A three part nutrient solution from General Hydroponics
The Flora series from General Hydroponics is a three nutrient parts are FloraGro, FloraMicro, and FloraBloom. All three parts mixed together contain all the primary, secondary and micro nutrients needed for your garden. 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. There are a couple of rules to abide by when mixing your hydroponic nutrient solution. A three part nutrient solution has to be added in a certain order and certain way to prevent lock up.
Before Mixing Nutrient Solution
Before anything, make sure your reservoir is cleaned. You don’t want any debris or chemical to mix to affect your solution, system or plants. Add your clean water to your reservoir, but know how much you’re adding so you know how much of each nutrient solution to add. I recommend keeping it at whole gallons for easy measuring. There is a basic applications table or you can visit the General Hydroponics website and check out their feeding schedule. How much of each nutrient gets added to the solution depends on where the plant is at in its life cycle. Do not premix the three nutrient parts together before adding it to the water in your reservoir or you will experience nutrient lockout.
How to Mix A 3 Part Nutrient Solution
Step 1 FloraMicro
The first nutrient solution you should always add to the fresh water is FloraMicro. The other nutrients can be added in any order after FloraMicro, but FloraMicro should be added first. If your area has really hard water there is also a FloraMicro hard water specific. FloraMicro provides nitrogen, potassium, calcium and micronutrients to your garden. This part is the building block, providing the plant nutrients that it needs to provide strength and make different processes work. Make sure to measure out the exact amount of this nutrient 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 set 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. The part of the nutrient series provides the plants what they need for structural/vegetative growth and helps build a healthy root system. As with the first addition, make sure to measure out the exact amount of nutrients needed. After adding the nutrients mix the water and let it set a couple of minutes before moving onto 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. It also enhances 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 need 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.