Are you seeing a green build-up on your yCubes and/or inside your Gardyn? It's most likely algae. We have you covered with tips to ensure your Gardyn and your plants keep growing healthy!
What Is the Impact of Algae?
While a little algae does not pose a threat to you or your plants, it could - over time and in larger quantities - make it difficult for new sprouts to compete, invite unwelcome pests to your Gardyn, and upset the balance of pH in your system. An overabundance of algae can impact the health and growth of your plants.
What Causes the Algae?
Algae grows when it comes into contact with light, nutrients, and water, so it can easily form once you’ve added plant food to your Gardyn system.
To prevent algae from forming, you want to remove one of the sources it needs to survive. And the easiest one to control is light.
1. Using yCovers to Prevent Algae on Your Plant yCubes
- What is a yCover?
These stylish soft silicone inserts fit perfectly on Gardyn yCubes to block light from creating algae on the surface of the growing medium.
- When is it a good time to place the yCover on the sprouts?
You can place a yCover on a sprout when the height of the plant is above the yCover and it is well established with true leaves. In other words, the yCube is ready for the yCover when the sprouts have been thinned and the plant is ready to receive plant food.
Blocking the light with the yCover should be sufficient to reduce the algae under the cap. You may also remove it by gently washing the yCube off with tap water. Be mindful to not damage the plant.
- When should you remove the yCover?
Removing the yCover would be ideal if the yCover is blocking or inhibiting the growth of the plant in some way. Also at this time, the plant is large enough to naturally shade the cube and prevent algae itself.
- Ordering yCovers
2.Using Pod Caps to Prevent Algae in Your Gardyn
3. General Tips to Keep Your Gardyn Healthy
There's a reason we repeatedly remind you to refresh the water tank! It makes a big difference when maintaining your Gardyn system's hygiene - trust us, you will see the benefits.
Adding H202 to your tank's water after every refill and top off is a very effective preventive measure against algae and biofilm. In addition to our standard recommendation to Refresh the Water every month, you should consider Deep Cleaning the Gardyn every 6 months to keep your plants healthy and happy.
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