There are many Benefits to Hydroponics people will say. But here are the key benefits that you should be concerned with - - saving water - saving money on fertilizer - the ability to quickly change and effect plant growth and stage - and the largest benefit is the knowledge and understanding that you will acquire by growing hydroponics that will make you a better farmer and have a better understanding of the way nature works, and how to use it for your benefit. The only tools needed are a accurate scale, a ph pen and a electrical conductivity meter or TDS pen. Most importantly, an open mind and the want to understand nature. It is easier than you think, it is just a few building block on top of your foundation of knowledge you already have... That’s it.... The rest you only need to read if you want to understand more
The service comes with a setup of the system and an hour of consultation. You will only dive in as far as you want, and either way you will have great results
Hydroponic cultivation of crops has significantly increased in recent years worldwide, as it allows more efficient use of water and fertilizers, as well as better climate and pest control factors. Hydroponics means growing plants without soil that the nutrients that are naturally available in the soil are not available to be used by the plants. The hydroponic plants can obtain nutrients is through the water and nutrient solution that is provided to them in the hydroponic system. Also, hydroponic production increases crop quality and productivity, which results in higher competitiveness and economic incomes.
Hydroponic plant nutrients can be a complex issue or as simple as mixing and pouring. Anyone not familiar with hydroponic nutrients sticks with a proven formula from a reputable manufacture, and simply follows the directions on the container. Hydroponic nutrients are more directly available to plants; hydroponic systems can eliminate bottlenecks to production that are involved in nutrients. Then, this increases the growing capacities of these types of systems. Providing nutrients to hydroponic plants is a more complicated process than fertilizing plants growing in soil. A hydroponic nutrient solution allows you to perfectly tailor the delivery of nutrients and optimize plant growth.
The proportion of nutrients will change depending on different factors.
• Plant growth stage
• Parts of plants you want to encourage to develop like a leaf, fruit, and root
• Light intensity, weather, season, and temperature.
Nutrients are one of the basics of any hydroponic system to plant growth. For fertilizer to be incorporated into a hydroponic, it must be soluble in water. If not, the plant cannot access it. With a Hydroponics system, the grower has complete control over the implementation of fertilizer, regarding type and concentration. Also, they can immediately monitor and maintain a relative consistency, providing a nutrient meter is available. The composition of the nutrients is important and there are over 20 elements that are needed for a plant to grow. Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen nutrients are absorbed from the air and water.
The composition of elements in nutrients designed for soil is different from that for Hydroponics because soil-grown plants get most of these elements from the soil. With Hydroponics there is no soil to get the elements from, so the two are very different in composition as they are not designed to be a complete plant food and they may not water soluble.
Factors Considered When Choosing Hydroponic Nutrient
The hydroponic system defined growing plants water containing nutrients. Plants properly function without essential nutrients. These nutrients are needed that processes critical plant growth can occur. Essential plant nutrients can broadly categorized macronutrients micronutrients. Macronutrients micronutrients are both nutrients plant
The essential elements for plant growth hydroponics.
• Nitrogen (N)
• Potassium (K)
• Phosphorus (P)
• Calcium (Ca)
• Magnesium (Mg)
• Sulphur (S)
• Iron (Fe)
• Manganese (Mn)
• Copper (Cu)
• Zinc (Zn)
• Molybdate (Mo)
• Boron (B)
• Chlorine (CI)
Many nutrients may contain some of the ‘beneficial elements’ such as Nickel (Ni), Cobalt (Co), Silica (Si), or Selenium (Se). While these are not ‘essential’ and they can be beneficial to many crops.
For a hydroponics system, you’ll want to have these three nutrient mixes to regularly fertilize your system.
• N-P-K mix
• Calcium nitrate
• Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
Great hydroponic nutrient management occurs when growers are.
- Informed plant nutrients and where they come from
- Supplying adequate amounts of nutrients to plants
- Supplying the correct ratios of plant nutrients
- Monitoring each plant nutrient at any given time
Some important factors must be considered when preparing a hydroponic nutrient solution
- Required nutrients and their concentrations
- Hydroponic nutrient solution pH level
- pH level effect on the uptake of nutrients by plants.
A nutrient solution for hydroponic systems is aqueous solution containing inorganics ions from soluble salts essential elements for higher plants. Eventually, some organic compounds such iron chelates can be present. There are 17 elements essential for most plants; these are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, Sulphur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, boron, chlorine, and nickel. Except for carbon (C) and oxygen (O), which are supplied from the environment (whether a greenhouse, or a grow tent) the essential nutritional elements are obtained from the growth medium. Other nutritional elements such as sodium, silicon, vanadium, selenium, cobalt, aluminum, and iodine among others, are considered beneficial because some of them can stimulate the growth, or can compensate the toxic effects other elements, or replace essential nutrients in less specific role. The nutrient composition determines the EC (electrical conductivity) and osmotic potential of the solution.
Electrical Conductivity (EC) of the Hydroponic Nutrient Solution
Electrical conductivity (EC) is indirect way measuring the concentration of the nutrient solution. A meter will measure the electrical conductivity of the nutrient solution. Then, this reading then converted into measure of the total dissolved solids in PPM (parts per million)