Yes, Athena Cleanse does kill beneficial bacteria. It is a hypochlorous acid, which is a very powerful oxidative property to keep your plant’s roots clean and free from harmful pathogens. Since hypochlorous acid is strong oxidative properties, Athena Cleanse also kills the beneficial bacteria.
After using Athena Cleanse, it is important to restore beneficial bacteria in the growing medium. Here are some ways to do it:
Use microbial products: Using microbial products can help restore beneficial bacteria in the growing medium. However, it is important to note that Athena Cleanse may kill these microbes as well.
Add compost: Adding compost to the growing medium can help restore beneficial bacteria. Compost contains a variety of microorganisms that can help improve soil health.
Use mycorrhizal fungi: Mycorrhizal fungi can help improve soil health and restore beneficial bacteria. These fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots, helping them absorb nutrients and water more efficiently.
Avoid using harsh chemicals: To prevent further damage to beneficial bacteria, it is important to avoid using harsh chemicals in the growing medium. Instead, use organic fertilizers and pest control methods.