Nutrient Supplemented Growing vs No Nutrients
It’s a well-known fact that general hydroponics rely on nutrients. Plants can’t grow without them as the nutrient solution you provide is the ONLY source of nutrients and water the plant can access. When there’s a shortage of an essential nutrient the plant’s growth is affected and may even lead to its death.
An example of this is nitrogen. It’s one of the essential nutrients for plants in any situation, be they grown hydroponically or in soil. Many people starting out in hydroponics in New Zealand think plants can get nitrogen from the air. That isn’t the case at all. Plants grown in soil are able to get their required amount of nitrogen from the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the ground; these bacteria convert atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates, the form of nitrogen that plants can absorb. When it comes to hydroponics, there is no soil so the plants you want to grow require a source of nitrogen directly from the nutrient solution you use.
We understand that choosing the right nutrients, particularly if you’re starting out in hydroponics, might be overwhelming. There are a lot of nutritional solutions to choose from and, at the same time, numerous ways to apply them. Plants have different nutritional requirements depending on where they’re at in their growth stage, type of crop, and the hydroponic system they’re being grown in. Some plants need more of one thing and less of another - while other plants will have totally different requirements. Yes, choosing the right thing might seem a little scary but we’re here to help you make the most suitable choice.
Nutrient supplemented growing is well worth it. Here are some reasons why.
- Up to 90% more efficient use of water.
- Production can increase up to 10 times in the same amount of space.
- Crops can be produced twice as fast in a well managed hydroponic system.
When you supply a nutritional solution directly to the roots of a plant, as you do with hydroponics, then the plant doesn’t expend energy searching for nutrients, as it would when grown in soil. This allows the plant to use this conserved energy to grow faster and produce more crops. This is why nutrient supplemented growing is worth doing, and worth doing well.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the different nutritional products out there. By contacting us, we’ll help you choose the right ones based on what it is you’re growing.