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Advanced Nutrients – Tools for the Advanced Gardener

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.

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Aeroponic Nutrients – Things to Watch out for with Aeroponics

Aeroponics is one of the newest ways to grow hydroponically, and it is quickly becoming the most popular. Though this method has only been around since the 80s, already growers have discovered that it is fantastic way to get the yields and fast harvests that both professional growers and hobby growers crave.

But as with all methods of growing, if you do not keep a close eye on all of the major pitfalls, you will just not enjoy all of the major benefits of this specialized style of growing.

Here are the main things to watch out for when you are growing with aeroponic nutrients:

Bacterial Disease – One of the primary benefits of any kind of hydroponic growing is that that there is much less chance of suffering disease because of bacteria. But unfortunately, you actually might suffer a better chance of suffering from these harmful bacteria. This is because the totally humid conditions of the grow box combined with the high level of oxygen provides a perfect growing environment for them.

The only thing that you can do to prevent bacterial, or even fungal, buildup that can harm your plants is to use hydrogen peroxide. This substance, when added to your nutrient solution, can quickly kill off all bacteria in your nutrient solution.

It is important to note that while this can help you ward off bacterial disease, it will also prevent you from being able to use any helpful bacterial of fungal products. In addition, you should use this substance only moderately because large amounts can actually harm the roots of your plants.

Malfunctioning Equipment – Poorly performing equipment is a danger with all hydroponic systems, but it is particularly dangerous if you are using an aeroponic system.

This is because traditional media, such as rockwool, can actually hold moisture for a period of time. On the other hand, air cannot hold any moisture at all. It requires the nozzles to constantly pump the fine mist of aeroponic nutrients in to the root container.

Even if this stream of moisture is cut off temporarily, it can cause very rapid damage to your plants. While some things, like power outages, you simply cannot plan for, there are lots of things to ensure that you always have good functioning equipment.

One of them is to simply make sure that your equipment is new when you purchase it, and that your check regularly for any indications that it might be working poorly.

Clogged Nozzles –This is another thing that you should very caution about. All aeroponic nutrients have salts and minerals in them. Over time, these salts and minerals can build up, much like they can in a traditional hydroponic system. But since the openings on nozzles are so small, it can happen much more quickly when using aeroponic nutrients.

This is why you should regularly clean these nozzles with isopropyl alcohol. If you do not clean these regularly, you might walk into your grow room to find that your plants have gone hours without proper aeroponic nutrients or moisture.

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Bigger Plants – Mistakes that Sabotage Your Hydroponics Plants Growth

Every hydroponics grower wants bigger plants in their grow room. The bigger your plants, the bigger your yield, and the more you can enjoy your hydroponics garden.

Unfortunately, too many growers do lots of little things that can sabotage just how big their plants get. Plants grown hydroponically can grow large, and in fact can grow much larger that they could in soil. But only if the proper measures are taken.

If you want to ensure that you enjoy bigger plants in your garden, do not make these simple mistakes that can hurt your progress severely.

Not Trimming Weak Branches – Not every method of getting bigger plants has to be high tech. In fact, one of the most important things that you can do is make liberal use of your pruning shears. If you notice any branches that are sickly or otherwise under-performing, make sure to lop them off.

Any branch that is on your plant but does not provide any real benefit is just sucking up nutrients uselessly. By making your plants very “clean” and free from these kinds of parasitic branches, you can help concentrate your nutrients where they are bound to do the most good.

Ignoring Room Temperature – It can unfortunately be very easy to ignore the temperature of your grow room, especially if you are a hobby grower. But if you are not getting the bigger plants that you were hoping for, this can be a major culprit. Sometimes, even when people think that they know what the average temperature of their grow room is, they really do not.

This is because they only check their grow room during the day, such as in the morning of when they get home from work. But really, their grow room probably gets its chilliest in the middle of the night. Be sure to check the temperature during this time at least once to ensure that it does not get too cold.

Using PK 13/14 – This product is very popular with hydroponics growers, but it is unfortunately not as effective as what was once thought. In fact, it is now known that this ratio of phosphorus to potassium is actually based upon old, out of date research. More up to date studies and reports indicate that hydroponically grown plants actually benefit from a 2 to 1 ratio of these nutrients, such as what you can get with a PK 9/18 product.

This ratio of nutrients can be a huge boon for your plants growth, especially during the late vegetative and flowering stage. A healthy shot of potassium means a bigger plant, and in turn a bigger yield.

Ignoring Sanitation – Things as basic as regularly cleaning out your water pump can have an extraordinary effect on your plants. If your water pumps get clogged up with too many salts from the nutrients, it can cause your plants to get less moisture and nutrients than you intended. Checking on this regularly, before it gets totally clogged, can help give you bigger plants.

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