Hydroponic Nutrient Solution
How you can make your own nutrient solution for hydroponics and i’ll also recommend what i think to be the best hydroponic nutrients available to buy at this moment in time.
So grab a coffee, sit back and relax. At the end of reading this you should have a full understanding about hydroponic nutrient solutions and how to use them to grow some fantastic hydroponic plants.
Water And Hydroponic Nutrient Solution
The purpose of water in hydroponic gardening is to provide a medium to transport all the nutrients which are required for hydroponic plants and to transport them to the roots. For this process to work at its full capabilities, it is very important that the water is of high quality.
Plants take in hydrogen, carbon and oxygen from the air and water. The rest of the nutrients which are needed are taken in from the hydroponic nutrient solution. In order for the roots to be able to easily take in all the many elements from the nutrient solution, then the hydroponic nutrient solution must have the right balance.
This balance changes as an ongoing basis which is why the pH level of your hydroponic nutrient solutions must be checked at regular intervals using a high quality hydroponic pH tester. But more on this later!
Water that comes straight from your tap will often contain above normal levels of calcium, sodium, sulfur, chlorine and alkaline salts. This can mean that the pH level of your starting water can be either too high or too low. For example, if you live near to the coast then there is a high possibility that there will be high levels of sodium in your water supply. If you live in an area with hardly any rainfall then there is an increased likelihood of there being alkaline salts in your water.
In order for your hydroponic plants to remain healthy then it is very important to have high water quality. It is most ideal that the water you use for your hydroponic nutrient solutions contain less than 140 parts per million (PPM) of dissolved solids. Remember that these solids are sodium, magnesium, calcium etc. To check the quality of your water then you will need to use an EC meter. If you do not have an EC meter then your local hydroponic store could test a sample of water for you. However, more on this in a bit.
Once you’ve tested your water and it is below 140 PPM then it is good and ready to mix with your hydroponic fertilizer. However if it is above the safe to use for hydroponics threshold of 300 PPM then i’m afraid you’ll need to invest in a reverse osmosis filter. Reverse osmosis filters will separate your tainted water from your good water, to make it great for your hydroponic nutrient solution.