The Flora Series from General Hydroponics is a classic three-part hydroponic nutrient regimen. It’s been the go-to nutrients for decades, used by everyone from hobby hydroponic growers to NASA researchers. It’s made up of three parts that you mix together; they are FloraGro, FloraMicro, and FloraBloom. These three parts together contain all the primary, secondary, and micronutrients needed for your hydroponic garden.
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When mixing a three-part hydroponic nutrient solution, it’s a little more complex than just pouring in the different amounts of nutrients and stirring. This three-part nutrient solution has to be added in a specific order.
Before Mixing Your Nutrient Solution
Before anything, make sure your reservoir is clean. You don’t want debris or chemicals to get into your nutrient solution. When filling your reservoir keep track of how much water you’re adding. I recommend keeping it at whole gallons for easy measuring.
How much of each nutrient gets added to the solution depends on where the plant is at in its life cycle. Make sure to check out the general hydroponics feeding schedule for the proper dosage for each nutrient part. Do not mix the three nutrient parts together before adding them to the water. The Flora Series needs to be added in a specific order
How to Mix Flora Series 3-Part Nutrient Solution
Step 1- FloraMicro
The first nutrient solution you should always add to the freshwater is FloraMicro. The other nutrients can be added in any order after FloraMicro, but FloraMicro should always be added first. If your area has really hard water there is also FloraMicro hard water specific. FloraMicro provides nitrogen, potassium, calcium, and micronutrients to your garden. This first part is the building block, giving the plant the nutrients that it needs to build strength and make different processes work.
Make sure to measure out the exact amount of nutrients you will need for the amount of water that you are using. After adding the nutrient, mix the water around with something clean. After stirring I like to let it sit for a couple of minutes before adding the next nutrient.
Step 2- FloraGro
The second nutrient solution that I add to the reservoir is FloraGro. FloraGro provides your plants with nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and secondary minerals. Theis part of the nutrient series gives the plants what they need for structural/vegetative growth and helps build a healthy root system.
As before, after adding the nutrients to the water, let it sit for a couple of minutes before moving on to the next nutrient.
Step 3- FloraBloom
The final nutrient in the three-part nutrient mix is FloraBloom. FloraBloom provides your garden with high amounts of phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, and sulfur. This part of the nutrient mix stimulates flower and fruit development, as well as enhancing flavor, aroma, and essential oils in your plans.
When mixing in the nutrient solution, repeat the same steps as before, measuring the exact amount of nutrient needed and then stirring well.
As a final step, you will need to measure the pH of your hydroponic solution. It should be somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5. Using a three-part nutrient is a great general feeding and can also be a great way to allow yourself the ability to tailor your nutrients to the different types of plants in your garden. Mixing these nutrients is a simple weekly task and between reservoir changes, plain water is used to top off the reservoir.