Commercial Hydroponic Nutrients
Cultured Solutions A&B Dutch Style Grow & Bloom Formulas
Commercial hydroponic nutrients have a lot riding on them. Large scale cultivators growing in water culture, rockwool, coco or peat mixes cannot afford to gamble or guess when it comes to crop fertility. Specialty fertilizer blends used in these types of applications must meet some very important criteria to be suited for commercial hydroponic or soilless applications. Let’s review this essential commercial hydroponics nutrients criteria to see how different hydroponic fertilizers might measure up, including of course, Cultured Solutions A&B Dutch Style Grow & Bloom Formulas.
Consistent Formulation & Manufacturing Standards
For optimal growth and flowering, the ratios and concentrations of fertilizer elements supplied in nutrient solutions change weekly in a comprehensive crop feeding program. If crop nutrients differ even slightly from batch to batch, it can have a pretty deep impact on how crops may perform. A small difference at the fertilizer concentrate level can make for big differences in the working solution when diluted and applied as directed.
Current Culture H2O has been working with thousands of serious growers for over 15 years. In doing so, considerable time has been spent addressing the issue of inconsistency in formulations. This was common with a range of clients working with popular nutrient manufacturers. A big part of the inspiration that evolved into the formulation, development and manufacturing of Cultured Solutions A&B nutrients was that our clients were experiencing a lack of consistency in the nutrients they were using. The crops they grow count on consistent and known fertility values–and Cultured Solutions deliver, with each and every batch. COAs and SDS are available upon request.
Purpose Sourced Materials
When it comes to nutrients, a small amount of something can make a huge difference. Of course this refers to what’s IN a formula, however, of equal significance can be what is NOT in the formula.
Field grade fertilizers are not a good source material for developing, formulating and manufacturing hydroponic nutrients. Common fertilizers like Ammonium Nitrate are an inexpensive and a concentrated source of nitrogen widely used by fertilizer makers. However, that doesn’t mean nutrients for high value crops should be made with them. Besides lending to elongated and soft growth that is prone to infections and infestations, Ammonium Nitrate concentrations impart harsh tastes and a “dirty ash” in medicinal crops. Additionally, cannabis flowers grown with ammonium nitrate fertilizers tend to burn and taste “hot”.
Field grade fertilizers like ammonium nitrate and di-ammonium phosphate also tend to have a higher Salt Index ranking, meaning there’s more stuff in the source material that is unwanted. For example, in raising your EC or PPM value, you are getting more impurities (including heavy metals) that your plants cannot use and that can cause harm to plant health and crop quality.
Nutrients components sourced with a low Salt Index may be delivering more fertility on a PPM to PPM basis versus those with a higher Salt Index rating; so you can run at lower concentrations while often producing heavier yields and better quality.
Water culture growing methods like Under Current RDWC systems are very sensitive to nutrient levels including impurities–just one more of the inspirations and reasons for the development and availability of Cultured Solutions A&B Grow and Bloom Nutrients.
Nutrient Ratios for the Plants You Grow
Amazingly, some of the hydroponic nutrients originally formulated decades ago and still in popular use were not intended for growing particular crop types, rather, as general formulations that could be used with some level of success when amended with additional additives like Epsom Salts.
Nutrients not formulated for your crop type are a compromise, plain and simple. Just like a hard working athlete, the plant type you grow needs the right spectrum of elements to achieve fast growth rates and maximum gains.
CCH2O has conducted exhaustive research and worked with leading world growers in developing Cultured Solutions A&B base nutrient formulations to ensure that your genetics are supported with the right fertility diet for best results.
Additionally, when using multiple fertilizer concentrate components that were not formulated for a particular crop type (adopted feeding programs) it is not uncommon to run out of one part of the base nutrients while still having abundances of other(s). This can create supply headaches; time better spent focusing on high value crops. Cultured Solutions A&B Grow and Bloom nutrients are used in equal amounts at varying concentrations of effectiveness AND ease of use. Cultured Solutions Bud Booster additives (Early, Mid and Late) can help to tailor the feeding program further for maximum results while keeping crop feeding cost effective and easy.
Free of Dyes & Harmful Preservatives
Just like people, plants are what they eat. Some manufacturers add bright dyes to their formulations and may also add preservatives–substances that you will not find in Cultured Solutions. That’s because our client base, especially those growing for large scale commercial botanical extractions, demanded nutrients to be free of harmful substances that can be taken up by plants and transferred into subsequent plant derived products. After mixing up a reservoir of Cultured Solutions you will see the difference is crystal clear versus common fertilizers. If running injectors you won’t need to worry about residues and biofilms plugging up or interfering with output ratios because there are no sticky organic residues to be found in Cultured Solutions, guaranteed.
Stability in Nutrient Solutions and the Root Zone
Nutrient solutions not developed or made for growing with water culture methods have a tendency to create pH and EC swings in the reservoir and root zone, creating a wild ride for crop fertility levels. Nutrient solutions formulated specifically for water culture use only carefully sourced elemental components and in the right ratios to help ensure a stable pH and EC. Nutrient solutions formulated with significant Ammonium or Urea fertilizer sources will have instability lending to both management and cropping headaches. Cultured Solutions A&B Grow and Bloom nutrients create the ideal balance of cations to anions for a stable pH and steady EC levels for unparalleled nutrient absorption rates.
Effective in All Garden Types
Regardless of your growing style, you will find Cultured Solutions A&B Grow and Bloom nutrients to be an excellent fit. If you start your plants in rockwool or aeroponics then switch to coco, rockwool or recirculating water culture crop development won’t skip a beat.
That’s because CS nutrients adhere to the list of commercial hydroponic nutrients criteria we have outlined and discussed above:
-consistent formulation & manufacturing standards
-purpose sourced materials
-nutrient ratios for the plants you grow
-free of dyes and harmful preservatives
-stability in nutrient solutions and the root zone.