhance Bud Sites per Inch of Stem That You Don’t Yet......................................................32 Overdrive: How to Drive Your Plants past Their Genetic Blooming Threshold and into a Prizewinning Finish..................................34 Root Mass Expanders Tribe...................................................................................36 Voodoo Juice: See How Getting Monster-Sized Roots Wins You Optimum Harvests!............................................................................................................38 Piranha: You’ll Love the Way Triggering Massive Root Growth Gives You Maximum Yields.................................................................................................................. 41 Tarantula: Your Roots Are the Gateway to Feeding the Right Bloom-Boosting Compounds Directly into Your Plants.............................................44 Bud Potency & Stalk Strengthener Tribe...........................................................48 Nirvana: Five Secret Organic Ingredients Maximize the Size and Quality of Your Buds........................................................................................................... 50 Rhino Skin: One Element for Bullet-Proof Plants?...................................................................52 Bud Factor X: It’s Never Too Late to Maximize Your Harvests........................................... 54 B-52: Feeding Vitamins to Your Plants Gives You Big Rewards, Especially at Harvest Time.................................................................................................................56 Bud Taste & Terpene Enhancers Tribe................................................................60 Bud Candy: Feed Carbohydrates, Aminos, and Vitamins to Your Plants and Smell Their Sweeter, Bigger Buds.................................................................62 Flawless Finish: Your Crops Taste Sweeter and Have Higher Value When You Flush Them before Harvest..................................................65 Crop Substrate Supepak Tribe..............................................................................68 Sensizym: Get This Easy Way to Stimulate the Breakdown of Dead Root Material So You Save Money, Feed Your Plants, and Maximize Your Yields....................................................................................................................70 Ancient Earth: Powerfully Supercharge Your Growing Mediums... Taking Your Plants to the Next Level.............................................................................................74 Bud Aid Tribe.............................................................................................................76 Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra: You Wouldn’t Feed Your Dog... Fish Food. So Why Are You Feeding Your Special Plants Tomato Food?.............................................. 78 Revive: If Your Plants Are Stressed, Weak, or Near Death, Scientists Say Do This One Thing Now before It’s Too Late!.............................................80 pH Perfect® Coco Base Nutrients Provide the “Missing Link” to Growing in Coco Coir While Keeping Your pH in the “Sweet Spot” for up to One Week......................................................84 Attention: All Coco Coir Growers: The Not So Little “Secret” to Faster Growth, Bigger Yields, and Frightening Potency, Now Engineered Specifically for Coco Coir.................................................................................88 Coco Bigger Buds Tribe..........................................................................................96 Announcing the World’s First Coco Coir Bloom Booster Big Bud® Coco!......................97 pH Manifesto: The Overlooked Growing Secrets All Cup Winners Know That You May Not..........................................................99


OUR WORLDFAMOUS GROWER GUARANTEE... Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money-Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled with any Advanced Nutrients product, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, our nutrients must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.


ADVANCED NUTRIENTS BALANCE-FREE 速 pH PERFECT PLANT-SPECIFIC BASE NUTRIENTS...


AND THE 5 BUD-GETTING BENEFITS INCLUDED IN EVERY ADVANCED NUTRIENTS BASE NUTRIENT!


THE 5 BUD-GETTING BENEFITS YOU CAN’T BUY THAT ARE INCLUDED IN ALL ADVANCED ® NUTRIENTS pH PERFECT BASE NUTRIENTS... When you choose any of Advanced Nutrients’ pH Perfect® Base Nutrients, you will also receive 5 Bud-Getting Benefits that are included in every bottle at no additional cost... Other companies might charge hundreds for the same benefits these products bring to your grow room, but Advanced Nutrients gives them to you as part of the standard formulations in each of our cup-winning, plant-specific base nutrients. They are...

WET BETTY Wet Betty is non-ionic surfactant (also called a wetting agent) that lowers the surface tension of a liquid (in this case, nutrient-rich water), allowing easier spreading and uptake of nutrients into your plants. Which of course means your plants will get the nutrients they crave faster and more efficiently than ever before. Plus, scientific testing by the leading plant PhD in surfactant studies shows Wet Betty, by itself, consistently increases plant growth by an average of 6%!

F-1 Short-chain fulvic acid is a “weird” molecule that’s still not 100% understood scientifically, but it directly stimulates plant growth and is more then 1,000 times smaller than humic acid—making it easily utilized by your plants. Fulvic acid gives you quicker nutrient absorption, nutrient transport, and more cellular metabolism.

long-chain humic acid to your root zone is like building a “condominium complex” for beneficial microbes, giving them an optimal structure to flourish in.

AMINO ACIDS Many athletes supplement with amino acids to help fuel growth and build size because they’re the essential “building blocks” on which protein growth is based. In the same way, your plants will greatly benefit from amino acids too! The diverse forms of amino acids in Advanced Nutrients’ base nutrients are the building blocks of proteins that fuel metabolic pathways for enhanced floral and essential-oil production.

pH PERFECT® TECHNOLOGY

H-2

When you use any Advanced Nutrients base nutrient, the pH Perfect Technology inside automatically stabilizes and locks in your pH within the optimal range (called the “sweet spot”) of pH 5.5–6.3— and keeps it there for one week.

Humic acid provides natural-carrier compounds that transport nutrients and vitamins into plants more efficiently, so your plants growth faster and have stronger cellular processes. Introducing

No more pens. No more meters. No more being chained to your nutrient reservoir, checking and adjusting pH... the scientific formulation does it for you.

Again, You Can’t Buy These Bud-Getting Benefits— They’re Our Gift to Growers Everywhere! Enjoy the power of these synergistic bud-getting benefits whenever you use an Advanced Nutrients base nutrient, and you’ll see the difference in your garden.

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BALANCE-FREE pH BASE NUTRIENTS A BALANCE YOUR pH KEEP IT THERE FOR

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hen you use any Advanced Nutrients base nutrient, the pH Perfect Technology inside automatically stabilizes and locks in your pH within the optimal range (called the “sweet spot”)—and keeps it there for one week.

using pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom, you get 100% of your money back because of our Grower Guarantee!

No more pens. No more meters. No more being chained to your nutrient reservoir, checking and adjusting pH... the scientific formulation does it for you.

After hundreds of man-hours, our R&D team has perfectly formulated all the primary, secondary and micronutrients your crops need for outstanding growth. Because these ingredients are all supplied fully or partially chelated in pH Perfect Sensi Grow—some even in multiple chelated forms—your plants will absorb them effortlessly. What’s more, they will benefit from a wide range of amino acids to power the construction of cell walls in roots, stems, and leaves. You’ll also witness amazing results from the humic acids and powerful non-ionic surfactant, which form a multi-stage delivery matrix to ensure your plants absorb the powerful nutrients you’re feeding them. And if that weren’t enough, you can throw away your pH meters and pens forever. Our proprietary pH Perfect Technology will keep the pH in the “sweet spot” every week of the grow cycle, with no measuring or tweaking. And as always, if you’re not thrilled and amazed with your results using pH Perfect Sensi Grow, you get 100% of your money back!

Just use any pH Perfect base nutrient as directed on the label and let the cutting-edge science balance the pH for you. And we stand behind this promise to you with our world famous Grower Guarantee—we guarantee it because it works. It’s that simple. Keep reading to discover the entire Tribe of base nutrients Advanced Nutrients offers and find the pH Perfect base nutrient that’s right for you...

pH PERFECT GROW-MICRO-BLOOM pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom is a 3-part premium base nutrient trio precisely formulated to give your high-value crops the exact nutrient ratios and concentrations they need. No competitor offers this full spectrum of quality ingredients. When pH Perfect Grow-MicroBloom is fed to your plants, they benefit from an unmatched array of amino acids. You’ll also witness amazing results from the fulvic acid and the powerful non-ionic surfactant, which form a multi-stage delivery matrix to ensure your plants absorb everything. And the powerful chelation guarantees that every nutrient is more available to your plants’ precious roots than ever before. And that’s not all: pH Perfect Technology works around the clock to calibrate and adjust the pH for you, so you never have to use meters or add harsh pH-adjusting chemicals ever again. And as always, if you’re not thrilled with your results

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pH PERFECT SENSI GROW PARTS A&B

pH PERFECT SENSI BLOOM PARTS A&B You’ll find everything your high-value crops need to get big, heavy, juicy buds in pH Perfect Sensi Bloom! First, you won’t have to worry about balancing your pH ever again, because pH Perfect Technology keeps the pH in the “sweet spot” all week, every week, all the way to harvest time. Throw away your pH meters and pens! Second, your crops will burst with buds and with teeming, bountiful blossoms from the complete and steady stream of all the primary, secondary, and micronutrients they need—and all fully or partially chelated to ensure maximum nutrient uptake and assimilation by your crops.


PERFECT® AUTOMATICALLY FOR YOU AND ONE WEEK You’ll also witness amazing results from the humic acids and the powerful non-ionic surfactant, which form a multi-stage delivery matrix to ensure your plants absorb the powerful nutrients you’re feeding them. Finally, the diverse range of powerful blooming cofactors will give you the biggest buds possible. The bottom line: you’re guaranteed absolute and full satisfaction (with less hassle than ever) or you get all your money back with our world-famous Grower Guarantee!

pH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR GROW PARTS A&B If you’re already a top-notch grower praised by customers and friends, and you’ve maxed out the potential of your current feeding system—and if, after all that success, you still want even more yield—then pH Perfect Connoisseur Grow is the right base nutrient for you. No expense has been spared in sourcing only the most potent, powerful ingredients, guaranteed to drive your crops to their most productive grow cycle possible. All primary, secondary, and micronutrients in this flagship formulation are fully or partially chelated for optimal absorption. And if that weren’t enough, you can throw away your pH meters and pens forever. pH Perfect Technology automatically keeps the pH in the “sweet spot” every week of your grow. The bottom line: If you have the skills, pH Perfect Connoisseur Grow has the power to

make your plants reach their full genetic potential. And if you’re not amazed with your results using this breakthrough base nutrient, you get 100% of your money back thanks to our Grower Guarantee!

pH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR BLOOM PARTS A&B Only truly expert growers need apply. Get ready for your biggest, heaviest harvests to date, using pH Perfect Connoisseur Bloom. That’s because this flagship formulation contains powerful chelates, amino acids, and proprietary blooming cofactors that activate your plants’ internal circuitry to multiply the size, girth, weight, potency, aroma, and taste of your buds for your absolute best harvests yet. Part of the secret is that pH Perfect Connoisseur (and only pH Perfect Connoisseur) includes a secret ingredient that gets your plants into peak bloom faster—and keeps them blooming right up until the moment of harvest! And of course, pH Perfect Technology keeps the pH in the “sweet spot” every week of the entire bloom cycle. The bottom line: There’s no better base nutrient for elite growers who want to get the maximum genetic potential from their plants. We guarantee its superiority over any and all challengers—and we guarantee your satisfaction with our 100% Money-Back Grower Guarantee.

GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK • GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK

GROWER GUARANTEE

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

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IF YOU WANT THE BIGGEST, MOST COLORFUL, MOST AROMATIC, AND MOST IMPRESSIVE BLOOMING POSSIBLE, HERE’S HOW CUPWINNING GROWERS ARE FORCING 31% MORE NUTRIENTS INTO THEIR HIGH-PROFIT PLANTS AND DOING IT

… AT LEAST... 37% FASTER!


R.K.

is a Cup-Winning Grower of high-profit plants from Santa Rosa, California. For over 15 years he used the same 3-part General Hydroponics fertilizer in his 20-light grow room.

In his own words:

“You know how it is when you get used to something. You stop paying attention to whether you can do better. It’s like inertia. It’s easier to stay the same than to change, even if you could do better... ... My yields were not all that large and sometimes I noticed that the same mix amounts of this General Hydroponics stuff would create a way different pH or PPM. Once or twice I saw that I was losing an entire crop, but it was hard for me to figure out that it was the General Hydroponics fertilizer, not diseases or other problems. It was hard to admit I needed to change what I was using in my hydroponics system.” But luckily, R.K. heard about a brand-new 3-part formula...and...he had a lot of clones he could afford to try a new fertilizer on. Although he was skeptical, he decided to test this new scientist-developed formula against the fertilizer he had been using for over fifteen long years in a straight-up, head-to-head growing test.

AND THE RESULTS AMAZED HIM... “… Right off the bat, it was easy to see that my clones grew faster, they were greener and stronger, and they were ready for blooming about two weeks earlier. “My bloom cycle was more productive… I used less fertilizer overall… and got better growth and yield. I guess I learned to keep an open mind and to always look for the best way to do something, not just the way you’re used to. Now, GROW-MICRO-BLOOM is the solid foundation for my 20-light garden!”

WHY BIG-TIME GROWERS OF HIGH-VALUE PLANTS DEMAND A SUPERIOR 3-PART FORMULA While a premium 2-part formula like our CONNOISSEUR is actually the most effective way to precisely dial in the exact nutrients and ratios your plants need… many growers enjoy the simplicity of an easy-mixing 3-part formula… and they still want the most effective formula possible. That’s why they demand ONLY the best when it comes to: • Using 3-part formulas specifically designed for their high-value plants... • Using formulas with the absolute best and most potent nutrients and ratios...

THE 3 BIGGEST PROBLEMS WITH OTHER 3-PART FORMULAS If you’ve been growing for any amount of time, these three problems will be very familiar to you: Big Problem #1: Most 3-part formulas are NOT made for the types of plants we grow. If you look at their ingredients or visit their manufacturing facilities, you’ll discover they’re about the same as the little $3.50 bottles of granulated fertilizers the average homeowner uses on their garden flowers. They’re made in generic ways with generic ingredients. Big Problem #2: Is directly related to the fact other 3-part formulas are not made for high-value plants like ours… and that is… they’re hard to mix and monitor and are the direct cause of many of your plant-growing problems. Many include artificial dyes of an unknown amount and molecular structure which could harm your plants (instead of harmless, organic dyes)… they don’t have the right PPM or pH… they burn roots… they don’t feed plants the right nutrients leading to slow growth and reduced harvests… and they may contribute to other growing problems. The bottom line? They basically wreck crops and waste your garden’s potential! Here’s what one grower from California had to say about these problems with other 3-part formulas: Big Problem #3: If you’re using other, different, formulas… even if… you do manage to get a formula with nutrients which are good for your plants (which, as you’ve seen, most don’t have)… then… you’re probably still wasting most of those nutrients because those formulas don’t have carrier molecules to drive those nutrients straight into your plants faster and more efficiently.

“I COULDN’T GET OTHER 3-PARTS TO MIX RIGHT AND THE pH WAS ALWAYS WRONG!” “I used to use the cheapest fertilizers I could get. I had no good hydroponic information and didn’t know where to get good hydroponic supplies. People told me it doesn’t matter what I use for fertilizer. Everything is in the plant genetics. But when I started to know some other gardeners and saw that their plants looked way greener than mine and they were getting better harvests, I had to get better fertilizer. They told me that if I used better fertilizer I could get bigger buds. At first I used General Hydroponics three-part. But I couldn’t get it to mix right so every time I used it I had to be real careful with the strength and the acidity (pH was wrong). I finally switched to your 3-part and have had zero problems, and also am getting wicked yields. Thanks!” - Garneau, from San Francisco, California

• Using the most advanced, state-of-the-art “carrier molecules” to ensure their plants get the maximum amount of nutrients in the least amount of time...

This is actually a big problem because most of your nutrients are not getting into your plants, which wastes your money… and… this causes longer crop cycles, which wastes your time.

• Using the formulas which have been proven, in multiple scientific studies, to get more color, more aroma, more size, and more potency from our plants...

But it doesn’t need to be this way…

• And using formulas which are not only highly advanced and easily customizable, but easy to mix and use... In fact, Cup-Winning Growers have found GROW-MICRO-BLOOM from Advanced Nutrients is the only 3-part formula on the market which meets all these criteria. Let’s look at...

HOW YOU CAN GET AT LEAST 31% MORE NUTRIENTS INTO YOUR PLANTS AT LEAST 37% FASTER! One of the most important ways GROW-MICRO-BLOOM gives you faster growth and bigger yields is through the special ingredients it contains that drive more of the nutrients in the formula into your plant faster than ever before. These nutrient-delivery compounds are called “chelates”, which are compounds that bind with nutrients and help them get inside plants so the plant cells can use them more quickly and more efficiently.

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It’s these chelates which give GROW-MICRO-BLOOM an almost “unfair” advantage over every other 3-part formula on the market, because they drive the nutrients into your plants in the most efficient, fastest manner possible. In fact, these exclusive chelates are so effective that tests (with our types of plants) show they deliver at least 31% more nutrients into your plants at least 37% faster! Consider this also: your plants will make better use of the formula you give them, which means you’ll save money on fertilizers, equipment, and electricity, because you’ll have a faster, more productive crop cycle. Cup-Winning Growers everywhere understand it’s especially important when you’re using non-soil hydroponic systems, including rockwool, aeroponics, NFT, and other types of materials in indoor gardens, to make the most out of every ounce of nutrients you feed your plants. But…

CHELATION IS USELESS UNLESS IT HELPS DELIVER ONLY THE MOST HIGH-QUALITY, BUD-POTENTIATING NUTRIENTS INTO YOUR PLANTS! While chelation is extremely important because it helps your plants get more total nutrients and faster… you have to make absolutely sure… you’re feeding your plants the correct nutrients in the first place! That’s why GROW-MICRO-BLOOM contains only the most proven, most potent, and most effective nutrients in the correct ratios you need to get maximum growth and yield from your plants in every stage of your crop cycle. During the grow : when your plants need nitrogen, calcium, and other necessary nutrients, GROW-MICRO-BLOOM’s chelates force these nutrients directly and immediately into your plant’s roots, leaves, cells, and flowers— greatly speeding the grow cycle. During the bloom cycle: GROW-MICRO-BLOOM feeds powerful chelated potassium, phosphorus, and other nutrients that boost bloom size and weight directly into the heart of your plants so they get the maximum size, weight, and budding possible.

AND IF THIS STILL WASN’T ENOUGH, HERE’S… WHAT CUP-WINNING GROWERS DO DIFFERENTLY TO GET HUGE YIELDS AND IMPRESSIVE HARVESTS FROM THEIR CROPS! As we’ve seen: if you want to dial in the exact nutrients and ratios your plants need, it’s best to use a premium 2-part formula—like our exclusive CONNOISSEUR blend. But, one big benefit of GROW-MICRO-BLOOM is… even though it’s a 3-part formula… you can now customize it more fully than any other 3-part blend to work better with your plants. While many hobbyists and growers with small gardens will choose to stick to the standard, extremely easy to mix and use 1-1-1 ratio… you also have the option to customize this 3-part formula for the specific strain you’re growing. Here’s how: a band of scientists, mathematicians, and computer experts spent years developing and testing a nutrient calculator (available on Advanced Nutrients’ website) that helps you create the optimum growing blend so you can make adjustments to get the absolute best growth and production from your plants. The formula is studied, buffered, and constantly upgraded based on dozens of international research projects conducted in hydroponics, aeroponics, indoor gardens, and commercial agriculture projects across the world… so that you get… the absolute best 3-part formula for whatever strain of plant you want to maximize. Here’s what one grower from Washington had to say about the unique cus-

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“I CAN MIX IT THE FAST WAY… OR I CAN MAKE A SPECIAL BREW!” “I was using another 3-part. It wasn’t giving good results. I wanted to make a specific brew. I liked it that you have a nutrient calculator on your website so I switched over to use your 3-part and it was a lot more reliable. I can mix the fast way or I can make a special brew based on your calculator. I got a quicker grow period and a larger size in harvest. Yours is better.” - Larry, from Seattle, Washington tomizing features of GROW-MICRO-BLOOM: The bottom line? You can get as in depth and involved with your plants as you want… or… you can simply stick to the basic 1-1-1 ratio of mixing and never have to worry about pH, PPM, or any of the other problems associated with other 3-part formulas!

PLUS, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR pH AGAIN! Now, off-color leaves, slow growth, and low yields because of pH and PPM fluctuations are a thing of the past… Because GROW-MICRO-BLOOM contains “pH Perfect” technology which eliminates the need to manually check and adjust pH levels two times per day. In short, as long as your water falls between 4.5 and 8.5 pH (which is pretty much everyone’s water)—this technology adjusts your pH for you and keeps it buffered there throughout your plants’ grow and bloom cycles! Which means you’ll never have to manually adjust your pH… you’ll never have to worry that your plants aren’t in the premium growing environment… all you have to do is use GROW-MICRO-BLOOM as directed, and the “pH Perfect” technology takes care of all that for you!

HERE’S HOW GROW-MICRO-BLOOM IS ACTUALLY 5 PRODUCTS IN ONE! The fact of the matter is: GROW-MICRO-BLOOM offers you more value for your money than any other 3-part formula on the market and it’s simply because you get 5 products in one with this formulation. Here’s how... • GROW-MICRO-BLOOM now contains Wet Betty which is an organic surfactant that lowers the surface tension of your water, allowing easier spreading and uptake of nutrients into your plants. • The second ingredient is humic acid which provides natural-carrier compounds that transport nutrients and vitamins into your plants more efficiently, so they grow faster and have stronger cellular processes. • The third ingredient is fulvic acid which gives you quicker nutrient absorption, nutrient transport, and more cellular metabolism. Together, these two acids work synergistically to maximize the time your plants spend in bloom. • The fourth ingredient in GROW-MICRO-BLOOM is the highly potent, bud-potentiating nutrients themselves that feed your plants exactly what they need for fast, high-powered growth and impressive finishing harvests. • And the fifth and final ingredient is the specialized “chelates” we’ve already talked about that get these high-powered nutrients into your plants as fast and as efficiently as possible! Together, these five products combine to create the most effective 3-part formula possible.


WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU PUT THIS CUP-WINNING GROWING SECRET TO WORK IN YOUR GROW ROOM!

• You’ve met other growers like yourself, who were skeptical at first but now praise GROW-MICRO-BLOOM because it’s delivering at least 31% more nutrients into their plants—at least 37% faster…

Imagine walking into your grow room after using GROW-MICRO-BLOOM in your next crop cycle…

• And you know Advanced Nutrients fully stands behind GROW-MICROBLOOM and every other product they sell with their 100% Full Money-Back Guarantee. Either you’re absolutely THRILLED with your bigger, faster, more plentiful harvests—or you get every penny of your hardearned money back!

You’ll own a lush, productive garden where clones, seedlings, or transplants grow way faster than ever before… they’re bushier… they’re bigger… and they’re way more aromatic and potent. Even better is: you’re spending less time fussing with your nutrients, PPM, and pH, because the formula is better balanced and mixes easy. • Your plants mature faster and are ready to bloom earlier. • They start putting on more flowers sooner.

So why not get started today?

HOW TO PUT THIS CUP-WINNING GROWING SECRET TO THE ULTIMATE IN-HOME TEST WITH YOUR PLANTS, STARTING WITH YOUR VERY NEXT CROP CYCLE... Here’s how to set up a risk-free test of this Cup-Winning Growing Secret in your home today…

• The flowers are bigger and more developed. • The plants are greener, more lush, and healthier because they’re getting the right nutrients at the right time… and… in the right way. • These happy plants resist pests and diseases and give you a beautiful harvest you can be proud of… and… count on for profits. … In fact, you might just make all your friends jealous and have them begging you to know how you got such big buds… such delicious-smelling plants… and such potency!

HOW YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO GET FASTER GROWTH AND BIGGER YIELDS FROM THIS CUP-WINNING GROWING SECRET! Advanced Nutrients is so serious about their GROW-MICRO-BLOOM formula that they offer a full money-back guarantee of satisfaction. Here it is, in the founder’s own words:

First, before you start your next crop cycle, select an equal amount of clones or transplants to use with GROW-MICRO-BLOOM. Call this your “test” crop. Then, simply go to your favorite retail shop that carries Advanced Nutrients products and tell them you want to try out GROW-MICRO-BLOOM absolutely risk-free. Next, when you get home, you can either mix it in the basic 1-1-1 ratio with your plants… or… log onto AdvancedNutrients.com and use the free calculator there to determine the absolute best growing ratio for your specific strain of plant. Then, mix GROW-MICRO-BLOOM exactly as directed and add it to one set of your clones or transplants. And use your normal fertilizers with the other half. Finally, watch in amazement as you see your plants speed through their grow cycle. Watch confidently as they get greener… look stronger… and resist dis-

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GROWER GUARANTEE

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

MORE INFO: advancednutrients.com/growerguarantee/

WHY NOT GIVE GROW-MICRO-BLOOM A RISK-FREE TRY TODAY? • You’ve seen how the proprietary 3-part fertilizer formula was developed specifically for growers like you and your high-value plants…

ease better. And finally, enjoy watching them hit the bloom phase more powerfully than ever before… and… produce the biggest, juiciest, smelliest, most potent buds possible! The only thing you’ll have to do after this is enjoy your improved plants.

• You’ve seen how the combination of bud-potentiating nutrients and extensive scientific testing guarantees you get only the most potent, most proven nutrients in the correct ratios in GROW-MICRO-BLOOM…

One word of warning: after you show your friends your next crop cycle they’ll be hounding you for your “secret” and asking how you managed to get such colorful, aromatic, potent, and huge harvests.

• You’ve seen how the advanced carrier molecules—chelates—added to the GROW-MICRO-BLOOM formula ensure you get MORE of these important nutrients into your plants FASTER…

And whether you tell them your secret… or just simply enjoy being the object of their jealously by keeping this Cup-Winning Growing Secret to yourself… is entirely up to you.

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SAY GOODBYE TO pH PENS, AND HELLO TO YOUR BEST HARVEST YET

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ired of pH ups and downs? Tired of dealing with pH pens? Then we’ve got good news: There is a new base-nutrient formula that has a built-in safety net and guardrails along the pH highway that will perfectly maintain your pH without any work on your part. It will do this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means no more pH ups or downs. Ever. And all you’ve got to do is pour it in. But wait, there’s more! It’s actually 5 different premium products in 1 bottle. Which means that when you buy this special new formula, you’ll save hundreds of dollars a month. Think of it… no more pH pens which are expensive by themselves. Also, you won’t have to spend any more money or time to calibrate those pens. But the real kicker is you’ll also get the world’s best surfactant, fulvates, humates, and amino acids free of charge! Read on to find out how…

THE FORMULA IS CALLED pH PERFECT SENSI GROW AND BLOOM A&B BY ADVANCED NUTRIENTS Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B is a two-part base nutrient formula that is

ridiculously easy to use. You just measure the two parts, and voilà. You can get on with your life. And because Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B includes pH Perfect® Technology, your pH will constantly be maintained at the perfect level for optimal growth.

THE TECHNOLOGY IS CALLED “pH PERFECT” And our scientists are very proud of it. They ought to be. As long as you’re using pH Perfect products, you don’t need to measure or alter anything to stay within the perfect pH range. Which means you can stop suffering with those dreadful pH pens altogether. pH Perfect is such a potent technology that it can bring a pH of 8.7 down to 5.5 in a matter of seconds. Or, it can raise a low pH of 4.8 to 5.5 in the same time.

USE ANY OTHER BRAND AND YOU LOSE THE BENEFITS OF pH PERFECT TECHNOLOGY 5 PREMIUM PRODUCTS IN 1 BOTTLE Here’s what you’ll get when you use Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B:


1. Wet Betty—our prized non-ionic surfactant. A surfactant eases the tension in liquids so that your plants can feed more freely. Think of this as a way to remove friction. It’s the difference between an old train on a rusty track and a Japanese bullet train that uses electromagnets to hover so it can sail through the air at hundreds of miles per hour. Thing is, most surfactants could easily be replaced with dish soap, because they’re not researched and developed for the specific type of plants you grow. Wet Betty, on the other hand, has been painstakingly researched and developed, through 1000s of hours of plant-specific tissue-sample tests. And you get it free when you buy Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B. 2. F-1 (Fulvates)—fulvates increase the permeability of plant membranes. These will work hand in hand with Wet Betty to make sure your plants can feed effortlessly. Like our humates, and all of our products, the fulvates we choose have been carefully tested and selected for the types of plants you grow. 3. H-2 (Humates)—both the humates and the fulvates we use are sourced from leonardite, a rare volcanic rock that is one of the most mineral-rich substances on the planet. Humates will boost seed germination and root growth, as well as the power of chelation (which we’ll explain in just a moment). 4. 20 L-Form Amino Acids—while these are not currently a standalone product, we are including them in Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B to bring you even more value. These special L-form amino acids are powerhouses of plant growth. Just one of these, L-tryptophan, has the potential to release bloom boosters that could give you the heaviest harvest of your life. And there are 19 others included. (It’s important to understand L-form amino acids are far superior to D-form amino acids, which are used by most hydroponic nutrient companies today). 5. Sensi Bloom/Grow A&B—of course, there are the base Nutrients themselves. Not only do they perfectly balance your pH with pH Perfect® Technology but they address every one of your plants’ 16 elemental needs. Going far above and beyond the call of duty, Sensi is much more than your average N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium). And each of the elements in Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B is chelated to the highest quality standards currently possible.

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN? To grow to their heaviest, full potential, your plants need 16 elements. Here’s how it happens in nature: From the air, water, and soil your plants get: • Carbon (C) • Oxygen (O) • Hydrogen (H) • Nitrogen (N) From the soil and fertilizers your plants get: • Phosphorus (P) • Potassium (K) • Calcium (Ca) • Magnesium (M) • Sulfur (S) • Boron (B) • Chlorine (CI) • Copper (Cu) • Iron (Fe) • Manganese (Mn) • Molybdenum (Mo) • Zinc (Zn)

But if you want the best results, you’ve got to have the best versions of each of these. And in the right amounts. That’s where Sensi comes in. Sensi Grow and Bloom have both been meticulously crafted to give you the perfect amount of each of these 16 elements.

AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE, WE’VE INCLUDED THE HIGHEST-QUALITY CHELATED VERSIONS What is chelation? Chelation is altering an element at the molecular level by attaching tiny hooks all the way around the elemental ion that totally encapsulates it. And the surfactant (Wet Betty) relaxes the tension in the liquids of your growing medium so the nutrients can move freely. With these two forces working together, it’s like a feeding free-for-all for your entire grow cycle.

IF YOU’RE STILL NOT SURE, LET US TAKE THE RISK: ALL OF IT IS GUARANTEED!

GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK •

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

MORE INFO: advancednutrients.com/growerguarantee/ Try Sensi for yourself. Either Sensi Grow, for your grow cycle, or Sensi Bloom, for your bloom cycle. If you’re not blown away with how easy it is to use, how well it balances your pH, and how effective it is at growing heavy, profitable flowers, return the proof of purchase for a full refund. P.S. Some growers have reported that this two-part formula is even easier to use than a one-part formula, even without the benefit of the pH Perfect Technology.

VISIT YOUR LOCAL HYDRO STORE AND SEE THE SENSI DIFFERENCE FOR YOURSELF TODAY P.P.S. All that not good enough for you? Do you demand even more? You greedy son of a gun… we like your style. Check out pH Perfect Connoisseur, Advanced Nutrients’ most advanced base nute. The value you’ll get from pH Perfect Connoisseur is even more startling than Sensi Grow/Bloom A&B.

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BIGGER BETTER BUDS FEEDING SYSTEM GROW CYCLE BASE NUTRIENTS

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

pH Perfect速 Sensi Grow A*

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

pH Perfect速 Sensi Grow B*

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

SUPPLEMENTS

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Voodoo Juice

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

-

-

Bud Candy

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

-

-

* Grow and Bloom Base Nutrients Directions: Cutting and Seedlings: 1 mL/L |Small Plants: 2 mL/L | Mature Plants: 4 mL/L

CONVERSION CHART

1 Teaspoon

=

5 mL

1 Tablespoon

=

15 mL

1 Ounce

=

30 mL

1 Cup

=

240 mL

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BIGGER BETTER BUDS FEEDING SYSTEM BLOOM CYCLE BASE NUTRIENTS

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

pH Perfect速 Sensi Bloom A*

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

Flush

pH Perfect速 Sensi Bloom B*

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

4 mL/L

Flush

SUPPLEMENTS

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Voodoo Juice

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

-

-

-

-

Flush

Big Bud

-

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

-

-

Flush

Nirvana

-

-

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

Flush

Sensizym

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

Flush

Bud Candy

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

2 mL/L

Flush

* Grow and Bloom Base Nutrients Directions: Cutting and Seedlings: 1 mL/L |Small Plants: 2 mL/L | Mature Plants: 4 mL/L

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Week 8


FOR EXPERIENCED GROWERS OF HIGH-VALUE PLANTS WHO ARE ALMOST (BUT NOT QUITE) SATISFIED WITH THEIR YIELDS—AND ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING MORE...

DEAR EXPERIENCED GROWER, Are you • AN EXPERIENCED GROWER who is already getting excellent results with clients who praise your product? • A HIGHLY ARTISTIC HOME GROWER with their own “microgrowery”?

If you can answer yes, and you are already a top-notch grower who has maxed out the potential of your current feeding system... And if, after all that success, you still need even more yield and potency—then pH Perfect® Connoisseur may be the right base nutrient for you.

• A PROFESSIONAL GROWER who relies on his plants for his livelihood?

No expense has been spared in researching, testing, and sourcing only the most potent, powerful ingredients, guaranteed to drive your crops to their most productive grow and bloom cycles possible.

• A COMMERCIAL GROWER with hundreds or even thousands of lights, who supplies the medicinal community?

Plus, all primary, secondary, and micronutrients in this flagship formulation are fully or partially chelated for optimal absorption.


And if that weren’t enough, you can throw away your pH meters and pens forever because pH Perfect Technology automatically keeps the pH in the “sweet spot” every week of your grow. The bottom line? If you already have the skills—pH Perfect Connoisseur has the power to make your plants reach their full genetic potential.

THE THOUSANDS OF MAN-HOURS OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THIS BUD-GROWING BREAKTHROUGH... It’s said that Albert Einstein called compound interest the most powerful force in the universe. Our team of 23 PhDs, led by a man named Dr. Savov, developed pH Perfect Connoisseur with this in mind. Drawing from a Japanese engineering breakthrough called “kaizen” (pronounced “kaI’zen”), our team applied the power of compound interest to developing compound improvements for your high-value plants. Here’s how... The essence of kaizen is about making multiple small changes at every step of a multi-sequence process so that, in the end, you have big results (like compound interest). That’s what Dr. Savov and his team did in Bulgaria... The team of scientists realized there were three areas they could improve over standard base nutrients... 1. The selection of the nutrients themselves. While most nutrient companies rely on past research and hearsay, the team at Advanced Nutrients wanted facts. So through a series of exhausting plant-specific, tissue-sample tests, the team isolated every variable they could. Then, they asked a series of small questions. Including, what’s really going on here? Can we improve this element in some small way? Can we improve the way it works with all the other ingredients? When they were finally able to answer all these questions with authority, the results of the formulation they invented were beyond question. 2. The delivery mechanisms. Once the “building blocks” of the formula—the nutrient selection—was optimized, they realized it would all be a gigantic waste if this new formulation, as powerful as it was, couldn’t be absorbed easily and reliably by your plants. So they tested surfactants, amino acids, and every imaginable ingredient or combination of ingredients possible to enhance your plants’ feeding. After optimizing the delivery mechanisms, the plants fed this new formulation couldn’t help but absorb almost every last drop! 3. Any other small improvements? This is where the team truly found the potential for huge leverage... over not just the industry standard but even Advanced Nutrients’ best Nutrients so far. The point of leverage was in plant bloom metabolism and floral production. There were weak links in the armor of most base Nutrients, and when Dr. Savov’s team discovered them, the team did what they do best. Patiently, ardently, they went to work. Now, when you buy pH Perfect Connoisseur, you have a base nutrient with the power to rival an entire shelf of standard base Nutrients and bloom boosters.

It all worked out better than they imagined and pH Perfect Connoisseur had been the world’s most advanced base nutrient since its release many years ago, and is the flagship base nutrient in the Advanced Nutrients line.

THREE MORE REASONS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR BIGGEST, HEAVIEST HARVESTS TO DATE USING pH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR Reason #1: Balance-Free pH: Advanced Nutrients’ proprietary pH Perfect Technology automatically stabilizes your pH, ensuring your plants stay within their “sweet spot”. There’s two BIG reasons why this is so beneficial: 1. Safeguards against stresses resulting from pH fluctuations. The pH-adjusting supplements that you otherwise have to use are strong acids and alkalis—harsh chemicals to introduce to your reservoir that result in sudden changes in pH which are stressful for your plants. With pH Perfect keeping the pH steady and stable—making it balance-free—your crops no longer have to endure wild pH swings. 2. Prevents nutrient deficiencies, ensuring optimal nutrition. The “sweet spot” is where your plants achieve optimal nutrient absorption. When your pH stays within this range, nutrients remain bioavailable to the roots. Therefore, your crops are able to absorb all the primary, secondary, and micronutrients they need throughout the week— and throughout their lifecycle. The result is consistent “pH Perfect” grows marked by fast growth, nutrient-healthy plants, and bigger yields unmarred by nutrient deficiencies. Reason #2: Powerful Chelation Technology: You get extra insurance of optimal nutrition through superabsorptive chelation. In addition to pH stabilization, pH Perfect Connoisseur contains a secondary layer of protection: chelation. The powerful chelation in this formulation makes nutrients more available to the roots than they would be otherwise. This is true even under a wide range of extreme growing conditions, such as overly acidic, alkaline, or mineralized waters, soils, hydroponic growing media, or nutrient solutions. All the primary, secondary, and micronutrients are supplied in fully or partially chelated form—some even in multiple chelated forms. So, even if the water you are using is too soft or too hard, or some environmental factor or growing error takes the pH above or below where it should be, your crops can still feed. This is because with this powerful chelation a theoretical absorption range between pH 1 and pH 10 is possible. (Although actual pH ranges in growing never vary this much—you can rest assured the chelation will keep your plants within the guardrails of optimal growing conditions.) Reason #3: The Bud-Getting Benefits You Can’t Buy: You receive added nutrition and value in unique 5-in-1 formulations. With this nutrient breakthrough, you effectively get five products in one bottle:

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pH BALANCE-FREE NUTRIENTS TRIBE

1. Wet Betty (a surfactant or “wetting agent”) which facilitates better absorption of nutrients by the roots. 2. Grandma Enggy’s H-2 (humic acids) 3. Grandma Enggy’s F-1 (fulvic acid), both of which provide additional pH buffering and chelation, among other benefits. 4. A broad spectrum of 20 amino acids, the building blocks of life, which are crucial to the construction of cell walls in stems, leaves, and flowers. These aminos are called “the bonus you cannot buy” because no other product on the market—whether made by Advanced Nutrients or by a competitor—contains so many amino acids. 5. pH Perfect Technology—for balance-free pH levels always in the “sweet spot”. ... And other proprietary growing & blooming cofactors that activate your plants’ internal circuitry to multiply the size, girth, weight, potency, aroma, and taste of your buds! The bottom line: there’s no better base nutrient for elite growers who want to get the maximum genetic potential from their plants.

WARNING: WHY pH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU... There are certain people who are not yet ready for pH Perfect Connoisseur... • pH Perfect Connoisseur is not for the grower who has been growing for less than 1 year... • pH Perfect Connoisseur is not for the grower who has not dialed in his growing environment (lights, temperature, grow & bloom cycles, pest control, etc.)... • pH Perfect Connoisseur is not for the grower who is struggling to get great results from other pH Perfect base nutrients (all pH Perfect Base Nutrients are already dialed in to give great plant-specific results—you should already be getting great results with pH Perfect Sensi for example, before trying pH Perfect Connoisseur) In other words: only experienced growers should use this unique formulation.

WHY THIS PREMIUM-PRICED, FLAGSHIP BASE NUTRIENT FROM ADVANCED NUTRIENTS CAN ACTUALLY SAVE YOU THOUSANDS AND MAKE YOU EVEN MORE... pH Perfect Connoisseur is not cheap. In fact, it’s the most “expensive” base nutrient that we manufacture at Advanced Nutrients. But is it really “expensive” if it delivers more value than any other base nutrient currently available? • You’ve seen why we developed pH Perfect Connoisseur ONLY for advanced growers who can fully exploit its powerful potential because they already have their system dialed in... • You’ve seen the meticulous development and years of research by a team of over 25+ plant PhDs into the unique needs of high-value plant growers and how pH Perfect Connoisseur solves them all for you, one by one... • And you’ve seen three more powerful reasons why pH Perfect

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Connoisseur is likely the best investment you can make into your growing program... In short: because of the immense value packed into each bottle of pH Perfect Connoisseur, this premium-priced base nutrient actually saves you money by eliminating lost time, failed crops, and potential wasted harvests. And it allows you to make even more each year by increasing your output and the quality of your final product. The best part of all? At Advanced Nutrients, we put our whole company behind our claims. Here’s how…

YOUR SATISFACTION IS, OF COURSE, GUARANTEED... At Advanced Nutrients we are world-renowned for our integrity and commitment to you, the grower.

GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK •

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

MORE INFO: advancednutrients.com/growerguarantee/ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NEXT, TO PUT THIS BREAKTHROUGH TO WORK FOR YOU... When you look at the facts and see the results, you will agree that pH Perfect Connoisseur offers you the ultimate base nutrient for the experienced grower of high-value plants. And now you know you’re 100% guaranteed to see great results without risking a penny of your hard-earned money with Advanced Nutrients... At this point, the ONLY logical thing to do is act now. Call or go to your local hydroponics store and tell them you want to try Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect Connoisseur with your next crop cycle.


When you choose any of Advanced Nutrients’ pH Perfect ® Base Nutrients, you will also receive 5 Benefits in 1 that are included in every bottle at no additional cost... Other companies might charge hundreds of dollars for the same benefits these products bring you, but they’re all included as part of the standard formulations in each of our cup-winning, plant-specific base nutrients. They are...

1. Wet Betty

Wet Betty is a non-ionic surfactant (also called a wetting agent) that lowers the surface tension of your nutrient-rich water, allowing easier spreading and uptake of nutrients into your plants. That means your plants get the nutrients they crave faster and more efficiently than ever before. Plus, scientific testing by the leading plant PhD in surfactant studies shows Wet Betty (by itself) consistently increases plant growth by an average of 6%!

2. F-1

Short-chain Fulvic Acid is still not 100% understood scientifically, but it directly stimulates plant growth and is 1,000 times smaller than humic acid—making it easily utilized by your plants. Fulvic Acid is also a natural chelator that gives you quicker nutrient absorption, transport, and enhanced cellular metabolism.

3. H-2

Introducing long-chain Humic Acid to your root zone is like building a “condominium complex” for beneficial bacteria and fungi, giving them an optimal structure to flourish in.

4. Amino Acids

Many athletes supplement with amino acids to help fuel muscle growth because they’re the essential “building blocks” of protein. In the same way, your plants benefit from amino acids! The broad spectrum of 20 amino acids in Advanced Nutrients base nutrients fuel metabolic pathways for enhanced essential-oil production and are critical to the construction of cell walls in stems, leaves, and flowers.

5. Balance-Free pH Perfect® Technology

When you use any Advanced Nutrients base nutrient, the pH Perfect Technology inside automatically stabilizes and locks in your pH within the optimal range (called the “sweet spot“) of pH 5.5– 6.3—and keeps it there for one week. No more pens. No more meters. No more being chained to your nutrient reservoir, checking and adjusting pH, because the scientific formulation does it for you. Plus, with a theoretical absorption range between pH 1 and pH 10—this technology acts as a built-in safety net ensuring your plants can always feed and even if some error or bad water source takes the pH above or below where it should be, you’ll still be able to turn a good crop.

To Find Out More Go Now To: AdvancedNutrients.com/5in1

Ask your local hydroponic retailer about what pH Perfect® Base Nutrients can do for your garden today!


ROOT MASS EXPANDERS TRIBE

BUD POTENCY & STALK STRENGTHENERS TRIBE

GROW MORE GLISTENING, STICKY, RESIN-GLAZED, TRICHOME-COVERED BUDS AND STURDIER, STRONGER STALKS AND BRANCHES! EXPAND YOUR ROOT MASS 700% TO 1,000%! IT IS A KNOWN SCIENTIFIC FACT: BIGGER ROOTS PRODUCE BIGGER YIELDS Voodoo Juice—Expand root mass by up to 117% and increase nutrient absorption by up to 700%! Watch your plants suck up energy and nutrients like crazy for vigorous growth—and ultimately bigger yields.

Nirvana—Guarantees bigger yields and bigger, denser, heavier buds... while driving your plants at a faster metabolic rate. Experience increased yield, quality, aroma, color, essential oils, and resin production faster than you could have imagined without using synthetic nutrients. Rhino Skin—Increases trichomes and essential oils for more potent harvests. Your crops will stand up straighter and support bulkier, heavier buds. You’ll get big, sticky, potent harvests with greater market value. Bud Factor X—Triggers systemic acquired resistance (SAR) within plants to produce markedly higher amounts of essential oils and terpenoids which directly benefit taste, aroma, and resin production, giving you higher-quality crops with greater market value. B-52—Amplifies overall plant metabolism, promotes strong root development, boosts grow and helps your crops fight off stresses such as intense light, cold weather, ozone, drought, and salinity.

Piranha—Expand the surface area of your plant roots by up to 75%. Help your crops obtain as much as 86% more nitrogen, 234% more phosphorus, and 75% more potassium. This means heightened grow, greater leaf area, more bud production, better bloom structure, and increased weight. Piranha also seeks and destroys harmful pathogens and molds, while strengthening crop resistance to stress. Tarantula—Its beneficial bacteria inoculate the roots, safeguarding them by competing with and warding off harmful bacteria that can infect your plants. Reduces tissue damage from heavy fertilizer salts. Increases plant grow and yields by releasing grow and bloom cofactors and aiding chlorophyll, so your high-intensity lighting is more effective. Microbial Munch—Maximize your microbes! Support, strengthen and maximize the benefits from all the beneficial microbes and fungi. It’s a “superfood”—exactly what your plants need to transform into bigger, stronger, more resilient, and more beneficial creatures. In short, it’s like putting them on steroids.

BUD AID TRIBE

“INSURANCE” FOR YOUR GROW ROOM Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra—If you’re using base nutrients made by other companies, your crops could be deficient, leading to stunted growth and yellowing leaves. You can prevent that with Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra, the only calcium and magnesium supplement formulated with the exact Ca, Mg, and Fe ratios unique to the high-value plants we grow. Revive—Guaranteed to rejuvenate your crops if they get into nutrient-deficiency trouble—which can happen if something unexpected and beyond your control occurs...or you’re using inferior nutrients. Save plants in distress by adding it to your nutrient solution or using it as a foliar spray at the first sign of trouble. These rejuvenating substances flood the plant with healing nutrition. Use it at the first sign of trouble and your precious plants will get their best chance not only to survive, but thrive!

Ask your local hydroponic retailer about what Advanced Nutrients can do for your garden today!

CROP SUBSTRATE SUPERPAK TRIBE

THE MOST OVERLOOKED AREA FOR GETTING POUNDS OF BUDS Sensizym—Specifically formulated enzymes that scour the root zone, removing debris and eradicating disease by “recycling” it into usable carbohydrates that fuel bud grow and boost yields. Growers report it also decomposes rootzone debris so well, you can often reuse growing media such as rockwool and coco coir for another crop lifecycle—saving you money! Ancient Earth Organic—A rich combination of humic and fulvic acid that will help transform your growing medium into a richer, healthier, more vibrant foundation for your crops while pumping up their roots. Also stabilize the pH and optimize nutrient delivery. Helps plants withstand disease, drought, and other environmental stresses.


Welcome To The Tribe

BUD TASTE & TERPENE ENHANCERS TRIBE

ANY ONE OF ADVANCED NUTRIENTS‘ FLOWER ENHANCERS WILL PACK SIZE, DENSITY, AND WEIGHT ON YOUR BUDS AND HELP YOU ACHIEVE THE YIELDS YOU’VE ALWAYS IMAGINED. AND WHEN USED TOGETHER, WILL GREATLY ENHANCE EACH OTHER’S EFFECTIVENESS.

BIGGER BUDS TRIBE

OPTIMIZES YOUR 3 CRITICAL PHASES OF BUD DEVELOPMENT! Bud Initiation Phase

Bud Ignitor—All the energy your high-value crops had been putting into grow will transfer into a massive burst of blooms. You’ll start to see signs of prolific budding within 5 days, instead of 10 or more without it.

THE “SECRET” TO MAXIMIZING TASTE, INTENSIFYING FLAVOR, AND AMPLIFYING THE AROMA OF YOUR CROPS Bud Candy—The simple and complex carbohydrates in Bud Candy give them an instantly accessible source of energy for more floral growth. Includes bloom-enhancing plant extracts that increase essential oils for higher potency, better aroma, richer flavor and deeper, more pleasing colors. Flawless Finish—Removes excess chemical residues from your growing medium, roots and other plant tissues, including fruits and flowers. You’ll have the cleanest, sweetest yields possible. Use Flawless Finish right before your next harvest and taste the results for yourself.

Mid-Blooming Phase

Big Bud—In the same way bodybuilders take in amino acids after a workout to bulk up on proteins—the building blocks of life—so too do your buds need a big amino boost. See gains in size, mass, and potency from the rich assortment of bioavailable amino acids. Ripening Phase

Overdrive—Get even more out of your plants during the finishing phase. Reinvigorate your crops with a second wind, giving you much bigger yields when harvest day dawns.

Start Putting the Tribes to Work For You Today... Go Now to AdvancedNutrients.com/Tribes


IMPORTANT: WHY ONE PRODUCT IN EACH TRIBE IS BIGGER THAN THE REST... Store owners get asked all the time, “Which one of these Advanced Nutrients’ products should I start with?”, and here is the answer! While we know that each and every Advanced Nutrients formulation is in its eighth generation of development and improvement... and while every one of our formulations have proven themselves in the lab and in the grow rooms of customers all over the globe... we know that some growers have yet to experience Advanced Nutrients.

To make it easy for you—we’ve highlighted the one product in each tribe that is the best to start with—think of it like a “baby step” in the right direction to trying out our nutrients. Again, we do this because we know that once you try Advanced Nutrients—you’ll never go back! Plus, we stand behind every single product with our world-famous Grower Guarantee.

BUD IGNITOR

BIG BUD®

OVERDRIVE

When your high-value crops absorb the bloom-triggering plant-extract agents contained in Bud Ignitor, they immediately transfer all of the energy they had been putting into vegetative growth directly into a massive burst of blooms. After changing your lights and lighting schedule (flipping), you’ll start to see signs of prolific budding within 5 days, instead of 10 or more without it. What’s more, the special bloom-enhancing ingredients promote shorter internodal lengths, giving you more buds per centimeter of branch. And those swelling buds will be bigger, denser, and richer in essential oils because they will have a big head start. Best of all, Bud Ignitor does all this safely because its formulation contains only 100% clean, non-toxic ingredients. There are absolutely no harmful PGRs (plant growth regulators) in this—or, for that matter, in any—of our products. Try Bud Ignitor now, and because our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% satisfaction, you can rest assured of the best possible results.

In the same way bodybuilders have to take in extra amino acids after a workout to bulk up on proteins—the building blocks of life—so too do your buds need a big amino boost. If you give them one with Big Bud® they will gain in size, mass, and potency from the rich assortment of bioavailable, L-amino acids in the formulation. Of course, your plants will get the optimal amounts of phosphorus and potassium for strong blooming, but in addition to this perfectly dialed-in PK spike, they’ll get a rich spectrum of secondary metabolites, allowing them to expend less time and energy knitting together their own amino acids. Instead, your crops will be freed to channel all that energy into building bigger, heavier buds—directly! Finally, the addition of L-ascorbic acid pushes your crops to peak performance while protecting them as an important antioxidant. Try Big Bud today if you want bigger, bulkier buds—and because our Grower Guarantee ensures your satisfaction, you risk absolutely nothing.

After your peak bloom phase, your plants enter their late bloom cycle (the precise timing and length of which depends on the plant strain you’re growing). By that time, most growers don’t expect to see much more floral development ahead. Instead of accepting this, you can get even more out of your plants during the finishing cycle with Overdrive. When you use Overdrive, you’ll reinvigorate your crops with a second wind. Your buds will pack on more weight and density by filling their structures with extra essential oils—well past the point when the late bloom cycle typically shows signs of slowing down. This, in turn, will give you much bigger yields when harvest day dawns. And with additional essential oils come better flavors, fragrances, and colors, not to mention protection from oxidative stress by a powerful antioxidant: ascorbic acid. Apply Overdrive to your garden today and get more out of the last weeks of bloom. As always, our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% satisfaction at zero risk.

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OPTIMIZE THE THREE CRITICAL PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT THAT ALL BUDS GO THROUGH WHEN USED AS A STAND-ALONE SUPPLEMENT, ANY ONE OF THE BUD BULKERS PRODUCED BY ADVANCED NUTRIENTS WILL PACK SIZE ON YOUR BUDS AND HELP YOU ACHIEVE THE YIELDS YOU’VE ALWAYS IMAGINED... However, when used together they work syner-

tiating budding 50% faster than before... within

#3: Final-Ripening Cycle: The last three weeks

gistically—greatly enhancing each other’s effec-

5 days instead of 10 or more after changing your

is when your buds can actually gain the most

tiveness and amplifying your results more than if

lighting schedule.

weight—that is, if you feed them Overdrive.

used separately.

#2: Mid-Bloom Cycle: During this vital phase

This is because each bud bulker was designed to

you not only need the correct extra amounts of

optimize one of your buds’ three crucial develop-

P and K but your buds will start putting on more

ment phases:

size, mass, and potency if you feed them the correct amino acids of the type and quality found

That’s because this unique supplement supplies critical nutrients in the proper ratios during the ripening cycle, that translate into amplified growth and heavier buds with enhanced essential oils, flavors, and color.

#1: Bloom-Initiation Cycle: It’s a scientific fact

in Big Bud®. Specifically, science testing shows

Keep reading to discover more about each of

that the earlier your buds initiate blooming—the

L-tryptophan and L-cysteine signal the produc-

these bud bulkers and how they can help you un-

bigger they’ll get—because they have more time

tion of more buds and larger flowers while en-

lock the door to a grow room full of the plants you

to grow. Bud Ignitor optimizes this cycle by ini-

couraging other blooming cofactors to develop.

deserve and desire.

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HOW YOU GET THE BIGGEST YIELDS FROM YOUR

BLOOM BOOSTER Y ou’re likely to be among the 91.7% of growers who use bloom boosters every bloom cycle, so it’s natural for you to want to be sure that your boosters give you the biggest yields possible for your garden. To be precise, you look for bloom-booster effects that include: • Larger, heavier, denser flowers • Flowers with more essential oils, aromatics, terpenoids, phenols, and other potency factors • Measurable, significant increases in overall harvest weight and market value How do most bloom boosters stack up in meeting these goals? Not as well as they could. In fact, until recently poorly absorbed forms of phosphorus and potassium (P and K) were the main ingredients in most bloom boosters.

phosphorus toxicity that works against bloom production and overall plant health. Not only that, your crops may taste harsh so they hurt your throat and lungs.

POTASSIUM AND PHOSPHORUS ARE ONLY PARTS OF THE REAL STORY There’s a lot more to fueling bigger flowers than giving your plants correct ratios and types of potassium and phosphorus. It turns out that floral production revs up most when your plants are provided the full range and correct forms of substances called amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins, terpenoids, phenols, and alkaloids. This means you want to give 20 “L-form” amino acids to your plants, with especially important doses of L-tryptophan, L-cysteine, L-glutamate and L-glycine.

Worse yet, almost all bloom boosters have incorrect ratios or types of phosphorus and potassium. Most bloom boosters provide double the amount of phosphorus to potassium. That’s not useful. Your plants are much hungrier for potassium than for phosphorus during bloom cycle.

Why the special emphasis on these four L-form amino acids? Here’s the scoop:

And when too much phosphorus is dumped into your plants, it creates a potential for

L-cysteine provides sulfur, and along with L-glycine is a prime element in the formation

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Your plants utilize L-tryptophan to create an important floral-growth hormone called indoleacetic acid (IAA). Boosting synthesis of IAA creates larger flowers with more potency.


After trying Monster Bloom and a bunch of other bloom boosters without seeing anything good to come of it, I gave your Big Bud a shot. It mixes nice as a liquid and I could see the flowers swell up in about a week. It was more than I expected, so my hat’s off to you.”

Kenny, from Detroit, Michigan

FAST FACTS FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Mid- or All-Cycle Bud Bulkers.

GARDEN TYPES:

Big Bud® has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, and other growing media. It has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics and continuous liquid-feed growing systems (aeroponic, drip irrigation and emitters, NFT, flood & drain).

WHEN TO USE: Peak bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS: Use 2 mL per Liter from the 2nd week of bloom until 2 weeks before final flushing.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • • •

Larger, denser flowers More essential oils More aroma and taste More attractive flowers Higher market price for flowers Larger harvests More production per watt during lasts weeks of bloom cycle

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Can I Use Big Bud as My Only Bloom Booster or Should I Use It with Other Bloom Boosters You Recommend? ANSWER: Big Bud can be used as a stand-alone bloom booster and you will see bigger buds as a result. On the other hand, our research indicates that using our bloom-booster Tribes (Big Bud, Bud Ignitor, and Overdrive) will result in even larger and more market-valued products. QUESTION: Will I Have Problems with Overfertilization When I Use Big Bud with Your Potent Base Nutrients? ANSWER: Our scientists have designed customized programs for each of our base nutrients so you use Big Bud as directed by the base feeding

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

chart and get bigger buds with no worries about nutrient burn. When you use Big Bud as part of the Bigger Yields Flowering System®, the System is configured to balance pH and PPM to optimum levels so you don’t have to be concerned about them. QUESTION: Why Does Big Bud Come in a Liquid Formulation? ANSWER: The liquid formulation provides more absorption and is easier for growers to use. QUESTION: What Can I Count on as Regards the Crop-Size Increase That Big Bud Gives Me? ANSWER: Depending on your strain, growing conditions, and what level you are on in our Bigger Yields System, you could see as much as 27% increase in harvest weight from Big Bud.

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of an internal plant-protectant compound called glutathione. Because many hydroponics nutrients provide no amino acids, and because indoor gardening is inherently stressful to plants, tissue samples show that many plants have glutathione deficiency that slows down metabolic function and results in lower yield sizes. Not only are you now aware of the crucial role amino acids play in floral production and overall plant health, but also that it’s important to have the L-form of amino acids rather than the less complex D-form aminos. For one thing, your plants’ cells need all 20 amino acids, but some amino acids are harder for plants to create or absorb. Not only that, but few bloom boosters contain amino acids, and almost all the ones that do, contain inferior D-aminos that plants have a hard time utilizing because they are less water-soluble. Please remember that only L-form amino acids are the ideal forms for easy absorption and proven yield increase.

MAKE YOUR FLOWERS BIGGER BY HELPING YOUR PLANTS BREATHE, METABOLIZE, AND PRODUCE So far, you’ve seen how bud-builder product research shows that precise and appropriate ratios of potassium and phosphorus create larger flowers, and that L-form amino acids help plants make larger, better-formed flowers that carry more potency and value. But the good news just keeps getting better because other substances such as citric acid directly supplement cellular respiration, help your plants transfer nutrient and energy from the roots to all other plant parts, and increase your plants’ ability to transform carbohydrates into energy. In addition, ascorbic acid (as ascorbate) revs up photosynthesis. The bottom line is that ascorbic acid, citric acid, all 20 L-form amino

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acids, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium are found in the correct ratios in the easy-to-use liquid bud potentiator created by our scientists. It’s called Big Bud. Here’s what you’re guaranteed to see when you use Big Bud: • More Flowers • Bigger Flowers • More Potent Flowers • Flowers with Higher Market Value • Liquid Formula for Easier Mixing and Absorption When you look at the facts and see the results, you agree that Big Bud offers you a convenient, reliable way to deliver a unique suite of bud-potentiator ingredients into your blooming plants. You do your plants a favor by procuring Big Bud today so you feed L-aminos and other ingredients that maximize your hydroponics gardening investment and you see larger, richer, more glistening flowers.

When I had used the other bloom booster, the PPM would spike and once I had to flush everything and it was embarrassing for my friends to see the damages on the leaves. Now they are watching the Big Bud performance and they want to start growing with it.”

Claude, from Mobile, Alabama


They say that imitation is the ultimate form of flattery... really??? The fact is, every new nutrient manufacturer (and even the old guard) want to compare themselves to our products. It would appear we are the hydroponics nutrients measuring stick. Some say they magically “acquired” one of our secret formulations... Others claim they “reverse-engineered” their own copies of the same products we produce—only cheaper... These are the same formulations we (one of only three companies in the world granted a National Government License to grow specific plants) perfected over the course of eight generations of product improvements discovered during 15 years of plant-specific research and development by a team of 23 plant PhDs—supported by a small army of undergraduates... ... The same formulations we perfected using some of the world’s most sophisticated plant tissue—testing equipment like our quadrupole gas chromatograph in our state-of-the-art Bulgarian laboratory that measures to the parts per trillion... ... Come on... Really? Look, you’re smarter than that. We all know the imitation colas you buy from discount stores are “reverse-engineered” to copy Coca-Cola® too. But is it exactly the same? Absolutely not! Everyone knows, at the end of the day, there is only one “real thing”. Bottom line is... can you or do you really want to risk your valuable crops and your hard-earned money on unproven claims sold on the basis of “cheap”? Sincerely,

Michael “BigMike” Straumietis


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WHAT

CUP-WINNING GROWERS DO TO ENHANCE BUD SITES PER INCH OF STEM

THAT YOU DON’T YET…

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up-Winning Growers know the bloom cycle is a critical time for plants…

That’s why they do everything they can to enhance their plants’ production of flowers per inch of stem, promote buds that swell and ripen as robustly as possible, and enhance resin production. After much scientific testing, scientists have developed a brand-new way to trigger your plants’ genetic clock during this crucial cycle using a specific feeding system at the exact right time!

With Bud Ignitor

Without Bud Ignitor

GIVE YOUR PLANTS THE FUEL THEY NEED TO ENHANCE BUD PRODUCTION... They discovered feeding your plants specially configured forms of monopotassium phosphate and potassium sulfate during the first two weeks of bloom cycle gives them a welcomed boost! And when you feed your plants these nutrients, you can enjoy the confidence of knowing you’re giving your plants what they need to encourage bud-site development. And as bloom season moves forward, you’ll see an enhancement of your plants’ bloom production.

WITH THIS SPECIALIZED NUTRITION SYSTEM, YOUR PLANTS GET WHAT THEY NEED FOR ENHANCED HARVESTS Most bloom-fertilizer programs underplay potassium and nitrogen, while providing too much phosphorus too late.

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Bud Ignitor gives you significant percentage increases in how soon your flowers start forming, and in how many flowers your plants form. This adds up to larger, earlier harvests.


FAST FACTS FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Early-Cycle Bud Bulker.

GARDEN TYPES: Bud Ignitor has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Bud Ignitor has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

Use in the first two weeks of bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during the first 2 weeks of your bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • • •

Bigger yields More budding sites Earlier floral development Savings of time and money Larger flowers More essential oils More crop cycles per year

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL = 30 mL 1 Ounce

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

This explains the reliance on bloom boosters used on top of base nutrients. Laboratory testing on thousands of tissue samples of plants has led some scientists to believe that failing to provide the right amounts and right types of potassium and phosphorus early in bloom cycle creates a permanent deficit that lowers harvest potential no matter what you do later on. You can see why feeding your plants these nutrients as early as possible helps—because our plants are smart. They bank their early cache of potassium and phosphorus in extrafloral structures and other tissues. They also instruct their roots to make and bank extra cytokinins to enhance floral production throughout bloom cycle. On the other hand, when you feed your plants this specialized nutrition, they have extra reserves of raw materials to draw on so you get enhanced floral structures and encourage essential-oil production. That’s why Advanced Nutrients went through painstaking measures to produce…

BUD IGNITOR Another ingredient in this formula, Kelp, is a type of seaweed that is a very potent, yet 100% natural, plant-enhancing substance. When you use BUD IGNITOR during the first two weeks of bloom cycle, you’re feeding your plants powerhouse nutrients that encourage budding sites and bloom development.

And if you want to further increase your results, use BUD IGNITOR along with Advanced Nutrients proprietary series of bloom cycle–specific bud boosters such as Big Bud and Overdrive to provide the full spectrum of bud-potentiating fuel for your garden.

BUD IGNITOR IS 100% GUARANTEED AND IT’S EASY TO START USING IT TODAY… Like all Advanced Nutrients products, BUD IGNITOR is 100% guaranteed to work or you get all your money back. Plus, like all Advanced Nutrients products, it’s extremely simple to acquire and easy to use: simply visit your local hydroponics dealer and tell them you want to boost your bloom-cycle results using BUD IGNITOR… Then, when you get home, add 2 mL per liter of BUD IGNITOR to water or nutrient solutions at the onset of blooming, to amplify your plants with the naturally occurring kelp in the formula. When you do this at the beginning of your bloom cycle you’re 100% guaranteed to see enhanced bloom-cycle results compared to your old formula. Now that you’ve seen the science behind igniting your bloom cycle… and… because you know Advanced Nutrients offers an iron-clad money-back guarantee… you have absolutely nothing to lose—so the logical choice is to try BUD IGNITOR today.

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HOW TO DRIVE YOUR PLANTS PAST THEIR GENETIC BLOOMING THRESHOLD

AND INTO A PRIZEWINNING

FINISH

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rowers like us are often plagued by a unique and disturbing dilemma toward the end of our grow rooms’ bloom cycle, that being the decision to either invest more time and money into our high-value crops with the hope we can squeeze out an additional 1–6% in size and weight increases… or… to simply bite the bullet and harvest the crop early. On the one hand, it might be smarter to wait and hope the effort pays off at harvest time. On the other hand, you remember whatever weight and size gains your plants make may come at the expense of floral quality, as essential-oil structures have a tendency to degrade at this stage. In a lot of cases, you’ll just go ahead and harvest the crop, since continuing to invest time, material, and money doesn’t seem worth it. And I might have made the same call in your place.

BIGGER YIELD POTENTIAL PROVEN BY SCIENCE You know as well as I do your plants’ bloom cycle can be manipulated to produce bigger yields, and it starts when you flip your lights to 12 hours and put your plants on their bloom schedule. Over time, your flowers will swell up, fill in,

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change their appearance, gain aroma and taste, and develop essential-oil structures. This happens during your peak bloom cycle in the middle trimester of blooming (the precise timing & length depending on the plant strain you’re growing). The peak bloom cycle is the time you’ll see the largest increase in size as well as weight. During this time you’ll also notice the most obvious changes in the appearance, shape, density, and structure of your flowers. Once this wonderful time of change and growth is over, your plants will enter their late bloom cycle. During this time your flowers might make very small gains or they may maintain their current characteristics until harvest time. In some sad cases, bloom quality can actually decline at this point, which is an obvious indication you should harvest. This is commonly the way things are done, but the good news is you can create a more productive finishing cycle for your plants with the right knowledge and tools.

HELP YOUR PLANTS ACHIEVE MAXIMUM PRODUCTION The best way to rejuvenate your plants’ grow and yield potential during the finishing cycle before harvest is to give them a special form


of nitrogen called “nitrate”. It’s commonly known that supplementing your plants with nitrogen during their bloom cycle is a bad idea, but this isn’t 100% true… The fact is, the plants we grow DO need nitrogen during the bloom cycle, just not as much as they need during the grow cycle. More importantly, giving your plants the wrong type of nitrogen during this time can cause them to channel too much energy into stem and leaf production, drawing precious resources away from the floral growth. But when they’re given nitrate, they use it to create enlarged floral structures instead of stem and leaf. Also important is stimulating the growing tips of each plant stem, as they go dormant in late bloom cycle (the reason why your buds stop gaining size). It’s just like what happens when our human skeleton’s growth tips seal off around age 18, effectively preventing us from growing any taller. Scientists have now discovered we can keep the growth going because folic acid, fulvic acid, nitrate, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and ascorbic acid in late bloom cycle rev up photosynthesis & restart cell replication and expansion at the ends of your growing tips!

PUT YOUR CROPS INTO OVERDRIVE Overdrive, by Advanced Nutrients, was created especially for the types of plants we grow with all of these key factors in mind.

FAST FACTS FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Late-Cycle Bud Bulkers.

GARDEN TYPES:

Overdrive has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir and other growing media. It has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics and continuous liquid-feed growing systems (aeroponic, drip irrigation and emitters, NFT, flood & drain).

WHEN TO USE:

During last trimester of bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 5 and 6 or the last 2 weeks of your bloom cycle before flush.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • • • •

Larger, Denser Flowers More Essential Oils More Aroma More Taste More Attractive Flowers Higher Market Price for Flowers Larger Harvests More Production per Watt During Last Weeks of Bloom Cycle

VOLUME:

Plus, giving your plants a 1-3-4 dose of properly-chelated NPK in late bloom cycle feeds precise ratios of macronutrients needed to produce significant gains in bloom size and potency when most other growers have given up and are just waiting to harvest. Taken together, the combination of ingredients featured in Overdrive provide to your plants: • Increased nutrient uptake & increased photosynthesis and energy • Increased cell expansion & replication for larger flowers • Increased creation of internal floral structures and compounds for increased aroma, taste, potency, and market value • Increased resistance to drought, heat, stress, diseases, pests, and endstage exhaustion, due to folic acid and other ingredients • Potential 9–23% gains in harvest weight and size during last trimester of growth

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

As you can see, using Overdrive is a much smarter and more economical approach than what most other growers are doing (just throwing the same bloom booster at their plants from week one of blooming until the day of harvest). The idea that an extra dose of PK is all your plants need during the bloom cycle is just as ridiculous as the idea of thinking the last few weeks of bloom are nothing more than a waiting game where there can be no significant increases in size, weight, and quality. Both of these ideas are now proven to be wrong. By using Overdrive, you make your plants accomplish what was before thought possible during the end of their bloom cycle. Some growers find Overdrive is especially useful in the following situations: • When plants struggled earlier in blooming & need to make up for it by putting on a lot of bloom grow fast • With varieties which traditionally don’t produce large floral clusters, to bulk them up and make them fatter • When a grower learns they need to get an extra large harvest from their crop In all of these situations, all you would need to do is procure Overdrive now and use it in any hydroponics or soil system to give a prizewinning finish to your bloom season, making every minute, every watt, and every ounce of your effort worth it.

The numbers prove it! Without Overdrive, your crops stop producing size, weight, and potency in late bloom cycle. But when you use Overdrive, your crops get a new spark of growth late in life, so they keep on producing for you far longer than they normally would.

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PIRANHA

VOODOO JUICE

TARANTULA

When you introduce the powerful beneficial fungi in Piranha to your root zone, you’ll experience many amazing benefits. First, the fungi will help expand the effective surface area of your plant roots and their cumulative length by up to 75%. Scientific tests have shown this can help your crops obtain as much as 86% more nitrogen, 234% more phosphorus, and 75% more potassium than growing without these fungi. And this, of course, translates directly into heightened vegetative grow, greater leaf area, more bud production, better bloom structure, and increased weight! Plus, these fungi secrete grow and bloom cofactors directly into your plants, further increasing yields. Lastly, Piranha’s fungal species are proven biocontrol agents that seek and destroy harmful pathogens, including molds, while strengthening crop resistance to stress. Try Piranha, and because our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% satisfaction, you can only stand to gain by putting it to work in your garden today.

If you don’t have big, healthy, robust root systems, a lot of your growing efforts will prove fruitless. That’s because your plants’ roots won’t be able to maximize uptake, so a lot of the nutrients you feed them will go to waste. Now, imagine doubling their root size. Visualize those thick, extensive roots reaching out and sucking up energy and nutrients for vigorous growth—and ultimately—bigger yields. Scientific tests on your high-value crops isolated 11 strains of plant growth–promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) that help to expand root mass by up to 117%. This in turn increases nutrient absorption by up to 700%! Try it for yourself and you’ll see an enormous difference. You may not see your root mass triple like one grower experienced, or witness meter-long roots like another—and your plants may not double in size, like others reported—but we can ensure your satisfaction with our world-famous Grower Guarantee: either you love Voodoo Juice and the way it spikes up your yields, or you get all your money back.

If you grew in the richest, most unpolluted outdoor soil, your root zone would swarm with beneficial microbes that live symbiotically with your plants, swelling their roots and boosting harvests. However, hydroponic growing media are devoid of these microorganisms. That’s why you need Tarantula, whose beneficial bacteria promote other beneficial rhizospheric life. They also inoculate the roots, safeguarding them by competing with and warding off harmful bacteria that can infect plants. And they even reduce tissue damage from heavy fertilizer salts. What’s more, these beneficial bacteria directly increase plant growth and yields by releasing grow and bloom cofactors and aiding chlorophyll, so your high-intensity lighting is more effective. Finally, our proprietary production process ensures longer shelf life, so you get live microbes instead of dead ones when you add it to your reservoir. As always, you’re fully protected using Tarantula by our 100% full-satisfaction Grower Guarantee.

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ROOT MASS EXPANDERS TRIBE TRANSFORM YOUR ROOT ZONE INTO AN ARMY OF DIVERSE, BENEFICIAL MICROORGANISMS THAT EXPAND YOUR ROOT MASS BY 700–1,000%, GIVING YOU GLISTENING, DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED, EMERALD-GREEN BUDS THE SIZE OF BASEBALL BATS... Yes, you really can grow a room full of buds the size of baseball bats, but you must have the root mass to grow and support them.

undisputed leader in root-mass expansion. But there’s more to a healthy, robust, and productive root zone than just root size...

In fact, every world Cup-Winning grower knows this “trick”. It’s a known reality among Cup-Winnings that the bigger the root-system mass, the bigger the buds you’ll enjoy at harvest.

Expand Your Roots’ Effective Reach: Your roots can only put on so much physical mass, but you can expand what scientists call the effective surface area of your roots by up to 75% when you employ the specialized fungi in Piranha. That’s because the included Ectomycorrhizal fungi––acting as root extensions—sheathe root tips, build mycelia among them, and create a spider web–like secondary support network that reaches further than your physical roots could ever stretch alone, greatly increasing essential oil–rich biomass.

That’s why many growers use either Voodoo Juice, Piranha, or Tarantula as a stand-alone supplement, and this works well. However, when used together each of these powerful supplements work in synergy to produce something truly special in the root zone of your plants... This is because each supplement in the Root Mass Expanders Tribe was designed to enhance and amplify the performance of a certain part of your root-zone functions. For example... Pure Root Size and Mass: As hundreds of university studies prove, a bigger root system will always equal a bigger plant. That’s why Voodoo Juice was developed purely to stimulate root-mass growth. And scientific testing shows it achieves this by up to 700%– 1,000% —meaning you can essentially double the size of your roots solely by using Voodoo Juice. That makes it the

Bloom and Grow Potentiators: The beneficial bacteria in Tarantula inoculate your plants’ roots, defend against harmful bacteria, and stimulate further growth and development particularly of the whorl buds and apical buds. The powerful bloom- and grow-potentiating substances in Tarantula (which would cost $1,000s per gram if sourced separately) stimulate secondary root growth, most notably as trichoblasts that further enhance root function and translate directly to upper plant growth. Other “combo” or all-in-one microbial products simply can’t compare to the vast spectrum of beneficial

microbes in these three root-mass expanders. This is because each of these supplements contains numerous strains that are often incompatible in concentrated solution and need to be bottled separately to keep the population alive. Just like you can’t safely cage certain types of animals together, you can’t safely store certain strains of microorganisms together. Keeping them housed separately before setting them free in your nutrient solution gives these microbes a longer shelf life without risking that any strain dominates the others. Additionally, each specific strain is bred separately and only species that can cohabitate are bottled together. This is different than many combo products that batch-breed the microbes together. This attention to detail is what allows the CFU (total live bacteria) count of Voodoo Juice, Piranha, and Tarantula to outperform other microbial formulas with shorter shelf lives and effectively inert microbes by the time they reach your plants. Keep reading to discover more about each of these Root Mass Expanders and how each of them plays a vital key in unlocking the combination to a grow room full of the plants you’ve always imagined...

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SEE HOW GETTING MONSTER-SIZED ROOTS WINS YOU

OPTIMUM HARVESTS!

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our plants’ roots are like buried treasure when you discover how easy it is to maximize their function and to achieve optimum harvests.

You take care of your roots by utilizing their ability to form symbiotic relationships with beneficial fungi and bacteria. These relationships help your roots intake nutrients. Beneficial microbes break down old root material, and provide nutrition. On top of that, microbes provide aeration so oxygen can reach further to penetrate more into roots. They also capture nitrogen and help make phosphorus more available, which you are aware of as essential, major nutrients for your plants. Given that beneficial microbes contribute to a more natural, better functioning rootzone environment, what is the best way to place beneficial microbes into the hydroponics root zone? To answer this question, Advanced Nutrients’ scientists conducted a multi-cycle research project to create beneficial microbes that give Voodoo Juice the following documented pluses for your garden: • Maximum development of roots on your seedlings, transplants, and clones

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• Your roots have enhanced branching, root density, root mass • Enhanced efficiency of nutrient intake, saving you time and money • Maximized growth and blooming You see how beneficial-microbes products are good for your garden, but yes, it’s confusing and frustrating when you go to a hydroponics store and see beneficial-microbes formulas made by different manufacturers. Your obvious question is, “Which of these is going to give me the biggest bang for my buck?” To answer your question, understand there are two very distinct processes manufacturers can choose from when they want to offer you microbial products. The most common process is when a hydroponics company calculates that it can save on production costs by hiring a third-party company to bulk-produce/bulk-combine microbes without testing them for specific plant appropriateness or microbial compatibility. And in the process they forfeit supervision of manufacturing and quality control. Not only that, but their process includes a generic view of microbes. For example, when someone talks about the microbe “Bacillus subtilis”, that strain name is really


I live in the desert near Tucson and one of the big problems here is the heat as well as the dry, sandy soil. I grow outdoors in the desert near my house so I can’t get to water them as often as I’d like. The first season I used Voodoo Juice I saw that the plants were wilting a lot less and their color was better. When I pulled them up at the end of the season, the roots were definitely better off than my previous crops.”

Jorge, from Pima County, Arizona.

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Root Mass Expander.

GARDEN TYPES: Voodoo Juice has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Voodoo Juice has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

Early grow cycle, early blooming, cloning, transplanting, growing from seedlings.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

VOODOO JUICE BENEFITS

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 1 through 2 of your grow cycle, and during weeks 1 through 2 of bloom cycle..

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • •

Maximum development of roots on your seedlings, transplants, and clones More root branching, root density, and root mass Enhanced efficiency of nutrient intake, saving you time and money Maximized grow and blooming

VOLUME:

FASTER GROWTH BIGGER YIELDS

STRONGER SAFER PLANTS

117%

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

ROOT MASS INCREASE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Will Voodoo Juice Make My Roots Too Big? ANSWER: You’ll see maximum root growth when you use Voodoo Juice, allowing you to make more efficient use of the root zone so you get maximum harvests. QUESTION: If I Use Voodoo Juice, Why Would I Use Your Tarantula Beneficial-Microbes and Your Piranha Beneficial-Fungi Formulas Too? ANSWER: Each of these three products contains unique beneficial microbes that contribute to the nutrient-healthiest root zone so your plants grow their best. The microbes in these three products combine to form a symbiosis with your roots and each other to provide even more root enhancement. QUESTION: Will Your Previous Version of Voodoo Juice Work with Your New Version? ANSWER: Yes, our previous Voodoo Juice works well in all types of gardens and systems, and is compatible with our stronger, new & improved version of Voodoo Juice. Always store our beneficial-microbes formulas in a cool, dark place to extend shelf life. QUESTION: Is Voodoo Juice Compatible with an All-Organic Fertilizer System? ANSWER: Yes, Voodoo Juice, Tarantula, and Piranha are organic supplements that work well in all-organic gardening, as well as in all other types of gardening.

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just the tip of the iceberg… it’s exactly like saying “General Motors” to describe a car, and you have no idea if it’s a Pontiac or a Chevy. And if it’s a Chevy, it could be either a Malibu or a Corvette. So if you’re lucky, you got the Corvette—but you’re still left guessing if your Corvette has the 300 hp motor, or it’s a ZR1 Corvette with the 620 horsepower motor! That’s how much difference there is between individual types of “Bacillus subtilis” microbes. Obviously, we absolutely make sure Voodoo Juice microbes are always the ZR1 Corvette with the 620 horsepower motor, not the Chevy Malibu! Here’s how we do it… • Advanced Nutrients hires the sharpest microbiologists in the world. One of them is especially impressive: she has THREE PhD degrees! We have a team of scientists testing and breeding hundreds of subvarieties of Bacillus subtilis and other beneficial microbes in a continual research program. In fact, over the last two years Voodoo Juice’s root-producing abilities have been increased by 117%. • It’s a known fact that specific beneficial microbes work better with certain plants than others. That’s why we put so much time and money into our breeding program. We’re driven to find the needle in the haystack of microbes that work absolutely the best for the plants you grow. • Our scientists demand that we buy them all the expensive, precision equipment needed to identify each microbial strain’s special characteristics and compatibility with each other that make them “Superstrains.” That’s why our microbes are also extremely fast-replicating so they quickly colonize root zones for rapid results (yes, we test for fast- versus slow-replicating microbes). • Voodoo Juice is NOT outsourced. We’re the only hydroponics nutrient company in the world manufacturing all our microbial products ourselves with a full-time PhD microbiologist personally supervising all aspects of production at all times. (The same is true for our Piranha and Tarantula root-zone products) • Each microbial strain is individually bred (not in a bunch of vats or tubs) in a purpose-built 10,000-liter breeding reactor. This is a very critical, time-consuming step, but it’s necessary because different strains of beneficial microbes breed at different rates and we have to ensure total uniformity and maximum colony-forming units (CFUs). After breeding, the microbes are taken to the evaporation tower and dried, and then all eight strains in Voodoo Juice are carefully recombined. • To ensure Voodoo Juice has very long shelf life and superior viability, Voodoo’s microbes are put into hibernation with an “antagonist” compound that keeps the microbes dormant until you mix Voodoo Juice into a nutrient reservoir and the antagonist is diluted.

TESTIMONIALS VOODOO JUICE INCREASED THE SIZE OF MY ROOTS AND MY FLOWERS! “I just didn’t believe there was a connection between roots and harvests. It made no sense to me. In fact, I thought that if the plants spent their time making big roots, it would subtract from what they did to make the flowers. I was wrong. Voodoo Juice increased both the size of the roots and the size of the flowers.” Robin, from Foresthill, California

MY ROOT MASS TRIPLED! “I had actually never used Advanced Nutrients before but then I started learning a lot about their products, and the one that stuck out for me was Voodoo Juice. Before I was using General Hydroponics... but then when I started using Voodoo, my root mass tripled! And I’ve only been using it about 6 months. I would say Advanced Nutrients is the top of the line compared to the other nutrient companies and I’d recommend it to anyone.” Anonymous Grower (transcribed from voicemail)

I COULD SEE IT WAS WORKING, THE ROOTS WERE STICKING OUT… “Somebody sold me a different root grower before I used Voodoo Juice. I couldn’t see any improvement at all. When I used your product I could see the roots sticking out into the reservoir, so I knew it was working. Yours is stronger.” Renata, from Toronto, Canada

IT DOUBLED THE SIZE OF MY PLANTS! “I have a small garden I’ve been growing and someone told me to use Voodoo Juice, and what a big difference I saw when I started using Voodoo, it pretty much doubled the size of my plants, a huge root mass now, and the fruits on them are just unbelievable. So thumbs up for the Voodoo Juice, it certainly does its job and is worth every penny you pay for it!” Anonymous Grower (transcribed from voicemail)

THEIR ROOTS WERE BETTER THAN ANY PLANT I’VE EVER GROWN… I’M SOLD! “I live in the desert near Tucson. I grow outdoors, and two big problems are heat and dry, sandy soil. After using Voodoo Juice, the plants were wilting a lot less and their color was much better. When I removed them at the end of the season, their roots were better than any plant I’ve ever grown. I’m sold.” Jorge, from Pima County, Arizona

• As soon as the antagonist is diluted, Voodoo’s microbes immediately exit dormancy, replicate quickly, and burst into action for you by wrapping themselves around and penetrating into roots, maximizing bloom-boosting hormones, and enhancing root size and function.

THE ROOTS MUST HAVE BEEN 3 FEET LONG— THE PLANT WAS ONE HUGE BUD!

The bottom line is you procure Voodoo Juice and feed your roots to get more vigorous plants and megapotent flowers. This is a basic but important step you can easily take today to upgrade the nutrient health and productivity of your garden right away.

“I never used a root booster until I saw a plant grown with Voodoo Juice. The roots must have been three feet long! The plant was one huge bud.” Tom, from Sparks, Nevada

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YOU’LL LOVE THE WAY TRIGGERING MASSIVE ROOT GROWTH GIVES YOU

MAXIMUM

YIELDS

R

oots are what feed your plants almost everything they need, and now you can maximize your plants’ root mass so your plants get optimum nutrition and enhanced blooming. You do this by using beneficial fungi that accomplish the following for you: • Beneficial fungi maximize root absorption of oxygen, nutrients, and water. • Beneficial fungi maximize root growth for optimum yields. • Beneficial fungi help your roots gain surface mass. • Beneficial fungi maximize production of floral essential oils.

GETTING THE RIGHT TYPES OF BENEFICIAL FUNGI IS ALLIMPORTANT FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR YIELD As you can see, beneficial fungi are a valuable tool you use to maximize your garden’s production. But please remember that it matters what type of fungi you use. You need to add the right types of the two major categories of beneficial fungi: • Category One beneficial fungi are called

“endomycorrhizae”. Believe it or not, these fungi actually have a form of a “foot,” called a hypha, that enters into root cells to produce sacs or branched structures. As you can imagine, the sacs and branched structures increase root mass and root function.

• Category Two beneficial fungi are called “ectomycorrhizae”. These fungi create a hyphal sheath that covers root tips. They also create a hyphal net that cloaks the entire root system. Funny thing is, plant scientists used to assert that endomycorrhizae were the only type of fungi that inserted themselves into root cells, and that the ecto- variety stayed outside roots. New research conducted by our scientists reveals that superstrains of ecto- and endo- beneficial fungi both penetrate roots, so they have designated these strains as a megacategory called “ectendomycorrhizae.” The good news is that whatever you call them, beneficial fungi form a web of root enhancement called a “fungal mycelium.”

NOT ALL BENEFICIAL FUNGI ARE CREATED EQUAL It’s important to realize there are two processes hydroponics companies can choose from when they want to make a beneficial-fungi product.

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I like how you guys are always a step ahead. I used it as a foliar spray and got rid of gray mold that had been bugging me for a couple of crop cycles.”

Calvin, from Seattle, Washington

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Root Mass Expander.

GARDEN TYPES: Piranha has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir and other growing media. Piranha has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics and continuous liquid-feed growing systems (aeroponic, drip irrigation and emitters, NFT, flood & drain).

WHEN TO USE:

Cloning, early seedlings, transplanting, early grow cycle, early bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 1 through 2 of your grow cycle, and during weeks 1 through 2 of bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • •

Maximizes root absorption of oxygen, nutrients and water Maximizes root growth for optimum yields Helps your roots gain surface mass Maximizes production of floral essential oils Maximizes aromatics Ensures higher survival rate for clones and seedlings

BIGGER MORE POTENT FLOWERS

PROTECTS PLANTS FROM ROT DISEASES STRESS

VOLUME:

700%

ROOT MASS INCREASE 1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

Piranha increases root mass so you get stronger plants that produce more valuable harvests.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Is Piranha Going to Get Me Bigger Buds in Soil and in an Organic System, Not Just in Hydroponics? ANSWER: Piranha enhances growth and yield in any type of gardening situation, including soil and organics. It is a 100% organic formula. QUESTION: My Friend Told Me That Piranha Can Be Used with Some Other of Your Formulas to Get Even More Impact. ANSWER: It’s true that using Piranha with our two other beneficial- microbes products (Voodoo Juice and Tarantula) will create fertile, naturally enhanced root zone for strong plants and maximum harvests. QUESTION: Does Piranha Leave a Bad Residue? ANSWER: Piranha foliar spray leaves no toxic residue. We always recommend that you lightly mist your flowers about a week before harvest and then don’t apply any more foliars to them after that.

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The most common choice starts when a hydroponics company decides to save time, effort, and money by hiring a third-party company to bulk-produce/bulk-combine microbes without testing them for specific plant appropriateness or microbial compatibility. Instead of managing the process from start to finish, they outsource their manufacturing, and in the process they forfeit first-hand knowledge and supervision of product components and quality control. Not only that, but their process includes an overly generic view of fungi. For example, you’ll hear their product-advertising talk about “endo- and ectomycorrhizal fungi.” Turns out this is so vague that it borders on actually being an inaccurate way of describing root-zone fungi! It’s exactly like saying “General Motors” to describe a car, leaving you wondering are they talking about a Pontiac or a Chevy. And even if it’s a Chevy, it could be a Malibu or a Corvette. Ok, if you’re lucky, you got the Corvette—but you’re still left guessing, because one model of Corvette has a 300 hp motor, but the ZR1 Corvette has a 620 horsepower motor! The good news is that we make sure our Piranha beneficial fungi are the fully loaded ZR1 Corvette with the 620 horsepower power plant, not the Chevy Malibu! Here’s how we do it… • Advanced Nutrients hires world-class microbiologists who practically live in the laboratory—that’s how competitive and dedicated they are about developing what they call “superstrains” of fungi that biologically bond with the roots of your plants. One of our scientists is especially impressive: she has THREE PhD degrees! • Our perfectionistic scientists demand that we supply them all the most expensive, precision equipment and supplies, so they can identify each microbial strain’s special characteristics that make them superstrains. That’s why our fungi are extremely fast-replicating so they quickly colonize root zones for rapid results (yes, one of our most important tests is comparing fast- versus slow-replicating fungi). • Piranha is NEVER OUTSOURCED. We’re the only hydroponics nutrient company in the world manufacturing all our microbial products ourselves with a full-time PhD microbiologist personally supervising all aspects of production at all times. The same is true for our Voodoo Juice and Tarantula products. • Each of our microbial strains is individually bred in a purpose-built 10,000-liter breeding reactor (we’re the only company that uses this technically advanced process, not vats or tubs). Our microbes are later taken to an evaporation tower and gently dried. Then the Piranha superstrains are carefully recombined. • To ensure Piranha’s reputation for very long shelf life and viability, the fungi are put into hibernation with an “antagonist” compound that keeps the microbes dormant until you mix Piranha into a nutrient reservoir or foliar spray, and the antagonist is diluted. • As soon as the antagonist is diluted, Piranha fungi immediately exit dormancy, replicate quickly, and burst into action for you by wrapping themselves around and penetrating into roots, promoting the production of bloom-boosting hormones by your plants, and maximizing root size and function. The bottom line is, Piranha increases your plants’ root growth so your plants’ roots are strong enough to give you optimum harvest yields. What’s more, when you get Piranha today, you’ll see why it’s money-back guaranteed to pay for itself by providing maximum yield.

As a forest-mushroom harvester, I already knew about fungi. It’s a very amazing life form that can spread for hundreds of yards underground. Thanks for giving me the chance to give myself a minifungi network in my hydroponics garden.”

Denise, from Bennington, Vermont

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THE RIGHT BLOOM-BOOSTING COMPOUNDS DIRECTLY INTO

YOUR PLANTS

Y

our plants’ roots are the key to your yield size and potency, that’s what the research shows.

Yet the first thing you notice about most hydroponics roots zones is they are biologically sterile. Nothing other than roots is alive in them. When you focus on your roots, you might notice that they’re bare and spindly-looking. But healthy roots actually look healthy, not like most roots you’ll see. They’re “muscular”, intensely branched, thickened, and robustly alive. You don’t see that kind of roots very often in hydroponics gardens unless you’ve imported beneficial microbes into your root zone. But how do you do that? • Decompose organic matter to create extra nutrition for your plants • Maximize plant growth rates and yields • Maximize nutrient uptake and solubility of minerals • Enhance availability of phosphorus and improve conversion of atmospheric nitrogen to plant-available nitrogen • One other thing… for beneficial-microbes products to be successful for you, they have to have a very high number of colony-forming units per gram. In simpler language, this means that the for-

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mula should have a high number of microbes per gram. Tarantula clocks in at just under 10 million viable bacteria per gram, making it by far the strongest of its type.

NOT ALL BENEFICIAL ROOTMICROBES FORMULAS ARE CREATED EQUAL

It’s confusing and frustrating when you go to a hydroponics store and see beneficial-microbes formulas made by different manufacturers. Your obvious question is, “Which of these is going to give me the biggest bang for my buck?” One thing to remember is there are two very distinct processes manufacturers can choose from when they want to offer you beneficial-microbes products. The most common process happens when a hydroponics company calculates that it can save on production costs by hiring a third-party company to bulk-produce/bulk-combine microbes without testing them for specific plant appropriateness or microbial compatibility. And in the process they forfeit supervision of manufacturing and quality control. Not only that, but their process includes an overly generic view of microbes. For example, when someone talks about the microbe “Bacillus subtilis”, that strain name is really just the tip of the iceberg… it’s exactly like saying “General Motors” to describe a car, but you have no idea if it’s a Pontiac or a Chevy. And if it’s a Chevy, it could be either a Malibu or a Corvette. So if you’re lucky, you got the Corvette—but you’re still left guessing if your Corvette has the 300 hp motor, or it’s a ZR1 Corvette with the 620 horsepower motor!


I used to think it was great that we could have a sterile root zone in hydroponics. Then I realized that sterile means dead. There are good things that are supposed to be in the root zone. I had no idea that beneficial microbes are needed, but it’s true.”

Seth, from Wasilla, Alaska

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Root Mass Expander.

GARDEN TYPES: Tarantula has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Tarantula has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

Early grow cycle, weeks 1-2 of grow, seedlings, cloning, first phase of bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 1 through 2 of your grow cycle, and during weeks 1 through 2 of bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • •

Natural, more fertile root zone Bigger yields Plant protection and faster growth Resistance to disease and stress Increased nutrient uptake Increased light intake and photosynthesis rates

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

INCREASE YOUR GROWTH RATE AND YIELD

DESIGNED BY SCIENTISTS

QUESTION: I See That You Also Have Two Other Formulas That Go into the Root Zone. Will I Get More Benefits If I Use All Three, or Can I Just Use Tarantula? ANSWER: It’s true that we offer Voodoo Juice beneficial microbes and Piranha beneficial fungi, both of which have unique root- and yield-enhancing benefits. We offer those formulas and Tarantula because the combined array of beneficials when using the three together gives you the most dynamic, supernaturally performing root zone that revs up your roots, plant growth, and yield. You can definitely use any of our beneficials by themselves and get optimum growth and yield, but using them together, you get the nutrient-healthiest and most productive plants possible. QUESTION: Someone Told Me That I Should Add CarboLoad to Feed the Microbes When I Am Using These Formulas. ANSWER: Yes, extra carbohydrates feed beneficial microbes and we’ve recommended CarboLoad as a food for beneficials. CarboLoad also has other benefits, but one thing you should be aware of is that we have combined CarboLoad with Sweet Leaf to create a powerful new formula called Bud Candy. We recommend using Bud Candy in conjunction with beneficials to give your beneficials the food they need. QUESTION: My Buddy Used Your Voodoo, Tarantula, and Piranha and Said His Roots Got Humongous. Can That Be a Problem? ANSWER: Your plants’ roots will get as big as they can get, given the space they’re growing in. This will give you more root support for maximum yields. But we’ve never seen a case where the roots got so big that it caused problems for growers. QUESTION: I Grow All-Organic in Soil. Why Do I Still Need to Use Beneficial Microbes? ANSWER: If you could import the richest, healthiest, most undisturbed and fertile outdoor soil into your garden, you’d have a rich broth of beneficial microbes. Although these beneficial microbes are present in fertile soil, you must provide them to your sterile hydroponic media. So by adding the right types of beneficial microbes to your hydroponic media, you ensure that only beneficials gain dominance there.

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Commercial Sizes Available

STRONGER ROOTS

I live in a very damp climate and used to have lots of problems with roots going bad in my young plants. But after I started using your Tarantula I am having a lot more success and I wanted to thank you.”

Jamie, from Seattle, Washington

PROTECT YOUR PLANTS

SPECIALLY BRED MICROBES

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The people at the hydro store said that I could stop some root hassles with this. They didn’t say anything about getting larger flowers. I guess I was not expecting to see a bigger harvest. The only thing I did different was to start Tarantula in the middle of grow cycle. So somehow what happened around the roots made the flowers larger in bloom!”

Nathaniel, from Dearborn, Michigan Obviously, we absolutely make sure Tarantula microbes are always the ZR1 Corvette with the 620 horsepower motor, not the Chevy Malibu! Here’s how we do it… • Advanced Nutrients hires the sharpest microbiologists in the world. One of them is especially impressive: she has THREE PhD degrees! We have a team of scientists testing and breeding hundreds of subvarieties of Bacillus subtilis and other beneficial microbes in a continual research program, and we are always upgrading our formulas. • It’s a known fact that specific beneficial microbes work better with certain plants than others. That’s why we put so much time and money into our breeding program. We’re driven to find the needle in the haystack of microbes that works absolutely the best for the plants you grow. • Our scientists demand that we buy them all the expensive, precision equipment needed to identify each microbial strain’s special characteristics and compatibility with each other that make them “Superstrains”. That’s why our microbes are also extremely fast-replicating so they quickly colonize root zones for rapid results (yes, we test for fast- versus slow-replicating microbes). • Tarantula is NOT outsourced. We’re the only hydroponics nutrient company in the world manufacturing all our microbial products ourselves with a full-time PhD microbiologist personally supervising all aspects of production at all times. The same is true for our Piranha and Voodoo Juice products. • Each microbial strain is individually bred (not in a bunch of vats or tubs) in a purpose-built 10,000-liter breeding reactor. This is a very critical, time-consuming step, but it’s necessary because different strains of beneficial microbes breed at different rates and we have to ensure total uniformity and maximum colony-forming units (CFUs). After breeding, the microbes are taken to the evaporation tower and dried, and then all the strains in Tarantula are carefully recombined. • To ensure Tarantula’s very long shelf life and superior viability, its microbes are put into hibernation with an “antagonist” compound that keeps the microbes dormant until you mix Tarantula into a nutrient reservoir and the antagonist is diluted. • As soon as the antagonist is diluted, Tarantula’s microbes immediately exit dormancy, replicate quickly, and burst into action for you by wrapping themselves around and penetrating into roots, promoting the production of bloom-boosting hormones by your plants, and maximizing root size and function. When you pick up Tarantula today, you’re on your way to making your garden the maximum-yielding envy of all your friends. Get your roots enhanced using Tarantula, and watch the guaranteed optimum bud results.

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RHINO SKIN

BUD FACTOR X

NIRVANA

B-52

Your plants spend a lot of energy defending themselves from attacks by pathogens, heat, and other stressors in their intense growing environment. The more energy plants devote to defense, the less they have left for growth and blooming. That’s why cup-winning growers choose Rhino Skin. Rhino Skin’s silicon increases trichomes and the essential oils that come with them for more potent harvests. It shields your crops, mortaring up the spaces between cell walls and thickening and hardening them. That means crops bolstered by Rhino Skin stand up straighter and support bulkier, heavier buds. And with Rhino Skin’s protection, your plants are free to concentrate their energy on photosynthesis, cell division (growth and blooming), and other vital functions. The end result: When you use Rhino Skin and play defense for your plants, you’ll get big, sticky, potent harvests with greater market value. As always, your pocketbook is defended by our 100%-satisfaction Grower Guarantee.

Flowers grown in the soaring heights of the Himalayas secrete an abundance of highly potent essential oils to protect themselves from the incredible amounts of ultraviolet light they’re exposed to. These are the same types of essential oils responsible for your crops’ taste and aroma. Now, with Bud Factor X, you can harness this Himalayan secret to enhance your crops! Bud Factor X triggers systemic acquired resistance (SAR) within plants to produce markedly higher amounts of essential oils and terpenoids which directly benefit taste, aroma, and resin production, giving you higher-quality crops with greater market value. Plus, these powerful ingredients allow your plants to better handle stress and delay fruit senescence and decay. Bud Factor X also helps your plants produce thicker stalks and branches, signaling them to generate heavier harvests because they sense they can support the additional weight. Lastly, the supporting ingredients in Bud Factor X—like all Advanced Nutrients ingredients—enhance plant growth and blooming. Rest assured, you risk nothing trying Bud Factor X, because our Grower Guarantee ensures you’ll be 100% satisfied or get all your money back.

If you’re committed to growing amazing organic crops, you’ve probably noticed there were no quality organic bud bulkers you could bet your harvest on—until now. Welcome to organic heaven: Nirvana! As the name implies, Nirvana is the pinnacle of organic bud-bulking evolution, containing everything an organic grower needs. The powerhouse of natural ingredients in this high-grade supplement guarantees bigger yields and bigger, denser, heavier buds. Yet even while driving your plants at a faster metabolic rate, Nirvana supports your crops’ health with its uniquely selected organic ingredients, such as bat guano, worm castings, and more—all unavailable in other supplements. The bottom line: You’ll experience increased yield, quality, aroma, color, essential oils, and resin production faster than you could have imagined without using synthetic nutrients. Put Nirvana to work in your garden and see the results for yourself—absolutely riskfree, because our Grower Guarantee ensures your satisfaction.

B-52 is a potent proprietary blend of six different B vitamins alongside amino-rich kelp extract, humic acids, fulvic acid, and an array of powerhouse nutrients your plants thrive on. B-52 amplifies overall plant metabolism, promotes strong root development, boosts growth, and helps your crops fight off stresses such as intense light, cold weather, ozone, drought, and salinity. Your plants’ entire internal life-support system is enhanced by the holistic benefits of this powerful vitamin formulation, which guarantees your plants are functioning at their highest efficiency, and growing up to be as healthy and robust as they can be. Don’t settle for other formulas with just one or two B vitamins. A couple of vitamins help, but they just can’t provide the full spectrum of benefits your crop needs to achieve a truly outstanding harvest. Instead, try B-52—and because our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% money-back satisfaction, you have nothing to lose by putting this powerful supplement to work in your garden today.

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BUD POTENCY & STALK STRENGTHENERS TRIBE FEEDS YOUR PLANTS WHAT THEY CRAVE TO STRENGTHEN THEIR STRUCTURES SO THEY AUTOMATICALLY GROW MORE GLISTENING, STICKY, RESIN-GLAZED, TRICHOMECOVERED BUDS WITH UNMATCHED POTENCY... For many growers, the “Holy Grail” is to cultivate magazine-quality crops absolutely covered with glistening, resin-drenched glands protruding out of buds, leaves, and everywhere else. To be known as the grower of the medicine with incredible potency everyone raves about. That’s why experienced growers are often obsessed with increasing trichome development and essential-oil production that directly translate to higher-quality harvests. But it’s important to lay the groundwork first by strengthening your plant’s stalks. Because when

plants strengthen their support structures, it releases their internal, protective “brake pedal” and sends the signal to put on more weight and size because they know they have the strength to support bigger, heavier buds. At this point it’s critical to feed your plants the extra nutrients, bud bulkers and specific grow and bloom cofactors they demand to develop fully and maximize trichome production. It’s the care taken during each step and the combination of all these efforts that produces the greatest compound result and a prizewinning finish.

That’s why Advanced Nutrients created the Bud Potency Potency & Stalk Strengtheners Tribe composed of Rhino Skin, Bud Factor X, Nirvana, and B-52. In short, when these supplements are used synergistically during your plants’ lifecycle, you’ll produce the sticky, emerald-green, glistening buds with supreme potency that most growers can only lust after in magazines. Keep reading to discover more about each of these Bud Potency & Stalk Strengtheners and how each of them plays a vital key in unlocking the combination to a harvest chock-full of the gorgeous plants you’ve always imagined.

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Before I was using Nirvana I was kind of resigned thinking that the price of staying organic was that I lost some harvest weight. But I gave Nirvana a try. I used it as a foliar spray about 3 weeks before I went to flowering and as a root feed after that. You could see the difference right away. The flowers are bigger and they have a sweeter taste!”

Qunicy T., from Athens, Georgia

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In your relentless quest for larger buds that are worth more to you and your associates, you now have an all-organic formula called Nirvana.

When you look at what Nirvana has in it, and how these organics work for you, that’s why Nirvana is the number one choice of growers seeking an organic way to maximize yield and quality. There’s a superstar list of ingredients on board for you, including alfalfa meal that enhances growth and yield in your hydroponics plants. Alfalfa is particularly important if you’ve invested money in CO2 for your grow room; it gives you more rapid intake of CO2, more vigorous growth, and maximum yields. Nirvana also gives you Ascophyllum nodosum. These rich compounds contain ingredients that stimulate root function, cell replication, and blooming. The benefits keep on coming when you use Nirvana, because it contains whey protein that has been predigested using enzymes instead of the acid process that most manufacturers use. Enzymatically hydrolyzed whey protein ensures that bloom-boosting amino acids cysteine and tryptophan are preserved in the biologically active “L-form”.

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Bud Enhancer.

GARDEN TYPES: Nirvana has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Nirvana has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

During bloom cycle, from the 3rd week until flush.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 3 through 6 of your bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • •

Boosts energy and metabolism so your plants grow larger faster Increases nutrient distribution and uptake Strengthens plants against day-to-day stress Gives more harvest value for your investment Provides building materials for more and larger blooms

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Most manufacturers use acid hydrolysis, which destroys L-aminos. When you use Nirvana’s enzymatically hydrolyzed whey protein, your plants get L-aminos that stimulate floral growth and potency. Another Nirvana benefit comes from two other plants: Chilean Soap Bark and Yucca. These amazing plants produce compounds called “surfactants”. A surfactant is a compound that reduces the surface tension of liquids so they, and NIRVANA OUTPERFORMS ALL OTHERS whatever they contain, more easily enter your plants via roots and leaves. ALL ORGANIC

RARE EXTRACTS

LARGER FLOWERS

MORE POTENT FLOWERS

TASTIER FLOWERS

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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Commercial Sizes Available

NIRVANA BEATS LIQUID KARMA AND ALL OTHER ORGANIC BOOSTERS COMBINED

Yucca extract and Chilean Soap Bark extract are two all-natural surfactants that transfer nutrients into your plants.

THE ONLY TRUE ORGANIC HARVESTBOOSTING GIFT FOR YOUR PLANTS Another of Nirvana’s potent bud-potentiator ingredients is bat guano that contains nitrogen, trace elements, amino acids, nucleic acids, proteins, and minerals. Bat guano is rapidly


FIVE SECRET ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

MAXIMIZE THE SIZE AND QUALITY OF

YOUR BUDS absorbed by plants, enhancing growth.

Along with guano, Nirvana has a yeast component that contains 22 essential amino acids that build plant proteins, and it’s also loaded with B vitamins. B vitamins are particularly useful for cloning, seedlings, transplanting, mother plants, and gardens where plants are being pushed hard for production.

NIRVANA PROVIDES RICH, ORGANIC NUTRIENTS FOR YOUR PLANTS Nirvana contains a miracle substance called “azomite”. When you read the list of substances that are contained in azomite, you’ll see why it’s valuable for your plants. These include calcium oxide, carbon, iron, hydrogen, silica, gold, magnesium, nitrogen, sulfur, magnesium oxide, antimony, chromium, cobalt, boron, molybdenum, copper, phosphorus pentoxide, manganese, indium, silver, zinc, and dozens of others. In fact, virtually every element on earth is contained in azomite. You’ll notice that many of azomite’s ingredients are essential nutrients for your plants. Another of Nirvana’s underground benefit for your plants is humic acid. It comes from leonardite, which is among the richest veins of organic material in the earth. Humic acid helps your plants intake and utilize nutrients. A related compound is fulvic acid, also derived from leonardite. Fulvic acid similarly transports nutrients into cells.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER FOR MORE ORGANIC GROW BOOSTERS IN ONE EASY FORMULA As you can imagine, it’s difficult for you to

individually source or use these beneficial natural ingredients as individual supplements.

ics irrigation root-zone system.

For your convenience, Advanced Nutrients extracted, standardized, and combined these powerful compounds into one formula, called Nirvana.

Be aware that Nirvana is often placed on hydroponics store shelves along with competing products such as Pure Blend Pro and Liquid Karma, but Nirvana contains more crop-boosting ingredients than any other organic-booster product.

Not only that, but Nirvana is triple-filtered and custom-blended so you easily apply it as a foliar feed or in any type of hydropon-

Not only that, Nirvana is the only 100% organic, concentrated, easy-to-use formula of its type. In your quest to naturally enhance growth and maximize yields, Nirvana stands alone as a rich supplement that you want to feed your plants right away.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: I’ve Heard That Nirvana Is Good as a Foliar. Can It Be Left on Blooms until Harvest Time ANSWER: Nirvana has two surfactants that make it penetrate leaves to deliver bloom-boosting compounds directly into floral clusters. Nirvana is all-organic, so it’s safe to leave on your flowers. However, we recommend that you mist and cleanse your floral clusters with pure water just before harvest as a general way of creating the cleanest end product. QUESTION: Does Nirvana Do Anything to Improve Taste and Aroma When Using It in with Synthetic Fertilizers? ANSWER: One of the main effects of Nirvana is to add an organic, natural component to synthetic-feed systems. Many growers report improved taste and aroma when they use Nirvana.

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FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Resin Enricher.

GARDEN TYPES: Rhino Skin has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir and other growing media. It has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics and continuous liquid-feed growing systems (aeroponic, drip irrigation and emitters, NFT, flood & drain).

WHEN TO USE: During bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS: Use 2 mL per Liter during all weeks of the bloom cycle until final flush.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES:

• You get maximum amounts of trichomes and essential-oil production. • Your plants’ stalks are stronger so they support larger flowers. • Silica makes plant cell walls tougher.

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL = 30 mL 1 Ounce

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Can I Get the Same Benefit If I Spray Rhino Skin as a Foliar Feed? ANSWER: Potassium silicate benefits leaves, stems, and internal plant cells best when the silica is drawn in through roots to become part of your plants’ structure. Foliar feeding is not necessary or recommended. QUESTION: Can Rhino Skin Affect pH? ANSWER: No, Rhino Skin has a neutral pH of 5.7, and was made this way so it can work with our pH Perfect® System. It does not affect the pH in any way, so that your reservoir will keep the pH level in the optimum range of 5.6–6.1 pH. To ensure that Rhino Skin is properly dissolved and distributed in your nutrient water, add it to your reservoir at least two hours before feeding, allowing it to solubilize. Agitate your water before you administer it to plants. QUESTION: Why Can Only Cup-Winning Growers Use Rhino Skin? ANSWER: Rhino Skin is the most effective, concentrated silica product on the market. Cup-Winning Growers are dedicated to spending the time necessary to maximize crop size and yields. They have the time and expertise to properly handle the power of Rhino Skin. As you use the Bigger Yields System and progress up the ladder of success while educating yourself with our gardening information materials, you will one day be a Cup-Winning so you too can get the benefits of Rhino Skin.

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GROWER-REPORTED RHINO SKIN EFFECTS

41% INCREASED TRICHOME STRUCTURES

35% INCREASED HEAT RESISTANCE

27% INCREASED MITE, MILDEW, MOLD RESISTANCE

49% STURDIER PLANTS

43% INCREASED VALUE OF FLOWERS

GROWERS REPORT THAT RHINO SKIN GIVES YOU PLANT PROTECTION AND INCREASED POTENCY

50%


ONE ELEMENT FOR

BULLET-PROOF

PLANTS? D

id you know your plants spend a lot of energy defending themselves from the constant attacks of pathogens, heat, and other stressors?

And did you know there’s one abundant element that can provide a missing “layer” of protection your plants desperately need?

WHAT COMMON INGREDIENT CAN “BULLET-PROOF” YOUR PLANTS? That element is silica, and it’s the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust (oxygen being the most abundant). But, even though it’s highly abundant, your crops are most likely lacking this ingredient. That’s a problem because your plants evolved to take it in and this silica storage is like putting a “coat of armor” around their cell walls, helping them easily defend against stresses and divert more of the energy you’re feeding them (in the form of nutrients and light) towards growth and blooming! But it’s actually not that easy to supplement with this critical element; in fact, there’s a big problem...

WHY MOST SILICA PRODUCTS DON’T WORK... First, silica isn’t supplied at all in most hy-

droponic fertilizers or root-zone media.

Second, if you’ve tried a silica product, you’ve discovered that most hydroponics manufacturers have found it difficult to effectively deliver silica. The scientists at Advanced Nutrients knew this before they started the product design and testing process for a new silica product. They found one particular form of potassi-

um silicate that produced the highest crop silicate percentages. And with this new formula, it’s even more effective because it has been blended with a proprietary mix of ingredients that allows your plants to absorb silica effortlessly.

INTRODUCING RHINO SKIN When you use Rhino Skin in your growing medium, it’s like giving your plants an extra layer of protection against any and all stressors that could rob them of precious energy... And the best part… Advanced Nutrients believes in Rhino Skin so much that they guarantee outstanding results, or you get all your money back.

I am a macrophotographer who photographs my crops. I can send you the pictures to prove that your product increases the size and transparency of my glands. I got it so I could make the plants stronger but I see now it has even more for me than just that. I changed lenses because I didn’t need so much magnification. That’s how much bigger the resin glands got.”

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I use the whole set of bloom boosters so I figured there was going to be very little that Bud Factor X could do for me. Surprised to find that the amount of oils increased about 20%!”

Francis, from Duluth, Minnesota

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Resin Enrichers.

GARDEN TYPES: Bud Factor X has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Bud Factor X has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE: During bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS: Use 2 mL per Liter during all weeks of the bloom cycle until final flush.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES:

• Triggers plants to maximize their ability to produce essential oils and resins • Provides nutrition for beneficial microbes in the root zone • Increases the value of crops grown for their essential oil contents, giving maximum yield of the desired active compounds • Optimizes essential oils • Optimizes aroma and improves taste • Enhances plant growth for maximum harvests

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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Commercial Sizes Available

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: My Plant Got Bigger When I Fed It X. Was This the Result of the Product? ANSWER: Yes, almost all the size increase is in floral clusters, which adds to your total harvest weight. QUESTION: What Is the Best Way to Get More Potent Crops Using Bud Factor X as a Foliar Spray? ANSWER: Follow the label instructions and then spray Bud Factor X directly onto buds just before lights go off so it will have time to absorb overnight. You could also apply it about 20 minutes before lights go on. You want it to have time to sink in rather than be evaporated. Try for a pH of about 5.8 and closely monitor your buds to make sure you aren’t overloading them. Avoid spraying buds in high humidity or when you are within 3 weeks of harvest.


IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO

MAXIMIZE YOUR

HARVESTS

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big part of what makes a harvest considered high-quality is the essential-oil content. Essential oils go hand in hand with the aromas, flavors, and resin contents produced by harvested plants. These essential oils and resins create the terpene profile in the plant material; the compounds that influence the plant’s natural fragrances and flavors.

Bud Factor X contains bioactive ingredients that enhance inherent qualities in plants, coaxing maximum production of terpenoids, resins, and essential oils. The components in Bud Factor X were also engineered to maximize yields, not only crop quality. The balanced combination of highly bioactive ingredients maximize resin contents in crops and enable crops to continue at maximized photosynthetic rates when plants normally are forced to “shut down”. The reduced forms of nitrogen and B vitamins in the formulation will also further root development, especially when using Bud Factor X in conjunction with Piranha, Voodoo Juice, and Tarantula. Many types of plants have external organelles. This is where resins and essential oils are secreted. Resins and essential oils are part of the plant’s natural defense system against insects in two major ways. Firstly, sticky resins create a physical barrier that thwarts insects and may trap and kill smaller insects such as spider mites. Secondly, the aromatic compounds that are produced in the resins will deter many types of insects from contacting the plant. Bud Factor X is applied with nutrients starting in the early bloom cycle to trigger and maintain a higher level of resin secretion throughout the entire bloom cycle. The ingredients in Bud Factor X are absorbed by the plants’ roots and begin to signal the plant to maximize production of these valuable compounds. This is accomplished

by signaling receptors that are inherent to the plant directly on an intracellular level. When this occurs, not only is the plant of higher quality, it is able to continue to grow abundant harvests. Using Bud Factor X, growers can avoid falling victim to reliance on chemical controls such as sulfur that significantly reduce qualities such as flavor and aroma in the harvest. Bud Factor X: • Triggers plants to maximize their abili-

ty to produce essential oils and resins. • Provides nutrition for beneficial microbes in the root zone. • Increases the value of crops grown for their essential-oil contents, giving maximum yield of the desired active compounds.

I would advise people to adjust their grow to take into account that your plants get bigger when you use Bud Factor X. I had to raise my lights more than usual because the flowers elongated and became very sticky.”

Rabinovich, from Queens, New York PERCENT INCREASE 35% ESSENTIAL OIL FORMATION

23% FLOWER SIZE INCREASE

17% OVERALL PLANT 27% INCREASED MITE, MILDEW, SIZE INCREASE MOLD RESISTANCE 21% RESISTANCE TO DISEASE INCREASE

23% INCREASED HARVEST SIZE

YOU’LL ENJOY SEEING YOUR PLANTS’ YIELD AND YOUR HARVEST VALUE WHEN YOU USE BUD FACTOR X

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50%


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FEEDING VITAMINS TO YOUR PLANTS GIVES YOU BIG REWARDS,

ESPECIALLY AT HARVEST TIME

Y

ou’ve given your plants the best environment, and you feed them nutrients especially designed for hydroponics.

Now you’re interested in reports that vitamins make your plants stronger, more productive, and bigger-yielding. To find out exactly how vitamins help your plants grow and produce better, scientists test identical clones side by side in identical systems. The clones are fed the same diet, except that half of the clones receive a vitamin that the other clones do not receive. Both sets of clones are closely monitored during growth and after harvest. Scientists take plant-tissue samples to measure plant metabolism, nutrient absorption, and overall plant health. Total yield size, quality, and essential-oil content are also measured. Using statistical analysis and other criteria, scientists determine if the vitamin had any effects, and if so, what those effects are. Please focus on the test results closely, because you’ll discover how B vitamins make your plants stronger, safer, and more productive…

HOW B VITAMINS IMPROVE YOUR PLANTS AND YOUR YIELD Fortunately our scientists have repeatedly run hydroponics tests, and their findings demonstrate many B-vitamin benefits for your plants, including: • Folic acid helps plants maintain healthy metabolism and DNA, but it breaks down easily in plants especially under intense lighting, so it’s a good idea to supplement-feed folic acid to your plants. Tests show that folic acid upgrades the weight

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and quality of your harvest.

• Vitamin B5 is essential for fundamental cellular processes. • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) helps your plants use and create carbohydrates so your plants have enough energy to build strong vegetative growth and to power production of flowers and essential oils. It also facilitates your plants’ use of phosphate, which is an essential nu-

trient that fuels bloom growth. B1 activates Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR), which is the same benefit that happens in humans when a vaccination produces a preemptively increased immune response to future infections. What’s more, B1 assists in root development so your plants intake more nutrients faster, and are more resistant to shock, transplanting, cloning.

WHY YOUR PLANTS NEED EXTRA B VITAMINS FOR SURVIVAL AND PRODUCTION As you can see, B vitamins are absolutely essential—without them, your plants die. Of course, it’s logical to ask if plants can synthesize or derive enough B vitamins from nutrients you feed them. The answer is that your plants can synthesize some B vitamins from nutrients, but they can’t synthesize enough nutrients fast enough to achieve your goals of vigorous growth, earlier maturation, and heavier, more potent harvests. Truth be told, the very same things that make you a superior gardener (by pushing your plants to their maximum potential) also push plants past their natural ability to produce all the vitamins they need for good health and Cup-Winningship performance. So when you provide premade vitamins, your plants have less metabolic work to do and they use more of their nutrients for growth and floral production, because they don’t have to make their entire supply of B vitamins themselves. Besides, studies show that when plants are fatigued (which is when they most need B vitamins), that’s when they are least able to


make their own vitamins. It’s the same as why an Olympic athlete needs a higher-quality diet combined with professional vitaminization, but a person who never exercises doesn’t need such a rich diet or extra vitamins. In fact, B vitamins are particularly useful when your plants are seedlings, new clones, transplants, or in peak blooming.

FINDING A B-VITAMIN FORMULA THAT BOOSTS YIELD TOO

I had a complete feed program with a lot of high-end nutrients but something was missing. So I can say that I saw stronger plants and more weight in my harvests using B-52.”

Randall, from Missoula, Montana

What’s really interesting is that our scientists discovered that a B-vitamin formula is an ideal platform for vitamin-rich components that double as yield-boosting substances. For example, our B-52 formula contains kelp and seaweed extracts. These extracts contain a variety of compounds that increase cell replication and stimulate roots and stems. Not only that, but several studies show that B vitamins, combined with seaweed and kelp extracts, assist in floral development and ripening, with increases in floral weight and potency of as much as 31%. Combine this with the crop protection provided by:

• VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN) Enhances systemic resistance so your plants are less susceptible to common grow-room contaminants that often disguise themselves as nutrient disorders while insidiously harming your crops.

• VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN) An essential substance that contributes to your plants’ metabolism and other basic life functions. Insufficient amounts of B3 lead to slow growth, poor yields, and lowered disease resistance.

• VITAMIN B7 (BIOTIN) Involved in enzymatic activity, carbohydrate energy production and amino acid synthesis. All three of these areas are implicated in the basic health and productivity of your plants.

YOUR B-VITAMIN FORMULA INCLUDES PLANT NUTRITION FOR HIGHER YIELDS Compounded with the B vitamins mentioned above, B-52 contains humates and other sources of plant nutrition that are more easily absorbed by your plants because they are administered with B vitamins. And these substances aid the transference of B vitamins into your plants. When you’re using B-52, you’ll like the convenience of feeding its important vitamins and stimulators directly into leaves or roots. This root feed/foliar convenience makes the healing, stimulating, and protective effects of B vitamins immediately and completely available to your plants.

FAST FACTS FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Bud Enhancer.

GARDEN TYPES: B-52 has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir and other growing media. B-52 has been developed for use with any and all hydroponics and continuous liquid-feed growing systems..

WHEN TO USE:

When plants are under stress, especially during early growth, cloning, and transplanting. Do not use in first two weeks of bloom.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 3 through 6 of your bloom cycle, and during all weeks of grow cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • •

Better survival rate for seedlings, transplants, clones Plants more resistant to stress and disease Increased growth and yield Stronger roots for more nutrient uptake

VOLUME:

Another factor that makes this a winning formula is how B-52 works well for you in all types of growing systems and root-zone material, including aeroponics, rockwool, soil, coco coir, hydroton, ebb and flow, and all the other hydroponics gardening methods. Getting B-52 right away helps satisfy your desire for faster-growing, earlier-maturing, bigger-yielding crops. This powerful vitamin formula increases the payoff from your gardening.

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available

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I always take vitamins and then one day I thought to myself, I bet they’d help my plants. It gives me a feeling of assurance that they are getting their daily dose of B-52.”

Ted, from Santa Fe, New Mexico

45% INCREASED RESISTANCE TO STRESS & HEAT

INCREASED EFFICIENCY OF NUTRIENT UPTAKE

INCREASED YIELD

0%

B-52 IMPROVES YOUR PLANTS PRODUCTIVITY AND HEALTH

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Why Do I Need to Give B-52 to My Plants When I Am Already Feeding Them a High-Nutrition Fertilizer? ANSWER: Plants are able to make B vitamins from some fertilizers. However, they expend energy and nutrition to make the vitamins. When you provide B vitamins in B-52, your plant has a ready-made vitamin source easily available. This means your plant can focus on floral production.

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QUESTION: I’ve Heard That B-52 Is Really Good for Young Plants. Is This True? ANSWER: Yes, B-52 is definitely a powerful antistress tonic that increases survival of transplants, seedlings, and clones. QUESTION: I Am Growing All-Organic. Can I Use B-52? ANSWER: We make the only all-organic B-vitamin supplement. It’s called Organic B. You can use Organic B in any type of garden, especially organic.


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BUD CANDY

FLAWLESS FINISH

If you’ve ever seen a star athlete tackle a marathon or triathlon, you’ve seen the power of simple and complex carbohydrates, contained in sports drinks, for giving the victor the winning edge. In much the same way, your plants need to pack in the carbs too! When you give your crops the simple and complex carbohydrates in Bud Candy, you’re giving them an instantly accessible source of energy that they can channel into floral growth. The rest is stored away so it can be tapped for future ripening. Plus, you’ll magnify the reproductive rate of beneficial microbes in the root zone by feeding them extra nourishment. This leads directly to greater root mass. Finally, Bud Candy supplies bloom-enhancing plant extracts that increase essential oils for higher potency, better aroma, richer flavor, and sharper pigments for deeper, more pleasing colors. Put Bud Candy to work in your garden and taste the results for yourself—absolutely risk-free, thanks to our 100%-satisfaction-or-your-money-back Grower Guarantee.

If you’ve ever coughed your lungs out after “enjoying” your crops, plant pollution may have been the culprit! The same process plants use to grow—absorbing compounds from nutrients, water, and the atmosphere—causes them to build up excess salts and other harsh compounds. If you don’t flush these excesses out before harvest, you compromise final quality. Instead of flushing with plain water, which starves your plants and reduces floral growth and resin, you need Flawless Finish. It uses empty chelates—which are like tiny, powerful vacuum cleaners—to remove excess chemical residues from your growing medium, roots, and other plant tissues, including fruits and flowers. The end result is a stellar crop of plants that will be free of at least 85% of the stored materials they held before flushing. Yep, you’ll have the cleanest, sweetest yields possible. Use Flawless Finish right before your next harvest and taste the results for yourself— absolutely risk-free thanks to our Grower Guarantee.

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BUD TASTE & TERPENE ENHANCERS TRIBE

IS THE “SECRET” TO MAXIMIZING TASTE, INTENSIFYING FLAVOR, AND AMPLIFYING THE AROMA OF YOUR CROPS When you see those bright-green, baseball-batsized buds, sparkling with resin-drenched trichomes in magazines, you can almost smell them on the page, right? That’s because intense aromas and mouth-watering flavor are just as important as size and color when it comes to growing quality bud. In fact, taste and aroma—the essence of quality—are what your patients remember and will talk about later! That’s why Bud Candy and Flawless Finish exist. These two Bud-Taste Enhancers help ensure the most quality product possible by maximizing the start and finish of your crop’s lifecycle...

While many people believe it’s the sticky glands of THC that produce the distinctive aroma of our favorite plant, it’s actually terpenes. Terpenes are the main building block of any plant resin or essential oil and contribute to the aroma, flavor, and even color of your plants... The fact is: your plants can not even begin making terpenes without glucose—it’s an essential “raw material” and the first step in the production of terpenoids. That’s why feeding your plants the simple and complex carbohydrates in Bud Candy gives them an instantly accessible source of glucose and other carbohydrates to channel into and maximize terpenoid development. This in turn enhances taste, aroma, flavor, potency, and more...

But the finishing steps you take before harvest are just as important, that’s why you need Flawless Finish too. Because the same process plants use to grow—absorbing compounds from nutrients, water, and the atmosphere—causes them to build up excess salts and other harsh contaminants. Flushing before harvest with Flawless Finish removes at least 85% of these compounds that, if left alone, compromise final quality and lead to a harsh smoke. Keep reading to discover more about these two Bud Taste & Terpene Enhancers and how each of them plays a vital key in unlocking the combination to a harvest chock-full of the delicious, smooth-smoking crops your patients will rave about, and come back for again and again...

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What I got was that the buds are tighter and somewhat larger while also they smell more sweet. Bud Candy worked well for me and people are asking me how I got it to taste and smell so good.”

Mark, from Gainesville, Florida

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Bud Enhancer.

GARDEN TYPES: Bud Candy has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Bud Candy has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE: During bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS: Use 2 mL per Liter during weeks 1 through 6 of your bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • • • •

Larger flowers Better taste More aroma More resins Stronger roots Faster floral maturation Nutrient-healthy plants Increased nutrient distribution and uptake

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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Commercial Sizes Available


FEED CARBOHYDRATES, AMINOS, AND VITAMINS TO YOUR PLANTS AND SMELL THEIR

SWEETER,

BIGGER BUDS

I

f I asked you what really makes you happy about your hydroponics gardening, you’d tell me you love growing huge amounts of potent, sweet-tasting flowers.

Seeing your roomful of huge flowers that smell like candy (maybe like the cotton candy at an amusement park), and then after harvest you savoring that fine taste, aroma, and potency with your friends. The smiles on their faces, and them patting you on the back, that’s what the good life is all about. So the big question is, what can you do right now to grow yourself the biggest harvests of the most potent, best-tasting flowers?

START BY PROVIDING BLOOMBOOSTING ENERGY WHEN YOUR PLANTS MOST NEED IT Getting sweeter, bigger harvests comes when you give your plants carbohydrates that jolt them with an energy boost. This is an important fact to remember, that during peak bloom cycle your plants’ need for carbohydrates exceeds their ability to manufacture sugars. The more you push them, the more CO2 and nutrients you give them, the more they need carbos, the more they fall behind. The resulting carbo-deficit is the same thing that happens when athletes collapse near the end of a grueling competition. And it’s why carbo-loading is a favorite tactic athletes use to keep going strong for victory, when others fall and fail.

NOT JUST ANY CARBOHYDRATES, BUT THE RIGHT ONES FOR YOUR PLANTS

Carbo-loading your plants requires a specialty formula. In actuality, your plants best

absorb simple or complex carbohydrates when they are present as Arabinose, Dextrose, Glucose, Maltose and Xylose from Raw-Cane Extract, Malt Extract, Cranberry

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Is Bud Candy an All-Organic Formula, and Will It Work Good If I Am Using Synthetic Nutrients? ANSWER: Yes, Bud Candy is 100% organic so it fits perfectly with an organic program. It also powers your flowers when you are using synthetic nutrients. QUESTION: Should I Keep Using Big Bud® and CarboLoad to Get Bigger Flowers While Using Bud Candy? ANSWER: Our bloom system combines Big Bud® and Bud Candy during a specific period of time in bloom cycle because the two formulas complement each other for increased floral size and quality. Bud Candy contains the powerful carbohydrates that CarboLoad contains, so you save money by not having to use CarboLoad. You’ll see maxed floral growth using these two formulas together. QUESTION: Can I Use Bud Candy as a Foliar Spray? ANSWER: Bud Candy is a root-zone formula that enhances roots and is quickly absorbed through them to create bigger, sweeter flowers. It’s not designed as a foliar spray.

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types and forms of amino acids in hydroponics formulas.

POSITIVE RESPONSES FROM CROP TESTERS

Amino acids are crucial building blocks for proteins that fuel metabolic processes and physical structure in your blooming plants. Few hydroponics formulas contain amino acids, but almost all the ones that have aminos provide them in a form called “D-aminos”.

67% BETTER TASTE

Although these aminos are cheaper to source and manufacture, they unfortunately are not very helpful to your plants.

59% BETTER AROMA

On the other hand, the L-form of amino acids is totally biologically available for rapid uptake and formation of proteins that rapidly increase your crop’s health and yield.

43% FASTER GROWTH

As with molasses and other ingredients in hydroponics formulas, it matters a lot what forms and manufacturing processes are used.

29% LARGER YIELDS

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PROFESSIONAL GROWERS IN A BLIND CROP TEST FOUND BUD CANDY IMPROVES FLAVOR, AROMA, GROWTH, PC, AND YIELD OF YOUR CROPS

Extract, and other premium carbohydrate sources. Not only does this end mid-bloom slump but these materials fuel beneficial bacteria and fungi in your root zone. When you’ve installed beneficial bacteria and fungi in your root zone, they thrive best when they have externally provided carbos to feed on. Beneficial bacteria and fungi increase root mass, increase nutrient absorption, protect roots, and produce hormones that stimulate floral size, potency, and value. So now that you’ve seen how to use the right kinds of carbos to provide energy and root enhancement, what else can you do to create gourmet flowers with enhanced taste, size, potency, and aroma? As it turns out, by providing the list of carbo sources we just discussed, you’re also enhancing the taste and aroma of your plants.

THE BENEFITS OF USING AMINO ACIDS AND OTHER COMPOUNDS IN THE CORRECT FORM FOR YOUR PLANTS Here’s something else to keep in mind: the advantages provided by what you feed your crops depend on the quality of specific ingredients in the products. For example, you see hydroponics formulas that contain “molasses”. But as with almost every individual ingredient in hydroponics formulas, there are many grades and types of molasses, and the differences between them decide whether they will deliver your bigger, better yields. Fact is, most types of molasses are loaded with sulfur or made using materials or processes that lower their sugar content and quality. When sulfured, low-grade molasses are in a hydroponics formula, its extraneous minerals throw off your nutrient ratios while providing smaller percentages of carbohydrates. Now take a minute and let me show you how this relates to the

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Sweeter flowers are yours when you boost your crop’s taste, potency, and aroma by furnishing anthocyanins, isoflavonoids, polyphenols, isoterpenes, and tannins found in cranberry and grape extracts. Growers using these compounds report that a sudden bouquet of pleasant scent arises from their flowers within moments of the compounds being fed to the plants in water. And after harvest, you and your friends will enjoy the extra-sweet aroma and taste that your flowers provide, and there’ll be more flowers to enjoy too. Another technique for upgrading the aroma, taste, and value of your crop is to feed vitamins to your plants. For example, Vitamin C stimulates photosynthesis and cell replication while also protecting your plants from negative effects of intense light and heat. To go along with Vitamin C, studies show that feeding your plants B vitamins provides many bloom-boosting benefits while also protecting crops from stress. So how can you get this extensive menu of crop-boosting compounds you’ve just found out about? Fortunately, Advanced Nutrients scientists have successfully managed the complex task of sourcing, processing, and combining all these aminos, carbs, and vitamins so Bud Candy delivers bigger, sweeter buds to you right away. Best of all, you’re getting two products in one because Bud Candy gives you everything in Sweet Leaf and CarboLoad, but it also gives you a lot more in an easy-to-use formula. Whether your plants are in bloom cycle right now, or you’re preparing for bloom cycle, this is the time to procure 100% organic Bud Candy and get cotton-candy taste, fatter buds, and stronger plants.

I love the way Bud Candy smells, and I noticed that my crops started smelling and tasting the same way. I can see why you call it Bud Candy!”

Robert, from San Francisco, California


YOUR CROPS TASTE

SWEETER AND HAVE

HIGHER VALUE WHEN YOU FLUSH THEM

BEFORE HARVEST As your plants age, they accumulate excess nutrient salts and other substances that decrease the quality and value of your end product.

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or dedicated, demanding hydroponics gardeners like you, a supreme moment of satisfaction comes when you’ve worked hard to bring in a harvest, dried and cured it, and finally sit down to savor the taste and aroma of your latest flowers. There’s that feeling of pride and reward as you savor the deliciousness of your crops with your friends and family. Now there’s a way for you to increase the joy and accomplishment you feel. It’s a simple, yet powerful process that cleanses your crops just before harvest so you get:

At times, this accumulation is visible as overfertilization or other crop failures. More often, it is an unseen burden that infiltrates your crops from the inside out. This insidious burden causes crops that

have offensive taste and odor; crops that burn with black ash or are hard to keep lit; and crops that irritate and damage your respiratory system, causing coughing and other health issues. Can you recall a time when you almost coughed your lungs out? It was polluted crops that did it.

NOT ALL FLUSHES ARE CREATED EQUAL Many growers try “flushing” their crops or they use all-organic nutrients to deal with accumulated salts that affect finished crop quality. Unfortunately, most forms of flushing, or the use of all-organic fertilizers, do not purge crops of harsh residues. For way

one that

thing, the most common growers flush their crops

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YOUR PLANTS ARE ABSORBING THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO CONSUME As you’re aware, your plants grow by absorbing compounds from nutrients, water, and the atmosphere. These compounds become part of your plants’ tissues.

WITH

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0 FLAWLESS FINISH REMOVES EXCESS MATERIALS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER FLUSH PRODUCT USING ONLY PURE WATER

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: Will Flushing Starve My Plants and Make Smaller Harvests? ANSWER: It’s true that some flushing products have an unfortunate tendency to rob plants of vital nutrients and thus create smaller, less potent harvests. Flawless Finish is the only flush formula engineered differently. In fact, tests show that it results in either no net loss of harvest size and potency, or a slight increase. QUESTION: One of My Friends Uses Flawless Finish If He Has Crop Problems, Not Just before Harvest. Do You Recommend This? ANSWER: In situations when root zones have become toxic with excess fertilizer salts, Flawless Finish can be useful as a miniflush to get back to a neutral root zone for rebalancing pH and making sure your plants are not overfertilized.

FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Clearing and Flushing Solution.

GARDEN TYPES: Flawless Finish has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Flawless Finish has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE: During the last week of your bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS: Use 2 mL per Liter during the last week of your bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • Cleaner, safer crops • Tastier, sweeter-smelling crops • Higher quality crops that command premium market prices • Better taste, more pleasant aroma, better appearance • More pleasant user experience • Flushes crops while maintaining harvest size and potency

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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QUESTION: Can You Explain the Differences between Flawless Finish and Other Flush Formulas? ANSWER: There are several differences that give you more cleansing power. Flawless Finish is the only formula that’s actually made for the plants you grow. Flawless Finish is also different in that it has a very broad range of free-flowing chelates. Nobody else has these. There are many individual metals that need to be pulled out of crops. Chelates come in different shapes and sizes and are attracted only to certain metals. The other flushing formulas don’t have a broad enough range of chelates to remove all the substances present in your crops. It’s like the difference between washing the entire car, or only one door. QUESTION: Can I Use Flawless Finish to Get Better Crops in Soil? ANSWER: Absolutely. Just shorten the cleansing wash time from 6 hours to 2 hours and run a lot of water through to ensure full cleansing. Then let your soil dry out so you don’t waterlog your roots.


is by giving their crops water that has no nutrients in it. But this doesn’t fully cleanse your crops. It only starves your plants so they lose vigorous floral growth and resin percentages just before harvest. Other growers use flushing formulas that generally consist of a few chemicals that sometimes have the ability to pull a limited amount of residues out of your plants. These primitive flush formulas remove plant nutrition, resulting in smaller harvests and decreased harvest potency. Not only that, but they don’t provide the full-spectrum, value-enhancing cleansing you’re looking for. Truth be told, the stuff that stores in your plants comes from fertilizers, water, and the atmosphere, and organic fertilizer has no crop-cleansing properties in and of itself. Fortunately, there’s a better way to ensure that your harvests are crystal-pure.

HERE’S YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CROP CLEANSING It’s really exciting to find out how to make your harvests worth more. So here’s the story… The process of totally cleansing your flowers begins 4 to 10 days before you intend to cut them for harvest. At that time, you drain your reservoir, fill it with fresh water, and add just one formula: Flawless Finish, the only flushing formula ever specifically designed and tested to provide complete, value-enhancing cleansing of the specific type of plants you grow. By the way, it’s important for you to realize that Flawless Finish is the only formula made for your plants. That’s important because different species of plants respond in different ways to preharvest flushing, and because the testing and design of hydroponics flushing products has a direct bearing on whether those products work for you or not. After you have added Flawless Finish to your plants’ water supply, you continuously irrigate your plants’ roots for six hours to completely wash your roots and root zone with Flawless Finish. Then, you drain your reservoir and fill it with clean water. You do not add any nutrients or other supplements to your water supply. You just feed your plants pure water right up to harvest time. As proven by thousands of tissue samples taken from the exact type of plants you grow, this procedure results in crops that are almost totally purged of excess salts and other burdens.

WHAT’S A CHELATE AND HOW DOES IT MAKE YOUR HARVESTS MORE VALUABLE? How does this amazing process work to free your plants and make them more valuable? If you could see down to the molecular level, here’s what you’d witness: • Flawless Finish contains a broad range of ingredients known as “chelates”. • Chelates are like chemical “claws” that can grasp other materials, such as individual nutrients, and bind to them. • During the course of the six-hour Flawless Finish cleansing, the formula’s proprietary, exceptionally broad range of chelates removes excess nutrient salts, heavy metals, and pollutants from

I tried a lot of things to get my crops to taste and burn better. I even tried pouring some honey and sugar water into them to get a better flavor. It just clogged my drippers. The Flawless Finish worked like you said. This is the bomb.”

Jeff, from Ithaca, New York your plants’ roots and their root zone. • Some of the chelates enter your plants and create a downward mobility of excess salts that exit your plants and are washed into the Flawless Finish/water solution. • After the Flawless Finish/water mixture has done its job, you remove all that water from your reservoir and refill your reservoir with fresh water. • Inside your plants, from the time of flushing until harvest time, your plants are consuming on-board nutrients and otherwise purging themselves of unwanted residues. • By the time you harvest, your plants will be free of at least 85% of the stored materials they held before flushing.

NOW SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR Now that you’ve flushed your plants, what can you expect from your harvest? To start with, your Flawless Finish crops cure better and faster, with less susceptibility to storage diseases such as molds and fungi. You’ll notice that your curing crops smell better and maintain a more pleasing appearance. Better yet, essential oils and other resins will be preserved so your bloom clusters are more potent. But the real test comes when you first taste your Flawless Finish– flushed crops. Imagine your delight when you get a smoother, sugary taste that’s accompanied by enchanting scent and other highly potent effects.

It had gotten so bad that I couldn’t even keep the stuff lit. I thought it was too wet or something. But when I started doing the flushing, then I saw what had been happening. Too much phosphates were left in. The flushing got rid of it. Thanks.”

Calvin, from Compton, California That’s the Flawless Finish difference. The key thing here is for you to get Flawless Finish today and update your garden calendar to remind you to use this uniquely effective formula a few days before harvest. Your friends, family, and other growers will notice the positive difference you create using Flawless Finish.

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ANCIENT EARTH ORGANIC

Your plants (like the human digestive tract) build up organic waste. Left in the root zone, this waste can impair growth and blooming or contribute to disease. But when you give your crops specifically formulated enzymes, they scour the root zone, removing the debris and eradicating disease by “recycling” it into usable carbohydrates that fuel bud growth and boost yields! Now, enzymes sound great, but only Sensizym is guaranteed in two unique ways: First, it’s a specific combination of high-grade bioactive enzymes that work best for your high-value plants. Second, it’s guaranteed to have a stable shelf life and be fully active at the time of purchase—unlike other products, which are often completely inert on the shelf. Lastly, growers report that Sensizym decomposes root-zone debris so well, you can often reuse growing media such as rockwool and coco coir for another crop lifecycle—saving you money! As always, you risk nothing trying Sensizym, because our Grower Guarantee ensures that you’ll be 100% satisfied or you get all your money back.

Ancient Earth Organic, naturally derived from a rare source of ancient organic material called leonardite, is the first humic-fulvic supplement on the hydroponics market to give you the best of two worlds. This hybrid product contains both longchain humic acids and short-chain “golden” fulvic acid. Each of these ingredients performs separate jobs, yet they work together seamlessly and synergistically for the maximum benefit of your plants’ health and performance. First, the long-chain humics in Ancient Earth transform your growing medium into a richer, healthier, more vibrant foundation for your crops while pumping up their roots. They also stabilize the pH and optimize nutrient delivery. And once the fulvic acid, a kind of natural chelator, enters the roots, it assists in the transport of nutrients within the plant. Ancient Earth also helps plants to withstand disease, drought, and other environmental stresses. As always, we stand behind Ancient Earth with our 100% Money-Back Grower Guarantee.

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CROP SUBSTRATE SUPERPAK TRIBE ALLOWS YOU TO MAXIMIZE THE MOST OVERLOOKED "TRICK" TO GROWING POUNDS OF GREEN, FROSTY, MAGAZINE-QUALITY BUDS The majority of popular hydroponic growing media are sterile substrates. There’s no life and no beneficial microbes like you’d find in a handful of rich, dark soil outdoors.

First is Ancient Earth Organic, a 100% organic, prehistoric supplement that brings the various benefits of both long-chain humic acids and short-chain “golden” fulvic acid to your garden...

Now, it’s no secret that adding beneficial microbes to your root zone is equivalent to recruiting nature’s invisible army to live symbiotically with your plants, creating big, healthy, vibrant root systems that directly translate to higher nutrient absorption and optimal yields...

Introducing long-chain humic acid to your root zone is like building a “condominium complex” for beneficial microbes, giving them an optimal structure to flourish in. Short-chain fulvic acid is a “weird” molecule that’s still not 100% understood scientifically, but it directly stimulates plant growth and is 1,000 times smaller than humic acid—making it easily utilized by your plants.

But before you introduce beneficial microbes into your root zone, it’s important to condition and prepare your growing substrate with the Crop Substrate SuperPak.

Sensizym practically supercharges your plants’ “digestive system” by scavenging your growing medium substrate and recycling organic waste

and other debris in the root zone into usable carbohydrates that fuel bud growth, boost yields, and increase terpene production. Terpenes are the main building block of any plant resin or essential oils and the primary contributor to greater aroma, flavor, and even color of your plants. Together, these two powerful products can take the raw substrates and waste by-products of your garden and optimize their use to greatly enhance your growing efficiency and amplify the output of your entire growing system. Keep reading to discover more about these two products in the Crop Substrate SuperPak and how each of them can help you get even more results from your high-value garden, starting today...

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FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

PRODUCT TYPE: Crop Substrate Supplement.

GARDEN TYPES:

Sensizym has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Sensizym has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

During all weeks of the bloom cycle.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

2 mL per Liter during weeks 1 through 6 of bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES:

• Breaks down dead material in your root zone, converting it into usable nutrients for the plant and preventing outbreaks of harmful pathogens that could use that dead organic material as a nutrient source • More nutrition for vigorous growth and maximum yield • Essential for a small niche of growers who may be reusing their soil or coco coir for more than one crop, as it breaks down the previous harvest’s root mass, rejuvenating and adding fertility to the growing medium

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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our plants’ roots help you maximize your garden’s yield when you give them a root zone filled with active enzymes that break down debris and promote nutrient absorption. It goes without saying that your garden benefits from a convenient enzyme formula that breaks down dead material from your root zone, which creates reusable nutrition for your plants so you save money. Here’s the inside story…

TURN ROOT-ZONE WASTE INTO NUTRITION FOR YOUR PLANTS First of all, enzymes are molecules that take apart other molecules, and you can harness this fact to get more vigorous growth and maximize yields. You see, if you were growing outdoors in the healthiest, most fertile soil, your plants’ roots would be surrounded by billions of beneficial microbes that manufacture enzymes. These enzymes are constantly breaking down dead roots, other organic matter, and unused nutrients. They transform them into materials that your plants use for fuel to make more vigorous growth and maximize yields. Rich enzymes in the root zone are one main reason outdoor plants get so huge and productive.

have to give your root zone the most powerfully appropriate enzymes for the job.

zymes are chitinases, proteases, hydrolases, glucanases, and cellulases.

Turns out those exceptionally useful en-

When you insert live, thriving, concentrated amounts of these enzymes into your root zone, you create the vigorous enzymatic en-

I started using Sensizym to get more out of Piranha, Voodoo, and Tarantula. I saw that my grow-cycle plants grow faster now, and the roots are stronger. The rockwool is cleaner. This stuff works!”

Naomi K., from Guelph, Ontario, Canada SHELF LIFE, ENZYME CONCENTRATION AND ENZYME STRENGTH

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But you can’t just throw in any enzymes. You

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I used some other enzyme stuff and when I opened the bottle it smelled bad. That happened twice. Then they recommended Sensizym and I got it and it was clearly superior. I’ve used it in rockwool and aeroponics and it works great in both.”

Josh, from Kitchener, Ontario vironment your roots need. At the same time, the enzymes are turning debris into predigested food for your plants!

YOU GET WHAT YOU REALLY NEED IN AN ENZYME FORMULA Now let’s take a moment to examine how you get the perfect enzymes into a formula that works in your hydroponics garden. Because what a lot of hydroponics companies do is take shortcuts that short-circuit the value of enzymes. Instead of using the precise types and ratios of enzymes that have been shown to work the hardest and fastest in your root zone, some companies outsource their manufacturing so they don’t know what’s in their enzyme products. Because when you want to deliver a guaranteed effective enzyme formula to gardeners, you have to get enzymes that have been specially extracted in professional bioengineering laboratories. Scientists in these labs grow huge amounts of beneficial soil microbes (the kind that manufacture the enzymes your plants need), and then they ferment those microbes to get concentrated doses of enzymes. After that, the enzymes are tested individually and together to ensure that they have maximum shelf life, viability, and effectiveness in the root zone. Sometimes our scientists found that an individual enzyme might not work so well with other enzymes, or that a particular enzyme just cannot be kept active in solution. They also discover the optimum

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: I Definitely Want to Reuse My Rockwool, So How Do I Do It? ANSWER: Use Sensizym throughout bloom cycle. Make sure you do a Flawless Finish flush before harvest. After harvest, flush your rockwool thoroughly, and go through it to ensure that no large pieces of root or other material are still present. Keep the medium pH balanced and apply Sensizym for a few more days. Then let the medium dry to the regular wetness that’s optimum for your plants, and reuse the material. QUESTION: I Went to the Hydro Store to Get Sensizym. The Salesman Said That It Had Been on His Shelf about 3 Months. He Said That He Would Not Recommend Other Enzyme Products If They Had Been in the Store More Than a Couple Weeks. So How Long Is Yours Going to Last on the Shelf? ANSWER: We have the strongest guarantee and the longest shelf life in the industry. Under normal storage conditions with a reasonably temperature-controlled store, the shelf life is 18 months.

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Before I used Sensizym I had to throw out my rockwool slabs after every crop. It cost me money and was messy. Now I can use the slabs for three or more crop cycles. The money I saved is going to LED lights.”

Bruce, from Hartford, Connecticut pH and liquid viscosity that works to preserve the bioactivity of enzymes for long periods of time. Of course, there are other considerations. Our scientists are aware of the pH and temperature of nutrient water in your hydroponics garden. They make sure that Sensizym’s enzymes function at full strength in your range of pH and temperature. By the way, it’s interesting to note that there’s a circular cycle of benefits involving Sensizym’s enzymes and beneficial microbes in your root zone. For example, when Sensizym’s enzymes break down dead organic material into sugars, beneficial microbes eat the carbohydrates, creating more enzymes.

NOW SAVE MONEY ON ROCKWOOL, COCO, OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU’RE USING FOR YOUR ROOT ZONE Putting it all together for you, there’s now an easy way for you to enhance your roots, put more nutrition into your plants, promote floral growth, and break down dead organic material in your root zone. As you prepare to get some 100% organic Sensizym and bring all these benefits into your garden, there’s one other interesting fact that growers have discovered using Sensizym. According to what we’re told by growers, confirmed by gardeners as well as plant scientists, Sensizym does such a good job of decomposing root-zone debris that you can reuse root-zone media such as rockwool and coco coir. This saves you money and time, because you don’t have to buy rootzone material as often. You don’t have to buy it and then pretreat it as often. Nor do you have to dispose of it as often. So get yourself Sensizym and give yourself the root-zone benefits that translate into vigorously growing, maximum-yielding plants. When you go to your store to get your enzyme formula, rest assured that Sensizym is the only one with such a broad range of bioactive, concentrated enzymes specifically researched and found to be perfect for your root zone.

To be honest, I have no idea what an enzyme is or what it does. I bought this because the hydro store guy said to when I was having problems with root rot. Well I don’t have the root rot problems anymore and I also see that Sensizym made the plants bushier. So I think this is a great product for sure.”

Luke, from Chico, California


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orget about Your Old Fulvic and Humic Acid Supplements and Tap into an Even Older Organic Source of Power…

For years now we’ve offered you Grandma Enggy’s H-2 and F-1, two revolutionary nutrient supplements derived from a single extraordinary compound called leonardite. But as you know, here at Advanced Nutrients, we never stop learning and growing in an effort to bring growers like you the very best and most fairly priced products on the market. So with this attitude in mind, we’ve combined these two state-of-the-art products into one even more affordable and easy-to-use formula. The solution is Advanced Nutrients Ancient Earth. We combined fulvic and humic acids into a single nutrient formula that was specifically designed to fit the needs of the valuable plants we grow. Ancient Earth reduces the effects of salinity and pH fluctuations, increases your plants’ uptake of the precious micronutrients that drive your plants to reach their optimum yield. Plus, you get double the value, because this one formula replaces two products previously sold separately. This is a no-brainer. And since this, like all of our products, is backed by our money-back guarantee, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying Ancient Earth today. Ask your local hydroponic retailer about what Ancient Earth can do for your garden today!

ANCIENT EARTH BENEFITS • Stimulates seed germination and root growth • Enhances the water-holding ability of soil • One of the most concentrated liquid humic products available • Contains only water-soluble humates • Boosts chelating power • Greatly improves plant nutrient health • Enhances permeability of plant membranes • Highest-quality product available

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TOGETHER, HUMIC AND FULVIC ACIDS WORK SYNERGISTICALLY TO HELP YOUR PLANTS GROW MORE VIGOROUSLY, AND PRODUCE HUGE YIELDS…

Ancient Earth is actually a combination of two other single products, Grandma Enggy’s F-1 and H-1, which combines the teamwork of humic and fulvic acids to bring you a bumper harvest. When asked about fulvic and humic acids, here’s what Advanced Nutrients’ Manufacturing Specialist, Tyrel, had to say:

“It was such an exciting trip to go to the leonardite mine and see how they get this stuff out of the ground. Leonardite reminds me of liquid oil. That’s how rich it is. You can almost see millions of years of evolution and organic matter packed into this vein of leonardite. There are so many beneficial materials in it, but two of the most are humic and fulvic acids.

The Enggys have the best method for getting the purest Humic and Fulvics from leonardite, and that translates into a better-producing garden for our customers…” Then, we asked him specifically about the manufacturing process used to extract these acids. Plus, we wanted to know how the team at Advanced Nutrients made absolutely sure these two products were being made using Grandma Enggy’s family secrets. And lastly, we interviewed him to find out how the two products should be best used in your garden. “… Making Fulvic and Humic are two of my favorite jobs here at Advanced. They had Grandma come up here a few times to make sure we were doing it right. The leonardite is about the darkest stuff I have ever seen. You can tell it’s got a lot of good nutrition in it just by looking at it and handling it. When we separate the Fulvic from the Humic we spend a lot of time until we get a really pure fluid that looks like liquid gold. If it’s not a pure gold color or if it has the slightest impurities, we throw it out and start again. I’m proud to be part of the Advanced Nutrients team so I can make this for your plants. The Fulvic is like one side of the coin and the Humic is the other, so I recommend that people use both of them together.”


FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Root Zone Fortifier.

GARDEN TYPES: Ancient Earth has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Ancient Earth has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

Use throughout the entire grow and bloom cycle. Please note that when using the pH Perfect® system, Ancient Earth is not required.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during the entire grow and bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • • • • • •

Reduced pH fluctuations Increased uptake of micronutrients Accelerated plant growth Reduced salinity build-up Larger flowers Affordable combination product Soil conditioner Enhanced cell communication

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available


SENSI CAL-MAG XTRA

REVIVE

You know that, like developing children, your plants need a steady supply of calcium and magnesium for strong and healthy growth. But even advanced growers often overlook another element their high-value crops need: specific forms of iron in exacting ratios. If you’re using our base nutrients, you’re already getting the correct amounts of these vital elements. But if you’re using base nutrients made by other companies, your crops could be deficient, leading to stunted growth and yellowing leaves. In that case, you need Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra, the only calcium and magnesium supplement formulated with the exact Ca, Mg, and Fe ratios unique to the plants we grow. It also contains optimal amounts of the diverse micronutrients your plants crave. And, as always, you’re protected by our 100% Money-Back Grower Guarantee!

This concentrated combination of nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, chelated iron, and chelated zinc allows you to perform quick, effective, lifesaving “CPR” on your plants. Revive is guaranteed to rejuvenate your crops if they get into the most typical kinds of nutrient-deficiency trouble—which they can if something unexpected and beyond your control occurs, and especially if you are using inferior nutrients! Our R&D team has determined that the most important factor in saving your crops is time, so don’t wait to employ Revive by adding it to your nutrient solution or using it as a foliar spray at the first sign of trouble. These rejuvenating substances race into your plants’ roots or leaves, get rapidly distributed throughout its vascular system, and flood the plant with healing nutrition! If you do that in a timely manner, your precious plants will get their best chance not only to survive, but also to thrive. As always, you either love Revive or it’s absolutely free with our 100% Money-Back Grower Guarantee!

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IS LIKE “INSURANCE” FOR YOUR GROW ROOM The team of scientists, researchers and plant chemists at Advanced Nutrients has spent many years studying the potential problems facing growers of high-value plants...

you need a “first-aid kit” close at hand to protect your investment and that’s why Advanced Nutrients developed the Bud Aid Tribe consisting of Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra and Revive.

They discovered many things can go wrong during a crop cycle that could cause a large percentage of your plants to never make it and jeopardize the value of your entire harvest.

If you’re not using Advanced Nutrients base nutrients—with their dialed-in calcium and magnesium levels—Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra is almost a necessity. Use it at the first sign of Ca and Mg deficiency such as stunted growth and yellowing leaves.

Scientific testing also determined, in a grow-room emergency TIME is the biggest threat to your plants’ survival! It’s a fact: the quicker you act to treat your plants, the more likely you are to save them. That’s why

And when your plants really get in trouble, reach for Revive. This concentrated combination of proprietary ingredients can turn around wilted, unhealthy plants fast.

When you use the Bud Aid products from Advanced Nutrients... • Rejuvenating substances race into roots, pumping them full of healing nutrition! •

They drive up into your stems and leaves— flooding them with life-saving nutrients!

New flowers and buds bloom—and existing flowers plump up larger with new life!

Keep reading to discover more about these two Bud Aid products and how each of them can rescue your crops and potentially save your entire high-value harvest if you ever get in trouble.

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FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Micronutrient Supplement.

GARDEN TYPES:

Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

AS NEEDED during the Growth and Bloom cycles if deficiency symptoms arise.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Use 2 mL per Liter during the entire grow and bloom cycle.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • •

Fast recovery from deficiencies and lockouts Extra micronutrients for feeding programs that lack them. Faster, more robust growth. Much more complete spectrum of nutrients compared to competing “cal-mag” type supplements

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

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Commercial Sizes Available


YOU WOULDN’T FEED YOUR DOG... FISH FOOD? SO WHY ARE YOU FEEDING YOUR

SPECIAL PLANTS TOMATO FOOD?

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f you’re using a generic cal-mag supplement, chances are you’re using a formulation designed for general produce. But if you’re trying to grow high-value plants, there’s only one product you want.

SENSI CAL-MAG XTRA Your plant has unique needs, and Sensi CalMag Xtra is the only hydroponic additive tested on and designed specifically for the types of plants you grow.

WHAT DOES CAL-MAG ACTUALLY DO? In the case of cal-mag supplements, calcium and magnesium are obviously the most important elements in the bottle. But do you know what calcium and magnesium actually do for your plant? How they operate? Do you know which ingredients help optimize the functioning of calcium and magnesium? Many growers take this sort of information for granted. But plant science is rather complex, and a deeper understanding of these issues is critical to grow competitively. Magnesium is fundamental to chlorophyll, and is directly related to the process of absorbing light. Calcium is a basic building block of cells and growth. A deficiency of either means the most important growth reactions in your plant are stunted. Obviously there’s more to the story. Plant metabolism is a very complex operation. But there is something most growers and hydroponic nutrient companies have overlooked when it comes to calcium and magnesium supplements, that is going to change the industry standard.

THE ADVANCED BREAKTHROUGH Calcium and magnesium are only two of many nutrients your plant needs to operate at full growing capacity.

Also among these elements is iron. Iron is considered a micronutrient, which only needs to appear in trace amounts compared to macronutrients like calcium and magnesium. Everyone knows this. The important part though is that iron acts as a catalyst for essential reactions within the plant, especially related to metabolism. In plain English, the Advanced Nutrients team of scientists have found that with the right chelated forms of iron, in just the right

ratios, every other nutrient becomes exponentially more effective.

OUR SCIENTISTS FOUND THE RIGHT CHELATES You can’t just throw iron in, in any amount. It has to be the right form of chelated iron. And it has to be in the correct ratios, in relationship with the other nutrients in your reservoir. Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra is the result of test after test performed on the plant specifically, that the Advanced Nutrients team of scientists have found to maximize plant growth potential.

HOW SENSI CAL-MAG XTRA IS DIFFERENT Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra is different than classic Sensi Cal-Mag because of the improvements in micronutrients like iron, as well as 20 L-form amino acids to ensure the potential of every nutrient in Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra is performing at maximum potential. Every last detail has been accounted for to make this product as perfect as scientifically possible. It’s different from the competition in that no other hydroponic company has had the opportunity, or the brave enough leadership, to scientifically test strains of plants in the volume Advanced Nutrients has. If you’re growing high-value plants, there’s no sense in buying general formulations that were designed to grow big tomatoes or store bought produce. Feed your plants the food they want and need, and watch cup-winning buds start blooming on your plants. Try Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra today.

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FAST FACTS

FEEDING SYSTEM - GROW CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 FEEDING SYSTEM - BLOOM CYCLE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 PRODUCT TYPE: Plant First Aid.

GARDEN TYPES: Revive has been specially designed for use with all hydroponics, sphagnum, coco coir, and soil growing mediums. Revive has been developed for use with any and all hydroponic, aeroponic, drip irrigation, NFT, flood and drain, drip emitters, and continuous liquid-feed growing systems.

WHEN TO USE:

AS NEEDED during the Growth and Bloom cycles when plants require relief from stress.

MIXING DIRECTIONS:

Hydroponics: Use 5ml per liter to correct deficiencies. Repeat after 1 week if necessary. Foliar Spray: Use 3ml per liter, avoid spraying under direct lighting. As part of the regular feeding program: use 1ml per liter. Repeat after 1 week if necessary.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES: • • • •

Fast recovery from heat stress Faster recovery from lockouts and deficiencies. Faster recovery from damaged root systems. Less lag time after transplanting.

VOLUME:

1 Teaspoon = 5mL 1 Ounce = 30 mL

| 1 Tablespoon = 15mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL

Commercial Sizes Available


IF YOUR PLANTS ARE STRESSED, WEAK, OR NEAR DEATH, SCIENTISTS SAY DO THIS ONE THING

NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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f you’ve ever walked into your grow room and found yourself in an emergency… •

You see pale leaves or droopy flowers

• Or an essential part of your hydroponics gardening system, like a pump, has failed and your plants are being starved to death…

Then, you’ll want to put this one scientific discovery to work for you right away…

ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC TESTING DISCOVERS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU SHOULD DO WHEN YOUR PLANTS ARE IN DANGER… The team of scientists, researchers, and plant chemists at Advanced Nutrients has spent many years studying the problems facing the types of plants we grow and the gardens we grow them in.

HEAL YOUR PLANTS AND GIVE THEM THE BEST CHANCE OF SURVIVAL WITH THIS SPECIFIC FORMULA… After hundreds of different tests and experiments with our types of plants in a variety of hydroponics garden types including rockwool, coco coir, aeroponics, and soil, this

team of scientists determined a specific blend of nutrients and healing ingredients… delivered as fast as possible… is the best way to ensure your plants survive and rejuvenate when they’re in trouble. After extensive research, experimentation, and extensive testing, the team at Advanced Nutrients developed their exclusive REVIVE formula. REVIVE is an easy-to-use formula that works with all types of gardens… can be added to your hydroponics solutions or used in a foliar spray… AND… is specifically created to rejuvenate the types of high-value plants we grow. The proprietary formula rushes highly chelated iron, zinc, calcium, nitrogen, and other crucial nutrients directly into your plants’ cells to give them the maximum healing power they need…

THE RESULT? YOUR PLANTS SURVIVE AND THRIVE!

They discovered many things can go wrong during a crop cycle that could cause a large percentage of your plants to never make it… and in the process… hack away at the value of your entire harvest.

These healing ingredients go to work immediately with your plants and…

What they also uncovered was that in a growroom emergency TIME is the biggest threat to your plants’ survival!

• Rejuvenating substances race into your roots, pumping them full of healing nutrition!

It’s a fact, the quicker you act to save your plants, the more likely you are to save them… just like… an accident victim is much more likely to survive if they can get into the Emergency Room as soon as possible and begin being treated.

• They thrust up into your stems and leaves, then flood them with nutrients!

But how you go about trying to save your plants is just as important as doing it quickly…

And now, you can finally relax because you don’t have to worry about losing your crops… and instead… you can focus on the huge harvest you were afraid was about to be lost.

• New flowers and buds bloom… and… current flowers plump up juicy and larger than ever!

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Just how effective is REVIVE at diverting potentially harvest-killing situations? Read this short letter sent in about a customer’s recent experience with REVIVE…

MONTANA GROWER ALMOST LOSES HIS WHOLE HARVEST UNTIL HE SAVES HIS PLANTS WITH REVIVE! “I left for seven days during the third week of blooming. I had carefully instructed my friend about how to keep the garden going. It was a no-brainer. Well I found out he had no brain! He didn’t even bother to show up. The pump timer failed so the reservoir ran dry after pumping non-stop. The plants were without water or nutrients for at least three days! After I got done cussing him out, I went to the hydro store where they sold me Revive. I didn’t have much hope, because the plants were in bad shape. I figured I had just lost a whole season. I put it on the leaves and into the roots… Some of the color came back within 24 hours. After about a week, all but two of the plants looked fairly normal. Those ones had been the worst affected when I was gone. I got a decent harvest after the other plants recovered and I learned never to trust that guy again, but I do trust Revive and I hope I won’t have to use it again.” Benjamin from Missoula, Montana

CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD TO TAKE CHANCES WITH YOUR CROPS? Even if you’ve never experienced growing problems before, experts agree it pays to be safe! Instead of waiting for something to happen, the Cup-Winning Growers we interviewed recommended buying a supply of REVIVE to keep on hand in case of any emergencies. After all, it’s smart to keep a first-aid kit in your house in case you need it… and… if you’re anything like us, you care about your plants’ health just as much (maybe even more!) than your own. So it’s only logical to have a “first-aid kit” ready for your plants too… After all, every single harvest is valuable and you put a lot of time, money, and effort into getting the biggest, heaviest, most productive harvests possible… so it only makes sense… to protect what you’ve worked so hard to build! What’s more: Cup-Winning Growers everywhere know that investing in REVIVE has absolutely no downside! That’s because you can try it totally and completely risk-free. Here’s how…

REVIVE WILL HELP SAVE YOUR CROPS, OR IT’S FREE! That’s right, Advanced Nutrients is so confident that you’ll get better growing results when using REVIVE that they will give you the product absolutely FREE if it doesn’t work for you. How can they do that? Simple. They offer a 100% money-back guarantee with all their products. Either it works for you exactly as described or you get every penny of your hard-earned money back. Which means, if REVIVE doesn’t work for you, you will have essentially gotten the product for free.

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(Although, it is our personal belief and the 100% conviction of the Advanced Nutrients team that you will get the results you’re looking for… and… you will never have to ask for your money back, ever, because you will be so overjoyed with your results.) Here’s the guarantee, in the founder’s own words:

GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK •

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our worldfamous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

MORE INFO: advancednutrients.com/growerguarantee/ HOW YOU CAN PUT THIS PLANT SAVING MIRACLE TO WORK FOR YOU TOO… Here’s how you can start using REVIVE absolutely risk-free in your home today… If you are currently experiencing some time of grow-room emergency, then there is no time to waste! Simply go to your nearest dealer who carries Advanced Nutrients products and tell them you need REVIVE right away. Either way, you’ll be able to immediately go home and… Rescue your plants immediately! Give them the nutrients and healing energy they need to recover! And cut down your crop losses starting this crop cycle and every cycle from here on! Even if you’re not facing an emergency right now, remember, it pays to be safe and you should get a supply of REVIVE as quickly as possible. Think of it as a “first-aid kit” for your valuable plants. Remember, you risk absolutely nothing! Either REVIVE works for you or you get all your money back… so… if your plants are failing, the most logical thing to do is immediately put REVIVE by Advanced Nutrients to work right away.


Revive

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Same great formula just a fresh new label design.


pH PERFECT COCO BASE NUTRIENTS PROVIDE THE “MISSING LINK” TO GROWING IN COCO COIR WHILE KEEPING YOUR pH IN THE “SWEET SPOT” FOR UP TO ONE WEEK ®

Coco coir would be an ideal growing medium—particularly for environmentally conscious growers—if not for the risk of nutrient deficiencies. For years, coco growers have known that their plants require additional calcium and magnesium to thrive. But even when you use supposedly coco-formulated nutrients or cal-mag supplements, mysterious deficiencies can—and often do—arise. Now the research team at Advanced Nutrients has located the missing piece of the puzzle—the hidden flaw of most “coco” nutrients designed for this otherwise excellent growing medium... The limiting factor in coco, as it turns out, is iron. That’s right: Your high-value crops not only need

extra calcium and magnesium for maximum performance in coco coir; they also need extra iron. This fact was unknown until now, which is why it’s not addressed in other so-called “coco-friendly” nutrients. It’s why the deficiencies still happen, despite your best efforts.

and keeps it there for one week. No more pens. No more meters. No more being chained to your nutrient reservoir, checking and adjusting pH... the scientific formulation does it for you.

Once again, the Advanced Nutrients plant PhDs have solved the problem for you. Every pH Perfect Coco Base Nutrient is your hassle-free solution, completely removing all the obstacles to growing safely and productively in coco coir.

Just use any pH Perfect Coco Base Nutrient as directed on the label and let the cutting-edge science balance the pH for you. And we stand behind this promise to you with our world-famous Grower Guarantee—we guarantee it because it works. It’s that simple.

Plus, when you use any Advanced Nutrients base nutrient, the pH Perfect Technology inside automatically stabilizes and locks in your pH within the optimal range (called the “sweet spot”) of pH 5.5–6.3—

Keep reading to discover the entire Tribe of coco coir base nutrients Advanced Nutrients offers and find the pH Perfect Coco Base Nutrient that’s right for you...

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pH PERFECT COCO BASE NUTRIENTS PROVIDE THE “MISSING LINK” TO GROWING IN COCO COIR WHILE KEEPING YOUR pH IN THE “SWEET SPOT” FOR UP TO ONE WEEK ®

pH PERFECT® SENSI COCO GROW PART A&B

pH PERFECT SENSI COCO BLOOM PART A&B

FINALLY! PREVENT DEFICIENCIES WHEN GROWING IN COCO COIR— AND SAY GOODBYE TO PESKY pH METERS TOO!

GET MORE CONSISTENT, BIGGER, JUICIER BUDS WITH A PREMIUM 2-PART BASE NUTRIENT DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR COCO!

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ecause growing with coco coir can cause puzzling nutrient deficiencies, you need a 2-part base nutrient that solves this problem for you. Here’s how pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow does it. First, it delivers just the right amount of potassium to avoid toxicity of this element, which is already abundant in coco. Second, it contains chelated forms of magnesium and calcium that resist binding to coco and feed your plants instead. Third, and most important, it provides the missing piece of the coco puzzle: diversely chelated forms of iron that fix any iron deficiencies that growing in coco can cause. And if that weren’t enough, you can throw away your pH meters and pens forever! The proprietary pH Perfect Technology keeps your pH in the “sweet spot” all week, every week—with no measuring or tweaking. As always, you’re fully protected using pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow because our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% satisfaction.

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our bloom cycle is a crucial time, and you need to get it right when growing with coco coir. That’s why you’ll find everything your high-value crops need to produce big, heavy buds in pH Perfect Sensi Coco Bloom! First, you won’t have to worry about balancing the pH, because the pH Perfect Technology does it for you all the way to harvest time. Next, your plants will benefit from the micronutrients they could be starved of if you grow in coco, such as calcium, magnesium, and, most importantly, multiple chelated forms of iron—all of which are steadily fed to your plants when they need it most. All this safely eliminates any chance of nutrient deficiencies. As always, you’re fully protected using pH Perfect Sensi Coco Bloom because our Grower Guarantee ensures your 100% satisfaction.

GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK • GROWER GUARANTEE • 100% MONEY BACK

GROWER GUARANTEE

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our world-famous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

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ATTENTION:

ALL COCO COIR GROWERS: THE NOT SO LITTLE “SECRET” TO FASTER GROWTH, BIGGER YIELDS, AND FRIGHTENING POTENCY, NOW ENGINEERED SPECIFICALLY FOR COCO COIR


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f you’ve been growing for a significant amount of time, you’re most likely familiar with our award-winning pH Perfect Sensi Grow & Bloom…

These class-leading base nutrients were the result of over 109 man-hours of research by our international team of over 20 plant scientists and dozens of graduate assistants.

BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE REVEALS THE “MISSING LINK” TO THE COCO PUZZLE… The research team at Advanced Nutrients found the hidden flaw of most “coco” nutrients… As it turns out, the missing link for growing in coco coir is iron.

It was all worth it! The pH Perfect Sensi Series has helped to win almost every major growing competition in the world…

Yes, your high-value crops not only need extra calcium and magnesium when growing in coco coir, but also extra iron.

…And now the same proven formulation has been reengineered specifically for coco coir growers!

In fact, until recently, nobody had discovered this—it’s why other supposedly “coco-friendly” nutrients can still allow deficiencies in your crop to occur, no matter how well you grow.

Now, we’ve always claimed you don’t have to be an expert grower in order to get bigger, juicier, more aromatic, and more potent buds from your plants. And we stand by that claim with this new formula. It’s simple really when you’re running your coco garden on the same secret Cup-Winning Growers have used to win every major growing competition in the world with your plants—the pH Perfect Sensi formula…

This breakthrough science is the foundation of our Advanced Coco Line of nutrients. But that’s certainly not all…

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INTRODUCING: pH PERFECT SENSI COCO!

In effect, we made it possible for even the most inexperienced coco coir rookie to start experiencing “pro level” yields and buds!

The secret is actually the result of a major breakthrough in hydroponics technology…

WHY YOU NEED COCO-SPECIFIC NUTRIENTS… pH Perfect Sensi Coco still has all the benefits of the original and in addition it’s been optimized specifically for coco coir growers. Here’s the unique science behind this development… It’s a known fact coco coir naturally attracts and binds to calcium and magnesium. This means your average nutrients will have a greater percentage of their Ca and Mg bound to the growing medium and not transported to your plants (where you want them)… potentially starving your precious crops! What’s more: coco coir contains high levels of naturally occurring potassium… and… if you fail to account for this already present amount of potassium, your risk poisoning your plants via potassium toxicity! That’s why resourceful growers have been forced to get around these problems by watching their potassium levels by using so-called “coco” nutes and investing in cal-mag supplements to try and dial things in…

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However, even when using these methods, growers were still running into weird nutrient deficiencies… The coir from coconuts (the brown fibers that surround the outside of the shell of the nut) has been used for making brooms, rope, and bindings for centuries. The famous explorer Marco Polo even used coco coir to bind together planks for ship building. Now growers have discovered coco coir makes an incredible growing medium!

WARNING: IF YOUR COCO NUTRIENTS DON’T CONTAIN THIS, THEY MIGHT STARVE TO DEATH… As we discussed, until now, because coco binds to calcium and magnesium, you had to risk starving your plants of these critical nutrients… Many growers tried adding extra Ca and Mg using cal-mag supplements… but it’s hard to dial in the ratios just right… The fact is only the highest-quality, diversely chelated forms of magnesium and calcium—of the type and quality found in pH Perfect Sensi Coco—are able to deliver the nutrition your crops demand. Lesser forms of these important minerals can leave your plants starving, and you’d be missing out on bigger, better yields (a lot of other companies will try adding dolomite lime as a quick fix to solve this problem, but don’t be fooled—it’s not the best solution). And of course, one of the biggest benefits is…

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That’s because with the pH Perfect Sensi Coco Series—almost everything is dialed in for you…

Erik Biksa from HydroponicsSecrets.TV reports: “The coconut is teaming with naturally occurring growth hormones and other biostimulants that are inherent to the survival of the species and fortunately for growers may be found in the fibers surrounding the “seed” which may be processed for use as a growing medium.

Unless you address the potential for potassium toxicity AND the lack of calcium, magnesium, and iron in coco coir—your crops could be severely damaged!

WITH pH PERFECT TECHNOLOGY, YOU NEVER HAVE TO ADJUST YOUR pH LEVELS AGAIN! If you’ve ever experienced off-color leaves, slow growth, or low yields with your plants… then you’ve probably noticed mysterious pH and PPM fluctuations happen at the same time. It’s one of the biggest obstacles to getting “Cup-Winning Grower” yields from your crops. Many growers find that manually checking and adjusting pH levels two times per day to try to keep their plants’ growth stable and maximized is tiring, time-consuming, and one of the biggest hassles of growing.

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However, with pH Perfect® Sensi Coco you’ll eliminate pH checking forever because of the proprietary “pH Perfect” technology!

You’re Guaranteed to Get Great Growth and Yields with Advanced Nutrients’ New pH Perfect Sensi Coco!

In short, as long as your water falls between 4.5 and 8.5 pH (which is pretty much everyone’s water)—this technology adjusts your pH for you and keeps it buffered there throughout your plants’ entire lifecycle!

As with all our products, we guarantee your satisfaction with pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow & Bloom…

Which means you’ll never have to manually adjust your pH… you’ll never have to worry that your plants aren’t in the premium growing environment… all you have to do is add the pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow & Bloom to your water and the “pH Perfect” technology takes care of all that for you!

GROWER GUARANTEE

As long as your water falls between 4.5 and 8.5 pH (pretty much everyone’s water)—pH Perfect® Technology will automatically adjust your pH for you!

IT’S OUR HIGHEST-QUALITY PRODUCTION STANDARDS THAT DELIVER THE CONSISTENT YIELDS YOU DEMAND… Advanced Nutrients manufactures 100% of our products, including our beneficial bacteria and fungi. In fact, we’re the only company with these capabilities. And that’s not the only thing that makes Advanced Nutrients a superior company. We have a whole host of quality standards that set us apart from the competition… Reverse-Osmosis Water Treatment—Advanced Nutrients uses a reverse-osmosis water-treatment system designed and implemented by the leading German company specializing in these sophisticated water-treatment systems. Our R/O water is laboratory-grade (identical to the ones used at Red Bull® and Coca-Cola®), as well as 99.999999% free of all bacteria due to the post-purification treatment that is part of our reverse-osmosis process. Optimum Water Temperature—One of Advanced Nutrients’ secret weapons is the water temperature we use to develop our products. As it turns out, the specific temperature of the water can profoundly influence the solubility of the ingredients. All of Advanced Nutrients’ products have a specific temperature dialed in to mix with, which means your plants will get the full benefit of the product from every last drop. Highest-Grade Ingredients—Pharmaceutical-grade materials, like we use here at Advanced Nutrients, approach total purity so that… practically speaking, every milliliter of product you use is having its intended effect on the plants, each and every time. Also, it’s guaranteed to be safe for your plants and more importantly, for your consumption. Science—We now have the largest research and development team in the industry. In fact, we are the only hydroponics company that employs a real team of scientists—over 20 PhDs work for us now— as well as one exceptional scientist with 3 PhDs—in microbiology, plant physiology, and chemistry.

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• 100% MONEY BACK •

Because Advanced Nutrients was built by growers for growers, we treat you exactly the way we would like to be treated. That’s why we stand behind all our products with our worldfamous 100% Money Back Grower Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If for any reason you are not absolutely thrilled and amazed with all our products, just bring the unused portion, along with your original sales receipt, back to the place of purchase within six months, and ask for all your money back. It’s that simple. That’s right, all our products must live up to all your expectations, or you get every single penny of your money back. That’s our solemn promise to you, our fellow grower.

MORE INFO: advancednutrients.com/growerguarantee/ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NEXT, TO PUT THIS BREAKTHROUGH TO WORK FOR YOU… You know the critical importance of using only the highest-quality fertilizers and nutrients with your valuable coco coir garden… And NOW you know you’re 100% guaranteed to get all the benefits we’ve discussed… the yields you demand… the respect you deserve… all more consistently and easier than ever, just by using the new pH Perfect Sensi Coco… At this point, the logical choice is to locate your nearest hydroponics store and tell them you want to try Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow & Bloom!

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In addition, it’s important to note that, even with the implementation of all these advanced technologies, we never sacrifice our high quality standards.

Advanced Nutrients has many products classified as “Coco Coir– Safe”—but only our new Advanced Coco Line has been specifically engineered with the dialed-in formulations you need to get mind-blowing results from your coco growing!


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NOW YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR BIGGER, BETTER BUDS (MORE CONSISTENTLY) IN ONE BOX! pH Perfect® 2-Part Sensi Grow & Bloom: Enjoy the best grow of your life, with our easyto-use and world-famous, cup-winning base nutrients. These premium 2-part pH balancefree base nutrients are actually 5-products-in-1 because each bottle contains Wet Betty, Fulvic Acid, Humic Acid, 20 L-form Amino Acids and pH Perfect® Technology—these are the bud-getting bonuses you can’t buy because we include them in every base nutrient we manufacture (at no additional cost to you). With these base nutrients you’ll have everything you need to produce your absolute biggest, heaviest harvest yet. BUT WE DIDN’T STOP THERE...

Big Bud: Put the BIG in your buds with our world-famous cup-winning bloom booster! Voodoo Juice: Enjoy the benefits of beneficial bacteria with this best-of-class root zone colonizer that expands root mass 700-1,000%! Bud Candy: For stickier, sweeter bud enhancement use this critical carbohydrate mix for big, sugary buds! Nirvana: Get bigger, stronger plants & ooeygooey sticky buds with this proven potency & stalk strengthening supplement! Sensizym: This crop substrate supplement powerfully cleans your root zone of debris, recycling into usable nutrients that fuel bud growth!

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pH Manifesto Your Buried Treasure of pH Growing Secrets One of the biggest misconceptions in hydroponics growing is that the pH in your nutrient reservoir is the single biggest thing having to do with pH that affects the outcome of your crops.

technical here, but not too much. So let’s take a journey and uncover the really important points about pH so that we can leverage it to get you bigger yields.

First Things First

Well, it’s simply not true. It’s actually the pH and alkalinity of three things:

OK, pH stands for potential hydrogen and is actually a measurement of hydrogen and hydroxide ions, and is measured on a scale from pH 0 to pH 14.0 with pH 7.0 being neutral, aha, so we’re interested in those pesky little hydrogen and hydroxide ions. They’re the culprits? Yes they are. Here’s how. When your water, growing medium or nutrient solution is acidic (below a pH of 7.0) it contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxide ions. And when your water, growing medium

Hydrogen Ion Molecule

Almost all the world champion growers who I’ve talked to have powerfully harnessed and utilized the synergistic punch that the circle of big bud getting power delivers to their prize winning crops. This report will show you how to start putting it to work for you immediately.

Hydroxide Ion Molecule

1. YOUR WATER. 2. GROWING MEDIUM.

or nutrient solution is alkaline, also referred to as base or basic (above a pH of 7.0) it contains more hydroxide ions than hydrogen ions.

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And these hydrogen and hydroxide ions interact with each other and perform a balancing act of sorts that determines the pH in your water, growing medium and nutrients.

Don’t Sweat It Wow that’s a lot of stuff, but it’s important you understand all this because it’s one of the keys to you getting bigger and better yields. Anyway, these hydrogen and hydroxide ions are also in the elements that make up our macro and micro nutrients of the nutrient solutions we use to grow our plants with. And because of this the elements that make up our macro and micro nutrients are classified into two distinct groups. One group of elements are called cations and contains more hydrogen ions. The other group of elements are called anions and contain more hydroxide ions. Also our growing medium pH is dramatically affected by these cations and anions contained in the macro, micro and secondary nutrient elements we use. Remember this because it’s important and we’ll be referring back to this in the growing medium and nutrients sections.

Mastering The Subtleties Of The Balance The macro, micro and secondary elements that are cations are urea and ammonium (both are forms of nitrogen), potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron zinc, manganese copper and cobalt. And the elements that are anions are nitrates (another form of nitrogen), phosphates (phosphorus) sulfates, carbonates and bicarbonates. This list covers the most common cations and anions. This topic will be covered more in the nutrient section.

Shown here is a pH scale a reading below pH 7.0 is considered acidic and a reading above is considered alkaline. A pH of 7.0 is said to be a neutral pH, further in this report you’ll find that is not exactly true. Also some common products are given for pH reference points.

And the best part, it will absolutely give you bigger, more consistent, and higher quality yields when fully understood and implemented. So let’s explore this circle of power a little deeper...

So what does all this stuff have to do with you getting bigger yields? Well a whole lot. We’re almost there. These three things, your water, growing medium and nutrients powerfully form a circle that when kept in balance with each other truly hold the keys to the buried treasure that is commonly overlooked and waiting to be unlocked in a grower’s garden. 9

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Your Water Misconceptions About Your Nutrient Solutions pH Like I mentioned earlier, the most common misconception is that the pH of your nutrients is the most important factor that will drive your plants ability to give you bigger yields.

One of the critical elements of successful growing is the precise balancing act of your hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions and having total control over them at all times in your water, growing medium and nutrients.

You would think that your biggest concern would be about the pH in your reservoir. This is just not true.

Unfortunately, more growers’ money goes down the drain every single day — and its not your fault — because of the lack of infor-mation that has been given to us. Oh sure the PhDs know this stuff but they’re not putting it out to us in plain English. And no hydro books have covered all this in great depth. And quite frank-ly I find that puzzling because the importance of water, nutrients and growing mediums all working together will absolutely give all of us bigger yields.

You should be more concerned with your water’s alkalinity. This is one of the major culprits that will affect your yields. In fact, one of the biggest problems with water is its alkalinity.

The Simple Truth Of “Alkalinity”

This is something that must be taken care of if you really want to easily manage the pH of your nutrients and growing medium and get those bigger crops.

And what is this “alkalinity”, anyway? Your water is not just water. There is a lot of other stuff in it. The alkalinity of water is the concentration of all sorts of ions in it, like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, both come in the forms of carbonates and bicarbonates. And bicarbonates are the worst offenders of the two. Making matters worse, alkalinity insidiously accumulates in your growing medium in a vicious cycle that will cause your growing medium pH to climb faster than a speeding bullet and give you pH stability problems in your reservoir and growing medium, substantially decreasing your yields.

Field Crop Pumping Station — Here’s one of the critical steps farmers —who grow field crops that are irrigated — take to ensure they get the best harvests possible. To do this they inject acid directly into irrigation lines to neutralize their source water’s alkalinity. Then depending on the desired pH of their growing soil they will use a cation rich fertilizer to bring the soil’s pH down or an anion rich fertilizer to raise their soil’s pH. The field pumping station above also filters the source water. 102 | Bigger Buds 2016

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When the amount of alkalinity in your source water hasn’t been measured and is then used to mix your nutrient solution - even with a properly pH balanced nutrient reservoir - your plants can suffer from a continuous build up of alkalinity that will silently sneak up on you and quickly raise your growing mediums pH, locking out your plants vital elements, and hijacking you from your crops true harvest potential.

In fact, farmers who have to irrigate their field crops and have alkalinity in their water supply have to continuously inject different types of acids - depending on what the farmer is trying to accomplish with the crop and soil - into their irrigation lines to counter balance their alkalinity. An easy way to think of alkalinity is pH up. Unfortunately a very bad form of pH up. Once alkalinity is neutralized, fertilizer is then injected into the lines.

And then there’s the subject of water hardness. Shouldn’t you be concerned about that? Well, it’s important not to confuse water hardness with the alkalinity of water. These are two different things.

Here’s The Difference: “Hardness” is the measure of the combined concentration of insoluble calcium and magnesium in the water, not the presence of the carbonates or bicarbonates mentioned earlier.

Here’s something to think about, depending on what crop is being grown, the fertilizer being injected will be balanced with the correct cation to anion ratios for that crop’s soil pH requirement. If they need to lower their soil’s pH they’ll use a fertilizer that has more cations than anions. And if they need to raise the soil’s pH they will use a fertilizer with more anions than cations. We’ll go over this more in the nutrient section. 11

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Let’s Explore How To Measure And Manage All This

Using a water softener to handle the hardness will only displace the calcium and magnesium ions and leave the carbonates and bicarbonates behind, which doesn’t change the alkalinity at all. So this is not the thing to do. And a BIG WARNING, using a water softener will add unwanted sodium to your water severely decreasing your yields.

So now the question arises, “How do we measure alkalinity?” Well, the way that alkalinity is measured is how much carbonate and bicarbonate is in the water. Alright, so now we have to test the water. But how do we do that? Well, there are several ways to test water alkalinity. One way is with an alkalinity meter (which measures it in PPM) which is quite different than an EC meter.

If you’re using well water it is almost guaranteed you will have alkalinity problems. In fact most municipalities have water that is poor quality and has alkalinity. I have personally seen municipal water that’s 900 PPM and chocked full of alkalinity.

As an aside you can use an EC meter to do a quick check but it is not the same measurement. And the least expensive way to check your alkalinity is with a test kit where you add diluted acid until a color change occurs at a specific pH.

Here’s the thing, if your water is 30 PPM or below you’re safe. And I’ve seen city water that has less than 10 PPM, Vancouver, Canada being one of them. Anything over 30 PPM and you should invest in a reverse osmosis system.

Hach Alkalinity Meter- Shown here is the Hach digital alkalinity meter. It’s used to check for the harvest robbing alkalinity of your source water. It costs a couple hundred dollars, for the same price you can go out and buy a reverse osmosis system and not have to worry about your waters alkalinity.

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Now, you can get a digital meter for about $200 at www.hach.com. But if you want to go easier on the pocketbook, there are kits as cheap as $30 to $40. And you should get one that uses titration which is actually the most accurate method of testing. Potassium Carbonate Calcium and Potassium Carbonate are a major contributor to alkalinity that will steadily raise your pH in your growing medium. 104 | Bigger Buds 2016

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Here’s Something Interesting About pH Readings

The Best Way To Measure PPM One way people have measured the PPM is with TDS (total dissolved solids) but I would not advise this because TDS was intended for determining the acceptability of drinking water, not nutrient solutions.

OK, so that seems simple enough, but now I’m going to add just a little variance into the subject to make it more interesting. Taking pH readings during the light cycle will give you a different result than when you take pH readings at night.

Instead use a meter that measures EC (Electrical Conductivity). This type of meter was made specifically for measuring nutrient solutions.

The reason for this is, during the dark periods, both microbes and the plants are resting and give off alkaline molecules and the pH tends to go up a bit. During the day the plant and microbes are active and they give off acid molecules which make the pH go down some.

Here is one of the biggest secrets the best growers in the world figured out a long time ago: if you want a world class crop you have to use really great water. And a very simple way to ensure that is to get a reverse osmosis water system. It’s an absolute must for bigger yields.

If you’re running a recirculation system this is important to consider, especially because your tank should be outside your grow room. And you might be taking your readings when your plants are in their dark cycle.

RO System Wall Mount And Commercial Units- Pictured on the left is a typical wall mount unit that will produce around 25-50 gallons per day. On the right is a commercial system that produces 200 to 500 gallons per day. WARNING: When you get your RO system DO NOT get a water softener with them, because they will put unwanted sodium into your nutrient solution and substantially cut down on your yields.

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Float Valve System Diagram Of RO Storage And Reservoir — Pictured above: A tank mount float valve shut off set up. Reverse osmosis systems are priced and rated by how many gallons or liters of water they produce in a 24 hour period. Because of this, a lot of growers run theirs 24 hours a day into a separate reservoir. So to avoid over flowing your reverse osmosis water reservoir, a float valve shut off should be installed.

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to your water. The temperature is important as well. Cooler water holds more oxygen as well as affects your pH level, but if it is too cold, it will cause your pH to rise, and if too warm, it will cause it to go down.

Think about it, you spent all that time and hard work building your grow room and in the final hour you skimp on the water, it just doesn’t make sense, you really should invest in a reverse osmosis system.

Here’s a little known fact: excessively high water temperatures above 79°F or 26 °C start to negatively impact your plant’s ability to absorb macro nutrients.

They aren’t that expensive these days, prices start for under $100. A reverse osmosis system will take the alkalinity out of your water and give you bigger yields. And obviously alkalinity is one of our limiting factors we want to get rid of, isn’t it?

High temperatures also encourage fungal and bacterial diseases, and you don’t want that either. In fact, it is best to maintain a nutrient reservoir temperature of 65°F or 18°C to 69°F or 20°C. And colder water holds a lot more oxygen.

When You Invest In RO Remember These Tips

And here’s another fact: scientists who study our oceans consider warm tropic waters to be the “deserts” of the oceans because they contain way less life than the colder waters of the Arctic and Antarctic oceans, that are teeming with life because of the colder water temperatures holding more oxygen.

One word of advice: you should have a tank mounted shut off float valve installed on your R.O. water storage tank and nutrient reservoir that shuts off automatically when the tank is full, and you should keep your nutrient tank topped off because, as water level lowers, the pH will be magnified as either acidic or alkaline. You can get one at: www.autotopoff.com/products

In the end if you want bigger yields go out and buy a reverse osmosis system; it will be some of the best money you’ll ever invest in your grow room.

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Your Growing Medium The Secret Beneath Your Plants

Your plant’s roots are actually pH producing “machines” creating either hydrogen ions (pH down) or hydroxide ions (pH up) depending on whether the roots are taking in elements that are mostly cations or anions.

The Most Important Link In The Chain

All my labs’ grow rooms use reverse osmosis water. In fact, it’s so important-all Advanced Nutrients products are made with ultra pure zero PPM and zero alkalinity reverse osmosis water.

Out of the circle of big bud getting power, it’s your growing medium that you need to be most concerned about. Because if you want a really great crop, your plants must have an acidic pH growing medium. In most cases your pH will be climbing and your challenge will be to keep your pH from going up.

OK, let’s explore your growing medium – a lot has been said about measuring pH in the nutrient solution, but where the real money is being won or lost by the buckets full, is in the actual growing medium itself. Here’s why... your plants’ root system is actually a pH excreting machine that manufactures and pumps hydrogen ions (pH down) or hydroxide ions (pH up) directly into your growing medium and will directly change the pH of the growing medium depending on the elemental composition of your nutrients make up. And you can imagine how having a thorough understanding of this is going to give you even more control over your plants that will lead to bigger yields, right? 15

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Here’s the typical pH absorption range of non chelated elements in soil and hydroponics. Sure, the water, the growing medium, and the nutrients should all have to work in perfect harmony with each other, but it’s the roots in the growing medium that drives the pH chemical reactions that is the most overlooked by growers and it’s not your fault, it’s just most books out there don’t go into great depth about it.

nutrients and your plant’s ability to produce world class buds. And we all want to grow kick ass buds, don’t we?

It’s This Sort Of Knowledge That Leads To Real Mastery In Growing

And naturally this is very important because the pH in the root zone is going to determine the availability of

You just got another gem that’s not even talked about or even considered by most growers, except by growers who have a very deep understanding of plants. And this is where your big money is going to be made or lost. So you see, it’s going to be essential then if you want big consistent yields, you should check your growing medium pH every week.

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An Important Lesson To Nutrient Company Owners I have extensively tested the competitors’ hydroponics nutrients, and unfortunately the vast majority of them don’t work with the plants root system to even remotely come close to maintaining a stable or ideal pH in the growing medium. Because they use too much nitrates as their source of nitrogen. Here’s the straight goods... and an education for a lot of the nutrient manufacturers out there: to balance a growing medium’s pH, nutrient manufacturers must be using the correct balance of cations to anions to guarantee you the right pH in your growing medium. And...one more thing, the right balance of elements (cations to anions) that will give you a stable and ideal growing medium pH is different from plant species to plant species. And by not being aware and acting on this vitally critical piece of knowledge is exactly like growing with one foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake at the same time.

Why Would Anybody Work Against Themselves Like This? So why are nutrient companies not building their products with this in mind? Well, I will give you two reasons for that. One is the high expense and the other is the amount of research and knowledge needed to prepare the nutrients for a specific type of plant. I admit it... I go on the forums every once in a while, and it always amazes me when I see people making statements like, “All base nutrients are the same and salts are just salts”. Think about it... is there a difference in the foods you eat? Are your sources and quality of proteins, carbohydrates and fats you eat, all the same? Absolutely not, some proteins are assimilated and utilized by your body faster and more completely than others.

What are you really feeding your plants? Your plants macro, micro and secondary nutrients are really a lot like the foods you eat. Think about it, are all sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats you eat the same? No they’re not. And its exactly the same for your plants food it eats. Your plants are what they eat.

And some carbohydrates release quickly and spike your insulin while others are a slow burn and give you sustained energy. What about fats? Some are actually good for you like Omega-3 and others will slowly clog your arteries and eventually give you a heart attack. Obviously it all makes a difference. And in the nutrient section we’ll take a look at this in depth.

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Pete Bog Sphagnum Moss Harvest

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fertilizers. The thing about different hydroponic mediums is that they have varied abilities to maintain and control pH.

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So Let’s Take A Closer Look At Them

Coco Coir

OK, so we had a look at some growing mediums. Now we’ll look at them and a few others in a different perspective. In hydroponics, there are two basic types of growing mediums: those that are pH independent and those that are pH dependent. Let’s take a closer look at these medium’s differences.

Sunshine #4 Mix

What’s Your Favorite Growing Medium?

Well, each one of them has a certain ability to stabilize or buffer pH, which is another way of saying they have varied abilities to keep the pH from changing on you. This ability is called cation exchange capacity or CEC.

Now if you’ve looked lately, you probably noticed that there is a variety of growing mediums to choose from.

In other words, CEC refers to the ability of the medium to absorb and release cations. Remember the cation stuff I mentioned at the beginning of this report? We’ll be looking at this a little bit closer now.

You have sphagnum moss – that stuff from bogs. And there is coco coir, the fiber that comes from the coconut’s outer husk. And let’s not forget about the special mixes and all the other hydroponic growing mediums. Now you might want to keep it simple so what I recommend is that you use Sunshine #4 mix. This is a mix that is pretty close to ideal and will save you a lot of work. We’ll talk a bit more about that later. You might even choose coco coir since it is also a good growing medium and has a special line of compatible 110 | Bigger Buds 2016

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Dependent Vs. Independent Mediums that are pH dependent have little to no CEC and cannot resist a change in pH and this results in the pH going high or low very rapidly. So, then, mediums that are pH independent have a high CEC, are more buffered and can resist a change in pH for long periods of time. And that’s good! That’s what you want. As an example your everyday, garden, soil-based medium contains some humus and clay and is pH independent with a high CEC because of the humus and clay. They are great to grow plants in because it is not affected by rapid pH swings.

But Indoor Growers Have To Follow Different Rules Now, hydroponics is different. Many of its mediums have a low CEC and need to have the pH continually balanced and monitored. More on this later. Of course, there are some that have a higher CEC and are better buffered than others. For example, coco coir and sphagnum moss have higher CEC capacities. This means they are capable of maintaining a more stable pH level. These are said to be pH independent. Sphagnum actually has eight to ten times the CEC as soil pound for pound, but there are other drawbacks. But not to worry, these could be easily remedied, though no manufacturer has done this yet. You see, sphagnum doesn’t have the bulk density that soil has. After all, it is a moss and is light in weight. But you can add something called calcined clay to solve that problem.

These are the cation exchange capacities of different soil structures at pH 7.0. You can clearly see how important the addition of humus is to your soil and growing mediums’ ability to hold a stable pH. You can easily build more humus structure in your soil and growing mediums by adding humic and fulvic acids to them. As an aside, if you’re an outdoor grower you can now see the importance of growing in soils with high humus values because it will definitely make a difference in getting you bigger yields.

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Calcined Clay

Calcined Clay Calcined Clay can be added to sphagnum moss and coco coir growing mediums to increase it’s (CEC) cation exchange capacity so your growing medium will have a much more stable pH.

All you need to do is add is 5% – 7% to your sphagnum growing media. And what is calcined clay? Well, this is clay that has been heated to drive out volatile materials. One word of caution though. Make sure you use a low sodium source of calcined clay because you don’t want extra sodium in your growing medium.

Now what about low CEC growing mediums? Some hydroponic mediums that we use, such as rock wool, expanded clay pellets or perlite, have a low CEC and so they have a hard time stabilizing the pH. We call them pH dependent and, you probably have already guessed by now, you will need to correct the pH more often.

and this would be a near perfect medium for growing your plants. Sunshine #4 also contains a wetting agent (surfactant) to ease surface tension and allow for better initial water penetration to the growing medium.

Coco Coir (And How To Overcome Its Limitations) Let’s have a look at coco coir. It starts out with a better pH of 5.5. But the problem with this medium is that magnesium and calcium binds to coco and doesn’t want to easily release. And that’s not good. Your plants need to be able to get to those nutrients. Now if you add dolomite lime, as a lot of companies out there will do because dolomite is cheap to use and made up of magnesium and calcium carbonate and a source of alkalinity, that will eventually raise your growing mediums pH and this is not what you want to do. So what do you do? You would solve the problem by adding chelated calcium and magnesium either to the coir or in the base nutrients. Unfortunately, other nutrient companies won’t do this because of the very high added expense, but that is exactly what we put in all the base nutrients at Advanced

How about the Sunshine #4 mix that we mentioned earlier? Actually this is a very, very good medium. When it comes out of bogs, it has a pH of 3.5 to 4. This is actually too low, so dolomite lime is added to it to raise the pH. (We’ll talk about adding dolomite a bit later.) This brings the pH of the Sunshine #4 to 5.8 to 6.3 for a 6 week period.

More About “Sunshine #4” And How It Can Make Your Life A Lot Easier So what’s Sunshine #4 mix made of? It’s made of 60% – 70% peat and 30% – 40% perlite. This is the combination you want and gives you excellent aeration which you’ll need for great big thick root development. And as hundreds of university studies have conclusively shown the bigger the root system the bigger the yield. And that’s what we’re after isn’t it? BIGGER YIELDS. It also has a starter charge of fertilizer that gives it an NPK ratio of 6-5-11 meaning it has a ratio of 6% nitrogen (N), 5% phosphorous (P) and 11% potassium (K). All you have to do, then, is add a bit more nitrogen to the mix 112 | Bigger Buds 2016

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Coco coir comes from the outer husks of coconuts.


Monitoring Your Growing Medium pH

Nutrients. However Advanced Nutrients doesn’t make a specific coco nutrient yet. Coco coir also has a lot of potassium so you’ll need to use a fertilizer with reduced potassium so you don’t end up with potassium toxicity.

Remember, we talked about monitoring growing medium pH? One of the most overlooked areas by growers is checking their growing medium pH on a regular basis. That is probably the biggest single culprit for yield inconsistencies from crop to crop and it could be costing you a lot of money.

There is one other thing to be aware of: low quality coconut husks are often soaked in salt water as part of the manufacturing process to break down the husks and quite often not properly flushed by the coir manufacturer overseas.

Let me explain how this happens. As the roots take in an element, it gives off a positive charge, pH down (hydrogen ion) or a negative charge pH up (hydroxide ion), and depending on the nutrient elements being used, some carry more of the same charges than others.

You’ll need to make sure that the extra salt is flushed out of your medium with water by either yourself or the manufacturer you’re buying it from before using it.

What’s more, because of this it affects the pH of the surrounding root area and growing medium. If it’s hydrogen ions being excreted, it becomes more acidic, and if it’s hydroxide ions, it becomes more alkaline.

This Step Is Very Important Because if you don’t, you will have high sodium content in your growing medium and that will severely reduce your yield when using cheaply produced coir. This problem is more common than you might think. If you’re thinking about using coco coir as your growing medium, you’re going to find coir still has some inherent problems with it that have not been resolved completely, that’s why you’ll probably have to use a Cal Mag product when growing with coir. At one point, Advanced Nutrients pulled Sensi Cal calcium and magnesium product off the market because we figured if a nutrient was built right you didn’t need it. Man, stores started calling and demanded we keep it on the market, so we did. Here’s what the hydro store owners told us was happening: Growers growing with coco coir were using Sensi Cal to fix the calcium and magnesium deficiencies caused by the coir they were using. Which of course told us that there hasn’t been a correct coco nutrient formula made yet that addresses the needs of the growers using coir growing mediums.

You don’t want to take your growing mediums pH readings from the top third of your container because there usually isn’t enough root activity there. Instead take your readings from the bottom two thirds of your growing medium where the most root growing activity is to ensure an accurate reading.

So, at some point we will bring out a coco coir nutrient and then later on down the road, a coir growing medium that will be perfectly aligned with each other. We’ll be doing the same thing for a sphagnum moss growing medium too. Enough of the commercial.

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How To Measure Your Growing Medium pH So it’s important to monitor the pH levels in your medium as well as your nutrients and the alkalinity of water you are using. So how do you measure your growing medium pH? Basically, there are three ways to do it: 1. Saturated media extract – you add distilled or de-ionized water to the medium just to the saturation point and measure. 2. Pour-through method – the water is poured through the pot to replace the water that was in there and collected. 3. Squeeze method – the water that already exists in the medium is gently squeezed out in a measured amount and pH readings are taken. In all three of these, you just use a pH meter or color test to measure the pH. The easiest of the three is the squeeze method. If you are using rock wool, you just take one of the cubes after a feeding and you gently squeeze it. Repeat this with at least six different cubes so that you get a couple ounces or 60 milliliters from each cube. After combining and mixing these six extractions together, check the pH. This tells you what the pH is in the growing medium.

pH Meter With Soil Probe — This is a very good growing medium pH meter to use when you’re checking your growing medium’s pH.

What you’re looking for is a pH range of 5.3 to 6.8. In our labs we’ve extensively tested pH ranges and yields, this is the “sweet spot” for nutrients that are not fully chelated. The range is even wider for fully chelated macro, micro and secondary nutrients.

There’s An Easier Way

When your growing medium is coco coir or sphagnum moss, you water your medium to the point of being saturated (but not leaking out the bottom) and then take a sample from the bottom 2/3 of your pot where your roots are most actively growing.

A much easier way is to get a pH meter with a metal spike probe and take readings simply by sticking the probe deep down into the growing medium and calculate the average of all six containers.

Next...you take the same amount from six different pots and mix them together. Make sure to take the same amount from each pot. Then gently squeeze it and get an extraction from which you will measure the pH. Look, I realize that taking samples from grow buckets is a hassle; however, it is the most accurate.

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Laboratory Grade pH And EC Meters- Here are high end laboratory grade EC, pH meters and probes that cost from several hundred to over a thousand dollars.

Now, don’t take the sample from the top third of the container, here’s why. There isn’t as much root growing activity at the top of the soil. So use the bottom two thirds of your growing medium to take your pH readings because that is the active zone for root growth.

There’s another reason for taking the samples near the bottom of your container, and that’s because nutrients will tend to crystallize near the top and can precipitate out a little bit and will give you a false reading.

Using pH Meters So now, we should look at the meters we need to measure the pH. There are so many different pH meters available, but get one that uses dual solution to calibrate your pH meter. It’s a good idea to get one that auto adjusts and has ATC (automatic temperature compensation). This will be more expensive but worth it. The cheaper ones are a pain to use while the auto-adjust ones calibrate at a press of a button, which makes it a lot easier. You want to make sure that calibration is done every week. If you’re a fanatic to detail like I am you’ll want to have a pH meter with ATC because as your nutrient solution temperature changes so does the pH of your nutrients. When your nutrient temperature gets warmer your pH goes down, and when your nutrient temperature gets cooler your nutrient solution pH goes up. Here’s an interesting side note, a pH of 7 is considered to be pH neutral, but in fact is only an approximation and is accurate only at 25 °C or 77°F. A true neutral pH is when the concentration of hydrogen ions (H+) is exactly the same as the concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) and those concentrations are effected by temperature so your pH neutral point varies from pH 7.47 at 0°C or 32°F to pH 6.14 at 100°C or 212°F.

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A Good Resource

If you’re looking for really high quality pH measuring instruments and electrodes check them out: www. pulseinstruments.net

Bacteria In Your Growing Medium It may surprise you to find out just how much activity is going on under the surface of the growing medium. There is actually a lot going on there including bacterial activity. But before we get into that, we need to say a bit about beneficial bacteria and nitrogen. Plants need nitrogen as an essential element for its survival. There is a process that bacteria is involved in called nitrification.

The Role Of Nitrification Nitrification is a process where specialized beneficial bacteria in your growing medium take the urea and ammonium from the nutrients and convert them into usable forms. Then the plant roots can absorb it and use it for plant growth and development. By the way, an important thing that happens in this process is that these beneficial bacteria then give off an acid molecule which actually lowers your growing mediums pH as well. And that’s a good thing. Now, if you have a pH that is too low, nitrification will be inhibited. The same happens when your medium has too low a temperature or there is a lack of oxygen through over-watering. Then the pH goes up and the medium becomes more alkaline. Not good!

Beneficial Microbes Switch Gears At Night At night beneficial microbes are at rest and respirating, and they give off alkaline molecules instead of acid as they do during the day, and the pH goes up. Some interesting facts, some microbes give off more hydrogen ions (pH down) in a 24 hour period than hydroxide ions (pH up). And some do exactly the reverse. Also make sure that you do not over water your plants, and provide a somewhat warm growing medium 116 | Bigger Buds 2016

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Microbe Circle Diagram Showing Daytime H+ Nighttime OHBeneficial microbes release hydrogen ions (pH down) during your light cycle and hydroxide ions (pH up) during your dark cycle.

(65°F or 18°C to 75°F or 23°C) so it will encourage active growth of beneficial microbes. This will help to keep your pH stable, and your growing medium more acidic.

A Valuable Secret! Here goes... I’m going to reveal something I’ve never told anyone before. And I’m sure it’s going to give my competitors something to start researching into. Advanced Nutrients beneficial bacteria products have microbial interaction with each other that’s balanced in a way that assists your growing medium in holding its pH. And here’s something else you may find interesting. Advanced Nutrients is the only hydroponic nutrient company to breed and produce their own beneficial microbes in house.


equal amounts of hydrogen ions (pH down) and hydroxide ions (pH up) or more hydrogen ions (pH down) or more hydroxide your growing medium’s pH.

Making Your Own Growing Medium Mix

Sometimes There’s An Unexpected Aspect To “Do-It-Yourself” Mediums You Should Be Aware Of

Now, you might have decided to make your own media mix. If so, alright. But if you start with pure sphagnum moss, you will need to add at least 30% perlite (between 30 – 40%) so that the sphagnum moss can breathe and aerate properly, allowing the roots to pass through quickly and infuse into your growing medium.

There is something else that you might run into when mixing your own medium. And that is inconsistent growing mediums. The number one cause of pH problems for growers mixing their own mediums is inconsistencies in source materials.

When using sphagnum moss you could add 5 to 7% calcined clay to increase the cation exchange capacity (CEC). This would help stabilize the pH in that growing medium. I would not use calcined clay in a recirculating system only in a “one way” feeding program.

When mixing your own growing medium you need to know the sources of your sphagnum moss and lime because they differ in pH from year to year and locations. The only way to be certain you are working with the right pH materials in your medium is to test it frequently. See “Laboratory Registry for the United States and Canada 2nd Edition,” CRC Press (ISBN 1-57444-179-5) to get a comprehensive list of soil-testing laboratories in the United States and Canada.

Of course, if you are new to hydroponics, I would suggest you start by using Sunshine #4 mix, which has very good CEC and is very forgiving. You will get a good crop even if you make a few mistakes.

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Calcium Hydroxide

Limestone Screenings

Dolomite

Calcitic Limestone

Pictured above are the different types of limestone it’s important to be aware of which type you’re using because they all have different release rates.

Adding Limestone

Well, this is called un-reacted or residual limestone, and it affects the long-term buffering capacity of your growing medium.

Earlier I mentioned adding limestone or lime. When you have a medium that is too acidic, you have to add something to bring it up into a better range. For example, you will find that sphagnum (pH of 3.5 to 4.0) is very acidic to use as a medium.

It is the residual limestone that you want to measure regularly in order to test how good your limestone source is. Actually, each limestone source is different, so there is no way to determine the residual fraction except to test it.

So you’ll want to use limestone to neutralize this acid and raise the pH to a level acceptable for plant growth. The amount needed depends on different factors such as sphagnum sources, types of ingredients, and limestone type.

There is also a variance in the limestone you get depending on what part of the quarry it comes from. You will find a variance in pH with sphagnum moss as well, depending on what part of the bog it is harvested from and what time of year or even what year.

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The Three Main Features Of Lime

Hardness

Hardness is the third important feature of limestone. A soft crystal reacts more quickly with acid than a hard crystal. Of course, there is no real way to tell if the limestone being used is soft or hard except by testing it. You have to add it to your growing medium and raise the pH to 5.3 – 6.8 and observe what happens.

So when you use sphagnum as your medium, there are three main features of lime that determine how much is needed to raise its pH. These features are limestone type, particle size, and hardness.

You can conduct a test for determining the reactivity of your limestone by adding 4 to 6 pounds of limestone per cubic yard of growing medium. If this adequately brings the pH up to 6.0, you know that the limestone is reactive, and there is little residual left once a stable pH is reached.

Limestone Types In dealing with limestone type you actually have two choices: 1.

Calcitic which is straight calcium carbonate.

Needing to add 8 – 12 pounds of limestone indicates the limestone is moderately reactive. Adding more than 15 pounds per cubic yard indicates an un-reactive limestone and that is not good.

2. Dolomite which is a combination of calcium and magnesium carbonate. I do not recommend calcitic limestone as your optimum choice because it releases too fast and usually raises the medium pH too high. Dolomite is slower and doesn’t do that, so it is a better choice. With dolomite you get a more even pH and buffering over a longer period of time.

Hydrated Limestone (A More Volatile Option) If you use hydrated limestone, it’s another story. Hydrated limestone is known as calcium hydroxide and is a white, crystalline, slightly-soluble alkali used in the neutralization of acid soils.

Just remember that different sources of dolomite will give you different reaction fractions or percentages of the limestone. The only way to really ensure you have the dolomite lime with the right residual balance and the right reactive component to it is to test it by doing the following: l

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It reacts completely and rapidly and does not have any available residual limestone. You have to be careful with it because it will quickly shoot your pH way up.

Some Challenges You Should Be Aware Of

After placing the medium in pots, irrigate with tap water avoiding any leaching to take place. Reapply the water daily as needed to keep the medium moist.

Now you might run into a problem with adding limestone. Adding too much limestone adds alkalinity to your growing medium which could raise the pH levels too high.

Measure the pH at days 0, 3, 7, 10, 14, and 21. Plot your results on a graph. You should see the pH stabilize after some time and see what the final pH was as well as how long it took to stabilize.

In limestone, the bicarbonates settle around a pH of 6.5 to 6.7 and this is dangerously close to the pH where precipitation of iron and manganese start to happen unless they are properly chelated.

Particle Size

Now that we looked at limestone type, let’s look at particle size. Particle size also makes a difference in how reactive the limestone is. The finer the particle size is, the more reactive the limestone is. Just so you’re aware, limestone is sold in mesh sizes. The higher the mesh size, the finer the particle size.

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If you use Sunshine #4 growing mix, you don’t want to add limestone as it already has sufficient limestone in it, and adding more will increase your growing medium’s pH. Be careful...if you’ve been using limestone in your Sunshine #4 mix you might end up with your pH going high. You might even cause your nutrient elements locking out in the growing medium. However, if you use fully chelated macro, micro and secondary nutrients, this won’t happen. We will talk about chelates in a bit. Many of the nutrient companies don’t bother with using any chelates and the ones that do usually only chelate the iron and manganese. Properly chelating nutrients is an expensive endeavor. And the lack of proper chelation is likely costing you bigger yields, and you end up having to monitor your nutrients and growing medium continually to get the right pH.

Reusing Your Growing Medium One thing to remember if you re-use your growing medium is that you may not get consistent yields. You should be exceptionally cautious re-using your growing medium if any of the following happens during your growing and flowering cycle: your pH is currently running wild, you’re using a lot of limestone, not watering regularly, or not leaching all the nutrients out at the end of your flowering cycle.

Pictured above are urea and nitrate molecules. When properly used together they will help balance your growing medium’s pH. Plus, it will give you more robust thicker stalk plants and bigger yields. Plus, urea is also a great food source for your beneficial microbes.

This is especially applicable to re-using sphagnum moss or coco coir. You might want to store your sphagnum or coir from one crop to the next and, while the other crop is growing, you can work with the stored medium to replenish it and get it to the right pH level for the next crop.

Here’s the bottom line: you have to be interested in your growing medium’s pH and make sure it’s clean if you’re going to re-use it to grow your plants. Otherwise, it will be difficult for you to grow a consistently high-yielding, high-quality crop.

The Advantage Of Expanded Clay Pellets

If you don’t want to invest the time and money in this project, you’ll be better off to go to your hydro store and get new growing medium for each crop.

Expanded clay pellets are my personal choice for running hydroponics systems because it’s easy to work with and cleans up easy for re-use. You can also re-use perlite just sift it and clean it with very hot water or use a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and then rinse. The same can be done with expanded clay pellets. If you’re using rockwool just throw it out after every crop. Though I’ve seen and personally re-used rockwool, it’s a pain in the ass and I wouldn’t do it because it has too many down sides. You’re better off buying it new. 120 | Bigger Buds 2016

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Shown above are the different outcomes that your nutrients will have depending how their cation and anions are balanced when formulated. When done right, they will work in your favor and give you a great crop. When done wrong you’ll find yourself battling constantly with your nutrient solutions pH. Worse yet, your growing medium’s pH will be on the rise. And if you’ve never measured your growing medium’s pH you would never be aware of this yield reducing trap that’s been silently stealing your crops true harvest potential.

Your Nutrients

Lets Take A Closer Look At This Critical Piece Of The Puzzle Let’s have a look at how the different elements that make up your nutrients affect your pH. We mentioned this earlier at the beginning of this report. Your nutrient solution is made up of macro, micro and secondary nutrients.

And of course, that’s something Advanced Nutrients does. Cations include potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, cobalt, manganese, iron and ammonium. Anions include nitrates, phosphates, sulfates, carbonates, bicarbonates. And different forms of these elements carry different amounts of anions and cations.

Macro means large and micro means little. Macro nutrients are those elements like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that your plants use a lot of.

How It All Comes Together

Micro nutrients, on the other hand, are nutrients that are only needed in very small quantities like iron, manganese, boron, copper, cobalt, molybdenum and zinc.

Your plants’ roots take in both anions and cations but when they do, different things occur - like when the roots take in cations, they give off hydrogen ions - which are acidic - and is then released into your growing medium. This makes your growing medium acidic and the pH is lowered.

Secondary nutrients are calcium, magnesium and sulfur and are used in smaller amounts than macro nutrients. All of these elements, macro, micro as well as secondary nutrients carry either a positive charge (cations) or a negative charge (anions) and will effect the pH of your growing medium as your plants use them up.

Now, when anions are taken in by your roots, hydroxide ions are released which are alkaline and that raises the pH of your growing medium.

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But as it goes, cations and anions actually work together.

Like I Mentioned Up At The Beginning...“It’s A Balancing Act” The whole trick is to balance the cations and the anions; then you can maintain the ideal pH in your growing medium. This does take a lot of work and research, but it can be done. Why is this important? I’ll let you in on the secret. When you use the cations in an ammonium based nitrogen source, it gives off acid molecules and that helps to maintain the ideal pH around the roots and in your growing medium. But when you use a mainly nitrate base nutrient, you are working with anions which gives off alkaline molecules and that raises the pH. This means you’ll need to continually adjust your pH down.

When you get it right your plants will have nice vibrant green leaves.

A Few More Fundamentals Of Nutrients

Why do the extra work when you can just maintain the right balance of ammonium and nitrates, cations to anions, right from the start?

So let’s talk more about your nutrient. Since a lot goes on in a nutrient, you’ll need to have one that takes everything into account and makes the proper adjustments for you. It should work with and within the pH range of where your plants are growing and not against it.

And I don’t know for sure, but because of this imbalance of anions to cations you may have a high pH in your growing medium. And the worst part is, you aren’t even aware that this harvest robbing culprit is lurking in your growing medium.

Too much nitrates as a source of nitrogen will give shorter petioles, smaller leaves and thinner stems that won’t be able to support heavy flower weight. 122 | Bigger Buds 2016

Plants that are subjected to stress due to limited and incorrect ratios of nutrient elements show slower growth, smaller bud size and weaker potency. In fact your plants use very little phosphorus - they are actually nitrogen and potassium hogs.

Also, if you use a recirculating system you’ll be continually adjusting your reservoir’s pH in an unending cycle of pH balancing. And this directly affects the bigger yields that you could be getting.

Unfortunately, other nutrient companies haven’t taken the necessary tissue samples to find this out. We’ve taken thousands of samples for all parts of the plant through all phases of growing and rigorously tested many different nutrient ratios and have optimized your plants nutrients based on that research.

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The Source Of Nitrogen And... How It Makes A Big Difference

To make matters worse, we found that as nutrients move away from your plants ideal ratios and element forms, yield and essential oil production rapidly deteriorate.

We explored the importance of nitrogen for plant growth and bud growth, but it’s the source of nitrogen and the amount of that source that makes the biggest difference in your nutrient. For example, there is potassium nitrate, magnesium nitrate, and calcium nitrate.

For example, when you feed your plants with ammonium nitrogen you will get a greater petiole leaf expansion. But fertilizing with too much nitrate nitrogen will give you shorter petioles, smaller leaves and thinner stems making it difficult to pack on a lot a weight because your plants can sense whether they have the proper support to grow bigger flowers.

When a plant takes in nitrates, it gives off an alkaline molecule, and you get a rising pH near the roots making the pH of your growing medium alkaline.

But Wait, There’s More! The form of nitrogen used also affects the color of your plant, as is seen in the case of fertilizing with ammonium nitrogen component which develops richer vibrant hues of green leaves.

A great cation rich nitrogen source that we use at Advanced Nutrients is urea. It’s a great source because it acts like ammonium and keeps the pH nice and acidic in the growing medium.

Now, temperature is something you have to take into account also. When the growing medium temperatures are below 60°F or 15°C, you are wiser to use nutrients high in nitrate-nitrogen. Remember the ideal root zone temperature is between 65°F and 75°F or 18°C and 24°C. This is because at below 60°F or 15°C temperature, the little microbes are just not working as fast and the nitrification process is inhibited. And this means the ammoniacal nitrogen is just not converted as well to ammonium.

Urea and nitrate molecules.

Urea also makes great microbial food and beneficial microbes love urea. The combination of urea and nitrates actually makes for a bigger, more vigorous growing plant, and increases your crop yield. And yes, I just gave up another inside secret.

The only problem with that is that over time the nitrate-nitrogen will cause the pH to increase in the growing medium.

Remember, when your plants’ roots take in elements that are cations, they excrete acid molecules into your growing medium. And when your plants’ roots take in anions, they excrete alkaline molecules into your growing medium.

As an aside, the fertilizers that you find in garden centers and nurseries marked as “high acid” are high in ammonium and have a lot of cations in them. Here’s how it works: as the plant begins to take in these cation nutrients through their root system, it releases acid back into the soil or growing medium and that brings the pH down. So adding a “high acid” fertilizer to the reservoir does not make your nutrient solution have a lower pH; as you can now see, the process comes about in the soil as the plant roots use the cation rich fertilizer and excrete acid into the soil.

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The Next Step For Nutrient Companies

soils are very diverse not only in the macro, micro and secondary nutrients they hold, but also in their availability, as well as the soil’s pH.

So if a nutrient company actually cared enough, knew what they were doing, and was willing to spend the extra time and money, they could make a perfectly balanced nutrient solution that would keep the pH in the ‘sweet spot” in your growing medium at all times.

However that’s not all, soil has a high cation exchange capacity, so companies also wouldn’t - if they chose to have to use as much, if any, pH buffer.

How would a nutrient company do that exactly? First they would have to tune the cations and anions of all the elements in the nutrient solution to a specific type of plant. And once you also knew what the exact macro, micro and secondary nutrient ratios of that specific plant was... You could then use your nutrient solutions nitrogen sources to help do the “balancing” act for you, because nitrogen is abundantly used by your plant and it is available in both cation (ammonium) and anion (nitrate) forms. Now we’re getting some place.

Alkalinity can run out of control faster than speeding bullet in your growing medium and severely reduce your harvest, or worse, in extreme cases kill your crop.

Only problem is, if you look at the hydroponics nutrients out there most of them use only nitrate forms as their nitrogen source, which is an anion form of nitrogen and drives your pH up in your growing medium as fast as a speeding bullet.

Bottom line is... saving a few bucks per bottle for them is more important than building a sound and sturdy nutrient platform that delivers to you, one high quality formula built right from the get-go, so to speak, for both hydroponics or soil. And with that being said, Advanced Nutrients base nutrients can be used in all hydroponics including rockwool, expanded clay pellets, perlite, volcanic rock, foam, styrene, sphagnum or soil growing mediums, and any combination of those, it’s totally your choice. The only growing medium the base nutrients are not made for, at this time, is coco coir. That requires a totally separate base nutrient and bud enhancer. Even better, all Advanced Nutrients base nutrients and supplements can be used in any and all growing systems like flood and drain, nft, drip irrigation, continuous feeding and aeroponics. And while we’re at it, almost all Advanced Nutrients supplements can be used in all your growing mediums including coco coir. Just look for the coco coir safe emblem on your supplement bottle or jar.

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Some nutrient companies save a few bucks per bottle, by selling separate soil formulas instead of an-all-one high quality hydroponics and soil nutrient.


Pictured are various stand alone pH and EC meters and combo meters that do both pH and EC at the lower to medium end of the price scale.

Balancing Your pH

A lot of growers aren’t aware of this little known fact, but a lot of nutrient companies use magnesium, calcium and potassium carbonate or bicarbonate as their pH buffers. This is absolutely not a good idea.

When adjusting your reservoir’s nutrients to adjust your pH. For example, potassium hydroxide (also called caustic potash) can be used to raise your pH up. Use nitric and phosphoric acid to lower your pH down.

Here’s why: remember that carbonates and bicarbonates are anions and add to the alkalinity of your nutrient solution and growing medium, and even though they might buffer the pH a bit, these “down and dirty” pH buffers will cause your growing mediums pH to accelerate up.

You can use nitric acid in your vegetative cycle because it will add nitrogen to your crop and phosphoric acid in your flowering cycle because it will add phosphorus. And guess what? Personally I prefer to use nitric acid in my flowering cycle because tissue samples have shown your favorite plant doesn’t use a whole lot of phosphorus during flowering. In fact, in most cases nitrogen use increases.

Vitally important last and final point: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium, using these carbonates and bicarbonates will actually diminish your crops yield potential.

If you’re looking for organic forms of pH down, you can use citric acid to bring the pH down. This you can get at a vitamin store; just make sure that it is a really pure type of citric acid.

So check out what’s in the nutrients you’re using and see if they’re using any magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate, potassium carbonate, bicarbonates or worse, a combination of them.

You can even use vinegar (acetic acid) but the acetic acid varies in different vinegars so you have to be a bit more careful and watch what goes on. For this reason, citric acid is the preferred acid to use.

For all these reasons, Advanced Nutrients won’t use them, period. Instead we invest our money in pH buffers that give you rock solid stability over your nutrient and growing medium’s pH while never adding alkalinity in any way that will diminish the size of your harvest.

How about Using Buffers? Some companies promote using chemicals to buffer your hydroponics nutrients. So what is a buffer? A buffer is a chemical that helps maintain pH stability of the nutrient solution.

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They do this by binding them to ions, and this prevents those ions from precipitating or locking out with other elements. You can use different chelates to lower and raise the pH level as well, depending on what you need. So Pictured is a simplified version of the whole activity is the way chelates bind to elemental another balancing ions. act. Adding chelates to the mix makes it easier for the plants roots to absorb the macro, micro and secondary nutrients that it needs.

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How We Give You The Best Advanced Nutrients micronutrients are 100% chelated, and our macro and secondary nutrients are chelated as well (although not as much as the micro nutrients because it’s not as critical). This makes them more available to the plant over an extremely wide pH range.

EDDHA Chelates - Pictured above are some of the different chelates in their raw form that are used to chelate hydroponics formula elements.

Adding Chelates OK, so lets take an in depth look at chelates. What are they, anyways? Well, chelates are complex organic molecules used to allow the micro, macro and secondary nutrients to remain available to the plant over a wider pH range.

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The chart on the left shows the absorption range of typical non chelated macro, micro and secondary nutrients. The chart on the right shows the absorption range of Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect macro, micro and secondary nutrients. The only limit to absorption is the ability of the plants root system to keep growing it’s roots faster than they “burn” back from extreme pH levels. Typically those extremes are around pH 2.5 and pH 9.5.

The chelates that we use in your nutrients are EDTA, EDDHA, DPTA, Amino chelates, and our own proprietary blend. And together they will give you a theoretical plant absorption range of pH 1 to pH 10. I say theoretical because at pH 2.5 the roots are being burned up faster than the plant can produce them and the same thing happens at pH 9.5

pH 4.5 NON-CHELATED

And most other nutrient formulas will start to precipitate and lock out at a pH of 6.8, at that pH, precipitation is microscopic and easily stays in suspension and usually can’t be seen with the naked eye. And it’s not until a pH of 7.5 to 8 you can visibly see it.

pH 8.5 NON-CHELATED

Then at the other end of spectrum at pH 5, iron and manganese start to become way more available and can lead to plant toxicity. You won’t have to worry about any of this with Advanced Nutrient products because of all the chelates that are used.

pH 4.5 CHELATED

You can plainly see that without chelation your plants ability to absorb nutrients is placed in a very narrow pH range. And constant pH adjusting and monitoring will be required.

pH 8.5 CHELATED

The tanks on the left show precipitation at pH 4.5 and pH 8.5 of typical hydroponics nutrients. The picture on the right shows Advanced Nutrients chelated nutrients at pH 4.5 and pH 8.5. 35

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This is what healthy roots should look like. With the exception of using organic formulas, which will usually stain your healthy roots with a brownish tint.

Advanced Nutrients’ extensive use of chelates powerfully protects your crop with a second layer of pH protection and Advanced Nutrients is the only hydroponics company to do this and obviously goes to great lengths and expense to ensure you get the bigger yields you deserve.

The light was already green in front of us and the moment the car was in a straight line all hell broke loose the engine came alive, the tires hooked up and the sound of it all shattered the quiet of the still night air, echoing and reverberating off the store windows like intense thunder in a canyon of glass.

Expensive Chelates And A Street Racer Named Allan

I was pinned to the seat as if a powerful magnetic pull had gripped onto every cell in my body and firmly held it into the seat. I glanced over and saw how effectively the Hurst straight line shifter was making quick work of changing gears.

Using these types of chelates is literally 7 to 10 times more expensive than using straight non chelated elements in your nutrient solution. So why do we pay so much attention to all the details when making your nutrient formulas? Well a long long time ago when I was a very young man, just 19 years old, there was a street racer by the name of Allan in my hometown of Aurora, Illinois. He had the fastest car in a fifty mile radius. It was a Chevy Nova and it turned very low 10 second quarters consistently. Allan was a good 7 years older than me, and late one night on a summer evening a group of us were hanging out and talking to him. And I was asking a lot of questions about his car. Out of the blue he asked me if I wanted to go for a quick spin. Man, I was in that front seat of that car in a split second. I had barely gotten my seat belt on when we rolled out onto Lake St. 128 | Bigger Buds 2016

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And I was amazed how he deftly squeezed every last RPM out of top end of every gear. By the time I looked forward again we were already coming out of third gear and into fourth gear. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, the interval lines on the road had all become a solid stripe and vision off to my sides became blurred while my frontal vision became razor sharp and all my senses were lit up like Las Vegas at night and sensory overload was setting in. Just then the run was over.


He eased off the gas and just as quickly brought the car back down to a somewhat normal speed. I turned to Allan after we got done running that car through the gears and my ears had a chance to adjust from the roaring thunder. I asked him why his car was so fast. I asked him, was it because he had a triangular valve job, was it the headers, the dual Holley double pumpers on the high lift manifold, 12 to 1 compression pistons? The Muncie Rock Crusher transmission? Was it the ported and polished heads? The 4:11 posi traction rear end with traction bars? The roller cams? He stopped me mid sentence and said words I would carry with me for the rest of my life, and has served me well. He looked at me and said “Mike it’s all of it, and a whole lot more things than you’ve mentioned. You see – it all matters – a lot of guys think they can go out and do just

a few of those things to their cars and run hard. But what happens is when they do just a few of those things, there’s something they don’t realize and understand, it effects something else that they didn’t think about, and then something snaps or limits their performance. When I built this car, I looked at everything and went through the entire car, and then built up each system. That’s why I don’t get beat.” Little did I realize on that warm summer evening that a street racer had just handed me one of my keys to life that would open many doors. For whatever reason those words have stuck with me “it all matters” and throughout my life I’ve always put those words to good use. Talk Soon :-) BigMike

It was in a Chevy Nova similar to this one that I discovered from a street racer, one of my life’s important lessons. One that I would take with me for the rest of my life.

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Here’s What to Do Next... We’ve covered a lot of ground today, and you’ve seen a lot of different solutions... To recap, each and every Advanced Nutrients Tribe gives you the complete package of solutions for anything you could possibly need in your grow room. If it’s your first time trying Advanced Nutrients, then feel free to select just one product from each of the tribes as you need it during your growing system, and see how it works compared to your current nutrients. I know for a fact you’ll be thrilled with the results you see from Advanced Nutrients. In fact, I guarantee it with our rock-solid Grower Guarantee. All that of course means, you risk absolutely nothing putting Advanced Nutrients to work in your grow room—so why wait? Visit AdvancedNutrients.com for more information on any of our products (and to sign up for exclusive discounts, prizes, and insider information) or go straight to your local hydroponics store right now and start using our proven nutrients. Thank you for reading this message.

Sincerely,

Michael “BigMike” Straumietis Founder


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