Deciding on a base nutrient is a foundational step in planning your grow. With such a wide variety of brands on offer it can be difficult to decide what to choose. This is compounded by the fact that there are 3 main varieties to get a reign on, aside from just choosing a brand.
In this weeks video, Hydro Empire’s own John Clarke guides you through the process of narrowing down, and choosing the perfect base nutrient. John lays out the pros and cons of 1 part, 2 part and 3 part nutrients, as well as dropping an insightful pro tip on what to look out for while pursuing the healthiest plants possible.
Here is the video transcript:
– Hey guys, John here from HyroEmpire.com. And today we’re going to talk about base nutrients.
You know there’s a lot of different base nutrients out there. There’s one from every company. There’s probably 50 of them out there. But today we’re gonna tell you the difference between the one part, the two part, and the three part.
You know, the one part is great because it’s easier to use, but in most cases, they’re not as readily available for the plants to absorb. And then we have a two part which is actually a four part. As you can see on the table, we have a part A and a part B, Bloom. There’s also a part A and a part B, Veg. And it’s easy to use because it’s equal parts, part A, part B, in equal s–in equal amounts.
And then you have the three part. The three part has been around for 40 years. Everybody knows the three part and everybody’s tried it, but it’s not the easiest to use, you know. There’s a micro, a grow and a bloom, and everybody has a different ratio for it. Some people go one, two, three. Some people go three, two, one. Some people go one, four, six. You know, it’s always confusing to me. So I always recommend following the manufacturer recommendations.
You know, out of all these things, the one thing in common is that they have everything that you need to grow a plant. You know, they have your nitrogen, your phosphorous, your potassium, your calcium, magnesium, the list goes on and on and on. And they all have all them in there. So they are the base nutrients, and by base, they are the basics. You need that, your foundation. If you’re an athlete you can’t survive off just creatine, you’ve gotta have your bowl of cereal, you’ve gotta have your food. You’ve gotta have all your basics in order to survive and thrive. And that’s what this is. Don’t get me wrong, with this you will do great, but you will do even better with supplements. You want your bloom enhancers and carbohydrates and everything else that we have. But this is your basic food groups that you must have.
– I’ve got a great pro tip for you guys. The nutrient brands always have a recommended dosage for the nutrients, and I always feel it’s a little bit high. And it all depends on what kind of strain you have and what kinda situation you’re in. If your plants are lush and green, I say you’re doing great, and if your plants are starting to burn on the edges, you’ve maybe gone a little bit too far. I always start at half strength, if not quarter strength, and go from there.