All About Nutrients
Hydroponic nutrients are one of the most important
components of your hydroponic growing system. This method of growing
plants without use of soil supplies food to the plants by using nutrient
media. Every plant needs to receive the right amount of
phosphorous, nitrogen, potassium, and many different trace elements. The
wrong nutrient balance, or a solution without enough hydroponic
nutrients in it, could cause serious problems for your hydroponic
system. Lets take a look at hydroponic nutrients and how to pick the
ones that are right for you.
There are all kinds of different
commercial nutrient options out there. Some claim to help your plants
smell better. Others will allow you to produce plants more quickly, to
get more blooms on your flowering plants, or to produce sturdy plants
with significant root systems. The right hydroponic nutrients for your
garden will depend in part on what you want to grow, and what the
primary focus of your growing might be. Someone interested in producing
greens quickly won't want the same hydroponic nutrients as someone who
wants to get a big yield from their tomato plants.
Price will be
another factor in the hydroponic nutrients you decide to purchase. Not
all brands are priced the same, and some of them could make your growing
process extremely expensive. On the other hand, the cheapest hydroponic
nutrients on the market might not produce high quality plants. You need
to set a price range appropriate to what you can afford to spend, then
buy the highest quality hydroponic nutrients you can, within that price
range. That is the best way to get a great hydroponic garden without
spending too much.
What about pH? You will need to pay attention to
the pH level of your nutrient solution. An overly acidic or overly
alkaline solution could be bad for your plants in the long run. The
majority of plants prefer an acidity within the 5.5 to 7.5 range - more
alkaline nutrient solutions may prevent them from absorbing all the
nutrients available. overly acidic solutions may cause damage to the
Most nutrient solutions are a little acid, and the
majority of tap water has a pH of about 7 to 8. This means that you
won't have too much trouble dropping your hydroponic nutrients solution
into the correct range. However, you will still need to test the pH from
time to time, if you want to get the most out of your hydroponic garden.
Information That Matters
The right nutrients are
essential to an effective hydroponic garden. Take a little time to check
out your options, and see what is likely to be right for your needs. You
might be surprised what a change in nutrient solutions could do!
By coming in to our retail store or calling us we can go over
all the options when it comes to nutrients and what might work best for
your gardening needs.