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  • Hydroponic Nutrients

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    Jun 25

    Hydroponic nutrients or fertilizers can be either organic or chemical, but they still serve one purpose and that is to give the plants what they need to grow. They come in either dry or liquid form and they can be found in a variety of formulations.

    Fertilizer Basics

    When looking at fertilizers there will always be a label that will have some number similar to

    20-20-20. The numbers will vary depending on the intended use of the fertilizer. These numbers represent the percent of Nitrogen (N)-Phosphorus (P)- Potassium (K) found in the mix. For example 20-20-20 represents 20% nitrogen 20% phosphorus and 20% potassium. This applies to both hydroponic and soil fertilizers. Another thing you may want to look at is the “Guaranteed Analysis” label. This label will give you a break down of each nutrient and the form it is in. It will also tell you any micro nutrients that have been included.

    Can I use regular fertilizer in my hydroponic system?

    This is not recommended. I can’t say it won’t work. It will for a little while, but not very good. There are a few reasons for this. First of all most regular fertilizer dosen’t contain any micro nutrients which are required for plants to grow and be healthy. Second most of the nitrogen in soil type fertilizer is in the form of urea which is useless to plants in a hydroponic system. Urea requires bacteria found in soil so it can be broken down into nitrates which plants use. Also some of the nutrients may not be able to disolve in water. In hydroponics all the nutrients must be water soluble, otherwise the plants can’t absorbe them.

    Hydroponic Nutrient Formulations

    Typically you will find three main formulas. The first is usually a vegetation or grow formula. It contains more nitrogen which is important for proper growth of the plant. Next is a Blooming formula which will contain less nitrogen then the vegetation, but contains more phosphorus. Phosphorus is a critical nutrient during the flowering stage and without sufficient amounts your yields will suffer. The third part is a supplement to the other two and that is the micro nutrients. It should be used in conjunction with whichever fertilizer you are using at the time.

    Here are some samples of some typical hydroponic fertilizers.

    Bloom

    5-15-14
    Guaranteed Analysis
    Total Nitrogen (N) 5.0 %
    0.5% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
    4.5% Nitrate Nitrogen
    Available Phosphate (P205) 15.0 %
    Soluble Potash (K20) 14.0 %
    Calcium (Ca) 5.0 %
    Total Magnesium (Mg) 3.5 %
    3.5% Water Soluble Magesium
    Combined Sulfur (S) 4.0 %
    Iron (Fe) 0.1 %
    0.1% Chelated Iron(Fe)
    Derived from: Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium
    Molybdate, Calcium Nitrate, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper
    Sulfate, Iron DTPA, Iron EDTA, Magnesium Sulfate,
    Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Borate, Potassium Nitrate,
    Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Sulfate and
    Zinc Sulfate.

    Grow

    10-5-14
    Guaranteed Analysis
    Total Nitrogen (N) 10.0 %
    1.5% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
    8.5% Nitrate Nitrogen
    Available Phosphate (P205) 5.0 %
    Soluble Potash (K20) 14.0 %
    Calcium (Ca) 6.0 %
    Total Magnesium (Mg) 2.0 %
    2.0% Water Soluble Magnesium
    Combined Sulfur (S) 3.0 %
    Iron (Fe) 0.12 %
    0.12% Chelated Iron(Fe)
    Manganese (Mn) 0.05 %
    0.05% Chelated Manganese(Mn)
    Derived from: Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium
    Molybdate, Calcium Nitrate, Calcium Sulfate,
    Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Iron DTPA,
    Manganese EDTA, Magnesium Sulfate,
    Potassium Borate, Potassium Nitrate,
    Potassium Phosphate and Zinc Sulfate

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