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Hydroponic Gardening & Organic Fertlisers
Both hydroponic fertilizer and fertilizer intended for use in soil contain the three major nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and potassium. The major difference between hydroponic fertilizer and "dirt" fertilizer is that hydroponic fertilizers contain the proper amounts of all the essential micro-nutrients that "dirt" fertilizers do not include, (the plants are expected to find these elements in the soil, assuming that the trace elements are in fact present in the soil). Problems can arise for the plants if any or all of the micro-nutrients are not present in the soil or are depleted by successive (or excessive) plantings. Hydroponic fertilizers are usually in a purer form with fewer impurities than the "dirt" fertilizers so that they are stable and are more water soluble.

Organic fertilizers are very different (in most cases) than either the hydroponic or "dirt" fertilizer, both in composition and how they deliver the nutrients to the plants. Organic fertilizers rely on the action of bacteria and microbes to break down the material into it`s basic elements so the plants can use it.

What are micro-nutrients?

micro-nutrientsThe micro-nutrients that are required for healthy plant growth are calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc. These nutrients are essential elements that plants need in very small amounts. Without these trace elements plants can become "sick" and develop all sorts of problems, depending on which micro-nutrient(s) are missing. In the case of food crops, the lack of micro-nutrients in the soil can mean a lack of nutrients in the food, which means at best that the food isn`t as healthy as it could be and at worst that people can develop heath problems due to the lack of these essential elements. That is why it is important to use a good quality Hydroponic fertilizer when ever you are growing plants using hydroponics.

How complicated is hydroponic gardening?

Hydroponic gardening can be very complicated, with computers and sensors controlling everything from watering cycles to nutrient strength and the amount of light that the plants receive.

On the other hand, hydroponics can also be incredibly simple, a hand watered bucket of sand with a single plant is also a method of hydroponic gardening. Most hobby oriented hydroponics systems are somewhere between the two extremes mentioned above. The "average" home hydroponic system usually consists of a few basic parts: a growing tray, a reservoir, a simple timer controlled submersible pump to water the plants and an air pump and air stone to oxygenate the nutrient solution. Of course, light (either natural or artificial) is also required.

Is ph important in hydroponics?

The control of pH is extremely important, not just with hydroponics but in soil as well. Plants lose the ability to absorb different nutrients when the pH varies.

The ability to quickly and easily test and control pH in hydroponics is a major advantage over dirt gardening, where testing and adjusting the pH is much more complicated and time consuming.
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