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Hydroponic Nutrients

Hydroponic System DiagramMany hydroponic formulas have been developed over the past 40 years with some designed for specific plants while others are designed for general hydroponic gardening. For plant growth, the concentration of individual elements must stay within certain ranges that have been determined through scientific experimentation.

The average concentration of these elements should fall within these parameters:

  • Nitrogen (nitrate form) 70 -300 PPM
  • Nitrogen (ammonium form) 0 -31 PPM
  • Potassium 200 -400 PPM
  • Phosphorous 30 -90 PPM
  • Calcium 150 -400 PPM
  • Sulfur 60 -330 PPM
  • Magnesium 25 -75 PPM
  • Iron .5 -5.0 PPM
  • Boron .1 -1.0 PPM
  • Manganese .1 -1.0 PPM
  • Zinc .02 -.2 PPM
  • Molybdenum .01 -.1 PPM
  • Copper .02 -.2 PPM

*PPM = parts per million

Hydroponic Nutrient Mixes

A gardener can purchase all of these minerals separately and mix their own hydroponic fertilizer. Unfortunately, the fertilizers that make up a hydroponic formula aren't sold as pure nitrogen or pure potassium, so it gets more complex. They are sold as chemical compounds, such as calcium nitrate, potassium nitrate, magnesium sulfate, potassium sulfate and mono potassium phosphate.

Since there are many dependable pre-mix hydroponic formulas available, it is generally more efficient and more economical to use a proven formula that contains all of the above mentioned nutrients in the correct quantities for plant growth. one that you simply add to water.

Whether you are using a pre-mixed formula or creating your own" it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Weigh or measure the nutrients carefully.
  • Place the nutrients in separate piles or containers to be sure the proportions make sense.
  • Be sure no components are left out or measured twice.
  • Accuracy should be within 5 %.
  • When you are sure the proportions are correct, pour your nutrients into the water in the mixing containers and stir vigorously. Nutrients will dissolve best in warm water.
  • Measure the nutrient concentration level and record it.

Listed below are a variety of nutrient mixes to get you started, you can also read through our Getting the Best out of your Nutirents article for some great tips on where to start and how much to spend.

CANNA Coco Nutrient Packages (Base 5L Liter, and 20L) - Plant Grow Veg Bloom picture
CANNA Coco Nutrient Packages (Base 5L Liter, and 20L) - Plant Grow Veg Bloom
$1204.77

Mills Nutrients Vitalize Mono Silicic Acid 5 Liter 0-0-0.8 hydroponic  picture
Mills Nutrients Vitalize Mono Silicic Acid 5 Liter 0-0-0.8 hydroponic
$1200.0

CANNA - Boost 20L, 10 Liter, 5L, 1 Liter Bottle - CANNABOOST Specialty Nutrient picture
CANNA - Boost 20L, 10 Liter, 5L, 1 Liter Bottle - CANNABOOST Specialty Nutrient
$1180.99

CANNA - Boost 20L, 10 Liter, 5L, 1 Liter Bottle - CANNABOOST Specialty Nutrient picture
CANNA - Boost 20L, 10 Liter, 5L, 1 Liter Bottle - CANNABOOST Specialty Nutrient
$1180.99

Automated Bluelab Pro Controller pH, conductivity, Temp, Nutrient PPM, BAY HYDRO picture
Automated Bluelab Pro Controller pH, conductivity, Temp, Nutrient PPM, BAY HYDRO
$1099.99

Emerald Harvest Nutrients 3-Part Combo Package Kit - 1 Gallon Size (Micro, Gr... picture
Emerald Harvest Nutrients 3-Part Combo Package Kit - 1 Gallon Size (Micro, Gr...
$981.87

ETHERDOSE DUO Hydroponic EC PH Nutrient Fertilizer Networked Doser Intellidose picture
ETHERDOSE DUO Hydroponic EC PH Nutrient Fertilizer Networked Doser Intellidose
$975.0

Remo Nutrients Bundle Set - Full line Base Nutrients and Additives (10 Liter ... picture
Remo Nutrients Bundle Set - Full line Base Nutrients and Additives (10 Liter ...
$972.22

CYCO Platinum Series Complete Advanced Nutrient Kit - Large by Wormsway.com picture
CYCO Platinum Series Complete Advanced Nutrient Kit - Large by Wormsway.com
$970.26

HOUSE & GARDEN BUD XL 20L FOR LARGER SWEETER AND BIGGER BUDS FRUIT picture
HOUSE & GARDEN BUD XL 20L FOR LARGER SWEETER AND BIGGER BUDS FRUIT
$961.16

Case of 12 1 Liter Hulk Hydroponic Nutrients Fertilizer adds Bulk picture
Case of 12 1 Liter Hulk Hydroponic Nutrients Fertilizer adds Bulk
$949.95

Advanced Nutrients pH Down 1L / 4L / 10L  -liter concentrated water adjuster picture
Advanced Nutrients pH Down 1L / 4L / 10L -liter concentrated water adjuster
$922.99

Advanced Nutrients pH Down 1L / 4L / 10L  -liter concentrated water adjuster picture
Advanced Nutrients pH Down 1L / 4L / 10L -liter concentrated water adjuster
$922.99

Tetra-Doser - 2 or 3 part nutrient base pumps for GrowLogix system picture
Tetra-Doser - 2 or 3 part nutrient base pumps for GrowLogix system
$900.0

Vegamatrix Bloom by Kyle Kushman 55 Gallon Veganic Flower Nutrient picture
Vegamatrix Bloom by Kyle Kushman 55 Gallon Veganic Flower Nutrient
$900.0

 ADVANCED NUTRIENTS CONNOISSEUR GROW & BLOOM  BUNDLE DEAL COMPLEATE LINE LITERS  picture
ADVANCED NUTRIENTS CONNOISSEUR GROW & BLOOM BUNDLE DEAL COMPLEATE LINE LITERS
$899.0

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