Four Ways to Prevent Nutrient Deficiency in Plants in Your Hydroponic Garden
There are few things worse to a hydroponic gardener than to step into your grow room and see burnt tips, yellowing, and curled edges on your leaves. These are all signs that your plants are not getting the appropriate amount of the nutrients that they need to thrive. Plant deficiency can strike even when your nutrient solution is well balanced because some factors may be preventing sufficient uptake.
Fortunately, there are a few important measures that the hydroponic grower can take to make sure that they never suffer from a nutrient deficiency.
Monitor pH Levels– There are lots of things that can cause a hydroponic nutrient solution to drift outside of the ideal range of about 5.6. Usually, if a nutrient solution is left unmonitored for too long, it can start drifting outside of this range because it gets too dense in raw, use nutrients. Other times, it might start becoming too acid or too alkaline when you add new hydroponic nutrients or transfer your plants to a new medium.
Since pH levels can change very rapidly, it is important to check your pH level daily. The longer your nutrient solution spends outside of this ideal range, the greater the chance that your flowers or vegetables will suffer a plant deficiency. Use a pharmaceutical grade pH adjustment product designed specifically for hydroponics to make the necessary adjustments. This way you have less of a chance of accidentally over compensating your pH adjustments.March 26, 2014
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