Beginners and pro’s alike are always on the hunt for ways to improve their crops, whether it’s finding the best base nutrient program or upgrading either nutrient regimen with something better. While lots of growers say “it’s not all about the nutrients, but the way you use them” (GrowAce included), nutrients can and will play a huge role in your garden’s life. That’s why we wanted to feature some of the most popular brands of nutrients we offer and some that are taking the growing scene with force: General Hydroponics, Advanced Nutrients, Humboldt Nutrients, and BioBizz. Here, we’ll be going over the advantages and disadvantages of these brands so you can choose which brand works best for you and your grow:
Ah, Humboldt Nutrients. We’ve stuck with them for a while because their line of nutrients is HUGE! We proudly carry them because if there’s something you need for your plant, they’ve got it. Sure, a lot of companies out there make a good range of products, but Humboldt Nutrients has everything you need from base nutrients to foliar sprays to sweeteners to insect repellents.
They use a combination of organic and man-made ingredients to make their nutrients. Don’t worry, they’re still great for your plants. All it means is you might need to watch your PPM levels and assure your water doesn’t get stagnant. Man-made ingredients take longer to breakdown and absorb than organic ones, which isn’t a bad thing as long as you can keep an eye out on your plants and keep water flow consistent (you don’t want any gunked up nutrients in your reservoirs).
Humboldt Nutrients are designed to give you exactly what your grow needs, whether it’s building a healthy nutrient base for your grow or giving your plants a boost of sweetness for a great harvest. We recommend Humboldt Nutrients for beginner and pro growers alike that know how (or don’t mind learning how) to work with inorganic nutrients because it takes a little patience and attention to the details of your plants.
It seems you can’t go to a grow conference or medical event without seeing a stand for Advanced Nutrients. Countless cannabis growers love using Advanced Nutrients because they’re designed specifically for them, which means growers don’t need to adjust the PPM or pH of their solutions as often as they do with other nutrient brands out there. Growers across the board agree that Advanced Nutrients are some of the easiest to work with and require less maintenance than others.
However, growers will also agree that Advanced Nutrients are the most expensive nutrients out there. They might be easy to use, but as with most things the easier it makes your life the more expensive it probably is- and nutrients are no exception.
That’s why we recommend Advanced Nutrients for any grower with a big budget and a small amount of time for maintenance. You may not have to do as many (if any) nutrient adjustments as other growers, but you’ll also need to be ready to spend some serious cash getting the crop you want.
They’re one of the newer lines of nutrients we’ve started carrying and we’ve heard nothing but good things from them. Their ingredients are organic, their nutrient line is vast, they’re affordable, and we get grower after grower using these nutrients in indoor and outdoor grows alike.
BioBizz nutrients are very concentrated, so you’ll want to scale back slightly on the recommended feedings. Their additives, like BioHeaven, help your grow tremendously, but you’ll need to watch how much you’re putting in to those feedings so that you don’t end up burning your plants.
Their sweetening nutrients are pretty high in sugars, so if you’re using BioBizz nutrients and their supplements you might want to learn a little about scaling back your nutrients (which can involve some tricky math), and about the proper/safe use of sugars in your grow. We recommend BioBizz for seasoned growers who know exactly how to pin-point deficiencies and correct them to scale. If you’ve got a keen sense of what your grow needs down to the nutrient, BioBizz will get any professional grow on track without wasting your time with ingredients you may not need.
Another staple for growers big and small, General Hydroponics offers a wide range of nutrients for a fair price.
According to most growers, General Hydroponics has one of the best base and flowering formula’s for their price range, and we agree. We carry them because they’re affordable, simple to follow, and have a wide range of products without being too daunting. In fact, their Flora Series nutrients only consist of a few nutrients that you mix at different strengths, compared to other starter packs that require at least 4-5 nutes.
General Hydroponics nutrients can grow pretty much any plant you can think of, which is a gift and a challenge. You have the freedom to use these nutrients for medical plants and ornamental plants alike. But because they’re so jam-packed with what plants need, you’ll want to scale back the recommended amount of nutrients they provide. Some growers have reported nutrient burn because of the strength of these nutrients, but once they scaled back their grows were on track.
We recommend General Hydroponics for growers with a little experience under their belt checking pH and PPM levels, and know what to do to adjust those levels. If you know how to adjust feedings for your specific plants General Hydroponics will get your plants growing big and save you some money at checkout.