Read Part 2 on Nutrient Deficiencies and Hydroponic Products You Can Use to Prevent Them.
Truly passionate gardeners will always be concerned about the welfare of their plants. You see, professional gardeners care for their plants like they do children or pets. You want to see them grow to their full potential and never want to see them hurt or sick.
Now we’re not saying that plants and children are the same thing. But your plants do require their own style of nurturing. Nutrient deficiencies are a common problem in soil gardens & hydroponic systems, so having a well-balanced nutrient solution is step one. You also need to create an environment that encourages and fosters nutrient uptake.
Any nutrient imbalance can be sorted out by using amendments and supplements with an optimal blend of essential macro and micro nutrients. Your local hydro shop will have several products that can allow you to correct any nutrient deficiency and provide the adequate nutrient uptake so that your plants grow strong and healthy.
Here are a few products you can use to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Beneficial Bacteria – As every gardener knows, the nutrient that most affects and benefits hydroponic growth during the vegetative stage is nitrogen. A steady supply of this macronutrient can help your plant get off to a great start that will inevitably lead to larger yields. But unfortunately, just putting a lot of nitrogen into your nutrient solution is no guarantee that your plants will receive all of the nitrogen they need.
The majority of this nitrogen must first be “fixed” into an ionic compound that is actually useful to your plant. The easiest way to do this is to add beneficial bacteria to your nutrient solution. These bacteria can help make your nitrogen bio available. Plus beneficial bacteria have a lot of other benefits as well, such as protecting your plants from harmful bacteria and other diseases.
Foliar Fertilizer – One of the first steps towards recovering from nutrient deficiency is applying a quality foliar fertilizer. Even if the roots are having difficulty absorbing nutrients, you can use a foliar spray to give your plants an extra boost of nutrients while you take the time to correct the problem. This infusion of nutrients can save your harvest when it would have been otherwise been very weak because of the nutrient deficiency.
When foliar feeding, make certain to coat the leaves very thoroughly. The leaves absorb the nutrients through pores called stomata and the majority of these pores are actually on the underside of the leaves. It also helps if you use your foliar fertilizer in the early morning when it is cool and the stomata are more likely to be open.
Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid – Humates, which include fulvic acid and humic acid, should be part of every gardeners nutrient solution. These materials are an essential part of fertile soil and by adding them to nutrient solution, you can help break down your nutrients into much more efficient forms.
It is important you use both fulvic acid and humic acid to truly guard yourself against any nutrient deficiency. They serve virtually the same function, but they react a little bit differently to varied conditions, so the combination ensures that you will be receiving constant benefit. Emerald Goddess is an excellent, all-in-one plant tonic with additional macronutrients, vitamin B1 and humic acid as well as natural ingredients such as alfalfa and seaweed extracts that encourage strength, vitality and productivity.
When adding these products to combat or prevent any deficiency, make certain to educate yourself on the best ways to use them and on other products that can be used in conjunction with them.
Both plant and nutrient deficiencies are an important problem to recognize immediately especially if you want your garden to grow to its fullest potential. Following these few simple steps will allow you to recognize when your plants are deficient in nutrients and how to quickly solve the problem before your garden gets out of control. Good luck!