A guide for beginners. The Nutrient Handbook is an authoritative entry-level text on the hydroponic nutrient solution. In six chapters, this book looks at the difference between liquid and powdered nutrients, single-packs or twin-packs, grow and bloom formulations, and organic nutrients. The author examines nutrient concentrations and the availability of nutrient elements to plants, and looks in detail at chemical tests, reverse osmosis, disinfection of water, and the importance of aeration. The author explores the importance of nutrient solution temperature, nutrient strength (electrical conductivity), and the acidity/alkalinity (pH) of the nutrient solution. The author outlines 10 steps to determine nutrient deficiencies, and examines common nutritional disorders. He also provides expert advise on how to correct nutritional problems.
Well illustrated throughout with photographs, charts and tables, this book is as much for the beginner as it is for the seasoned grower.
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- Buying Hydroponic Nutrients
- Powders or Liquids?
- Single Packs or Twin Packs?
- Grow and Bloom Formulations
- Organic Nutrients
- What do the Numbers Mean?
- NPK Ratios
- Nutrient Concentrations
- Availability of Nutrient Elements
- Make Your Own Twin Pack Hydroponic Nutrient
- What do I do if I can’t find all these chemicals?
WATER AND THE NUTRIENT SOLUTION
- Chemical Tests
- Reverse Osmosis
- Disinfection of Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Clean Water Regulations
AIR AND THE NUTRIENT SOLUTION
- Carbon Dioxide and Plant Growth
MONITORING NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS
- Nutrient Solution Temperature
- Nutrient Strength (Electroconductivity)
- Salinity Meters
- ppm Conversion Factor
- Acidity of Solution (pH)
- A New Method of pH Control
DEFICIENCIES AND DISORDERS
- Determining Nutrient Deficiencies
- Common Nutritional Disorders
- Correcting Nutritional Problems