Without the basics, your garden will simply not be able to achieve very much. Even if you are backed by an impressive set of high tech equipment and resources, your garden simply won’t be able to achieve the larger yields and delicious fruit and vegetables that are possible with a hydroponics garden.
But once you have mastered all of the basic elements such as nutrient balance, temperature, basic maintenance, and pH balance, you should start thinking about other things that you can use to help your garden reach the next level of powerful growth.
3 Part Nutrients – Most beginning hydroponics growers use a basic nutrient mix that they use consistently throughout their plants development. While plants can certainly grow healthily this way, this method is not the best way to get the absolute largest and healthiest plants that you can achieve.
Your plant can benefit from different nutrients at different times, and therefore it might be a better idea to provide it with different nutrient mixes at the propagation, vegetative, and flowering stages of development.
3 part nutrients makes this process simple by grouping the nutrients that promote growth, the nutrient that promote blooming, and the micronutrients into separate containers. You can then mix these nutrients together, depending upon how developed your plants are.
PK 9/18 – As your plants start to enter the flowering stage of development, you have to make certain that your plants get a solid boost of potassium and phosphorus. These nutrients are essential to full fruits and healthy blooms. But many people make the mistake of using PK 13/14 to give their plants a boost of these nutrients, which actually have the wrong ratio of phosphorus to potassium.
More current and accurate research shows that hydropnically grown plants would benefit much more from a two to one ratio of these macronutrients. This is why you can experience the best results with PK 9/18 during this critical stage of you plants development.
B Vitamin Hydroponic Products – One of the greatest inhibitors to your plants developments and growth is stress. Stress can be caused by transferring your plant, through disease, or even extremely rapid growth. The best way to counteract this stress is through using B vitamin supplements, which help give your plants a lot of the energy that they need to grow rapidly. These B vitamin can come from either organic or synthetic sources, depending upon your own growing preferences.
Seaweed Plant Food – But if you really want to give your plants a great boost of nutrients and other things that they need, you should look to seaweed plant food. Lots of research has confirmed that plant food derived form kelp has a ton of positive effects on plant growth and development.
This is because kelp naturally contains a ton of hormones and vitamin that are known to have a benefit to plants. What is even better is that these supplements are totally organic, meaning that it is very unlikely that you will overuse them.