Nutrient Comparison Test – Week 1

Click below to see the photo’s on the first week of our latest nutrient challenge. This is the fourth in a series of test we have run on the Canna nutrient line. Canna is the best selling line in the world but we don’t take for granted that best selling means best product.

However, one can’t argue with success.

In our first side by side we tested against General Hydroponics Flora line on patio tomatoes and the results were dramatic. Canna’s Coco line took a commanding lead from week one and widened the gap throughout the test. The end result was impressively in Canna’s favor.

Our second test matched Canna against Dutch Master Gold. Canna took an initial jump during the first week of veg but DM gained ground and both products were yielding competitive tomato plants until the last two weeks of flower when Canna again took a noticeable lead in size, yield and quality.

Our third test pitted our champion against the popular Botanicare Pro Grow and Bloom nutrient. The difference was nearly as drastic as in the GH test. Canna held a strong lead on all levels throughout and by the end the Canna plant was easily two thirds larger then the Botanicare plant. We offered samplings of the fruit to customers in blind tastings and everyone found the Canna tomatoes to be sweeter and more flavorful.

Our latest test was started on 2/25/09 using cuttings from our same patio tomato which had been taken the previous week and rooted in an Easy Cloner.

From left to right:

  • test plant A is being grown in Canna Coco and fed with the Canna Coco feeding schedule;
  • test plant B is being grown in Foxfarm’s Ocean Forest using Foxfarm liquid nutrients;
  • test plant C is General Hydroponics Flora nutrients in ProMix HP returning for a rematch.

The first photo’s were taken on 2/27 just two days after being planted at equal size. They are being grown in a Dark Room DR120 under a Hortilux 600 hps bulb in a Sun System Magnum XXL reflector.

Check back for weekly photo and progress updates.

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