Nutrients & Boosters
We stock the UK's biggest range of the very best brands of plant feeds and boosters, including Canna, Shogun and House and Garden, there’s one to suit every style of growing and budget. Whether you like to keep things simple with a single-part nutrient like Emerald Harvest, or optimise every step of the way with a multi-part component nutrient brand such as Advanced Nutrients or Bloom
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The range of Canna nutrients and boosters has always been one of the most popular ones around. They make great products and we are proud to stock their whole range.
We stock a huge range of brands of the best quality plant nutrient. Whichever one you have decided to use, we probably stock it! The Canna Aqua range is excellent for recirculationg hydroponics. The Canna Hydro range is great for run to waste systems. Both are available in Grow and Bloom formulations
How to choose the right plant nutrient for you
Before anything else, you should decide if you are going to grow completely organically or whether you would prefer to use mineral nutrients. Growing organically offers very high quality crops. Hydroponics places the emphasis on the highest size yields. These days, with the advances in both types of nutrient, there is much less difference between the two than there used to be. Organic yields can be big, and hydroponics can produce very high quality crops.
This used to mean growing in soil but these days it could be in coco coir too. Organic feeds work hand-in-hand with microbes in the substrate. They feed the beneficial microbes in the rootzone which then break down large organic molecules in order to feed the plant. It is important to try to encourage the beneficial microbe population to thrive. This can be achieved by the following some easy guidelines:
- The chlorine or chloramine in tap water inhibits or even kills microbes - This used to mean using a Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment unit to remove it, or allowing the water to sit for a day or so the chlorine could evaporate out of it. However, now there is Ecothrive Neutralise which instantly neutralises the chlorine and chloramine. Just add it to water before mixing in your nutrients.
- Bolster the population with a high quality beneficial microbe additive once every week or 2. One of our favourites is Ecothrive Biosys.
- Use a quality organic feed such as Biobizz, Plant Magic Oldtimer, or the Canna Bio range.
- Use natural pest control methods - protectice coatings like Biobizz Leaf-Coat or Cannacure which makes like very hard for insects, and get rid of them with an organic spray such as See Ya Mite.
Just remember that most organic feeds are thick and if used in a hydrponics system will often block feed and drain lines - not recommended.
There are some nutrients that are semi-organic that can be used with clay pebbles in a hydroponics system. Good examples of these are Emerald Harvest and Botanicare's Pure Blend Pro. These offer a great middle ground - huge, high quality crops! Either that, or you could use Buddhas Tree Organicus alongside your mineral nutrient to add in some organic material. Either way, these solutions are not really compromises. They fully stand up as fantastic nutrients.
There's some superb nutrients around now such as the Canna range. Other good examples are Advanced Nutrients, House & Garden, and Shogun Fertilisers to name just a few. We don't stock poor quality nutrients, so whichever one you choose you'll be on to a winner. Remember to use a decent quality pH pen and nutrient strength meter to get the best results out of them.