All plants require several key nutrients. Whether the plant is a bud-producing flower or a corn stalk, it requires the same elements to grow and thrive. Generally, these nutrients can be broken into two groups:
- Macronutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium
- Secondary & Micronutrients: Sulfur, Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, and Iron
Additionally, other high-performance additives can be blended with nutrients to increase the performance of the product. These additives include rhizobacteria, humic acid, amino acid, silicate, and seaweed, to name a few.
Justus von Liebig, generally credited as the "father of the nutrient industry,” formulated The Law of the Minimum: if one crop nutrient is missing or deficient, plant growth will be poor, even if the other elements are abundant. Liebig likens the potential of a crop to a barrel with staves of unequal length. The capacity of this barrel is limited by the length of the shortest stave (in this case, phosphorus) and can only be increased by lengthening that stave. When that stave is lengthened, another one becomes the limiting factor.
When choosing a nutrient solution, it is important to select a program that provides these nutrients and enhancements to your plant in the most-efficient and most-effective way possible. Key Grow Solutions offers a line of nutrient products to address all of the wide variety of nutrients of your plants.