Good hydroponics growers see their reservoir like a pastry chef might see a mixing bowl. In the reservoir, a hydroponics gardener should work to carefully to reach an optimum balance of nutrients, vitamins, fertilizers and other supplements to help achieve maximum plant growth. A key ingredient for many reservoirs is kelp based fertilizer. It has several different kinds of nutrients and hormones that can help stimulate growth in a way that most other organic fertilizers cannot. But in order to get the most from your seaweed plant food, you have to give serious thought about what you will do to complement kelp’s plant growing properties. Here are a few ideas on how you can get the most out of this potent plant booster.
Humates – Humic and fulvic acid are an ideal addition to any nutrient solution, especially if you are using a kelp-based fertilizer. The materials in your nutrient solution are not going to be soaked up by your plant just because you put them in there. In order to truly maximize nutrient uptake, you need to do everything in your power to create a favorable environment for this. After doing the basic things that help ensure uptake, such as optimizing the pH balance and making sure that your nutrient solution is at an ideal temperature, you should take the extra step of adding humic and fulvic acid.
Guano – Guano and kelp are perhaps the most potent organic fertilizers available to hydroponic growers. Together, they make a very powerful combination. You should pay particular attention to what kind of bats your guano is derived from. Guano that comes from the kind of bats that prey on insects are very rich in the nutrient Nitrogen, which helps facilitate vegetative growth. Guano that comes from herbivorous bats is much more rich in phosphorus, which means it can better facilitate flowering and produce better tasting fruits and vegetables.
Beneficial Bacteria – Kelp based fertilizers, like all organic fertilizers, provide an ideal environment for beneficial bacteria to thrive. While it is certainly possible that these bacteria will form in your nutrient solution by themselves, they probably will not give the most benefit alone. The bacteria cultures that are built specifically for hydroponic systems contain much more effective strains than those that are typically found in nature. These “super strains” will help make nutrients more available, protect your plants form disease and encourage the germination of beneficial fungi much more effectively than average beneficial bacteria. While using bacteria, it is important to keep an air pump in your nutrient solution provide the cultures with oxygen and to cut down on the odors that bacteria can sometimes generate.
Bloom Booster – To give your plant that extra punch of organic nutrients, you should use a good bloom booster alongside your kelp fertilizer. These usually contain a variety of organic nutrients, such as alfalfa, fish base, and earthworm castings, and are designed specifically to help improve the taste and quality of produce.
If you really want to make the most of your hydroponic garden, you should think outside the box, or at least outside of just the basic nutrients and supplements. There are a lot of tools available to hydroponic growers that can help them experience the rapid growth, bigger yields, and healthier plants that they crave. But you won’t enjoy any of these benefits if you don’t educate yourself on some of the most potent organic means to give your plants all of the nutrients that they need.
Here are some of the most popular organic hydroponic supplements. They can either be found separately or combined in potent organic teas of fertilizer.
Seaweed Plant Food – Seaweed plant food is probably one of the most significant breakthroughs in hydro-organic growing. Kelp is technically not a plant; it is a kind of algae. But they are algae that have to endure some of the most brutal environments on the planet. Strong tides and cold waters constantly threaten to destroy this fast growing organism, yet still it thrives, even growing more rapidly than virtually any land based plant.
It is able to achieve these feats thanks to a natural special formulation of hormones and vitamins that make it capable of enduring even the roughest of environments and still grow massively. Hydroponics companies have harnessed these impressive powers of kelp and included it in their products.
Bat Guano – Guano is one of the oldest organic fertilizers used. And it is still used today in combination with other hydroponics fertilizers to help plants grow to their full potential. The main advantage of this kind of fertilizer, particularly guano, is that it comes from fruit eating bats, and it has an extremely high amount of phosphorus. This nutrient, especially when it is applied in high amounts close to the flowering stage of development, can result in bigger blooms and more flavorful yields. For this reason, guano is typically used in organic teas that are designed as organic bloom boosters.
Alfalfa Meal – The three macronutrients that are most essential to plant development are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, usually expressed as NPK. While a steady supply of all three is important throughout your plants development, nitrogen has the most profound impact on your plants growth during the vegetative stage, as is one of the most potent sources of organic nitrogen, alfalfa. When combined with other organic fertilizers, alfalfa meal can help give your plants the boost they need during the vegetative stage to help them grow bigger and more lush.
Fish Extract – When people start thinking about what to provide their hydroponics plants, they usually overlook the importance of amino acids. These are the building blocks of your plants and can help their development greatly. Besides offering tons of these essential amino acids, fish extract also acts as a natural chelator, helping your plant soak up a lot of the nutrients in your nutrient solution.
It is important to remember to always experiment with different nutrients, supplements, and other hydroponics products. Only by trying different hydroponics products and seeing how well your plant grows will you be able to truly find the products, nutrients, and supplements that will be best for your garden.
A sad truth is that the majority of hydroponic gardens never reach their full potential. With hydroponics, you have the ability to achieve much faster growth and much larger harvests than what is possible in soil gardens. But you will only enjoy these benefits if you really pay attention to your garden’s development and educate yourself on the variety of plant growth enhancers that are available to you.
Here are plant growth enhancers that every hydroponics grower should be aware of:
Growth enhancing Bacteria – One of the most essential plant growth enhancers that you should use is a hydroponics product that contains beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria, when introduced to your reservoir, can quickly colonize in your root system, helping them become thicker and larger. In addition, bacteria affects your nutrient solution, particularly the nitrogen.The majority of the nitrogen in your nutrient solution is actually useless in its natural state. Before it can be soaked up by your roots, it must first be fixed into a nutrient that is actually useful to your plant. Bacteria assist with this process, creating tremendously beneficial bacteria at a very brisk pace.
Helpful Fungi – Most hydroponic growers actually work hard to decrease the instances of fungal growth in their hydroponic garden, usually by controlling humidity and other factors. If you discover that your plants have a lot of harmful fungi growing on them, you might even have to use a lot of fungicide to help your plants recover.
However, there is a whole category of fungi that act as plant growth enhancers, most notably trichoderma. These organisms work symbiotically with hydroponically plants roots, increasing their size and improving their effectiveness in soaking up nutrients. In addition trichoderma can actually decrease your odds of having to deal with fungi that can harm your plant, like rust.
Humic and Fulvic Acid – One of the simplest and the most cost effective means of increasing overall nutrient uptake, and therefore improving yield and growth, is using humic and fulvic acid. These humates, especially when added together, can make your nutrient solution tremendously more effective and fruitful.
As a side bonus, humates can actually interact with other supplements that you use, increasing their effectiveness. Most notably, these plant growth enhancers help along your beneficial bacteria, giving them extra resources to grow, thrive, and multiply.
B Vitamins – Just like humans, hydroponically grown plants can benefit greatly from a regular intake of vitamins. In particular, one of the most beneficial vitamins that plants can receive is a vitamin like B1 and B12. The primary way that these help is by fighting off stress. Stress, usually caused by less than ideal conditions in your grow room, can severely harm your plants ability to soak up nutrients and stunt growth. These products fight off this stress and help encourage much more rapid growth.
They also assist greatly by increasing your plants overall metabolism.This makes them more capable to using the nutrients you place in yourhydroponics reservoir