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Old 02-22-2009, 03:35 PM
Brian Brian is offline
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Default anyone create their own hydroponic nutrient solution

Has anyone here tried creating their own nutrient solution?

We've been growing hydroponic vegetables for a few months and will be expanding out garden soon. I'm looking for alternative hydroponic nutrients. More than half of our hydro plants will be growing in stackers we purchased from a company called Hydrostacker. That will be about half of our setup. The other part will be miscellaneous buckets and styrofoam coolers that we are hooking up to an automatic system. The Hydrostaker company supplied us with their own fertilizer - their "secret sauce." They claim that it is good for growing everything hydroponically.

I went to Worm's Way, the nearest hydroponics supply store, last weekend and looked at what fertilizers they had. It was really overwhelming to see the large selection there. One thing I noticed was that many companies have different kinds of fertilizers according to what one may be growing - some special for tomatoes, others for the growing and blooming cycles, etc. Since then, I've been reading up on this - checked out some books from the library. "Hydroponics Home Food Gardens" by Howard Resh, Ph.D says,

"While many prepared plant foods are available in hydroponic or garden centers, and even in supermarkets, it is cheaper, more versatile and more challenging to make up your own formulations. Most of the compounds needed to supply all the essential elements in your hydroponic fertilizer mix can be purchased from garden centers or directly from fertilizer companies. Some of the micronutrient salts such as boric acid (H3BO3) can be obtained from pharmacies."

He provides a number of nutrient formulations and how to mix/dissolve them.
We would like to be able to supply ourselves with as much organic produce as possible without spending a fortune on the nutrient solution.

The picture is of one of the stackers we planted last October.

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:01 PM
Stumbo Stumbo is offline
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Im new to this, but the way I understand it is that your nutrience dont have to be perfect, however what is important is that you have the correct PPM depending on the age of the plant.

Picture Page 36

Ron mentions here, among other pages, a mixture of:

1 teaspoon - miracle grow for tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon of Calcium Nitrate
1/4 teaspoon of Magnesium Sulfate

Per gallon of water
This should be a much more affordable blend vs the "secret sauce" from retailers. If you could find cheap, generic miracle grow, you would have a very cheap fertilizer.

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