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Foliage grown at the correct pH exhibit peak health possible for a crop

Why is it Important to use pH Corrected Water in Growing Crops?​

pH is the single most important factor in growing through hydroponics. Hydroponics is half chemistry and your success in hydroponics chemistry will entirely depend on your pH. You may have the best nutrients for your crop but at the wrong pH, such nutrients will not be fully available for plant uptake.

One of the key concepts in agriculture specially in hydroponics is the concept of “maximum potential”. What this means is the potential of your plants to reach a maximum level. This may be maximum potential size, maximum potential weight, maximum potential yield, or maximum potential health. This will all depend on your grow objective but the concept of maximum potential is important to keep in mind as you set out a goal in a crop cycle.

Each crop has its own pH requirement. Generally, seedlings are best grown at 5.8 pH while the rest of the stages of growth each are unique to every specie and variety. Consult your seed manufacturer regarding Ph requirement in its different growth stages.

How and When to Use NutriHydro pH Control Products

The Germination Phase

The sprouting of seed after a dormancy period. When managed properly, the success rate in germination directly leads to success in seedling production. It is very important to choose quality seeds. Use either heirloom seeds or F1 seeds. What one must not use are offspring seeds from F1 seeds. Seeds saved from F1 hybrid plants will not produce plants that are true to the parent type.

User Guide

How to Use

Seedling Starter

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NutriHydro Seedling Starter

  • Best pH to use in seedling production.
  • Use to increase the maximum potential of cellular growth, division, and differentiation.
  • Provides the necessary acidity to balance with the non-structural carbohydrate nutrients during the seeds’ germination phase.
  • Provides the proper pH conditions necessary for growth during the seedling phase.

What You Need to Do

  • Use NutriHydro Seedling Starter right from the beginning, as early as sprouting seeds.
  • Use a pH meter to establish a pH baseline. Measure the pH of your water and add NH Seedling Starter to lower the pH. Stir thoroughly. Measure again and repeat the process until you reach 5.8 pH.
  • Use the pH corrected water to mist and start seeds.
  • Maintain the pH of your medium using the pH corrected water at 5.8 pH during its entire seedling phase
  • NutriHydro Seedling Starter is compatible for use with other nutrients, fungicides, and pesticides.

RISKS

Over soaked seeds: When starting seeds, ensure that the seeds are wet from pH controlled mist but should never be soaking wet. A soaked seed may not germinate at all and causes seeds to die.

Pests: When reusing organic medium such as peats, be sure to check thoroughly from burrowed organisms. Peats are prone as habitats for organisms that consume newly germinated seeds. A good practice is to sterilize peat by using heat or chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Be sure however that if you choose to chemically sanitize reused peat, that it is thoroughly and generously rinsed with water. 

The Growth Phase

The phase where crops grow fastest and needs the most nutrients in order to reach its maximum potential size. It is at this point that pH has to be matched with nitrogen that crops need most during its growth stage.

User Guide

How to Use

Nitrogen Based pH Down

NutriHydro NITROGEN BASED PH DOWN

  • Best pH to use during the growth phase of crops.
  • Nitrogen based pH Down matches the pH profile of nutrients ensuring full nitrogen uptake during the growth phase, necessary for foliage and overall crop growth,
  • Use during the crop’s entire growth phase

What You Need to Do

  • Shift pH control to NH Nitrogen Based pH Down, maintain pH that your crop requires during its entire growth phase. 
  • Use a pH meter to establish a pH baseline. Measure the pH of your water and add NH Nitrogen Based pH Down to lower the pH. Stir throughly. Measure again and repeat the process until you reach the pH required by your crop. 
  • Maintain the pH of your medium using the pH corrected water required by your crop. 

RISKS

Nutrient Burn: There is a chance that a grower might become a bit too excited and end up using more than what is needed causing nutrient burn to a crop. Be sure to use a well calibrated TDS meter when measuring the concentration of nutrients diluted in water. We further suggest to stay away from cheap TDS meters as these are often unreliable and causes errors of measurement to growers.

The Reproductive &
Maturity Phase

The Reproductive phase is where crops develop flowers and set fruits. When pH is managed properly, the optimum chances are set for flowers and fruits to hold above and beyond nominal limits. In maturity phase, aligning the pH causes phosphorus and potassium to be fully absorbed allowing crops to continuously fruit until the end of its life cycle.

User Guide

How to Use

Phosphorus Based pH Down

NutriHydro PHOPHORUS BASED PH DOWN

  • The most popular pH control all over the world.
  • Switches nutrient bias from nitrogen to phosphorus required in raising fruit bearing crops.
  • Shift pH alignment so phosphorus and potassium to be fully absorbed by crops that flower and fruit.
  • Use during the crop’s flowering, fruiting, and maturity phase.

What You Need to Do

  • Shift pH control to NH Phosphorus Based pH Down and maintain pH that your crop requires during its entire Reproductive (flowering & fruiting stages) and Maturity phase.
  • Use a pH meter to establish a pH baseline. Measure the pH of your water and add NH Phosphorus Based pH Down to lower the pH. Stir thoroughly. Measure again and repeat the process until you reach the pH required by your crop. 
  • Maintain the pH of your medium and nutrient reservoir using the pH corrected water. 

RISKS

Incorrect pH: A common experience of sub-standard crops is due to mismanaged pH. Growing without pH control means the crop is unable to fully absorb either macro or micro nutrients and when crops are short of nutrients, it does not grow at its maximum potential. Growing crops at its required pH will enable its foliage and fruits to be at maximum potential health, size, weight, and yield.

Malfunctioning pH Meters: When choosing a pH meter, ensure that you invest in a good brand and to refrain from using sub-standard pH meters. The usual indicator of a good pH meter is its price and brand. It is also very important to calibrate pH meters using a calibration solution and to make sure that ph meters are stored in a storage solution. pH meters cannot be left out to dry. Bluelab goes to say (referring to pH meters) “when it dries, it dies“. So use a storage solution to prolong the life of your pH meter. 

At NutriHydro, our pH meters are used to a maximum 1 year and we replace within that period. This is a common practice with similar commercial greenhouses. At 1 year, we replace our pH meters without waiting for the pH meter to breakdown. It is more costly to grow produce at sub-standard than to just purchase a pH meter.  Choosing to replace a pH meter for accurate results will save us from growing produce that lack luster, lack in yield, lack in weight, and lack in size. All the time, cost of labor and operations, and all the efforts are more expensive that to just replace your pH meter on a yearly basis.

Available in 4 Liters, 500 mL, and 250 mL

NutriHydro pH Up | Control Solution

pH Up is a mineral based pH adjuster using potassium at the core of its component. Mineral based pH control is the most stable form of pH control thus eliminating the need for constant re-adjustments once the control additive has combined with the base solution. NutriHydro’s pH Up is a widely used pH control solution in the country and commonly used by commercial greenhouses and enthusiasts due to its known effectivity.

This product is used for foliage and fruit bearing crops.

Available in 4 Liters, 1 Liter, and 500 mL.

Using NutriHydro pH Down System in Growing Lettuce

Actual Romaines Grown using NutriHydro Nitrogen based pH Down exhibited the following:

  1. Very healthy foliage quality with well defined surface and veins.
  2. Musky vibrant and green leaf color
  3. Wide spanning and larger leaves than usual
  4. Faster than usual growth leading to 5 days earlier harvest
  5. Heavier than usual Romaines
Romaines Grown Using NutriHydro Nitrogen based pH
Romaines Grown Using NutriHydro Nitrogen based pH

Actual Romaines Grown using NutriHydro Nitrogen based pH Down exhibited the following:

  1. Very healthy foliage quality with well defined surface and veins.
  2. Musky vibrant and green leaf color
  3. Wide spanning and larger leaves than usual
  4. Faster than usual growth leading to 5 days earlier harvest
  5. Heavier than usual Romaines

Actual Romaines Grown using NutriHydro Nitrogen based pH Down exhibited the following:

  1. Very healthy foliage quality with well defined surface and veins.
  2. Musky vibrant and green leaf color
  3. Wide spanning and larger leaves than usual
  4. Faster than usual growth leading to 5 days earlier harvest
  5. Heavier than usual Romaines

Agriculture Reputation

NutriHydro's pH Control Solutions are stable and therefore can be relied upon to deliver consistent results

Mineral Based Consistency

Mineral based pH control solutions perform stable and consistent. It is perfect for use in commercial settings and for use by those who will eventually go professional growing.

VERY HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS

We use the highest quality components in manufacturing our nutrients. We never cut corners and we always value quality above cost.

Our suppliers are carefully vetted and checked for credibility and reputation. We only source from the very best. Our first priority is to source from local suppliers. The stability and growth of local and small business industries is very important to us.

Research and data driven improvements

NutriHydro works with local growers, hobbyists, enthusiasts, commercial growers, and researchers. Working with the local community towards a data driven improvement mechanism allows the product to perform at the highest peak possible at the disposal of local growers.

A huge number of growers that use NutriHydro started off as hobbyists later on becoming enthusiasts, and eventually found themselves commercially growing. All thanks to the data shared across by NutriHydro users that took the level of growing from curiosity to new paths of possibilities.

Pro-Growers Tips

use of tds meters

For users who want to ensure maximum yield from lettuce crops, it is recommended to use a TDS meter. TDS is short for Total Dissolved Sediments Meter. It is used as it is called, to measure total dissolved sediments in water. Doing so gives you a guide n how much nutrient solution is in the water. It is recommended that you use a TDS meter so you can measure objectively and eliminate guess work.

use of ph testers

It is a must to use a PH meter. Lettuce needs water with NutriHydro Letttuce Formula to read between 5.5pH to 6pH. Going below 5.5pH will lead to macronutrient deficiency (NPK deficiency) and stunted growth. Going beyond 6pH will lead to micronutrient deficiency (trace element deficiency) which leads to burnt tips and causing the crop to turn yellow and lose its health. As it is so said in hydroponics, “pH is the key”. Once you have tested your pH, you will need NutriHydro pH Adjuster to dial down your pH to the correct range.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

The pH level of a liquid solution tells us how acidic or alkaline it is on a scale from 0 to 14, with 7.0 indicating a pH-neutral solution. From this neutral midpoint, the solution becomes increasingly acidic as the pH approaches zero and increasingly alkaline as the pH approaches 14. Pure water is pH neutral.

When you look at the chemistry behind pH, as you probably know, water molecules consist of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O). But when a compound dissolves in water and produces free ions (atoms or molecules with an electrical charge), it can cause some of the water molecules to split apart, creating positively charged ions (H+) and negative charged hydroxide ions (OH-).

The pH of a solution indicates the concentration of free hydrogen ions it contains. Pure water has equal concentrations of H+ and OH-, while acidic solutions have higher concentrations of H+ than OH- and alkaline solutions have the reverse. These characteristics at the molecular level are responsible for the sour and corrosive properties of acid solutions and the bitter, slippery nature of alkaline solutions.

A pH value is a scale measurement, meaning that each whole number represents a tenfold difference in the concentration of hydrogen ions, and therefore, a tenfold difference in the strength of the acidity or alkalinity.

In soil based planting, plant roots absorb nutrients dissolved in water which originate from organic and inorganic compounds in the soil. Microorganisms and organic matter play a role in the formation and fertility of the soil, while interactions of minerals and water fluctuations in pH levels naturally control soil’s pH. Plants that grow in these soils have evolved and adapted themselves to take advantage of these controlled soil pH levels. Hydroponic growers are solely responsible for recreating the ideal environments that encourage plant roots to absorb vital nutrients.

Whichever type of hydroponic system you are using, the goal is to always deliver water and nutrients to the roots of plants via a water-based nutrient solution. And while it’s crucial that you deliver a consistent supply of the nutrients that are appropriate for the types of plants you are growing, it’s also vitally important that you provide the proper pH levels for nutrient uptake.

Monitoring and adjusting pH in hydroponics ensures the nutrient availability of your solution. Subsequently, if your nutrient solution doesn’t have the correct pH, you risk starving your plants – even though you are providing them with plenty of nutrients.

Your crops will certainly grow without use of any pH adjusters. However, using pH adjusters unlocks the nutrient absorption ability of your crops to its full potential. Comparatively, we urge that you trial together a batch with pH control and a batch without pH control. See the difference.

Bringing the pH level of your nutrient tank to the correct levels will allow your crops to receive as much macronutrient, micronutrient, and trace elements as it can. In published agricultural journals derived from actual science based research, crops grown in the correct pH grow larger, healthier, and heavier compared to crops grown without the use of pH control. Hence the reason why commercial scale growers are particular about pH adjusters and make use of 24/7 monitoring systems that automatically dose nutrient tanks with pH adjusters.

Use NutriHydro’s Seedling Starter to sprout seeds. When you introduce your seedlings to nutrients at half or full strength, be absolutely sure that the nutrient is pH balanced by using NutriHydro Seedling Starter. Using NutriHydro Seedling Starter unlocks the full potential of your crops to absorb nutrients and will lead to the healthiest possible seedlings you can produce. In any crop cycle, the health and quality of your seedlings will determine the success of your harvest.

For foliage crops, 5.8 pH is the recommended optimal pH. At this pH, foliage seedlings will receive the perfect combination of macronutrients, micronutrients, and trace elements. 

Use NutriHydro Seedling Starter only during the seedling stage of your crops. On your crop’s growth cycle, use either NutriHydro Phosphorus based pH Down or NutriHydro Nitrogen Based pH Down.

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