What goes into making hydroponic nutrients go from just okay to totally indispensable? We can tell you! The best hydroponic nutrients for marijuana's specific needs aren't found in your average general store for a reason (no, not just that one).
Generalizations aren't even that great where decorative houseplants are concerned. What feeds an orchid will kill a sundew. So a plant as totally unique as cannabis needs nutrients made with as much ingenuity as specificity. Learn what goes into our nutrients, why we chose the compounds we have, and how your hydroponic setup will thrive when living on Lotus Nutrients!
Hydroponic growing presents more challenges than soil growing from the getgo–with every advantage being a double-edged sword when in unobservant hands.
Cannabis grown hydroponically will grow faster…but it needs more nutrients to do so, since it lives in pure water.
Cannabis grown in soil is more prone to hosting harmful microbes…but helpful microbes also thrive in soil the way they can't in unnourished water.
Cannabis in a hydroponic set up will take in nutrients more readily…but overfeeding and burn are more likely because of the faster uptake when people amend their feeding schedules past what we recommend.
So how can such different mediums benefit from the same nutrients? Simple. Unlike other mere plant food, we designed our supplements starting from the needs of the specific crop, not the medium it's grown in. Because our nutrients are completely water-soluble, a grower who's committed to thorough mixing, PH testing their water properly, and trimming a hefty harvest for weeks on end can enjoy the results of our nutrients no matter whether they're in soil, inside, or in space! And that's due to our medium-agnostic level of attention to one plant in particular.
For hydroponic growers, we're not here to be the best for "plants". Leafy greens like lettuce are wonderful when grown via hydro, but we're not here to scattershot our way to excellence by covering multiple crops. We're here to be the best hydroponic nutrients for marijuanas, ganjas, and cannabises! Hemps too. Why not.
Lotus Nutrients, like all the gear in Grow Strong Industries family, is headed by North California cannabis growers, who've been growing since before pot prohibition was so much as a scribble on a legislative post-it note.
The methods, tech, science, and potency of cannabis have all been refined, while legality, types of strains, and acceptance have all been expanded. It's only by deep involvement and personal investment in these changes that Lotus Nutrients could be made with the expertise you need to nourish your grow past the expected and into the extraordinary.
Why'd we pass the job of mixing the nutrients on to you? Are we yet another company eating out of the hands of Big Spatula? The answer is much more simple: we chose not to make you pay for water. No matter how concentrated that plant tea is, the main ingredient by volume will always be water, and we figured hydroponic growers probably have a good amount of that on hand. Liquid nutrients aren't just less concentrated, they're heavier to ship as a result of that pre-dilution. Our nutrients are the texture of moist sand, to help you save money while you raise your green girls to the best they can be.
Just because there's a lot of science behind growing the strongest, stickiest bud doesn't mean your grow space has to have a different jar of nutrients for every day of the month. We formulated the best hydroponic nutrients for marijuanas of any strain with simplicity in mind. When you put the cannabis first, and trust growers to observe their cannabis' condition and adjust their environment accordingly, there's no need to think up a different nutrient for 30 different possible situations.
We have three formulas that correspond to growth stages, and two fixers for chemical stresses, and that's it.
When you start from the best, there's no need for excess iteration.
It's not the size of your grow that matters, it's what you do with it! That's why we decided against half liter bottles across the board. Whether you have a single bucket in a lockable closet, or a 10x10 personal pot room, we keep the right sizes for you at the ready so that there's no need to swing between fumbling giant jars and trying to stock up on sample sizes. We go up from 16 oz to 256 oz–five sizes that double in weight as you move to the next–so that you always have the right amount for a sea of green, a small-and-mighty oasis, and everything in between.
If you want to get technical, bone meal is a great source of calcium for plants grown for their flowers! But if you want to get more technical (we always do), the calcium it imparts works wonders for roses, chili peppers, and plants that like their soil on the acidic side. That's why we made our nutrients with most readily absorbed forms of the minerals plants need, making the compounds we chose the best hydroponic nutrients for marijuanas' wellbeing–autoflowers and standard strains alike!
Our Carboflush formula was made for correcting nutrient lockout, and for old-school growers who flush their cannabis a couple weeks before harvesting. This handy helper neutralizes and strips minerals from mediums–but it's not just a magic eraser. We added humic acid and glucose to help feed the helpful microbes still living in your hydro-setup. This helps plants in corrective flushes bounce back faster, and aids cannabis being flushed for taste in staying less stressed as it kicks towards that finish line.
The CalMag formula adds two important macronutrients to grows recovering from lockout or deficiencies from inferior plant food. We use the easily dissolved, easily absorbed Calcium SulfATE and Magnesium SulfATE in this additive, and those scientific suffixes are important! Anything ending in -ate is an ionic compound of three elements or more, when one of them is oxygen. It's this airy element that lends these essential alkaline metals the ability to easily dissolve, and distribute themselves properly rather than clumping, clogging, and compromising the water flow.
Lotus Nutrients Grow and Bloom are nutrients that ramp up the building of vegetation and the building of buds respectively. And you might notice something about the metals in our ingredient list. Chelated zinc. Chelated copper. Chelated iron and manganese. What does that mean? It's what makes these nutrients perfect for hydroponic setups and maximum absorption. The phosphate salts (not salt as in table salt, salts as in chemical salts) that nourish plants have a bad habit of reacting with these metals, turning them into solids, and keeping them from being taken up by the roots, even though the particles can't be seen! We use chelated elements because this bonding process keeps this natural reaction from occuring! That means it's all bio-available, and in a form your cannabis can actually consume, rather than just contact.
Both of these formulas also include a soluble kelp extract–to keep beneficial microbes happy and well fed as your cannabis grows! Sea weed? Can we ever!
Lotus Nutrients Boost is a final stage pot-pumper-upper that makes stickier buds that surpass expected potency levels for any strain. We included soy protein hydrolysate to be uptaken with the nitrogen that helps amino acids metabolize into the trichomes of every grower's wildest dreams!
Our chemistry speaks for itself, but so does our team! We're all growers, from the top of the company down to our California-based customer service team, and we keep our culture and services open and helpful to all growers no matter their experience level.
Robotics are fine where they're needed. But grower to grower? Our humanity sets us apart just as much as our mad marijuana science.
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