Originally Posted by YosemiteSam
so biomaster...how come the label is not complete?
It has to do with laws and regulations that are enforced and also sometimes different from state to state and also keeping the complete recipe a "secret".
if not ALL
nutrient brands do not list all that is in the formula on the label. Take Roots Excel for example, lots of folks would like to know the secret to that formula. House & Garden also does not list any calcium percentages on its Aqua Flakes label and I think the same is true on the Soil/Coco formulas yet the coco formula for example has like 12% calcium in it if memory serves.
Check out some Advanced Nutrients labels in certain states says nothing of all its wonderful contents.
So it is not uncommon at all to NOT
see everything on the label.
Colorado state law for example is as follows:
- A guaranteed analysis must be given for every fertilizer material sold in Colorado.
- The analysis includes the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other plant nutrients present in quantities large enough to conform to state law.
The Colorado fertilizer law requires that the guaranteed analysis of every fertilizer material sold in the state be given on the face or display side of the container. The guaranteed analysis provides the percentage of nitrogen (N), available phosphorus (expressed as percent P2O5), water soluble potassium (expressed as percent K2O) and other nutrients present in quantities that conform to state law.
Notice the "Present in quantities that conform to state law"
Now Florida state law might be completely different or have other requirements as would California and other states depending on several factors.
These state laws mostly say if an ingredient is not in a high enough percentage it can NOT go on the label. Well sometimes you might need only a little small percentage of a ingredient to go in the particular formula your selling. So it would get forced off the label in that case.
Whats a nutrient company to do to satisfy them ALL with out having to make a different label for each state it is planned to be sold in?? You make a "generic" type label that list the essentials to satisfy the various state label law requirements.