Plant Nutrition Basics

March 9th, 2012

When gardening indoors, you have to take on certain responsibilities to ensure that your plants are healthy and thriving.  This includes providing all the essential nutrients required for plant growth.  Picking the right fertilizer can seem complicated for there are many different types of organic and inorganic fertilizers to choose from.  Here are a few of the basics that every gardener needs to know to help choose the right fertilizer for your growing needs.

Macronutrients are the nutrients that plants require the most.  Plants require these elements in abundance throughout their life cycle if they are to thrive.  Macronutrients are broken up into three essential elements.

 

1.  Nitrogen (N) is essential to plant development and growth.  It is important for healthy leaf and stem growth and is needed in large amounts during the vegetative phase.  Nitrogen regulates the plant’s ability to make new protoplasm in the cells and is also necessary for the production of amino acids, enzymes, nucleic acids, chlorophyll and alkaloids.  Nitrogen is needed in smaller amounts during the fruit and flowering phase.  Too much nitrogen can ruin the fruit’s flavor but excess built-up deposits can be flushed out with pH balanced water or a salt clearing solution.

2. Phosphorous (P) is needed in large amounts during germination, cloning, flowering and fruiting phases.  Phosphorous is highly important to a plant’s ability to photosynthesize.  Plant without access to large amounts of phosphorous during the fruit and flowering phase will be stunted in growth and fruit production.

3.  Potassium (K) is used by plants throughout all stages of their development.  Potassium promotes strong root growth and increases a plant’s ability to resist bacteria, molds, pests and stress.  This mineral is also essential to the plant’s ability to regulate the opening of stomata which allows the plant to use light and air more efficiently.

Secondary Nutrients are also required by plants and most all-purpose fertilizers do not contain enough of these nutrients to satisfy the needs of fast growing plants so it is better to use high quality, multipart nutrient solutions.  Secondary nutrients include:

1. Magnesium (Mg) is the most common deficiencies in indoor gardens.  Magnesium is essential to the production of chlorophyll and the absorption of light photons.

2. Calcium (Ca) is require throughout all stages of growth.  Calcium is necessary for the manufacturing and growth of cells and it is essential that plants have calcium in the growing tip of each root for the roots to thrive.

3.  Sulfur (S) is essential in the production of proteins and vitamins.

Lastly, Micronutrients or Trace Elements are required throughout all stages of plant development but are required in small amounts to maintain health and vigor.  Most quality nutrient formulas will contain a full range of trace elements.  Trace Elements include: Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Boron, Chlorine, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Copper, and Silicon.

Just remember when choosing a nutrient line, be sure to use the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines.  Thank you to our friends at Maximum Yield for most of this great information.  Be sure to stop by one of our locations today to discuss any of our nutrient lines in more depth.  Hope to see you soon!

Hydroharrys-Walled Lake

1138 E. West Maple Road

Walled Lake, MI 48390

248-896-0099

Hydroharrys-Hazel Park

24047 Dequindre Road

Hazel Park, MI 48030

248-541-0099

Arriving Daily: New Products

February 13th, 2012

Since the first of the year, Hydroharrys has been scouring the globe to find great new gardening products that will enhance your growing experience.   We have recently added the following to our stores:

  • Liquid Lady Bug
  • No Spider Mites
  • Azomite
  • Rasta Bob’s Death Mite
  • Green Planet Nutrients
  • Roots Organic 707 Potting Mix
  • BadAss Fans
  • Roots Organic Coco Palms
  • Take Down Insect Spray
  • Digilux and MaxiLume Bulbs
  • Extraction and Drop Bags
  • CAP Lighting and Controllers
  • HydroLight Lighting
  • ValueLine Inline Fans
  • Humboldt County’s Crystal Burst
  • And many more great products

 

Stop in to either one of our locations to learn more about these great products.  Also, don’t forget to check out coupons on our website, hydroharrys.com, weekly ads in the Metro Times, like us on facebook or follow us on twitter.  At any time if we can bring in a product for you just let us know and we will be sure to have it the next time that you come in.  We will continue to strive to be more customer friendly and are here for you and your gardening experience.

Hydroharrys - Walled Lake

 

Hydroharrys – Walled Lake

1138 E. West Maple

Walled Lake, MI 48390

248-896-0099

 

Hydroharrys - Hazel Park

 

 

Hydroharrys – Hazel Park

24047 Dequindre Road

Hazel Park, MI 48030

248-541-0099

 

 

 


New Year, new store, new owners

January 11th, 2012

 

Hazel Park

Happy New Year everybody.  What an exciting time at Hydroharrys.  With the the new year brings new beginnings.  We opened a brand-new store on Dequindre road in Hazel Park.  With this new store Hydroharry’s has new owners and management and promises to get back its roots of supplying the latest in hydroponic products, world-class customer service, largest selection possible at the best prices around.

 

We also will be holding monthly raffles, running unbelievable deals and coupons in the Metro Times, lowering prices, bringing in new product lines and just getting back to supplying the hydroponics community with friendly, knowledgeable customer service.  Please stop by either one of our locations today and give us another chance in the new year.

Walled Lake