Nutrients are one of the most important aspects of growing hydroponically. Since the plants don't have soil to draw nutrients from, the nutrients need to be added in manually. Hydroponic nutrients blends are different from traditional fertilizers in that they contain additional minerals that are found in soil.
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The most important nutrients for plants are called macro nutrients. Some of these include nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Without macro nutrients, plants cannot survive.
Nutrients that are only needed in smaller amounts are called micro nutrients. These include iron, zinc, and boron. A plant can survive without micro nutrients, but they will not be able to thrive.
Nutrient blends typically call out the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium they contain. This is indicated by three numbers on the label, such as 12-10-8. A blend with this number contains 12% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus, and 8% potassium. It's also recommended that you use liquid nutrients with hydroponics, as they more easily mix in with the water.
For more information, check out this handy guide: https://www.trees.com/gardening-and-landscaping/hydroponic-nutrient-guide
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