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HYDROPONIC SOLUTION BASICS A Simple Approach to Nutrients
Hydroponic Solution Basics
OMG! If you thought hydroponics equipment was confusing, wait ’til you
see the vast array of hydroponic solution choices out there!
There’s bloom mix, super shot, mix for lettuce, tomato special. There’s
one-part, two-part and even 3-part mixes, and dozens of brands of each. There’s
Iguana Juice and Happy Frog and Dr. Hornby’s Big Bud.
Heavens! Which one is best for your garden?
Let’s make this real simple… use the stuff NASA uses! Read on to find out what
that hydroponic solution is…
No matter which hydroponics system you decide
on, there is one factor common to them all— a nutrient solution.
This liquid fertilizer contains all the nutrients your plants need, in a readily
absorbed form, delivered right to the root zone of the plant. This creates
perfect growing conditions, resulting in bumper crops of delicious, nutritious
produce. It’s what hydroponics is all about!
Now, I know you don’t want to hear all the scientific formulas and
processes involved, but a little bit of knowledge will help you
understand and troubleshoot better if things go wrong.
so dependent on proper nutrition, that we strongly encourage you to read this
section. It gets into the “nut and
of running a successful hydroponics project.
At the end of the page is a link to our super simple 50% method of reservoir maintenance. Don’t miss it!
Water- The Elixir of Life
Starting with healthy water is the basis for a successful hydroponics experience.
If you’re going to be using city or well water, get it tested first to see where
you stand. You can do this inexpensively through the county ag agent or health
department, or through an independent lab. If using tap water, you can
call the water company and ask them the calcium content of the water.
Basically, what you want to know is if you have very hard or very soft water.
Hard water has lots of mineral content and calcium carbonate in particular. If
you see calcium buildup (white residue) on your faucets, you probably have hard
Soft water has low mineral content, which is preferable. (But you
cannot use water that has gone through a water softener system for
hydroponics… it’s way too salty).
Okay, so you found out you have hard water (Calcium content is above 70 ppm).
What can you do about it?
Simple: The GH Flora hydroponic solution we recommend later has a base solution
specifically for use with hard water. Instead of using FloraMicro, simply
buy Hardwater FloraMicro. Problem solved!
If you find out that you have really poor water, (greater than 300 ppm total
solids), consider installing a RO (reverse osmosis) water filter under your
kitchen sink. An RO filter costs $150-$250, but it provides the highest quality
drinking water possible.
If you are stuck with mineral-laden water, you must use
an RO filter if you want a successful hydroponics experience (and a healthier
Another alternative: you could collect rainwater in a barrel and use that for your garden. Sweeeet!
“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”
At the end of the page is a link to our super simple 50% method of reservoir maintenance plus a cool video on pH testing. Don’t miss it!
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