To talk about nutrients is to talk about one of the most important parts of a crop. Fertilisers nourish the plant by supplying it with nutrients and trace elements that are essential for its development. Depending on their formulation, there are different types of nutrients, and chemical fertilisers are one of the most widely used in horticulture because of their price and excellent performance.Read more
In order to know a little more about chemical nutrients, some of the most important characteristics of this type of fertiliser will be mentioned below. We will explain what chemical nutrients are, what advantages they can offer to the grower, as well as a small selection of some of the best chemical nutrients in the catalogue of Experiencia Natural.
Characteristics of chemical nutrients
Chemical nutrients do not use organic compounds in their formulation. Thus, the nutrients that chemical nutrients are able to provide to plants do not come from the decomposition of organic matter. Instead, chemical fertilisers use raw materials that have been processed by humans in a laboratory.
While other fertilisers supply nutrients slowly, chemical nutrients are characterized by the fact that they supply nutrients immediately. Thus, chemical fertilizers do not require micro-organisms in the substrate to make the nutrients available to the plants.
The essential nutrients present in chemical fertilisers are nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (NPK). In different proportions depending on the life cycle stage of the plant, these 3 nutrients are essential for both vegetative growth and flowering of indoor and outdoor crops.
In chemical fertilisers, nitrogen is obtained by the Haber-Bosch process, a fixation procedure that makes this nutrient available to plants. Phosphorus and potassium, on the other hand, are obtained from the decomposition of minerals from which impurities are removed so that they cannot affect the crops.
Chemical fertilisers have the ability to supply nutrients to plants directly when they are applied. Therefore, if the supply is not measured, it can sometimes lead to over-fertilisation and nutrient burnt. For this reason, chemical nutrients need to be measured as accurately as possible and the manufacturer's instructions need to be followed to the letter.
On the other hand, the exact supply of the right synthetic fertiliser means that yields can be improved in terms of quality and quantity. The instant absorption of the nutrients in chemical fertilisers means that the effects on the crop can be felt almost instantly.
The best chemical fertilisers
One of the most praised chemical fertilisers by horticulturists is Hydro A+B from the renowned manufacturer Hy Pro. It is a fertiliser specially designed to cover the nutrient and trace element needs of hydroponic crops thanks to its presentation in two containers, which allows the properties of this product to be correctly preserved, while allowing the grower to save time and money in the nutrition of his plants. It is a general chemical fertiliser, so it is designed for both growing and flowering crops.
Hesi Coco is one of those products that cannot be missing in the cupboard of a grower who uses coco substrate. The formula of this product is enriched with essential nutrients of natural origin, combined with trace elements such as iron and zinc, which promote both vegetation and flowering of crops. It is a residue-free nutrient that promotes optimal plant growth and does not add toxins that can affect the organoleptic properties of the final result.