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Hydroponic Nutrients

Hydroponic System DiagramMany hydroponic formulas have been developed over the past 40 years with some designed for specific plants while others are designed for general hydroponic gardening. For plant growth, the concentration of individual elements must stay within certain ranges that have been determined through scientific experimentation.

The average concentration of these elements should fall within these parameters:

  • Nitrogen (nitrate form) 70 -300 PPM
  • Nitrogen (ammonium form) 0 -31 PPM
  • Potassium 200 -400 PPM
  • Phosphorous 30 -90 PPM
  • Calcium 150 -400 PPM
  • Sulfur 60 -330 PPM
  • Magnesium 25 -75 PPM
  • Iron .5 -5.0 PPM
  • Boron .1 -1.0 PPM
  • Manganese .1 -1.0 PPM
  • Zinc .02 -.2 PPM
  • Molybdenum .01 -.1 PPM
  • Copper .02 -.2 PPM

*PPM = parts per million

Hydroponic Nutrient Mixes

A gardener can purchase all of these minerals separately and mix their own hydroponic fertilizer. Unfortunately, the fertilizers that make up a hydroponic formula aren't sold as pure nitrogen or pure potassium, so it gets more complex. They are sold as chemical compounds, such as calcium nitrate, potassium nitrate, magnesium sulfate, potassium sulfate and mono potassium phosphate.

Since there are many dependable pre-mix hydroponic formulas available, it is generally more efficient and more economical to use a proven formula that contains all of the above mentioned nutrients in the correct quantities for plant growth. one that you simply add to water.

Whether you are using a pre-mixed formula or creating your own" it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Weigh or measure the nutrients carefully.
  • Place the nutrients in separate piles or containers to be sure the proportions make sense.
  • Be sure no components are left out or measured twice.
  • Accuracy should be within 5 %.
  • When you are sure the proportions are correct, pour your nutrients into the water in the mixing containers and stir vigorously. Nutrients will dissolve best in warm water.
  • Measure the nutrient concentration level and record it.

Listed below are a variety of nutrient mixes to get you started, you can also read through our Getting the Best out of your Nutirents article for some great tips on where to start and how much to spend.

~2000 sq foot NFT(nutrient film technique) growing system in Denver Colorado picture
~2000 sq foot NFT(nutrient film technique) growing system in Denver Colorado
$30000.0

ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT SENSI BLOOM COCO A+B 4L COMBO SENSIBLOOM 4 L LITER picture
ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT SENSI BLOOM COCO A+B 4L COMBO SENSIBLOOM 4 L LITER
$10111.88

Advanced Nutrients Big Bud COCO Liquid 208 Liter Quart large flowers picture
Advanced Nutrients Big Bud COCO Liquid 208 Liter Quart large flowers
$4500.0

GroBot Evolution Grow Room PH & Nutrient Controller- Smart Phone Controllable  picture
GroBot Evolution Grow Room PH & Nutrient Controller- Smart Phone Controllable
$2795.0

25L Liters Canna Boost Accelerator Flowering Plant Stimulant Nutrient 10L + 5L picture
25L Liters Canna Boost Accelerator Flowering Plant Stimulant Nutrient 10L + 5L
$1790.0

Heavy 16 Fire 6 Gallon (23L) Hydroponic Nutrient picture
Heavy 16 Fire 6 Gallon (23L) Hydroponic Nutrient
$1649.99

2x 10L Liter Canna Boost Accelerator Hydroponics Nutrient Bloom Enhancer 10L picture
2x 10L Liter Canna Boost Accelerator Hydroponics Nutrient Bloom Enhancer 10L
$1400.0

Humboldts Secret Golden Tree All-In-One Advanced Nutrients 3X Boost 4 Canna picture
Humboldts Secret Golden Tree All-In-One Advanced Nutrients 3X Boost 4 Canna
$1300.0

ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR PARTS A+B COMBO 4L HYDROPONICS 4 L SET picture
ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT CONNOISSEUR PARTS A+B COMBO 4L HYDROPONICS 4 L SET
$1129.38

15L Liter Canna Boost Accelerator Hydroponics Nutrient Bloom Enhancer 10L + 5L picture
15L Liter Canna Boost Accelerator Hydroponics Nutrient Bloom Enhancer 10L + 5L
$1080.0

ADVANCED NUTRIENTS TARANTULA LIQUID  500 ml HYDROPONICS BENEFICIAL MICROBES AN  picture
ADVANCED NUTRIENTS TARANTULA LIQUID 500 ml HYDROPONICS BENEFICIAL MICROBES AN
$1037.0

ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT SENSI BLOOM COCO A+B 1L COMBO SENSIBLOOM 1 L LITER picture
ADVANCED NUTRIENTS PH PERFECT SENSI BLOOM COCO A+B 1L COMBO SENSIBLOOM 1 L LITER
$1034.11

Aptus Plant Tech Premium Collection 500 ML 7 Part Nutrient Kit - All 7 Bottles picture
Aptus Plant Tech Premium Collection 500 ML 7 Part Nutrient Kit - All 7 Bottles
$997.0

ETHERDOSE DUO Hydroponic EC PH Nutrient Fertilizer Networked Doser Intellidose picture
ETHERDOSE DUO Hydroponic EC PH Nutrient Fertilizer Networked Doser Intellidose
$975.0

House & Garden Shooting Powder Late Flower Bloom Nutrient Additive, 100 Pack picture
House & Garden Shooting Powder Late Flower Bloom Nutrient Additive, 100 Pack
$955.0

Advanced Nutrients Big Bud Powder 130g, 500g, 1kg, 2.5kg & 10kg - Gram Kilogram picture
Advanced Nutrients Big Bud Powder 130g, 500g, 1kg, 2.5kg & 10kg - Gram Kilogram
$899.95

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