If your plants aren’t living up to their potential, it might not be the plant at all. The type of nutrient is just as important as the strain of weed you’re planting. The good news is, there have never been more nutrient options for your growing needs. The bad news is, there have never been more lackluster and under-performing formulas. So before you rush out to buy the newest formula be sure to brush up on what your plant needs to perform at peak. Here are some simple tips to get you started.

Make sure you buy nutrients for your growing style.

Hydroponic fertilizers will have different nutrients than soil and Coco Coir. Choose formulas that are specifically designed for your style of growing. If you’re using soil be sure to account for any additive nutrients that are already in the soil you are using. Ordering a soil test will be the only way to know for sure what nutrients are within your soil. If that’s not possible, consult the source for your soil for more information.

Stay organic, or not.

Depending on the system you’re using for watering your plants you’ll need to choose an organic or synthetic nutrients. Systems with filters, pumps, tubing, and sprays will need to use a synthetic formula to avoid clogging your system. If your water drains from the bottom of the plant without being re-added then an organic nutrient is just fine.

Get additive.

There are dozens of additives that will help enhance specific areas of your plants. While many of them we tried with mixed results, there are a few that we would recommend to those who can afford them.

Flower boost: Flower boosters like Big Bud, Fire, and Hydroplex are excellent for enhancing the bloom rate and size of your flowers. These are only added when your plant is flowering and typically have very good results.

Enzymes and Mycorrhizae

While it might sound like a science experiment gone wrong, for long term growers it’s worth it to invest in some Mycorrhizae. These are small fungi that attach to roots and assist your plant with absorbing nutrients. They’ll boost the overall performance of your plant. While you may have difficulty getting a colony started, after you do it’s worth all the trouble.

Enzymes are far simpler and still serve an excellent role in breaking down sugars for your plant to use. Both enzymes and Mycorrhizae are usable together and in any growth period.

While there are dozens of nutrients that work with specific situations and types of growing systems, these basics are all a beginner needs to grow large, healthy plants.

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