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The aerogarden plants need both nutrients and mineral elements to thrive properly. While some of these nutrients are required in large amounts, others are needed only in small quantities known as macro and microelements respectively. It, therefore, becomes highly imperative for us to know the exact quantities of these nutrients needed by each kind of plant to cater for them properly.
In this post, I will be breaking down the expected measurements for aerogarden plants nutrients, how to ensure you get it right and other hacks to keep in mind.
What are Aerogarden plant nutrients?
What are the ideal measurements for mixing aerogarden plant nutrients?
Before you can measure the specific quantity of nutrients required by any plant, you need to use certain tools, like a graduated measuring cylinder or even a syringe. With these tools, you can effectively measure liquid consistency easily. For best results and ease of the process, you need a graduated plastic cylinder, especially since a glass cylinder can easily be contaminated with toxic mineral impurities.
With your tools ready, here are what you should keep in mind:
- You should endeavour to mix the correct amount of microelements first before you can measure the AeroGarden Liquid Nutrients independently without any recourse to the order in which you go about it.
- Essentially, for both aeroponics and hydroponics, you should mix into the water reservoir and this should be done to the required ppm (parts per million) level. It is recommended to mix about one quarter strength solution of the needed ppm in each watering or full strength in each third watering.
- Reliably patented, PH buffering recipe entails that you simply use tap water to create very standard growing needs for your plants. To make matters easier with regards to the preparation or mixing of plant nutrients, Aerogarden now supplies bottles of liquified plant food which you can mix easily by just diluting them with ordinary clean water.
How can you measure the right plant nutrients?
It is indeed very easy to measure the nutrients required by plants in the aerogarden with the help of certain tools. These essential tools are:
1. A test kit like the waterproof pH meter.
2. Measuring spoons.
3. Graduated plastic cylinder or dispenser cup with ML markings included.
4. The aerogarden plant food.
Generally, you should measure the electric conductance of the plant liquid food, but since the water will dissolve, it is expected that as it does so, the level of the electric conductance of the liquid plant food is bound to increase too.
To measure the aerogarden nutrients required for each plant, check the requirement for each plant you are growing on the label of the seeds. In some cases, only the usual aerogarden food is required, in some other cases, there is a need for plant food and other options. This would be made known to you by the seed company who specify each nutrient their seeds need.
Once you know what measurement is required, use the measuring spoons to add the required plant food to the cylinder or dispenser cup. Once you check the markings and see you have gotten the correct measurement, add it to your aerogarden water using a syringe or pouring directly. This should best be done whenever you water the plants for more consistent, faster growth.
Be sure to also check the temperature and nutrient level of the plants before and after adding nutrients. This will help in making you know when it is necessary to add more nutrients and when nutrients are too much and should be diluted with water.
What can happen if aerogarden plant nutrients are not mixed correctly?
If you happen to mix plant nutrients improperly, a few outcomes are possible from such errors. Here are some:
- Your plants will either get too much of some nutrients and less than enough of others. Consequently, you risk affecting the growth and proper development of the plants much like what happens when the nutrients are not provided well.
- Some plants require certain nutrients in large quantities and others in small amounts. If you mix these plants up and make a mistake in the nutrients, it could cause a problem.
If the error is a shortage of any macro element in the plant food, and if this mistake continues unabated for a long time, the consequences are more severe than when they suffer any deficiency of a microelement, such as molybdenum. For any mistake you make with the nutrients, just go ahead and solve it after understanding what a mistake that is.
What to do when there is a mistake while measuring plant nutrients?
There are several countermeasures you can take the instant you notice any errors in your plant nutrient measurement. The following measures are highly recommended if you want to eliminate or reduce the effects of any errors in plant nutrient measurements:
- Make sure that you always double-check all subsequent measurements for accuracy first.
- In addition, you should also double-check any formulas and statistics used to satisfy yourself that they are correct.
- Try to engage the services of mainly very well-trained and experienced observers and measurement takers as a panacea against avoidable errors.
- Do not take any measurements unless the instruments you are using are very high precision types.
- Always ensure that you take your measurement under very ideal and controlled situations.
- All measurements are subject to random errors, which can be improved upon by repeating these measurements, but luckily, they are easily analyzed statistically. You can both detect and reduce them through either repeating the measurements or improving upon your measurement techniques for better results.
Can aerogarden plant nutrients be used on soil plants?
Yes, aerogarden plant nutrients can be used very successfully on soil plants, too. To do this properly, you should first mix in the proper amount of microelements before the AeroGarden Liquid Nutrients separately without the need for any worry about the order in which you do this. This means that you can start with any one of the nutrients during the mixture as long as the amounts or quantities are correct.
For both hydroponics and aeroponics, you should mix into the reservoir or irrigation system up to the standard and required ppm levels. For example, with either soil or soilless media, you should mix about 1/4 strength solution of the desired ppm for every watering or full strength mixture in each third watering.
Like all living organisms, plants require different nutrients and mineral substances for proper and effective development. However, the amounts or quantities of each of these nutrients needed by the plants vary because some are needed in large amounts while others are only in small quantities.
Be that as it may, the deficiency of any of these nutrients in your aerogarden plants will surely manifest and hinder the plants as they grow, one way or another. Therefore, it becomes highly imperative that you adopt very strict and reliable measures to ensure that you get your nutrient measurements correctly and always.