Hygrozyme vs the Rest: An Enzyme Product Comparison
When investing in an enzyme product for plants, it is important to know if the enzyme formula contains the right enzymes to improve your indoor or outdoor grow system.
Here is what you need to know to compare products:
Enzyme Ingredients should be listed on the package
To protect consumers, many states including California and Oregon require enzyme products to list its active ingredients on the product label. Regulatory authorities ensure that the declared units of active ingredients are in fact in the product, subject to its expiry date.
Check the ingredient list on the package and make sure that enzymes are actually in the product. Enzyme names are easy to identify, as most enzyme names end in “ase” (i.e. Cellul-ase). Active ingredients in Hygrozyme are 1,000 U/mL cellulase, 100 U/mL xylanase, 75 U/mL hemicellulase and 40 U/mL beta-glucanase, which are also complimented by a unique blend of additional hydrolytic enzymes.
If N-P-K is declared on the product label, then the product is likely registered in the state as a fertilizer, not an enzyme. In this case, enzymes ingredients are not guaranteed.
Make sure it’s registered as an enzyme
Plant products that break down dead root matter should be registered as an enzyme in states like California and Oregon. If it’s registered as a fertilizer or not registered at all, it most likely won’t help with keeping your roots clean. Product registration databases for each state can be found below.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Database: https://apps1.cdfa.ca.gov/fertilizerproducts/
Oregon Department of Agriculture Database: http://oda.state.or.us/dbs/heavy_metal/search.lasso
Look for the claim “break down dead root matter”
Manufacturers can’t claim that the product “breaks down dead root matter” if the product isn’t registered as an enzyme in states like California and Oregon. Additionally, they must declare the type of enzyme and level of activity to prove that the product does, in fact, break down dead organic matter.
The Tissue Test
This simple test shows if the right enzymes are in the product to break down dead roots. Try the test at home by placing tissue in a cup of enzyme product. Keep it at room temperature for 24 hours. Shake and observe to see if the tissue paper disintegrates.
Tissue is essentially the same material as dead root matter (cellulose). The more the tissue breaks down, the higher the activity of the enzymes (cellulase) is in the product.
With that said, high cellulase activity doesn’t always mean that it is a superior product. Hygrozyme is formulated to have a precise ratio of 4 core enzymes and additional hydrolytic enzymes to break down dead root matter without over doing it (too much can be harmful for plants).
Where to Buy
Find Hygrozyme at a hydro store near you to experience the effective results our easy-to-use solution provides.