To be the best grower you can be, you need to have a good understanding of the essential nutrients for plant growth. Nutrient management means getting the most “bang for your buck,” while not wasting money and time by over-fertilizing or using the wrong fertilizer at the wrong time. Most of you know about N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), but do you know that there are 15 other nutrients that are considered essential to plant growth?
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As you probably know, hydroponics is the art of raising plants without soil. In hydroponics, plants are grown in water that is enriched with the various nutrients that they need to thrive. Today I will explain a style of hydroponic growing called nutrient film technique, or NFT. I will tell you just how easy it is to grow hydroponically and address a few common misconceptions about the method.
Hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular among commercial and hobby growers for many reasons. Simply put, hydroponics is growing plants without soil. As long as there are nutrients in the water supply, soil is not essential for plant growth. Since this discovery in the 19th century, hydroponic growing has evolved into different types, with many benefits over traditional, soil-based cultivation. With the right setup, hydroponic growing is a cost-effective method of producing high-quality crops with maximum yields. Since this form of growing is becoming so popular, many of our customers have had questions on how to get started, and what they need to succeed. Here is a list of some of the more common questions we’ve had.
1. What is the simplest system to start out with?
Dutch buckets are very easy to start with because you don’t have to worry about recirculating the water. Also, with a Dutch bucket system you can start off small and expand from there. With NFT channels, the channels themselves can be a bit difficult to handle. If you’re just starting out and have a small space, we recommend Dutch buckets, otherwise NFT channels will work well. Read more