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.
Nutrients are one of the most important
components of your hydroponic growing system. Every plant needs to receive the right amount of nitrogen, phosphorous,
potassium, and many different trace elements. The wrong nutrient balance could cause serious
problems for your hydroponic system. Let’s look at hydroponic nutrients and how
to pick the ones that are right for you.
There are all kinds of different nutrient options
out there. 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 roots.
Most nutrient solutions are a little acidic, 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.