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03 April 2012

 

Chrysanthemum Hydroponics
By Eric Anderton

Nutrition
Chrysanthemums require different amounts and composition of nutrients for the different phases of growth. Manufacturers of nutrients recognise this.

High quality Hydroponic liquid nutrients are manufactured with parmacutical quality ingredients and not agricultural as used in many garden fertilizers. Reverse osmosis water (pure water) is used to eliminate unwanted elements, strict quality control is essential.

Much scientific and practical research has been undertaken in formulating ingredients beneficial to plants.

Most nutrients are supplied "two part", two separate bottles. This is because some ingredients are not compatible in one bottle causing precipitation or reacting together. They are perfectly satisfactory when mixed with water for application.

The type of nutrients I use for chrysanthemums is specially formulated for "bloom" and not "grow". The "grow" is for vegetative nutrition.

Go into a Hydroponic store and it's easy to be confused by all the different brands. It is best to choose one brand , perhaps on advice, and stick to it. Later you may consider the addition of further supplements but I suggest you refrain until further experience is gained, even then stick to the ones associated with that particular brand.

A big advantage with Hydroponics is that almost immediate changes can be made to accommodate the different phases of growth. For example at flowering time, the flower does not require nutrients but does require water. Nutrients can be flushed out of the aggregate almost immediately, this means no scorch or dehydration. This results in elongation of the petals with substance, texture and appeal, lasting qualities of the flower.

The petals have a wonderful attraction, sparkle and glisten like a million diamonds. Click here to have a look through a Magnifying Glass!

A FEW POINTERS RELATING SPECIFICALLY TO HYDROPONICS.
Water is the only vehicle of nutrition and should be monitored carefully.

"Ripeness" in Chrysanthemums is not acheived by withholding water but by the balance and composition of the nutrients.

"Read" the plants.

Only supply nutrients when the plants are in active growth.

A lot can be learned by monitoring the run off of re-circulated water.

At flowering time flush out to nil.

Cuttings stage nil EC if possible. Rooted cutting very low indeed. Build up very slowly to flowering, flush out at flowering. I have never supplied nutrients to Chrysanthemums with a higher EC than 1.00, at most time much less. DON'T OVERFEED.

Two part Nutrition system
 

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Diamond encrusted Anemones


 

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