Hydroponic nutrients to start, just means hydroponic fertilizer or simply plant food. For all plants that are growing in soil the nutrients are absorbed up through the roots of the plant in the soil, but in hydroponics however soil is absent and so food is provided directly to the plant.
Obviously there are a number of other factors which influence the growth of plants included in the hydroponic process, such as the environment (amount of light and temperature) etc – but to gain the most from the food absorbed by the plants, it is wise to take a look into the various hydroponic nutrients that are available to give directly to your plant.
There are a number of combinations of nutrient mixes which include the three main macronutrients nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, and various other elements (micronutrients) including minerals, vitamins and hormones. Together these provide an all round selection of nutrients that the plants will respond well to.
Many people have also opted for making their own advanced nutrients to see which mixtures return the highest yield, and is often considered to be the more cost effective solution. However like any “do-it-yourself” job there will be problems encountered along the way, with many mixes relying heavily on trial and error before producing any reasonable results.
All of the advanced nutrients available on the market have undergone serious testing and research and as a result are designed specifically to help plant growth at various stages, and in the long run may well save you money than trying to do it yourself.
However even the best nutrients on the market will not provide you with a decent crop, if you are not constantly monitoring the absorption of the plants. PH levels, temperature of the mixture and root formation will all influence plant growth, so keeping a close eye on these could also look to save you money.