Three Fertilizer Considerations for Your Hydroponic System

Growing plants in a hydroponic system is not difficult, and you can accelerate the plant’s growth with the right water treatments.

Watering flowers
In a hydroponic system, no soil is needed, and growing only takes water and nutrients.Humboldts Secret

You’re trying hydroponics for the first time, or maybe you’ve been using hydroponics, but your plants aren’t responding like you thought they would. You’re certain your fertilizer system needs help, but you’re a bit concerned about growing the basil that ate the Bronx or those carnivorous tomatoes out in Roswell that you read about on the Internet. To help, here are three factors to consider when choosing a fertilizer system for your hydroponics projects.

What Are You Growing?

General Hydroponics Flora Grow
This product enables you to create a customized hydroponics fertilizing system for your plants.General Hydroponics

The beauty of hydroponics is you can design a fertilizing system specific to the plants you want to grow, and adjust it based on the plant growth stage (flowering, setting fruit, etc). Plenty of support exists on the Internet and elsewhere to help you research this. Then purchase the recommended fertilizer and other additives optimum for the plants you want to grow.

Liquid or Dry?

Fox Farm Liquid Nutrient Trio Soil Formula
This product comes as a liquid and pre-mixed for stages of growth.Fox Farm

Typically, liquid fertilizers are pre-mixed to specifications and are thus less complicated to use than dry fertilizers, which may require more mixing. However, liquid fertilizers are heavier and more costly to ship.

How Much Nutrient?

Humboldts Secret Base A & B Bundle
This two-part, liquid-based hydroponic fertilizer system is available in bulk sizes up to 5 gallons, or smaller amounts.Humboldts Secret

Once you’ve consulted with the research to determine the optimum levels of growth nutrients needed for your plants, mix your fertilizers and add it to your hydroponics system according to the directions. You should monitor pH, salts levels, and other factors with a meter or other testing device and adjust accordingly.