For when you should start using it, it’s a good rule of thumb to use it when your plant starts growing its first true leaves. The leaves that sprout first (after germination) on a seedling contain all the nutrients that the seedling needs in the first days of its life. BAC offers hydroponic products with two formulas that allow you to adjust the ratio of nutrients you add to your system, giving you more control over your plants’ nutrients. Below are some guidelines on which plants need more or less nutrient concentration and when I recommend adding fertilizer to maintain healthy, pH-balanced hydroponic water.
A final note is that it is better to add less than more when it comes to hydroponic nutrients. A big reason you don’t want to add a colder nutrient solution to your hydroponic system is that plants can be shocked when they absorb cold water into their roots. How often nutrients need to be added to hydroponics depends on the type of nutrients you use, as well as the growth stage of your plants. Knowing how often to add nutrients to hydroponics is a key to your success, but it might not work if you have things in your castle.
These systems constantly add nutrient solution, so you need to replace your solution more frequently than in non-orbital hydroponic systems such as deep-water crops or aeroponics systems, where most nutrients are drained after each nutrient feed. Hydroponic nutrients are blended into the hydroponic system by then mixing them with water until they form a liquid solution. This liquid solution is then added to the hydroponic tanks so that the plants have access to it with their root systems. One of the main components of a hydroponic growing system is the hydroponic nutrients that are added to the system to feed the plants without soil. Measuring your EC or electrical conductivity can also help you determine how often nutrients need to be absorbed into hydroponics.
Whether you choose a pre-made nutrient solution or a homemade nutrient solution in your hydroponic garden, the main concern is to ensure that the proportions of nutrients are correct for the amount of water you add to the hydroponic system. When adding hydroponic nutrients, careful monitoring of your plants is key to knowing how well your nutrient solution is working and whether levels need to be adjusted. Feeding your hydroponic plants varies, so it’s important to check the nutrient solution every time you add water. That’s why maintaining a hygienic baseline for your hydroponic system before adding planned nutrients and creating observational notes are helpful to avoid any nutritional issues you encounter on the pass.
The amount of nutrient solution you add to your hydroponic system’s water reservoir depends on how much water you mix the nutrients with and how much water your reservoir contains in total.