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Hydroponics Bloom Boosters Explained, Part Two

Boost your hydroponics blooms with the right bloom boosters. Boost your hydroponics blooms with the right bloom boosters.

One of the problems with most hydroponics bloom boosters and base fertilizers is that some manufacturers don’t understand why your plants need all 14 essential nutrients to grow well. Many folks seem to believe that nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are provided in such large amounts because they are more important to hydroponics plants than the secondary nutrients (such as magnesium, calcium, or sulfur) or micronutrients like zinc and copper.

It’s true that plants require far smaller amounts of micronutrients and secondary nutrients when compared with the amounts of primary nutrients they need, but micronutrient or secondary nutrient deficiencies can result in plant harm that’s similar to, if not worse than, the harm caused by a nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium deficiency.

What often happens is that phosphorus or potassium is oversupplied by the wrong types of bloom boosters. This causes your plants’ root zone to go off balance so that other nutrient elements become unavailable to your plants.

For example, some growers give their plants large amounts of phosphorus and potassium, only to find that those major elements are interfering with plant absorption of sulfur, magnesium, or calcium.

Sometimes this happens because the major elements are chemically interacting with the minor elements so as to block their availability to your plants. At other times, the excess of phosphorous or potassium causes pH and/or ppm problems in your root zone. And if your crops are overloaded with potassium or phosphorus, it could affect their marketability and quality.

Sure, phosphorus and potassium are absolutely necessary for healthy plant metabolism, efficient root function, and creation of large, valuable flowers. But this doesn’t mean you’re ok dumping more phosphorus than potassium into your nutrient solution. Nor does it give you license to pour huge amounts of phosphorous or potassium into your plants without regard to other fertilizer elements.

Instead, you want a balanced approach using an integrated hydroponics nutrients system that properly combines base nutrients with bloom additives to provide just the right ratio - precise doses of all 14 elements your plants need you to feed them.

Grandmaster growers follow the “precautionary principal.” They query nutrient companies about the company’s hydroponics formulas, describing root zone media, hydroponics system, and grow room environment and seeing if the manufacturer has a clue about what products will work well. A skilled grower uses smaller than recommended amounts of base nutrients and additives, slowly building up ppm while watching his plants for signs of overfeeding and other issues. By doing this, and by looking for bloom boosters that contain less phosphorus and more potassium, you are well on your way to getting the best yields possible.

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