1. Can you use the same nutrients for soil and hydro?
Nutrients that are used for hydroponics can be used for soil crops. Hydroponic nutrients are minerals which are instantly
available to the plant not matter what the growing medium. On the other hand, not all soil nutrients can be used for hydroponics. Some chemical soil nutrients are slow release; this slow release is in adequate for the high performance of hydroponic systems. These types of nutrients also create sludge when mixed with water which can cause costly blockages in hydroponic systems. Organic nutrients which are also ideal for soil production are usually not ideal for hydroponic systems. These nutrients need micro-organisms and time to break down and become available to the plant. Plants don’t actually eat organic fertilizers; rather, micro-organisms present in the growing media eat the organic material and process it into something the plant can utilize.
2. How often should I feed my plants?
For soil growers, plants can be fed once every second or third watering. If plants are fed with every watering then nutrient
buildup and lockup becomes a problem causing stunted growth, “crows foot” (curling downwards of the leaves), leaf burn, deficiency Symptoms, burnt and damaged root system and decreased yields.
For hydroponic growers, plants can be fed with every watering. The watering cycle will depend on plant growth stage, size, room temperature, growth medium and hydroponic system. Small plants, such as seedlings and clones recently transplanted and plants in early vegetative stage, growing in rockwool, will require watering only once every 4-6 hours.
3. How often do I need to change the nutrient solution?
Depending on the maturity of the plant, the nutrient solution should be changed every two to three weeks. Water does evaporate; nutrients do not, so you may need to add water to the system before you need to change the solution to maintain the volume of Lliquid flowing through the system.
4. What can I use the old nutrient solution for?
It can be used to water house plants or an outside gardens or plants.
5. What are the essential nutrients required for plant growth?
Other than the basic “building blocks of life” provided by water and carbon dioxide, the important nutrients are nitrogen
(N),phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). Nitrogen aids in the growth of plants above ground. Phosphorous is essential for healthy growth, strong roots, flower development and a greater resistance to disease. Potassium is essential for the development of strong plants.
6. What can be used as a medium for growth?
An inert medium must be used so that it does not react chemically with the nutrient solution. Inert mediums include rockwool, grow locks, hydroton clay pellets, perlite, and others. Rinse off grow medium before using.
7. What pH is ideal?
The ideal pH is: while the growth period, to get the best assimilation, maintain the pH between 5.6 and 5.8. While the bloom period, for a better assimilation of Phosphorus and Potassium, a 6.0 to 6.2 pH is ideal.
8. Why use hydroponic nutrients for your indoor garden?
High-quality hydroponic nutrients are soluble, contain all the nutrients necessary and do not leave residues. It is advised always to use best possible manure.
Cheap nutrients containing impure components contain residues and sediments which accumulate quickly and involve a more important maintenance of the system. Managed correctly, good quality soluble hydroponic nutrients are immediately available for assimilation by the plants. A precise monitoring is much easier when the nutrients brought are of quality.
9. If I run too much water with the correct amount of your nutrients added, can I kill my plants?
If you are constantly watering all the time you can overdose for sure. If your plants are dark green (probably the case) then you must run just plain wat.
10. Soil EC only (Electrical Conductivity) is a number that describes the concentration of dissolved ions in a solution present
In the soil. EC alone does not represent the concentrations of individual substances in the soil nor can it balance the levels of nutrients in the soil. EC Indicators can show the total ions present in the soil, some part of which EC is considered to be the nutrient level present in the soil.
During growth, plants absorb the quality we need. Therefore, maintaining EC at a stable level is very important. If the soil has a very high EC number, then water absorption by the plant occurs faster than quality absorption. Then we have to add more water to the soil, reducing the breakdown. Conversely, if the EC is consistently low, it indicates low soil nutrient availability or the soil is unable to retain nutrients in the soil. Then we should add the supplement accordingly increasing the number of owners to Increase the nutrient holding capacity of the soil.