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Hydroponics Bloom Boosters Explained, Part 1 Featured

Boost the bloom potential of your hydroponics plants with phosphorus and potassium. Boost the bloom potential of your hydroponics plants with phosphorus and potassium.

Hydroponics P/K boosters and bloom boosters contain supplemental phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) and almost every grower uses them during bloom phase.

Your hydroponics plants need lots of phosphorus and potassium during certain parts of the bloom phase, but you can do too much of a good thing. In fact, the most recent hydroponics research has revealed new information about how phosphorus and potassium affect your crops.

First, a little background on P and K. Phosphorus is a natural rock substance that occurs in concentrated ore deposits found primarily in Africa, Canada, the United States, and the areas of the former Soviet Union.

Fertilizer manufacturers run phosphate ore through a complex process of washing, cleansing, concentrating, and chemical manipulation before raw phosphate is even close to a form that’s easily dissolved in water and quickly absorbed by your hydroponics plants.

Mining phosphate, and making phosphate ore into soluble, plant-friendly phosphate is a complex, tedious, environmentally harmful and sometimes costly process. The fertilizer industry has several grades and types of phosphate it uses in fertilizers; lower grade phosphate is bad for your hydroponics plants.

I always determine the quality and appropriateness of fertilizer elements in a specific product by considering the manufacturer’s reputation, warranty, and product information.

Now let’s look at potassium, a soft and silvery alkali metal that is one of the most important macronutrients for your plants. Approximately 65 percent of all potassium is deposited in North America, with most of it found in the western half of Canada and often located thousands of feet underground. Potassium is processed into several forms (including a potassium chloride form that can be harmful to some varieties of plants).

You’ve probably noticed that “bloom boosters” usually provide potassium in much smaller amounts than they provide phosphorus.

But according to Valentin Savov, a European scientist who leads a team of Ph.D. scientists studying hydroponics and crop growth, the ideal formulation for a hydroponics bloom booster provides double the amount of potassium compared with the amount of phosphorus.

You might look at all the different brands of bloom boosters and wonder which ones are best. I always determine the quality and appropriateness of fertilizer elements in a specific product by considering the manufacturer’s reputation, warranty, and product information.

In almost all cases, the key to whether P, K and other fertilizer elements are properly sourced, graded, and configured comes from whether the fertilizer manufacturer is closely connected to and experienced with the needs of hydroponics growers.

Take a look at the Web sites, brochures, labels, videos, newsletters, and other manufacturer outreach put forward by hydroponics nutrients manufacturers. Ask yourself which manufacturer has the most personal and sincere approach to what you need from hydroponics.

Who speaks directly to your experiences and concerns as a grower, and who’s serious about getting you the fastest growth and biggest yields? Answering those questions will lead you to the best hydroponics bloom boosters. Look for our follow-up article on hydroponics bloom boosters. It’ll help too.

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