Silver Bullet Roots
- Active hydro system disinfectant
- Surpresses and prevents pythium
- Provides stability of nutrient solution
- Increases nutrient uptake
- Stimulates growth
Although highly stable, over time, there is a slight natural decomposition of the silver stabilised hydrogen peroxide, coupled with the sterilisation reaction leads to the release of dissolved oxygen into the nutrient solution. This increase in dissolved oxygen produces an increase in nutrient uptake, stimulating growth rates further.
Of all the root rot pathogens, Pythium is the most common problem that growers experience. Pythium consists of approximately 125 different species, not all of which are plant pathogens, and is found in almost every environment.
Most pathogenic Pythium species have a large host range across most greenhouse and nursery crops. It can be introduced from infected plugs and other plant material that comes into the greenhouse, but it also hibernates in soil residues on the floor and inside used pots, benches, hoses, walkways, soil floors, potting benches, potting machines, etc. It can also be found in ponds, streams and outdoor soil, so surface water sources and dust that comes into the greenhouse can introduce Pythium.
Ideal Environment for Pythium: Pythium is a water mold and therefore thrives in wet conditions. Using a growing medium that dries out slowly or has fine particles will create a water-logged growing medium that stresses plant roots, making them more susceptible to Pythium attack, and creates the ideal environment for Pythium (Figure 1). Two common Pythium species, Pythium aphanidermatum and Pythium irregulare, have swimming zoospores that thrive in hydroponic systems and spread from plant to plant rapidly. Pot to pot transfer can also occur in ebb and flood benches, especially if an irrigation event takes 45 minutes or longer.
Plant Symptoms: The following symptoms are typically shown in plants that are infected with Pythium. Keep in mind that many of these symptoms are also displayed by plants when they are attacked by other root disease pathogens:
- Plant stunting (Figure 2).
- Root tips are brown and dying. As the disease develops, browning will progress up the roots.
- Outer root cortex slips off the inner vascular tissues, leaving a thin thread.
- Plants wilt in the sun due to root damage and limited water uptake but become turgid at night when water demand decreases.
- Small areas within the crop may show micronutrient deficiencies. Nutrients are absorbed by root tips, so if they are rotted they cannot acquire nutrients, especially micronutrients
Silver Bullet brand was developed with the intention to eliminate the stresses brought on by plant diseases and infections. The result is a world-class product that you can count on to prevent and destroy grow room problems. While hydrogen peroxide is the active and familiar ingredient, it is the ionic silver within that helps stabilise the product and catalyse the destruction of fungi and bacteria. Less frequent dosing means that Silver Bullet will last you longer compared to competing hydrogen peroxide. This directly translates to long term savings to you, up to 55% compared to competing hydrogen peroxide brands when used at their manufacturers recommended dose. Silver Bullets products when used together will kill 99.9% of all grow room bacterias and disease causing spores.