Using hydroponic systems at your home is the best thing to do indoor gardening. However, did you realize that how do you fertilize the plants in the grow boxes? Well, most of the people that are using grow boxes. For them, it is very easy to understand however those people that are using hydroponics systems for the first time do not know much about these things. Thus for the beginners that think that it is easy and went to the greenhouse to get fertilizer and other things came to realize that this process is complicated. There are many things that you need to know before you use hydroponics nutrients. Thus you must know about these things.
Where do you add it?
How much quantity do you add?
Thus these are the questions who answer you must know. So that you should understand things easily and you can use your hydroponic systems efficiently.
Choosing your fertilizer:
If you did not choose a fertilizer yet then you should get to know all the information about the fertilizers and which one is best for your plants. Basically, there are two main factors that you must know: wet and dry as well as what crop you are going to fertilize. The main thing is that different crops need to get different fertilizers and nutrients. Thus you should need to know which nutrients are best for your crops.
Well if you are a commercial grower then it is always preferable that you get dry fertilizers as they are the best option for you. Moreover, the commercial nutrient mixes also come in dozens of different ratios. In short, you need to get nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium or NPK. These nutrients are needed by plants in different amounts.
All you need to know that which kind of crop you are growing according to that you can get fertilizer. This will help you get the best possible product out of your system.
Which nutrient should you add?
Different mixtures give you different nutrients. Well if you are looking for hydroponic nutrients then you must get these three nutrient mixes to regularly fertilize your system:
- N-P-K mix
- Calcium nitrate
- Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
Your crops are claiming oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon from the water and air around them. Thus you do need to get worried about these three nutrients.
Well, the remaining nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These are easily provided to the plants in the NPK fertilizer that you use.
Moreover, the secondary nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. The Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfur so that they are also provided to the plants by using Epsom salt.
These nutrients will help your plants grow faster, healthier, and stronger. However, you must also consult with the greenhouse ones to get to know more about the fertilizer that your crop needs.
Mixing your nutrients:
When it comes to the mixing process. Your familiarity with your system will play to your advantage. Most of the practitioners shoot for the sump or mixing tank because it has a great factor named turbulence. Thus you need to give your nutrients both space and the turbulence to mix thoroughly. Thus all you need is to choose the place in your system that will accomplish this best.
Moreover, to this you should also know these things:
You must know how much quantity of the nutrient you need to mix. For this purpose, you should check the label on the nutrient. You should mix the nutrients separately and then you can combine them in a tank. However, you should need to make sure that you do not combine calcium nitrate with anything else when you’re mixing.
Also, you must know that how much time you have to give the nutrients to the plants daily. So that you can follow the instructions that are provided to you on the label.