Garden & Greenhouse July 2017 Issue - Page 20

The Flying Skull line of plant food is formulated to correspond with the laboratory application meth- odology 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? EC- WAMTM shows how much osmosis is taking place between feedings. Once a horticulturist under- stands 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 pro- vide 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 in- stead of preventing them when it comes to feeding their plants. The visual signs of defi ciencies come days, if not weeks, after the actual issue has begun. With ECWAMTM a grower can stop a prob- lem 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 fertiliza- tion. No more feeding and hoping it works. Now a grower can feed his or her plants and feel confi dent 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 nee ds 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 po- tential, another benefi t of this accuracy feeding is reduced plant food costs. This is because with EC- WAMTM the gardener only feeds the plants what they need when they need it. No other plant food 20 line has this kind of technology that matches a customized formulation with a super-effi cient ap- plication technique. ECWAMTM allows a grower to achieve the full genetic potential from his or her plants while producing consistent quality and quan- tity for proper product branding. After all, the most competitive growers will need to follow a proper business plan to be suc- cessful. ECWAMTM is the ultimate tool for con- sistent results and con- sistency is a determining factor of success. Wireless Automa- tionw ECWAMTM is cur- rently being used in both commercial and hobby gardens by manual implementation. However, Flying Skull is partnering with lushSen- sor (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 de- signed 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 com- mercial 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, EC- WAMTM is a tool that eliminates nutrient application guesswork, increases consistency and reduces plant food costs. Put another way, by implementing EC- July 2017