@-squarepush3r -I am aware that the ingredients in liquid based nutrients are NOT just salts added to water. I think this is where the problem starts with these Greenleaf products. You need to understand the processes involved in making a solution. You can not just mix the basic salts together and call it "the same" or even close because it is not.
And just a FYI bro, House & Garden products are not even on the same PLANET as Greenleaf copy stuff.......to even attempt and compare them to greenleaf is freakin INSANITY!!! House and Garden is in another class of its own from most other competing products
What we found was that the greenleaf formula products we tested ONLY contained basic salts and even some of those are missing and in the wrong ratio, or wrong form, and especially the stuff being sold as a bud candy copy. Wow, that stuff is about the farthest thing from what the real bud candy contains. I think who ever made this stuff does NOT understand a lot about how nutrients are made. I think the bud candy copy actually contains things you would buy at a grocery store! LOL!
The stuff sold as a Bud Candy copy and also the Cal/Mag copy product was probably the worst two out of what we tried. The cal/mag copy especially caused some major issues and we even had to totally scrap one of the test bed we were using. The Cal/mag is missing bicarbonates and nitrate nitrogen among other things which is the heart and soul of a cal/mag product and also what makes cal/mag supplementing help the ph to be stable.
I think greenleaf also does not comprehend the fact that not all ingredients are listed on the label and also not listed on the label is lots of other very important information. It seems greenleaf confuses the "derived from" section of the label with something else.
We did not test most of there products because frankly it was not even worth the cost of the water needed to run the test (we use RO water that is considered to be of hospital grade, 0PPM and 7.0pH). There was just no reason to continue testing due to what we found already in what we did test which was, the Hammer Head copy, the cal/mag copy, and the bud candy copy and the one part grow formula. We assumed the rest of the products would be near the same.
I also found whoever is running or making this stuff is rather rude and does not even have a basic understanding of nutrients for plants. If I were to rate the customer service from Greenleaf I would say it is non existent!
It is a great concept and I hope one day someone takes the time and money to do something like this but properly. Much homework would need to be done and you have to reverse engineer the product your trying to copy. There are some big companies out there that sell and do not make there own formulations. This is because of cost. Even General Hydroponics which is a HUGE company that has been around forever does not make half the stuff they sell. They are just now in the past few years starting to invest the MONEY in the facility to make there own products.
Making a quality nutrient product cost MONEY. You can not just mix some basics salts together and call it a "copy" of the parent product. This seems to be all that Greenleaf has even tried to do.
I would not recommend anyone waste your money on these Greenleaf products as it is just not worth it. If you want to deal with powders there are several QUALITY powders available. Jack's and Veg+Bloom to name two.