One of the biggest mistakes that any grower can make is thinking that they will never get struck by a disease. This is often a folly of beginner growers, who might go through several growing seasons without ever having any problems.
However, all it takes is for one attack of a fungal or viral disease to understand just how important plant viral disease protection is. There is nothing more disheartening for a hydroponic grower than to walk into your grow room and discover that all of your plants are weak and limp because of disease.
Fortunately, plant viral disease protection does not have to be an all-consuming endeavor.
Just a few steps can make sure that you spend all of your time growing your plants, and very little helping them recover:
Salicylic acid – Salicylic acid is a substance already used by many plants for plant viral disease protection. Fortunately, you can actually buy supplements that contain salicylic acid, which will give your plants an extra layer of protection against viral diseases.
This substance works just like a vaccination, strengthening your plants defenses against viruses and other pathogens that can cause serious damage to all of your gardening efforts. You can use it as a root tonic or in your foliar spray, or as both in order to get serious all around protection.
Thicker Roots – One way that you can work to ensure that your plant stays healthy and has a stronger immune system is by doing everything in your power to thicken your roots.
Sometimes, lots of disease, such as a rust or other viral disease, can take hold on your plant because thin or simplistic root systems just do not provide your plants with all of the nutrients that they need to stay healthy. You can fight this by using a smart root booster, preferably one that has a lot of living bio-ingredients.
Smart Cloning – Another method of plant viral disease protection is to just make certain that you are cloning the right plants. Too many growers see cloning as just an easy method of propagation, and not a method to make certain that you have the strongest, healthiest plants that you can possibly have. You should pay very close attention to your plants propagated with seeds to check for which ones are the over performers.
Those that exhibit traits such as larger roots, faster growth, and more full foliage also are often the most disease resistant. Having a garden full of disease resistant plants can make each growing season a lot easier on you.
Pest Control – Hydroponic gardens are less susceptible to pests than other types of gardens, but it is still possible to suffer an infestation. Since one of the most common ways viruses are introduced to your plants is through pests, you would be very smart to use simple pest preparedness as plant viral disease protection.
Make sure that there are few opportunities for pests to enter into your grow room. And keep methods of pest control on hand in case you ever have to deal with them.