Every year there are handfuls of new hydroponic nutrient companies with their own lineup of base nutrients and supplements covered in fancy labels and empty promises. We keep our shelves full of everything our customers ask for because there are as many secret formulas as their are gardeners. It can be daunting to sort through all of the ever increasing options. How do you decide which nutrient program will work best for your plants?
Not to get too philosophical on you, but how we define “Best” is the biggest part of this equation. I like to think in terms of balance. All gardeners want a low cost system, that is stable and easy to mix, and that will produce a big healthy plant consistently. Pulling this off without compromise, the best program we have found (based on customer feedback and our own in house trials) for the broadest variety of crops and growing methods is the Botanicare KIND 3-Part Nutrient system. In combination with Botanicare Pure Blend Tea and Botanicare Silica Blend the customers we have on board with our favorite program are finding more versatility in their feed program, better harvest yields, and higher quality finished product.
In this article we will investigate why Botanicare KIND 3-part base nutrients stand above the other options available to our gardeners and how these two supplements can help your plant reach its zenith.
As the plant grows the nutritional needs will change. Nitrogen and Calcium are instrumental in producing lush vegetative growth while Phosphorus supports vigorous blooms. Every element is important and having too much, or too little, at the wrong time can spell disaster. KIND was formulated to be more versatile than any other nutrient line before to support these changing nutritional demands at any stage of growth, in any medium, for 100% customization. Botanicare also kept this line totally dye free.
It all starts with the KIND Base formula which they limit to just Calcium, Nitrogen, and bio-stimulants. This is perfect because you’ll need both Calcium and Nitrogen working together for Vegetative growth and you can dial that in with the KIND Grow even for reverse osmosis filtered water or Calcium hungry media like coco coir. Having all the Magnesium and the 0-6-6 on KIND Bloom really makes that the perfect PK booster for the peak of flowering. These three parts are designed to be as flexible as possible and reduce, not increase, how many supplements it takes for to get from seed to harvest.
KIND BASE 4-0-0 + 5% Calcium
KIND Base is unique because it contains all of calcium without trace minerals, magnesium, or sulfur.
KIND GROW 2-2-4
KIND Grow provides powerful minerals enhanced with a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients to maximize root growth, and sustain a lush healthy canopy.
KIND BLOOM 0-6-6
Kind Bloom was formulated with an optimal phosphorous to potassium ratio to encourage healthy branch and stalk development, accelerate flower sets, and maximize crop yields.
Aside from the bread-and-butter components of a nutrient program (the elemental nutrition) growers can take things to the next level by adding in secondary components. Botanicare Pure Blend Tea is a soluble compost tea solution that we have found to be stable in pure hydroponic, soilless, and organic soil applications. Fortified with premium organic elements derived from all natural sources the trace minerals it contains completes the nutrient profile necessary to maximize the natural flavors and aromas. Naturally occurring growth hormones like cytokines stimulate growth and plant auxins offer root support. There’s even more inside with enzymes, amino acids, ultra soluble humates and fulvic acid all designed to improve the uptake of the nutrient system. We like this product because while it isn’t OMRI certified, it is jam packed with ingredients other manufactures make you buy 6 or more bottles to get into the reservoir – oh yeah, and most importantly, it works!
Silica Blast is a simple solution with multiple uses. We like it because of the effect of fortifying cell walls and building stronger houses to protect our energy generating chlorophyll. Stronger plant tissues allow them to thrive in less-than-ideal environments; protecting them from damage in extreme heat or frost, and helping resist pests and disease. Not to mention supporting those branches full of the enormous flowers that show up by harvest time.
If that wasn’t already enough of a benefit, Silica Blast is also critical for the uptake of every mineral in the reservoir by acting as a “pH Up.” The KIND nutrients with the Pure Blend Tea will be a little too acidic for use right off the bat. We need to bring our solution into the right range and to keep it nice and stable. Added at the very end after all the nutrients Silica Blast replaces traditional pH Up with all of these of extra benefits for a balanced nutrient solution..
Incorrect pH of your nutrient solution can result in deficiencies in your plants and unsatisfactory results. When growing fast flowering annuals in hydro systems using soilless media such as rockwool or clay pellets, a pH range between 5.5-6.2 is the sweet spot for highest nutrient availability and highest plant uptake. For coco, it’s between 5.8-6.2. For soil, keep pH between 6.2-6.7. This chart illustrates how your pH levels can affect various plant nutrients and their uptake at different pH ranges and this blog article will offer more insight into why pH is so important for healthy growth.