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How to strike cuttings with Eazy Plug

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Step 1
Fully moisten the Eazy Plugs by allowing them to suck up water (pH 5.8). Let the plugs drain out excess water. Do not squeeze out or dry the plugs, the Eazy Plug is self-regulating and will hold the water it needs for an optimum moisture level and an optimum air-to-water ratio.  Note: The plug will feel much heavier and wetter than Rockwool, but that’s normal.

Step 2
Cut diagonally with a clean sharp knife (scalpel) just below a node or stem swelling. Make sure that at least 3 nodes remain above the intersection. Remove all but a couple of leaves or cut off ⅓ of the larger leaves.

Step 3
If you want to make use of a rooting powder (for example Rhizopon), dip the base of your cutting into the rooting powder.

Step 4
Insert the cutting into the Eazy Plug cutting hole. Make sure to insert it deeply enough, completely to the bottom of the cutting hole.

Step 5
Put the tray with Eazy Plugs into a propagator/dome, close the lid of the propagator/dome and any present air vent. Closing the lid and air vents will keep the moisture inside the system. Do not re-moisten the plugs within the first 3 days, only open the lid or air vents briefly each day for fresh oxygen. To raise humidity you can spray little water on the inside of the lid with each opening. Most cuttings need a temperature of +/- 22º Celsius (71º Fahrenheit).

Step 6
Make sure the tray with Eazy plugs is able to fully drain off excess water at all times, so the Eazy Plug can always self-regulate to the correct amount of moisture. Note: Never let the bottom of the Eazy Plug touch water, as the moisture absorption of Eazy Plug is exceptionally good and it will quickly become too wet, which will have a negative effect on the rate of success.

Step 7
After 3-4 days, open the air vents slightly, but keep the humidity level at 80-90%. Re-moistening the plugs should only be necessary once every 3 days when humidity is right. Note: Loss of moisture caused by an open lid or air vent can cause rapid dehydration, which can seriously effect your success rate.

Step 8
After the first appearance of roots, you can open the air vents further in order to acclimate the cutting to a less humid environment.

Step 9
When the cutting has grown serious roots, you can fully open the lid of the propagator or move the plug with cutting into another growing environment.

Striking conditions:
1. Temperature. The optimum soil temperature for striking roots is 20-22 degrees Celsius (71º Fahrenheit). Higher temperatures can lead to failure rates.
2. RH (humidity). RH of 80-90% is perfect. As the cutting needs its energy for striking roots, the water level of the leaves and stem should remain intact.
3. Light. In the first few days the cutting will form callus, from which the roots will start to grow. In this phase the cutting only needs tempered light with a broad spectrum (regular assimilation light). After the development of roots the amount of light can be gradually increased.

Eazy plug is self-regulating:
Eazy Plug has a neutral pH level of 5.8-6.0 and this pH level is buffered. Small deviations can be corrected by the plug. The Eazy Plug also gets a basic fertilizer with it, which is good for the first 2-3 weeks. The plug has a pre-determined optimal air-to-water ratio. When the Eazy Plug is able to drain out excess water, it will hold the optimum amount of water by itself. Dry cultivation is no problem, the remaining moisture will be evenly divided throughout its material and the Eazy Plug always takes water back up easily.

How to use Eazy Plug with seeds

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Step 1
Water the Eazy Plug (or complete trays with Eazy Plug) until they start draining out excess water. Just immerse the tray completely into water or pour water over largely. Do not squeeze out or dry the plugs, the Eazy Plug is self-regulating and will hold the water it needs for an optimum moisture level and an optimum air-to-water ratio. The plug will feel much heavier and wetter as rockwool, but that’s normal.

Step 2
Place the seed into the seed hole. In case of a cutting hole ensure the seed is not too deep and do not press it in too deep. You can break off a small corner of the plug and put it into the top of the hole to cover the seed, but that should never be more than a layer of about 5 mm. For most seed types this covering is not a necessity. After sowing, sprinkle the plug shortly with some water, to ensure the seed is wet.

Step 3
Put the tray with Eazy Plug into a propagator, close the lid of the propagator and any present air vent. Closing the lid and air vents will keep the moisture into the system.

Step 4
Make sure the tray with Eazy Plug is able to fully drain off excess water at all times, so the Eazy Plug can always self-regulate the correct amount of moisture. Never let the bottom of the Eazy Plug touch water, as the moisture absorption of Eazy Plug is exceptionally good and the Eazy Plug will quickly become too wet, which will have a negative effect on the rate of success.

Step 5
Until the first appearance of roots, one should always keep the Eazy Plug moisten enough. The Eazy Plug themselve contain sufficient moisture for germination and with the use of a completely closed propagator the moisture remains into the system and the Eazy Plug and seeds are not likely to dry in those first few days. Loss of moisture caused by an open lid or air vent can cause rapid dehydration, which can seriously effect your success rate.

Step 6
Eazy Plug has a base fertilizer for the first 2-3 weeks, after which you need to add fertilizer.

Germination conditions:

1. Temperature. The optimum soil temperature for germinating seeds is 20-25 degrees Celsius. However, make sure that the seed itself is no warmer than 25 degrees Celsius. Take into account that most lamps generate radiant heat which raises the temperature of the seed itself to a higher level than the temperatrure of the air or soil. To avoid any risk, a seed temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius is advisable. Above 25 degrees Celsius, you must consider a serious failure rate for most seed types.
2. RH (humidity). RH of 80% is perfect. The seeds and Eazy Plug will not dry.
3. Light. In general there are only a few seed types where light is an absolute requirement to germinate. For most seed types, the application of an additional light source delivers only risks to excessive heat development of the seed (radiant heat) and dehydration of both seed and plug. Just daylight or even a dark room situation will be OK for most seed types to germinate. Should you decide to put in an additional light source, then realize that most seeds only need very little light of of a certain color. You should use the right lamp at enough distance from the cutting.

Eazy plug is self-regulating:
An Eazy Plug has a neutral pH level of 5.5-6.0 and this pH level is buffered. Small deviations can be corrected by the plug. The Eazy Plug also gets a basic fertilizer with it, which is good for the first 2-3 weeks. The plug has a pre-determined optimal air-to-water ratio. When the Eazy Plug is able to drain out excess water, it will hold the optimum amount of water by itself. Dry cultivation is no problem, the Eazy Plug always takes water back up easily.

How to use Eazy Block

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Eazy Block is an organic growing block with an unsurpassed root growth and ease of use. By way of its pre-determined and buffered pH and EC values and its water buffering capabilities, the Eazy Block stimulates root growth and a uniform growth of the plant.

Step 1
Fully moisten the Eazy Block by allowing it to suck up water with a pH of 5.8-6.0. On personal preference you can also add a root stimulator to the water. Let the Block drain out excess water. Do not squeeze out or dry the block, the Eazy Block is self-regulating and will hold the water it needs for an optimum moisture level and an optimum air-to-water ratio.
Note: The block will feel much heavier and wetter than Rockwool, but that’s normal.

Step 2
Put the Eazy Plug with rooted cutting or germinated seedling into the appropriate hole on the upper side of the Eazy Block. It will fit nicely.

Step 3
Put the Eazy Blocks open in your breeding room, your plant has passed the stage of using of a propagator/dome. Keep an eye on the blocks, as re-moistening the Blocks will depend on the climate circumstances of your breeding room. Only re-moisten the Eazy Blocks if lighter brown spots start appearing or if the block completely turns to a lighter brown color. Eazy Block will not need watering as often as Rockwool.

Step 4
Eazy Block has a soft base fertilizer, but you can use your regular fertilizing schedules right away from the start. Most only tend to start fertilizing after +/- 5 days with a light fertilizing mix with an EC of 1.2-1.5. Keep your pH at 5.8-6.0.

No wrapping
Due to its stabilization there is no need for a wrapping, resulting in natural air pruning of the roots growing outside the Eazy Block. This air pruning effect strongly stimulates the production of new root tips inside the Eazy Block. As a result an Eazy Block will be fully grown with smaller hair roots instead of having a few base roots that grow downwards between block and wrapping like with all conventional blocks. This way there is an abundant growth of hair roots inside the entire Eazy Block making better use of water and nutrition.

Air pruning effect of the Eazy Block
When the tips of the roots grow outside the Eazy Block, they are exposed to relatively dry air because there is no plastic sleeve around the block. This causes the apical cells at the tip of the root to dehydrate, or become air pruned. This effect stimulates the growth of secondary roots, branching out the original roots and growing within the Eazy Block. These secondary roots spread throughout the Eazy Block until again they reach the outer sides where they get air pruned again, stimulating more root growth. The overall effect of air pruning is the establishment of a well-developed root system that is spread evenly throughout the Eazy Block.

Eazy Block is self regulating
An Eazy Block has a neutral pH level of 5.5-6.0 and this pH level is buffered. Small deviations can be corrected by the Block. The Eazy Block gets a soft base fertilizer with it. The Block has a pre-determined optimal air-to-water ratio. When the Eazy Block is able to drain out excess water, it will hold the optimum amount of water by itself. Dry cultivation is no problem, the remaining moisture will be evenly divided throughout its material and the Eazy Block always takes water back up easily.

How to use Eazy Pyramid

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Eazy Pyramid is an organic growing pyramid offering an unsurpassed root development and ease of use. By way of its pre-determined and buffered pH and EC values and its water buffering capabilities, the Eazy Pyramid stimulates root growth and a uniform growth of the plant.

Step 1
Mix water and a preferred fertilizer up to a pH of 5.8-6.0 and an EC of about 1.4. Fully moisten the Eazy Pyramid by allowing it to suck up the mixture. On personal preference you can also add a root stimulator to the water. Let the Pyramid drain out excess water. Do not squeeze out or dry the Pyramid, the Eazy Pyramid is self-regulating and will hold the water it needs for an optimum moisture level and an optimum air-to-water ratio.

Step 2
When roots have elongated from all sides of the Eazy Block, it is ready for the next phase and can be put on top of the platform of the Eazy Pyramid. In the center it will fit nicely in between the positioning rims.

Step 3
When drip feeding, place the dripper(s) for watering and fertilizing in the side wall of the pyramid. Insert the dripper(s) obliquely just below the platform where the block is put on. For optimal watering place two drippers on two opposite sides of the pyramid.

Step 4
After putting it into service for the first time following the above description, it is advisable to not drip feed for at least 3 days for a good root development. In an optimal climate this non-drip feeding period can be prolonged to even up to 5 days. Note: We want the roots to develop faster throughout the pyramid in their search for water.

Step 5
After these first days, you can start feeding the regular way. Note: Research and experience of many growers have shown a much more well developed root structure with a much larger uptake capacity within the Pyramid in comparison with traditional growing media. This will show clearly in the size and colors of leaves and thickness of branches. Due to this more efficient uptake it is possible to work with a somewhat lower EC than usually used. As a guideline you can start off with an EC of 0.2 less than normal. Evaluate the plant development and color and when the leaves show a slight discoloration (lighter green) start raising the EC with the previously reduced 0.2 up to the normal levels.

Step 6
To effectively convert the plant from vegetative growth to generative growth, it is advisable to take a few days prior to the conversion for flushing the Pyramid with clean water. Furthermore, you can follow the normal conversion with light and fertilizing as you are used to.
Note: All organic components of the Pyramid have such a buffering effect that the plant would not immediately notice a change in diet plan if the former diet has not been flushed out from the Pyramid.

Air pruning effect of the Eazy Pyramid
When the tips of the roots grow outside the Eazy Pyramid, they are exposed to relatively dry air because  there is no plastic sleeve around the block. This causes the apical cells at the tip of the root to dehydrate, or become air pruned. This effect stimulates the growth of secondary roots, branching out the original roots and growing within the Eazy Pyramid. These secondary roots spread throughout the Eazy Pyramid until again they reach the outer sides where they get air pruned again, stimulating more root growth. The overall air pruninig effect is the establishment of a well-developed root system that is spread evenly throughout the Eazy Pyramid.

No wrapping
Due to its stabilization there is no need for a wrapping, resulting in natural air pruning of the roots growing outside the Eazy Pyramid. This air pruning strongly stimulates the production of new root tips inside the Eazy Pyramid. As a result an Eazy Pyramid will be fully grown with smaller hair roots instead of having a few base roots that grow downwards between growing medium and wrapping like with all conventional blocks. This way there is an abundant root growth inside the entire Eazy Pyramid, making better use of water and nutrition.

No plastic pot
Due to the same strong stabilization there is no need for a plastic pot either. Again offering the advantage of natural air pruning, resulting in a dense mass of hair roots inside the Pyramid. When using a plastic pot, the base roots will grow to the outside, meeting the impermeable wall of the pot and starting to continue their growth alongside the wall of the pot. This results in winding roots or a so called root knot with little to no branching and hair roots. The uptake capacity is therefor incomparable and no match for the Eazy Pyramid.

Eazy Pyramid is self regulating
An Eazy Pyramid has a neutral pH level of 5.5-6.0 and this pH level is buffered. Small deviations can be corrected by the Pyramid. The Eazy Pyramid gets a soft base fertilizer with it. The Pyramid has a pre-determined optimal air-to-water ratio. When the Eazy Pyramid is able to drain out excess water, it will hold the optimum amount of water by itself. Dry cultivation is no problem, the remaining moisture will be evenly divided throughout its material and the Eazy Pyramid always takes water back up easily.

How to use Eazy Mixx

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Easy to use
Eazy Mixx is very easy to apply in a thin layer. It will remain easy to handle regardless of the humidity and does not clod, get sticky or form a hard layer where the seedlings will not get through. It is versatile and can be used as a replacement to e.g. vermiculite and is pH neutral.

A good top layer substrate is of great importance for a successful production of seedlings.  There is more to it than just covering the seeds. Eazy Mixx is a well balanced top layer substrate that prevents dehydration of your seeds and assures roots growing downwards instead of pushing seeds upwards or sidewards.

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