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Hydroponic Nutrients

The Question Of Hydroponic Nutrients

Hydroponic nutrients are the nutrients that comprise the nutrient solution which is the sole source of nutrients feeding the plants. The bottom line is that the hydroponic nutrients are the very life-blood of any hydroponic indoor garden.

This is why a grower needs to be extremely picky and selective over what hydroponic nutrient products that are purchased. There are many inferior, cheap products on the market mainly because the Asian or Chinese nations don’t have the strict regulations of the western world.

In the end while sure, you may save a $100.00 purchasing a cheap, no-name knockoff off of eBay, you actually saved nothing if your crop doesn’t perform. Be very careful and selective about your hydroponic nutrients.

What are the nutrients used in hydroponics?

Hydroponic nutrients must replace all of the primary, secondary nutrients and trace elements that are present in the soil of any good garden. A grower’s plants rely solely on this nutrient solution to meet every soil derived nutrient they would normally receive in the garden.

  • Nitrogen (N)
  • Potassium (K)
  • Phosphorus (P)
  • Calcium (Ca)
  • Magnesium (Mg)
  • Sulphur (S)
  • Iron (Fe)
  • Manganese (Mn)

There are also hydroponic nutrient blends tailored to specific crop needs.

  • Lettuce, greens or herbs
  • Fruiting vegetables
  • Blooming plants
  • Bedding plants

How to prepare the nutrient solution in hydroponics?

This is the main source of anxiety for any new hobbyist when they first enter the field of hydroponic growing. Thankfully, there are complete hydroponic nutrient packages with specially formulated nutrients either as a full season nutritional feed or more crop specific.

A grower can purchase pre-formulated proven hydroponic nutrient mixes that are simply diluted to the proper proportions as written in the instructions.

How do you mix your own hydroponic nutrients?

Most often it is just simpler, less expensive and less stressful to purchase one of the pre-formulated hydroponic nutrient solution mixes. There are some specific cases, however, that the grower may want the flexibility of mixing their own.

Those using an organic mix may want to formulate their own in most cases, so they have control over the actual sources of the organic material used in the formulation. For this reason, there is no set one-size-fits-all approach to mixing your own nutrient solution.

You would want to make certain that all nutritional needs are met. This would include NPK along with the secondary nutrients and the trace elements plants require. The growing popularity in organic hydroponics has sparked a whole new line of organic hydroponic solutions that are available if you simply wish to avoid the headache and risk of formulating it yourself.

Are hydroponic plants really organic?

This is the hotly contested debate between conventional organic farmers and hydroponic growers. The short answer would be “no” simply because organics is an entire process of earth management and hydroponics doesn’t even include the earth.

Ironically, however, this fact makes hydroponics the sustainable agriculture of the future. Because they are completely self-contained units hydroponic gardens leave a very, very small environmental footprint which is even superior to conventional organic farming.

Additionally, hydroponic gardening uses 95% less water and because new LED grow lighting lend themselves so well to alternative energy the real environmental impact of hydroponics can be practically nil.

That really is something to be very proud of even if hydroponics is not 100% technically “organic.”

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