Plants like nutrients but they are often not used properly. Understand what you’re giving your plants, the proper mixing order and frequency. Nutrient companies have complete product lines and useful tips. Utilize them. Monitor the electro conductivity (EC) of your water and media. Nutrients contain metals that are conductive. Controlling these levels boosts a plant’s ability to process the nutrients you give them. Nutrients are wasted and actually build up in media when the proper EC is not used.
- Clones and seedlings should stay around 0.7 EC
- Adolescent plants should stay around 1.0 EC
- Fully developed plants should stay around 1.2 EC
Rooters Mycorrhizae works wonders with helping stimulate new root growth. Despite the rumors, Mycorrhizae will work very well in synthetic nutrient solutions consisting of nitrates. For aquatic hydro systems, the water needs to be enriched with oxygen. Mycorrhizae will not breed in water so additional applications are required.
What to Watch for
Monitor your garden closely. Watch for spotting, yellowing, browning or wilting. Your plants should be completely green, when they are not, quickly figure out what’s going on. Fix problems immediately. When you spot a problem do not delay in fixing it. Stay up all night if you have to. Some damaging things can’t be reversed. The quicker you fix the problem, the sooner the plants can begin to heal.