Whether you have a small farm or acres of greenhouse produce, HGV plant nutrients can help increase your yield and quality while lowering the cost of production
HGV Nutrients only has 3 formulas to use in your feeding schedule:
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!
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 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.
HGV Growth Formula
Derived from Potassium Nitrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Potassium Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron EDTA, Sodium Borate, Sodium Molybdate.
HGV Flowering Formula
Derived from Monopotassium Phosphate, Potassium Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron EDTA, Sodium Borate, Sodium Molybdate.
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 products 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.
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 they will be far more stable than their dry form.
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.
|Base Formula||Flower or Growth||EC||PPM (500 Scale)||PPM (700 Scale)|
|0.6 grams||1 gram||0.43 EC||215||301|
|1.2 grams||2 grams||0.86 EC||430||602|
|1.8 grams||3 grams||1.3 EC||650||910|
|2.4 grams||4 grams||1.7 EC||850||1190|
|3.0 grams||5 grams||2.1 EC||1050||1470|
|3.6 grams||6 grams||2.6 EC||1300||1820|
|4.2 grams||7 grams||3.0 EC||1500||2100|
The numbers above were taken using Reverse Osmosis(RO) water with a starting EC of less than 0.1. Your actual numbers might be slightly different based on your water supply. The important thing to note here when making adjustments is that the ratio between the Base formula and either the Growth or Flowering formula will always be 0.6:1.
Once you know how much of each formula it takes to hit your target EC, simply multiply the grams of each times the gallons you need to fill your reservoir. The same principal works for filling concentrate tanks. For example, if you have a so-gallon concentrate tank with an injector ratio of 200:1 you would add the amount of grams needed for 10,000 gallons of water (so x 200 = 10,000).
|Nutrient Application||Hydroponic and Soil Nutrient|
|Nutrient Type||Synthetic Based|
Q: What is the difference between dry and liquid nutrients?
A: Water! Ok, maybe a bit more than that depending on the ingredients used by the manufacturer. For inorganic liquid nutrients using the same or similar ingredients as we do, then water is the biggest difference. Most companies are taking dry, raw ingredients and dissolving them in water along with some food coloring and bottling them. Depending on the ingredients used, the solubility is usually 2.5-3lbs per gallon. The rest of that gallon is water! One of our 25lb bags would end up in 8-10gallons of water and would weigh 65-85 pounds! imagine what that does to freight cost not to mention storing all that water in containers in your valuable growing space.
Q: Can I use mycorrhizae or other root inoculants with HGV nutrients?
A: Yes. I am all for anything that helps develop and keep roots as healthy as possible. One of the keys to yield and quality is a strong, healthy root system.
Q: Do I need to use Cal-Mag with HGV nutrients?
A: No. Our products contain all the Calcium and Magnesium needed to sustain healthy growth through all phases. Whether you use RO, well, or municipal water in your grow, you won’t need to worry about Calcium or Magnesium deficiencies if you are feeding correctly.
Q: Do I need to use flower boosters or finishers with HGV nutrients?
A: No. Our nutrients are formulated to supply everything the plants need from start to finish. Unlike most companies, we don’t leave ingredients out of our formulas and make you buy them as expensive “additives”. If you feel the need to keep using these type of products, please take the time to do a side by side test to see for yourself is there is any benefit. Also, be sure you take into consideration and additional nutritive value of the additive as it’s very easy to throw off the ratios between elements when you start adding components to an already complete formula. I have tested hundreds of “additives” over the years and if I found something that worked I would be incorporating it into our product. A proper environment and complete nutrient formula will give you far better results than trying to fix problems with some “magic additive”. If you are unsure as to what the effect might be of something you want to use with our nutrients, please email or call us so we can discuss it.
Q: What about heavy metals in your product?
A: What would you like to know? Honestly. this is one of the most controversial topics these days and I could go on for hours about it. The important thing to realize is that every single nutrient line that is licensed and registered for sale in a state has gone through laboratory testing to be sure it meets federal standards for heavy metal content. This testing is public information and is available through your states department of agriculture. I encourage you to take the time and look up whatever line of nutrients you are using and see that they are compliant. Fancy marketing words like “pharmaceutical grade” or “technical grade” ingredients don’t make a difference in the end product in the numbers we are talking about here(parts per billion!). If you really want to be surprised, check out all of the “organic” nutrient lines. I think you might be shocked at the levels they contain. And no, there is no such thing as “organic lead” or “organic mercury”. Take a look at the periodic table of the elements if you were sleeping during chemistry class in high school. And feel free to call or email me if you would like to talk about this subject more. I am never at a loss for words when it comes to this or any other topic about growing.
Q: How do I make a concentrate for fertilizer injectors?
A: Simple! First you need to know the ratio the injector is set for, and second, the size of your stock tank. As an example, if your injector is set to 100:1, it simply means that 1 part of your stock tank will go into 100 equal parts of solution. Ounces, gallons, milliliters, it doesn’t matter because it’s a ratio. Lets use gallons for this example though. If you have a ratio of 1:100 then one gallon of stock solution will be diluted into 100 gallons of water. If your target EC is reached by dissolving 6 grams(example only, you might need more or less) of nutrient into one gallon of water then you would add 600 grams into a gallon of stock solution to reach the same EC. If your injector ratio is set to 200:1, then one gallon of stock solution would go into 200 gallons of water so you would add 1200 grams to 1 gallon of stock solution to reach the same EC as 600 grams in one gallon at 100:1.
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