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Plant Stage & Nutrients

Gardening Tips

Like other living things, plants also need food in order to grow. As you may know, plants have different needs depending on where they are in their life cycle and knowing what to give them during which time is crucial to their growth. We all want what’s best for our plants, but we should know as well when to give it to them!
Plants actually require 16 essential elements. The first three are Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. In general, they are derived from their environment and from the soil or system that they are in. The remaining 13 essential elements are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, molybdenum, and chlorine. These nutrients are typically given to the plant through the soil with nutrients. In order for the plant to absorb all these properly, light, water, and heat should also be present. The nutrients can be divided into three parts namely macronutrients, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients. Macronutrients will include Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Secondary nutrients include Magnesium, Sulfur, and Calcium. Lastly, micronutrients include Boron, Chlorine, Manganese, Iron, Nickel, Copper, Molybdenum, and Zinc. Most soil-based fertilizer provides macronutrients while hydroponic fertilizer provides all three.
We know that it might sound complicated, but in a hydroponic set-up, all these things can be provided easily given that the set-up is done correctly. Luckily for us, most nutrient manufacturers have already done the hard part for us; they already know the general needs of plants and they provide it to us in a very accessible way. Nutrients are already being sold in parts depending on the growth of the plant which makes everything way more convenient! These together with a proper set-up of a hydroponic system, giving the best to your plants should be very possible.
The general growth cycle of the plant goes from their initial growth to vegetative growth stage and finally to the bloom or flowering stage. As stated above, plants have different needs during these three phases. Nutrient uptake plays a big role in the division of these major stages as some nutrients are not absorbed by the plant in a specific growth stage. This is the reason why part or step by step nutrients are created by nutrient manufacturers. They’ve already done all the hard part for us because they already split up the nutrients depending on the stage of the plant. This type of nutrient is designed to be used in series, they should not be given to your plants all at once. Not only does this make things convenient, it also ensures that the plant is getting what it needs and when it needs it. This will promote maximum growth (assuming that everything is also provided correctly) and will ultimately give you the best yield possible. However, it’s important to note that you have to watch out for the concentration of a certain nutrient. Mixing this nutrient with local water can make some parts too concentrated. Needless to say, it’s not recommended for your plants to feed on something very concentrated. To address this, you may want to ask your local municipality water details or you can test out the water yourself.
Knowing where your plant is in its growth is important so that you know what type of nutrient you need to give. This will ensure proper and explosive growth and will give you a yield that is desirable. We all want what’s best for our plant, now that we know what and when we then definitely should give it to them!



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