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One of the best was to prevent problems
before they happen is to talk to knowledgeable people the understand
hydroponics. We can explain all of the do's and don'ts before
your you start, thus giving your plants a better chance to succeed and
prevent any unnecessary problems.
Unfortunately even in a
controlled environment there can still be a problem with
Fortunately there are ways to overcome these
deficiencies with the proper use of certain products. Below are a
few things you can do to help prevent deficiencies. For more tips
and ideas please contact us and one of our knowledgeable staff
members will be able to help you.
Nutrients on the other hand, can get a little tricky, especially if
you're trying to mimic the natural nutrient intake that a plant gets
in a hydroponic system. Hydroponics vegetables gardening nutrients
are amongst the hardest parts of a system to choose, because they
need to be "optimized" for the particular plants that you're
Monitor pH Levels: There are lots of things
that can cause a hydroponic nutrient solution to drift outside of
the ideal range of about 5.5 - 6.5. Usually, if a nutrient solution
is left unmonitored for too long, it can start drifting outside of
this range because of bacterial populations. Aerated water at good
temperatures (71 degrees or below) will increase in aerobic
bacteria, and pH goes up. Even though the pH needs to be adjusted,
aerobic bacteria are good for plants. If water temperatures get too
warm, anaerobic bacteria will cause pH to drop. Anaerobic bacteria
are the microbes that cause root rot.
Since pH levels
can change very rapidly, it is important to check your pH level
daily. The longer your nutrient solution spends outside of
this ideal range, the greater the chance that your flowers or
vegetables will suffer a plant deficiency. Use a pharmaceutical
grade pH adjustment product designed specifically for hydroponics to
make the necessary adjustments.
Levels Stable: Your nutrient solution should be
fairly cool to temperate, somewhere in the range of sixty six to
seventy one degrees Fahrenheit. You should be particularly aware of
this if you happen to live in an unusually warm or cold part of the
world. If you feel it is necessary to prevent plant deficiency, take
extra steps insulate your grow room against outside elements. You
should also try placing your reservoir directly on the floor, as the
floor can be very cool, which can keep the reservoir cool in a warm
The most common deficiencies can be cured by
adding a Calcium Magnesium supplement and an organic micronutrient
supplement such as seaweed extract.
There are several additional products that can
increase the availability of nutrients for your plants. Beneficial
Bacteria are extremely important to keep roots healthy and clean.
Beneficial Fungus will increase root growth. Enzymes clear out any
dead root cells. All three of those biological additives can assist
in breaking down nutrients for easier uptake by the roots and ensure
a large, healthy root zone. Large roots have an easier time
Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid, and B Vitamins can all
increase plant metabolism and/or nutrient uptake.