Trace

Small Doses, Big Difference

Ecothrive Trace corrects micronutrient deficiencies and unlocks your plants' full potential. Compatible with soil, coco or hydroponics, this premium trace element supplement contains optimal levels of iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper, and molybdenum, all naturally chelated using a powerful plant extract. Approved by the Soil Association for organic cultivation, Ecothrive Trace promotes vigorous, fast-growing plants and truly exceptional crop quality.

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Use Ecothrive Trace to:

  • Provide essential micronutrients for organic and living soil cultivation, where trace elements are often below adequate levels.
  • Optimise micronutrient levels in very dilute hydroponic nutrient solutions used for propagation.
  • Supply micronutrients quickly to the crop when used as a foliar spray.

Many growers don't realise that they have a trace element deficiency.

Essential micronutrients like boron, copper, zinc, and iron are often the first to become depleted in potting soils. Soil amendments such as rock dusts, seaweed and composts can help, but our own substantial lab testing of potting soils has shown repeatedly that actual trace element availability is often less than ideal or non-detectable.

Additionally, highly-diluted hydroponic feed solutions for cuttings, seedlings, and juvenile plants can lack adequate levels of micronutrients.

Symptoms can be very subtle and difficult to recognise, in plant nutrition this is often called 'hidden hunger'. Trace element deficiencies are known to negatively impact the uptake of primary and secondary nutrients. Common signs like interveinal chlorosis, stunted roots, and poor flowering are often overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Which Types of Grower Should Use Ecothrive Trace?

Organic / Living Soil Growers: Cultivators adhering to organic farming practices who are in search of natural, organic soil amendments to maintain or restore the nutrient balance in their soil. Ideal for raised beds and living soil enthusiasts.

Commercial Horticulturists: Professionals looking for reliable and effective solutions to address trace element deficiencies in the soil.

Hydroponic and Coco Coir Growers: Sometimes even hydroponically grown plants can suffer from deficiencies in trace elements. Ecothrive Trace can help to restore levels of key micronutrients.

Houseplant Enthusiasts: Houseplants often encounter trace element deficiencies, especially when kept in small containers for extended periods.

Use Ecothrive Trace to:

  • Provide essential micronutrients for organic and living soil cultivation, where trace elements are often below adequate levels.
  • Optimise micronutrient levels in very dilute hydroponic nutrient solutions used for propagation.
  • Supply micronutrients quickly to the crop when used as a foliar spray.

Many growers don't realise that they have a trace element deficiency.

Essential micronutrients like boron, copper, zinc, and iron are often the first to become depleted in potting soils. Soil amendments such as rock dusts, seaweed and composts can help, but our own substantial lab testing of potting soils has shown repeatedly that actual trace element availability is often less than ideal or non-detectable.

Additionally, highly-diluted hydroponic feed solutions for cuttings, seedlings, and juvenile plants can lack adequate levels of micronutrients.

Symptoms can be very subtle and difficult to recognise, in plant nutrition this is often called 'hidden hunger'. Trace element deficiencies are known to negatively impact the uptake of primary and secondary nutrients. Common signs like interveinal chlorosis, stunted roots, and poor flowering are often overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Which Types of Grower Should Use Ecothrive Trace?

Organic / Living Soil Growers: Cultivators adhering to organic farming practices who are in search of natural, organic soil amendments to maintain or restore the nutrient balance in their soil. Ideal for raised beds and living soil enthusiasts.

Commercial Horticulturists: Professionals looking for reliable and effective solutions to address trace element deficiencies in the soil.

Hydroponic and Coco Coir Growers: Sometimes even hydroponically grown plants can suffer from deficiencies in trace elements. Ecothrive Trace can help to restore levels of key micronutrients.

Houseplant Enthusiasts: Houseplants often encounter trace element deficiencies, especially when kept in small containers for extended periods.

Why Micronutrients Make a Big Difference

Increased Crop Quality: With a balanced and consistent supply of trace elements, plants don’t suffer from “hidden hunger” and can produce truly premium quality results.

Reinvigorates and Restores Soil Health and Vitality: Use Ecothrive Trace to tactically boost trace elements at key lifecycle stages.

Boosts Plant Health and Vigour: Use Ecothrive Trace as a root feed or foliar spray to enhance nutrient uptake and availability.

Improved Photosynthesis and Enzyme Function: Ecothrive Trace delivers a full complement of micronutrition, including iron and manganese which are crucial for chlorophyll production and enzyme function.

Enhances Nutrient Uptake and Availability: Trace elements help to power the uptake of macro and secondary nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus.

Supports Soil Microbiology: Ecothrive Trace aids enzyme activation, nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation and cycling, and microbial respiration. A balanced supply of trace elements supports a diverse microbial community in the soil, which is essential for soil health and resilience against stress conditions.

Enhanced Resistance to Diseases: A balanced soil ecosystem, enriched with trace elements, can improve plant resistance to diseases and stress.

Micros Support Uptake of Primary and Secondary Nutrients:When trace elements are sufficiently available, they support the assimilation of macro and secondary nutrients too:

  • Iron and Molybdenum >> Nitrogen: Iron is vital for chlorophyll synthesis and is a component of many enzymes involved in nitrogen metabolism, thus supporting nitrogen utilisation. Molybdenum is a cofactor for enzymes involved in nitrogen metabolism, particularly nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction, supporting nitrogen utilisation.
  • Zinc >> Phosphorus: Zinc activates enzymes that are essential for phosphorus metabolism.
  • Boron >> Calcium: Boron is essential for the stability and function of cell walls, and aids in calcium utilisation by enhancing its transport across cell membranes.

How To Use

Root Feed

As a root feed, Trace is suitable for use in all growth stages. While Trace has been formulated primarily with living soil growers in mind, it can also be used to supplement micronutrient levels in dilute hydroponic nutrient solutions.

Living soil and organic potting mixes

During the vegetative and flowering stage apply 0.25-0.5ml per litre with every watering until 1-2 weeks before harvest.

Propagation

Trace can be very useful during propagation to supplement dilute nutrient solutions. Apply 0.25 ml per litre of water with every watering.

Hydroponics and Coco Coir

Note that full-strength mineral nutrient solutions already contain sufficient levels of trace elements. Use Trace to supplement micronutrient levels in quarter- and half-strength nutrient solutions. Add Trace after mixing base nutrients.

Half-strength base nutrients: Add 0.25ml per litre of water.

Three-quarter-strength base nutrients: Add 0.125ml per litre of water.

Foliar Feed

As a foliar feed, Trace can be used throughout propagation and vegetative growth instead of feeding through the root zone. If you're growing fruiting plants, Trace can be sprayed throughout the cycle right up to harvest. For flowering plants, stop foliar sprays once the flowers have started to form. Foliar applications are fast acting and ideal when correcting a deficiency.

  • Spray 10ml per litre every 10-14 days.

Root Feed

As a root feed, Trace is suitable for use in all growth stages. While Trace has been formulated primarily with living soil growers in mind, it can also be used to supplement micronutrient levels in dilute hydroponic nutrient solutions.

Living soil and organic potting mixes

During the vegetative and flowering stage apply 0.25-0.5ml per litre with every watering until 1-2 weeks before harvest.

Propagation

Trace can be very useful during propagation to supplement dilute nutrient solutions. Apply 0.25 ml per litre of water with every watering.

Hydroponics and Coco Coir

Note that full-strength mineral nutrient solutions already contain sufficient levels of trace elements. Use Trace to supplement micronutrient levels in quarter- and half-strength nutrient solutions. Add Trace after mixing base nutrients.

Half-strength base nutrients: Add 0.25ml per litre of water.

Three-quarter-strength base nutrients: Add 0.125ml per litre of water.

Foliar Feed

As a foliar feed, Trace can be used throughout propagation and vegetative growth instead of feeding through the root zone. If you're growing fruiting plants, Trace can be sprayed throughout the cycle right up to harvest. For flowering plants, stop foliar sprays once the flowers have started to form. Foliar applications are fast acting and ideal when correcting a deficiency.

  • Spray 10ml per litre every 10-14 days.

Why Are Micronutrients The “Missing Link” For So Many Growers?

To understand why, we need to be familiar with the key roles of boron, copper, manganese, zinc, iron and molybdenum and how they contribute to plant health.

Macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium often dominate horticultural discussions, but micronutrients are equally vital for plants. Deficiencies in these essential trace elements can stunt growth and seriously limit your yields.

Check out our micronutrients table to explore the importance of boron, copper, manganese, zinc, iron and molybdenum and learn how to recognise deficiencies.

Trace Contains - Iron (0.6%), Manganese (0.6%), Copper (0.04%), Zinc (0.1%), Boron (0.1%), Molybdenum (0.01%), Lignosulfonic acid.

Trace used at 0.5ml per litre provides - 3ppm Iron, 3ppm Manganese, 0.5ppm Zinc, 0.2ppm Copper, 0.5ppm Boron, 0.05ppm Molybdenum.

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