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Do I need additives?

Growing outdoors for beginners. Additives are a bonus. A plant has a number of basic requirements: light, water, carbon dioxide, a nice temperature and humidity. If these requirements are fulfilled and you’re also providing basic nutrition, you do not necessarily need additives. However, they can give your plants a good bit of help, especially in the early phase and around the end, during flowering. At these moments you can help with the formation of a root system and with fructification. But there are other problems you can encounter while growing your plants and additives can help you solve these.

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Choices, choices

If you want to use additives to enhance your nutrition, which ones are useful? This depends on the situation. Additives can be very useful, especially when growing in pots. There are three different types.
  • Boosters and enhancers, that enhance nutrition with higher dosages of phosphorus and potassium. For younger plants, there are foliar fertilisers that assist the formation of chlorophyll, like Vita Race, and others that help with root formation. Other products, like Green Sensation and Sugar Royal, increase your harvest, speed up the growing cycle and improve the quality of your end product.
  • Next, there additives to control the pH value. These are most important if you’re using mineral nutrition. Sometimes you need to neutralize an aggressive pH very quickly if you made a mistake.
  • Lastly there are substrate complements like worm humus, bat guano, perlite and other soil improving products. You can mix these into the substrates in your pots, but they can be even more valuable if you’re growing in open ground. Some soil improvers are less well suited for growing outdoors. Perlite for example will not degrade in the soil and remain behind after your cultivation. This will leave a lot of debris in the ground.
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