Water Soluble Base Formula for Growth & Flowering
Whether you have a small farm or acres of greenhouse produce, HGV plant nutrients can help increase your yield and quality while lowering cost of production
HGV Nutrients ONLY HAS 3 formulas to use in your feeding schedule:
There are NO OTHER ADDITIVES OR SUPPLEMETS that you will need to add to HGV for a complete grow cycle. These 3 formulas provide your plants with everything they need to grow big and beautiful.
Make It Simple. Make It Complete
HGV consists of three parts in total, Flowering, Growth, and Base. The Base is used with either the Growth formula OR the Flowering formula to create a 100% complete nutrient for all growth stages.
Ready To Scale
As you expand operations, you need to streamline SOPS, regulate inputs, and simplify your processes. HGV enables efficiency by only having to use two parts while still providing all necessary plant inputs at each stage of growth.
For Serious Growers
HGV was made for commercial growers looking to maximize harvests while managing costs. We utilize the highest quality raw materials so growers get the best results.
Why is HGV Nutrients the top-selling and #1 recommend nutrient brand on Hydrobuilder.com?
Better quality, higher yields, and lower cost are just a few of the reasons to make the switch from your current line. Learn more about making the switch to HGV Nutrients here!
All HGV products are licensed and registered which means they have passed stringent testing protocols for metals and other contaminants that the Department of Agriculture requires. We have never had a customer fail product testing due to the use of HGV in their nutritional program.
HGV source the highest quality raw materials. We have tested every form of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), K (potassium), as well as secondary and trace elements, and only use what has given the best results time after time in our own commercial facilities. No Ammoniacal or Urea products are ever used. While we could make a lower-cost product, that is not our focus. Quality is always at the top of their list, and it should be at the top of yours as well.
You can learn even more about HGV Nutrients by reading our blog article - HGV Premium Plant Nutrients. This should tell you everything you need to know if you are considering making the switch over to HGV Nutrients!
HGV Nutrients can be used in home gardens or larger scale environments
Growing your own produce at home is not only rewarding but also a lot healthier and more cost-effective than shopping at farmer's markets or the big chain stores. From a few plants in pots to an entire yard filled with fruits, veggies, and flowers, HGV Nutrients will help you achieve the garden you have always dreamed about.
HGV nutrients were created out of necessity shortly after Ron Goldman started Home Grown Hydro Farms in 1989. At that time, there were no cost-effective specialty nutrients on the market. What was available was so expensive, production costs threatened to consume what little profit the new company was making.
The beauty of HGV nutrients is that they are designed to be fed at one strength from start to finish so you don't have to change EC or mix in additives at any time.
HGV plant nutrients work in any growing media
Over the last 29 years, we have used and tested HGV plant nutrients in every growing medium we could find. NFT, DWC, flood and drain systems, rockwool, coir(coconut), many different “soilless” mixes, and even soil. So far, we have not a found a media that HGV nutrients have not performed exceptionally well in. We will happily offer growing advice on any media that you might currently be using or plan to use in the future. Pictured to the left are tomatoes growing in rockwool and coir, and lettuce and melons in NFT trays.
Suitable for any type of water and watering system.
Water quality plays a huge role in nutrient availability and plant health as well as being able to automate your watering and feeding. HGV plant nutrients have been used in both soft and hard water with outstanding results. Knowing what’s in your water and what, if any adjustments need to be made is a simple process that we can help you with. Depending on the mineral content, alkalinity, and pH of your source water, filtration or small changes in the standard formula can fix problems you might not even have realized were present. Mineral content can also be a problem for drip irrigation or fertigation systems leading to clogged emitters and plant damage. Call or email us today for help with getting a detailed water analysis and interpreting the results. We can also design a fertigation system and program to save you time and labor costs.
Dosage & Feeding Rates
There is no one size fits all feed chart feed chart. Between differences in environment, strain, grow methods, there are countless variables when it comes to your grow. HGV nutrients are perfect for all situations, providing you know how to use them based on your conditions. HGV nutrients are designed to be fed at one strength from start to finish so you don't have to change EC or mix in additives at any time. The magic comes from locking down the precise EC needed for maximum nutrient uptake.
The best way to find out how much base and growth formula or base and flower formula you will need to reach YOUR desired EC level is to start with 1 gallon of the water you use to irrigate with. Everyone's water is different and will require slightly different amounts to reach the same EC. The chart will give you a good starting point where you can easily adjust from if necessary.
Add the base formula and fully dissolve then add either the Growth or Flowering formula and mix well. DO NOT MIX THE BASE FORMULA IN THE SAME CONCENTRATE TANK AS EITHER THE GROWTH OR FLOWERING FORMULA. IN CONCENTRATED FORM, THEY MUST BE KEPT SEPARATE.
We’ve always seen the best results starting at an EC of 3.0. Use the chart below to determine the correct amount of each part needed to hit an EC of 3.0. Your numbers may be slightly higher or lower based on your source water. Adjust accordingly based on the upper part of the chart.When making adjustments, the ratio between Base formula and either Growth or Flowering formula will always be 0.6:1.
200 GALLON RESERVOIR AT 3.0 EC
Grams per Gallon at 3.0 EC = 7 grams for Flowering or Growth and 4.2 grams of Base. Therefore a 200-gallon reservoir would need 1,400 grams of Flowering or Growth and 840 grams of Base.
Using HGV liquid concentrate for this same example, you would need 4,600 mL of Flowering or Growth (23 mL x 200) and 2,800 mL of Base (14 mL x 200) to achieve 3 EC.
How To Turn HGV Into A Liquid Concentrate
For long term storage, we recommend turning into a liquid concentrate
Maximum solubility of HGV Flowering and Growth formulas is 2.5 lbs. per gallon at room temperature. Use 10 gallons of water for each 25 lb. bag. Utilizing hot water will speed up the amount of time it takes to dissolve a 25 lb. bag
Mix the solution. Using a long handled paint/mud stirrer connected to a cordless drill will speed up the process. Continue mixing until the product is completely dissolved in water.
Once fully dissolved, store the solution in a cool, dark place with a tight-fitting lid on the container.
For liquid concentrate, utilize the ML/GAL scale from the chart below. 1 dry gram of HGV = 3.34 mL of liquid concentrate
|EC||PPM - 500 Scale||PPM - 700 Scale||Grams/Gal||mL/Gal*||Grams/Gal||mL/Gal*|
*25LB BAG INTO 10 GALLONS OF WATER
1 lb = 454 grams | 1 gal water = 3,785 mL | 25 lb = 11,340 grams | 10 gal = 37,854 mL
When storing your HGV nutrients, it is important to keep in mind the temperature as well as the relative humidity of the room it is being stored in. Tests have shown the best temperature range to be between 60-65 degrees and a relative humidity of 35-40%. While not all facilities will be able to keep their environment within these exact parameters, you can still minimize degradation by keeping the temperature as stable as possible.
If you are unable to keep the product stored in a stable environment, it is recommended to turn it into a liquid concentrate as quickly as possible. The advantage of this is that when a liquid concentrate is sealed tightly it will not dilute or absorb moisture from or into the air even with temperature and humidity fluctuations. Extreme ranges are never recommended, but it will be far more stable than their dry form.
Guaranteed Analysis for HGV Base Formula:
Derived from Calcium Nitrate.
The water you start with is very important and we highly recommend that you have a mineral content test done before you start any nutrient program. These tests are available at many labs. We are happy to help interpret your results and make specific recommendations based on the lab analysis. Visit our website growers forum for more details and a list of labs we use. We can also custom blend nutrients to your specific water when necessary. Minimum order quantities will be required for this service
There is a fairly wide range of acceptable pH levels depending on what media or growing system you are using. For the most part, 5.5-6.5 will work for most crops and growing systems. Checking the pH of your water before adding HGV nutrients and making any adjustments is recommended. The growth and flowering formulas will LOWER the pH of your nutrient solution. If the pH of your water is between 6-7, you will probably need very little to any adjustment for drain to waste growing. For hydroponic applications, monitor and adjust daily. If you’re starting pH (before adding nutrient) is higher than 7 or lower than 6, then use an appropriate product for lowering or raising the pH of the starting water to acceptable levels
Depending on the crop you are growing, there is a very wide range of acceptable nutrient levels. These levels are usually measured in parts per million (PPM) or electrical conductivity (EC). We highly recommend using a meter that reads these levels so you can be certain you are feeding at the appropriate level for your specific crop(s).
Keep out of reach of children or animals. Keep bags tightly sealed and store unused product in a cool, dry location. Please be sure you understand where and how to use this product. If you are unsure as to the suitability for your specific situation, do not use it and contact us for assistance. Home Grown Ventures will not be held liable for the use or misuse of this product.
|Lead Time||This product ships in 2-3 business days|
|Nutrient Application||Hydroponic and Soil Nutrient|
|Nutrient Type||Synthetic Based|
|Nutrient Material Type||Powder|
Q: What’s the best way to store HGV Fertilizers?
A: HGV fertilizers should be stored in a cool, dry place to avoid clumping or caking. It’s important to understand that dry water-soluble fertilizers are inherently hygroscopic, which means they will take up water over time. This is natural and unavoidable if given the right conditions. Therefore, extreme hot or cold and particularly high humidity should be avoided to keep HGV fertilizers flowable. HGV fertilizers are manufactured in a sealed, climate-controlled facility using the best equipment that avoids breaking up or shearing the fertilizer salts (which also lead to caking). However, once it leaves our factory, it’s difficult to guarantee the product will not cake if improperly stored. It’s therefore important to have a dedicated storage area that is climate controlled if our customers wish to avoid caking completely
Q: Is caked or clumpy product defective?
A: No, the product is completely fine to use and there will be no difference in performance. It’s important to understand that the chemical makeup of our fertilizers does not change based on if it has absorbed water, or the mineral salts have adhered to each other, forming clumps. Therefore, caked, or clumpy products are not defective, or will perform differently. One difference is that the fertilizer(s) may have absorbed water if left in a hot, humid area. So best practice would be to fully dissolve whole 25lb bags of clumpy product in water, to ensure all the fertilizer is used at once
Q: What’s the best way to use caked or clumpy product?
A: Clumped product should first be broken up into smaller chunks if necessary. Then preparing a solution of hot water is recommended. The hotter the water, the faster the fertilizers will dissolve. Slowly add the broken-up chunks of fertilizer to the hot water solution. Using a paint mixer head on a power drill or similar will make the dissolving process much faster. Continue to agitate until fertilizer solution is homogeneous, clear and no undissolved bits of mineral salts remain.
Q: What’s the best way to use HGV fertilizers effectively?
A: for professional growers, it is standard practice to dissolve entire 25lb bags of HGV fertilizers into 10 gallons of water, forming highly concentrated stock solutions. Each HGV fertilizer: base, grow and bloom should be dissolved into its own separate nutrient tank. Once fully dissolved, these liquid concentrates or stock solutions can be used like any other liquid fertilizer: added to a reservoir or water storage tank. It is quite common to rely on fertilizer injectors to accurately dose the concentrated HGV fertilizer solutions into the drip irrigation system, simultaneously feeding water and nutrients to the crops. This is called fertigation.
Q: How do you recommend mixing HGV fertilizers?
A: Here are some general tips and tricks
Q: How long do HGV fertilizers last?
A: There is no expiration date of HGV water soluble fertilizers. Once HGV fertilizers are made into liquid concentrates, they can last many months if properly stored and if the grower is using clean water and properly sanitizing all surfaces. Since the latter practices are harder to standardize, it’s generally best to plant to make enough liquid concentrate to last a month or two, then thoroughly clean out the liquid concentrate tanks and repeat
Q: What is the maximum solubility of HGV fertilizers?
A: Maximum solubility refers to the highest mass of fertilizer that can be stably dissolved in each volume of water. Keep in mind that the maximum solubility changes based on temperature, the hotter the water the higher the solubility and vice versa. As the fertilizer dissolves, it will lower the temperature of the water which may make it difficult to fully dissolve if you are near maximum solubility rates. If you are using room temperature or colder water, reduce the amount of dry fertilizer per gallon. HGV Base fertilizer has a maximum solubility of 3.0 lbs./gallon. HGV Grow and Bloom fertilizers have maximum solubilities of 2.5 lbs./gallon
Q: What additional fertilizers or supplements do you recommend using with HGV fertilizers?
A: The simple answer is none whatsoever. Plant fertilizers are made of plant essential nutrients, and HGV provides enough essential nutrients when used as directed. Adding more fertilizer on top of what is provided will likely do more harm than good. The starting formula is already optimal, so adding additional ingredients will only bring you further away from what is optimal. It really can be that simple. Not convinced? That’s okay. We recommend conducting at least one complete crop cycle using only HGV nutrients. We are confident you will be blown away by the results. Then if you insist on additional fertilizers or supplements –do so slowly one at a time– and track your results. Simply put: if you aren’t getting noticeable differences in yield or quality, then what’s the point? Over the years, we’ve simply noticed no differences when adding expensive fertilizer supplements. We encourage our customers not to buy into hype products, or gimmicky marketing. Plant nutrition can be boiled down to plant roots absorbing the correct quantities of dissolved mineral salts and living their best lives. Remember that sometimes less is more and more is not always optimal.
Q: Is HGV fertilizers compatible with all types of growing mixes or hydroponic cultivation methods? What about growers using potting soils or growing in the field?
A: Yes, HGV nutrients are compatible with all hydroponics, soilless and potting mixes commonly sold in the market today. HGV nutrients have been extensively tested in coco coir, stone wool, peat mixes and hydroponic liquid cultured systems.
Q: I am attempting to grow with very hard or very soft/reverse osmosis water. Should I take any special precautions or considerations?
A: In general, very hard or alkaline waters carry a high pH and contain high levels of calcium, magnesium and sometimes chloride and sodium. We recommend conducting an irrigation water suitability test from a certified agricultural lab. Our technical team would be glad to go over the results with you and make any adjustments to the nutrient system if needed. In general, an acid will be required to neutralize excess alkalinity and lower the solution pH.
For growers using very soft or reverse osmosis (RO) water, irrigation solution pH and substrate pH becomes more difficult to control. This is because very soft waters lack natural water buffers that help regulate pH. This may require more careful monitoring over time to avoid pH drift and possibly include adding bases to the nutrient solution to correct pH.
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