What are enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins, made up of amino acids that act as catalysts – they facilitate, energize, and speed up biochemical reactions. In fact, the rate of reaction can be several million times faster than if left un-catalyzed! An extreme example is orotidine 5′-phosphate decarboxylase, which allows a reaction that would otherwise take millions of years to occur in milliseconds.
Are enzymes alive?
Enzymes are not alive nor are they consumed when they catalyze a biochemical reaction. When the biochemical reaction is over, the enzyme is ready to bond to another substrate unit again. Given the right conditions, the enzyme can catalyze the same reaction time and time again.
What are enzymes used for?
Enzymes are used in most industries to make some of your favorite things like: tastier beer, softer cloths, better cheeses and juices, more efficient detergents etc.
How do enzymes work?
Enzymes are highly specific. Only when the right enzyme finds the right substrate, does a biochemical reaction occur. This precise interaction means you never have to worry about undesirable effects. For instance, when cellulase breaks down cellulose into simple sugars, you can be sure that is all that will happen. No other material or process will be altered or affected. This is why it is important to have the right enzyme formula like Hygrozyme designed specifically to get rid of the undesirable content without affecting the good.
What is Hygrozyme's PH?
Hygrozyme’s pH is between 4 – 4.5 (variance because our enzymes are derived from natural sources)
Should I use Hygrozyme during a flush?
Mix 2-2.5mL per liter of water (never exceed 4 mL per liter) and flush your system. Stop using Hygrozyme one week prior to harvest. We recommended a gradual reduction of all nutrients starting 3 weeks from harvest the same way you gradually increased nutrients at the start. Stop using all nutrients and supplements one week prior to harvest including Hygrozyme. Only feed your plants water during the final week.
How often should I use Hygrozyme?
Depends on your nutrient or fertilizer program. We recommend to use Hygrozyme with every watering or nutrient change out. If you are adding beneficial microbials to your system, you have the option to add less beneficial microbials with every watering, as Hygrozyme helps speed up the process of microbial growth.
How does Hygrozyme help with root rot?
Hygrozyme accelerates the break down of dead root matter thereby removing the ideal environment for disease and root rot to start. Hygrozyme also stimulates microbial growth, which improves drainage and aeration. Improved drainage and aeration means that chances of root rot are further decreased.
Can I use Hygrozyme with any growing media?
Hygrozyme is compatible with all hydroponic growing media and systems (see system).
Can I use H2O2 with Hygrozyme?
Hygrozyme is the most effective without hydrogen peroxide, therefore, we do not recommend using H2O2 with Hygrozyme, but you can use up to 2 mL of H2O2 per gallon with Hygrozyme.
Can I use beneficial microbials with Hygrozyme?
Yes, you can use beneficial microbials with Hygrozyme. Hygrozyme converts dead root matter into simple sugars which stimulate microbial growth (microbials consume simple sugars to multiply).
What's the best condition to store Hygrozyme?
To preserve the shelf life and potency of the enzymes in Hygrozyme, the best place to store Hygrozyme is away from direct sunlight in a temperature range between 4-35° C (40-90° F).
Can I use Hygrozyme in a soilless medium?
Yes, you can use Hygrozyme in a soilless or soil based medium.
How many enzymes are in Hygrozyme?
Hygrozyme contains an industry leading concentration of 4 core enzymes: 1,000 U/mL Cellulase, 100 U/mL Xylanase, 75 U/mL Hemicellulase and 40 U/mL beta-Glucanase, which are also complemented by a unique blend of additional hydrolytic enzymes to assist in the effective breakdown of dead root matter.
Can I use Hygrozyme during any growth stage?
Yes, it is recommended that you use Hygrozyme with every growth stage. However, we recommended that you flush and only feed your plants water on the last week before harvest.
Does Hygrozyme cure disease?
No, Hygrozyme does not cure disease.
Can air pumps cause enzyme shearing in Hygrozyme?
No, air pump will NOT cause enzyme shearing.
How often do I need to use Hygrozyme?
Use Hygrozyme with every watering or nutrient change out.
Can I use other enzyme formulas with Hygrozyme?
Yes. But since Hygrozyme is a complete multi-enzyme blend, no additional enzymatic products are required.
What other additives can I use with Hygrozyme?
Hygrozyme is compatible with all nutrient and supplement programs.
Can I use Hygrozyme past the 2-year shelf-life?
Yes, you can use Hygrozyme past the 2-year shelf life however for best results, we recommend Hygrozyme to be used within 2 years from the manufactured date. But Hygrozyme is designed to preserve and stabilize the activity of its highly effective enzyme blend. So if kept in appropriate storage conditions, the enzymes will still be active past the 2-year shelf life. If you plan to use Hygrozyme beyond the 2-year shelf life, continue with recommended usage instructions on the product label. DO NOT increase dosage.
Does Hygrozyme kill beneficial microbials?
Enzymes, unlike any other catalyst, are highly substrate specific and hence do not cause undesirable effects.