Nutrients Categories


Keep It Simple

Following a good nutrient regime and keeping it simple will go a long way to ensure adequate uptake of all the essential nutrients. It is advisable not to use too many formulations as it may be very difficult to trace the exact cause of the problem if there are many additives and supplements in the nutrient mix.

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When it comes to nutrients and proper formulations, everyone has questions. The good news for you is that we have the answers. The key to hydroponics can be directly associated with nutrients and lighting. Without the proper amount of either your plants will be in trouble. For that matter, too much of either is also not a good idea. If you can't find the answers you are looking for on our website, call us or come to our store and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members.

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Two Types of Nutrients
Proper lighting is the most important item in indoor gardening. Adequate light is the key to photosynthesis.

Plants require two types of nutrients for healthy growth -- macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients. Plants use macro-nutrients in large amounts while micro-nutrients are required in trace amounts. Following is a list of Macro and Micro Nutrients and their functional importance in plant growth.

Macro and Micro Nutrinets

Macro Nutrients

Below is a list of effects Marco-Nutrients have on plant growth.

￿ Carbon - Formation of organic compounds

￿ Oxygen - Release of energy from sugar

￿ Hydrogen - Water formation

￿ Nitrogen - Chlorophyll, amino acids, proteins synthesis

￿ Phosphorus - Vital for photosynthesis and growth

￿ Potassium - Enzyme activity, Sugar and starch formation

￿ Calcium - Cell growth and division, component of cell wall

￿ Magnesium - Component of chlorophyll, enzyme activation

￿ Sulfur - Formation of amino acids and proteins

Micro Nutrients


Below is a list of effects Micro-Nutrients have on plant growth.

￿ Boron - Vital for reproduction

￿ Chlorine - Helps root growth

￿ Copper - Enzyme activation

￿ Iron - Used in Photosynthesis

￿ Manganese - Component of chlorophyll, Enzyme activation

￿ Sodium - Vital for water movement

￿ Zinc - Component of enzymes and auxins

￿ Molybdenum - Nitrogen Fixation

￿ Nickel - Nitrogen Liberation

￿ Cobalt - Nitrogen Fixation

￿ Silicon - Cell wall toughness