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Garden & Greenhouse Cover Story – Flying Skull Plant Products

Posted May 9th, 2017 by Eric Hopper in

The folks at Flying Skull Plant Products know that a business thrives on consistency. They are firm believers in the three supporting concepts that hold a business plan together: consistency, quantity and quality. While many may believe that quality should always come first, quality is dependent on and integrated with consistency. In other words, without consistency, there is no quality.

In terms of a business plan, quantity comes in right behind consistency because no matter how good a product is, if a company does not produce enough or their product to sell and cover the costs of operation, it will go out of business. When it comes to branding and becoming a household name, again, it is consistency that makes it possible. Many serious horticulturists view their garden operations as businesses and, therefore, in order to be successful, they must focus on consistency.

Electrical Conductivity Waste Analyzing Method (ECWAMTM)

Gordon Redman is the formulator of the Flying Skull line of plant food. He is also the inventor of the ECWAMTM (electrical conductivity waste analyzing method) which maximizes efficiency for water and nutrient applications. “It is my estimation that 99% of growers come up with their own ideas of how their plants should be fed and they implement feeding programs based on what they think should be good for the plants. While these feeding programs work to a degree, they can’t be relied upon to deliver consistent harvests for proper branding. As a grower’s consultant, it was obvious to me that what was lacking was a proper way to communicate with the plants so that the master grower could interpret the plants’ water and nutritional needs in real time.”

Redman realized he needed to create a complete plant food line formulated from the plant’s perspective. He knew the plant food needed to be administered in a specific way to support the highest level of root osmosis at all times. Put another way, the science behind the plant’s feeding mechanisms needed to match how the plant food was formulated and administered. This was the only way to achieve laboratory results and for the plants to reach their true genetic growth potential. After extensive studying, thinking, and re-thinking, Redman discovered a methodology for plant food administration that could grow laboratory-grade plants in a production setting. At that point, Redman knew he also had to formulate the plant food to match the application method.

The Flying Skull line of plant food is formulated to correspond with the laboratory application methodology called ECWAMTM.  This simple method of delivering nutrients to the plant was modeled after the proper ratio of water to minerals as dictated by the root’s osmotic process. How does it work? ECWAMTM shows how much osmosis is taking place between feedings. Once a horticulturist understands the concept and learns how to interpret the readings, he or she can administer food to the plants in the way that the plants want. What ECWAMTM really does is eliminate the guesswork for the gardener and provide a true lab method of feeding that is applicable in production settings.

Take the Guesswork out of Plant Feeding

Too many growers are chasing problems instead of preventing them when it comes to feeding their plants. The visual signs of deficiencies come days, if not weeks, after the actual issue has begun. With ECWAMTM a grower can stop a problem before it occurs.

With the ECWAMTM lab method, the plants tell the grower how many times a day they want to be fed and how many ounces of nutrients per plant it will take for a complete feed in real time. That’s right, in real time! The ECWAMTM method removes the guesswork from fertilization. No more feeding and hoping it works. Now a grower can feed his or her plants and feel confident that it will not only work, but will also maximize the plant’s full potential. With ECWAMTM a gardener is able to interpret the plant’s needs for an afternoon feeding from the data collected that morning. In other words, a gardener can schedule feedings to match the plant’s growth rate on an hourly basis.

Aside from maximizing a genetic growth potential, another benefit of this accuracy feeding is reduced plant food costs. This is because with ECWAMTM the gardener only feeds the plants what they need when they need it. No other plant food line has this kind of technology that matches a customized formulation with a super-efficient application technique. ECWAMTM allows a grower to achieve the full genetic potential from his or her plants while producing consistent quality and quantity for proper product branding. After all, the most competitive growers will need to follow a proper business plan to be successful. ECWAMTM is the ultimate tool for consistent results and consistency is a determining factor of success.

Wireless Automation

 

ECWAMTM is currently being used in both commercial and hobby gardens by manual implementation. However, Flying Skull is partnering with lushSensor (www.lushsensor.com) to develop a fully automated ECWAMTM system. Once integrated into the lushSensor monitoring system, the new ECWAM products will use IOT (internet of things) technology to access specially designed wireless sensors. These wireless sensors will monitor the root zone and regulate the feeding system based on the plant’s demands. All data will be stored in the cloud. Data can then be securely retrieved and manipulated from a computer or smart phone. This system operates in real time, which means the plants may demand one or multiple feedings per day in response to various conditions, including heat, humidity, transpiration and osmotic conditions.

Flying Skull Plant Products and lushSensor plan on designing IOT systems for both hobby and commercial growers. The goal is to give hobby growers an automated platform that is easy to use and one that makes them successful. In turn, the growers will want to continue using it when they move into commercial operations. For commercial growers, ECWAMTM is a tool that eliminates nutrient application guesswork, increases consistency and reduces plant food costs. Put another way, by implementing ECWAMTM, a commercial horticulturist is practically guaranteed a higher return on his or her investment for years to come.

Products

Flying Skull Plant Products is well-known for its complete line of high quality horticultural products. The product Nuke Em, a high-tech pesticide, is perhaps its most recognizable product. It also has an incredible wetting agent, Spread Coat, which makes Nuke Em even more effective. Flying Skull Plant Products is much more than just high quality pesticides and wetting agents. The probiotic Z7 and the Clone Guard are top quality products revered by serious horticulturists.

Flying Skull’s plant food line is about 50/50 salt-based to plant-based and most parts are very concentrated. For example, Essential Flora Extract (the natural amino acid additive) calls for a 1/4 ml per gallon dilution rate. The bloom additive, On Schedule, is applied at 1/3 ml per gallon. The salt-based formulations, Elite Micro, Grow and Bloom, are applied with subtle variations at ¼ tsp per gallon of water. Simply put, a little goes a long way. Flying Skull’s nutrients are also extremely soluble so that in-line proportional injector equipment, like auto-dosers or automatic feed line systems, will not get clogged.

Above and Beyond – Product Testing

Flying Skull Plant Products will be implementing a new program directed toward commercial growers in regard to the Nuke Em pesticide/fungicide. Many states are now requiring testing of produce before it can be sold. These states test produce for specific adverse chemicals that are banned from use on consumable crops. They also test for mold, yeast and bacteria. To assure growers of the purity of Nuke Em, Flying Skull Plant Products will go above and beyond its competitors and test Nuke Em for 59 adverse chemicals known to fail lab tests. It will also test for mold, yeast and bacteria (both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria). Every batch of Nuke Em will go through these quality assurance laboratory tests. A batch number will be placed on each commercial size container for reference. Customers can find the container’s batch number and match it to the quality assurance batch test on the Flying Skull Plant Products website. A gardener will also be able to use his or her smart phone’s QR (quick response) decoder app for a quick viewing.

When asked what was behind this new laboratory testing, Redman responded, “this kind of testing is in response to the pesticides and plant food products that have been removed from store shelves or suspected contributing factors in the failing of state lab tests. Flying Skull Plant Products wants the public to know that we make top quality products and formulate within the guidelines given to us by state and federal rules and regulations. We don’t need to cheat to get our products to work effectively and the lab tests prove it.” When asked if the rest of the Flying Skull products will be tested, Gordon’s response was, “we will continue to do spot testing to keep our ingredient manufacturers honest.”

It is nice to know that there are still companies that have integrity when it comes to transparency and quality. There are not enough companies willing to go above and beyond to ensure the end user receives a safe, quality product. Flying Skull Plant Products will continue to be a leading company in the horticultural industry for many years to come due to its innovative products and its understanding of consistency, quantity and quality.

For more information call 888.770.8808 or visit FlyingSkull.net.

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