Nutrients & Fertilizer

  • How To Amend Soil For Healthy, Organic Gardening

    As you finish up your grow, you are likely wondering how to amend your soil for the next growing season.

    Or, maybe your plants are just about ready for flower, and want to add some organic amendments to the top of your soil to supercharge bud development.

    There are plenty of reasons to consistently improve the conditions in your soil because poor soil means poor plants.

    We are going to cover why, when, and how you should amend your soil. But first, let’s cover some quick definitions.

  • The Best Garden Sprayer Of 2020

    As your garden grows, it becomes especially important to use the best garden sprayer possible. This will make things a lot easier for you, the grower, while producing better results with your spraying.

    Here at Hydrobuilder, we offer a wide range of sprayers and foggers for all growers, from small, manual hand pump sprayers to electric backpack sprayers.

    Regardless of how you’re using it, these products will help you keep your grow room or garden in tip-top shape. Before we get to the sprayers, however, we should cover why you need one!

  • How Often Should I Give My Plants Nutrients?

    One of the most common questions new growers ask is “how often should I give my plants nutrients?”.

    The answer varies based on tons of factors, including how young your plant is, what nutrients you’re feeding, and what stage of growth you are in. Plus, your growing method has a direct effect on your nutrients.

    Reading a feeding chart or feeding schedule will help you determine how often you need to give your plants nutrients. But, they don’t tell the whole story.

  • Garden Soil and Nutrient Solution Testing - pH, TDS, and More!

    Garden soil and nutrient testing will be your biggest responsibility on a day-to-day basis while growing. Plants are generally pretty resilient, but they can develop some pretty nasty issues if certain aspects of their nutrition are out of whack. 

    Some of the most common things you’ll need to test include pH, PPM, TDS, EC, Temperature, and moisture. You won’t need to test all of these, but there are a few that are definitely important to measure regularly.

    We’ll break this post into two sections - testing your garden soil and testing your nutrient solution. If you’re growing hydroponically, you’ll just need to worry about testing your hydroponic reservoir.

    But if you grow in soil, you may need to test not just your nutrients, but your soil, and sometimes even your runoff.

  • Best Plant Nutrients Of 2020

    Using the best plant nutrients can be the difference between a weak, lackluster harvest and a heavy, potent harvest. After all, the nutrients you use to grow are responsible for giving your plants the compounds they need to grow. But, can you just run to your local garden center and grab any fertilizer? Not if you want impressive plants. 

    Which nutrients are best for your grow will depend on how you grow. We’ll cover the best soil, hydro, and organic nutrients, but first, we need to cover some basic plant nutrition.

  • Super Soil Recipe

    Growing organically can be very challenging, and that's why more and more growers are turning to a super soil recipe. Super soil is a way to increase your success with organic growing, and allows growers of any skill level to achieve a heavy, plentiful harvest.

    What is super soil?

    The original idea was developed by Subcool, a world renowned grower.  Super soil is a heavily amended organic soil, and provides plants everything they need at just the right times. The idea is that if you mix your recipe correctly, you will not have to feed synthetic liquid nutrients throughout the plant’s life. Instead, you can simply water and occasionally top dress dry amendments during veg and bloom.

    Using super soil simplifies the growing process by throwing feeding charts out the window, and mitigates the risk of under or overfeeding. Simply follow a recipe, monitor the water you use for pH, and watch for deficiencies and address them with organic dry amendments as they come.

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  • How we corrected nutrient toxicity in under a week

    What is plant nutrient toxicity?

    When one nutrient is present in large excess, it conflicts with absorption process of other essential nutrients. Thus, plants cannot access that essential nutrient or a group of essential nutrients because the excess nutrient or the toxic substance blocks the roots.

    Symptoms caused by nutrient deficiencies are generally grouped into five categories:
    • 1) stunted growth
    • 2) chlorosis
    • 3) interveinal chlorosis,
    • 4) purplish-red coloring
    • 5) necrosis

    Stunting is a common symptom for many deficient nutrients due to their varied roles in the plant.

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  • Plant Nutrient Supplements & Additives

    Often times, growers purchase a pre-balanced fertilizer or nutrient package to feed their plants, but don't spend much time considering what is in it. Macro-nutrients, Secondary nutrients, and micro-nutrients make up a complete nutrient profile for plants. Nutrients needed in large quantities are known as macro-nutrients, and there are 3 of these in most fertilizers. Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium constitute the NPK ratio of your nutrient product. These three nutrients are the most important for plant growth.

  • Garden Compost Tea

    Compost tea, at its simplest, is compost that has been steeped in water, usually between 24-48 hours, creating a liquid compost or tea that is rich in nutrients, microorganisms, and humates.

    Because of its liquid form, it can be applied by saturating the soil, or as a foliar spray. Regardless of how you apply it, compost tea benefits include improved plant growth, development, and resiliency to harmful diseases.

    In fact, it’s recommended that you apply your compost tea in both manners. This way, it will fight diseases and dangerous pathogens found both above and below ground.

    You most likely have a basic idea of nutrients (if not, start here), so let’s take a quick look at microorganisms and humates before we move onto how we create compost tea.

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  • What is OMRI Listing?

    Growing organically is easy, but you must refrain from using unnatural or synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and nutrients. Not all organic nutrients or pesticides are created equal, however.

    When diving into the world of organics, you will notice a seal on select products that shows the phrase “OMRI Listed”, but what does this small label mean? Continue reading

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