HydroDynamics Ionic Grow Hard Water Formula (3 – 1 – 5) is purposely formulated for the green vegetative stage of growing plants in areas where hard water is an issue, Ionic Grow Hard Water delivers the essential elements to the roots of a plant in a more precise manner than all previous hydroponic formulations. Ionic®Grow Hard Water is designed to maximize the potential for vigorous vegetative growth in plants. It’s also ideal to use during the vegetative cycle of flowering plants.
Ionic Grow Hard Water is purposely blended to be more acidic than standard Ionic Grow. This is achieved through the careful blending of the component mineral salts. A more acidic nutrient solution will neutralize bicarbonates on its own. This in turn reduces the amount of acid needed to control the pH in the reservoir and thus reduces the possibility of acute phosphate accumulation.
Ionic Grow Hard Water is also specifically formulated to take into account minerals, such as calcium, that are usually present in hard water. By reducing the amounts of these minerals in the nutrient solution it is possible to ensure ideal levels of the major elements which in turn will minimize the problems most commonly associated with growing in hard water areas and allow the grower to maintain the reservoir for longer periods between changes.
Ionic Grow Hard Water has a highly stable pH due to the unique reactive buffering incorporated into the quality controlled manufacturing process. As a result this reduces pH fluctuations in the reservoir.
0.45% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
2.55% Nitrate Nitrogen
Derived from 100% pure elemental mineral salts. These include calcium nitrate, potassium nitrate, phosphoric acid, nitric acid, potassium sulfate, and ammonium nitrate.
General Use – Shake well before using!
Hydroponics: Add Ionic Grow Hard Water to tap water at the rate of 5ml per liter or 4 teaspoons per gallon. One quart dilutes to make 50 gallons of nutrient solution specifically formulated for the vegetative stages of plant growth.
Storage: Store in the original container in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children. Do not store in direct sunlight or excessive heat.
People sometimes call Ionic a beginner’s nutrient. Why is that?Presumably because it is so easy to use. Only one bottle to worry about and no hassles with pH – basically fool proof, which means great results for first time growers. However it is important to remember that Ionic is a professional formulation from a commercially oriented company. Once is it diluted and in the tank it is 100% complete. There are no shortcuts or compromises in this solution and it is equal to, or better, than anything else on the market. To be sure it is great for beginners but many experienced growers around the world use it for great results.
Growers love single-part nutrients because they are easy to use, are there any other advantages?
Yes, of course there are. The macro elements are locked together in large molecules in exactly the right ratio for plant growth. This technology makes the single part possible & it also ensures that the target NPK ratio is exactly right to the point that the plants take it up. This allows us to be far more precise than we can be with the old multi-part nutrients.
I thought multi-part nutrients were better than single-part nutrients? Why is Ionic different?
Two & three-part nutrients are offered to prevent certain elements from being mixed together in a single bottle, which without the proper engineering, causes these nutrient components to “lock up”, becoming unusable by the plant. Ionic premium plant nutrients incorporate a unique single-part technology wherein the macro elements (NPK) are locked together in large molecules. This innovative large molecule concept allows Ionic to deliver specific elements such as calcium and magnesium, without the huge & unnecessary level of anions that are usually necessary in other single-part nutrients. This means a significantly higher percentage of the mineral ions in the nutrient solution are available for the plant, resulting in faster, more productive growth while the solution remains stable & balanced, resulting in fewer reservoir changes as well.
Why is the pH so stable in Ionic?
This is a result of the manufacturing process, unique to Ionic, which creates large molecules containing the key macro elements. They are thus partially buffered and become much less reactive in terms of pH. For many people the pH stability is the chief advantage that Ionic offers but they wouldn’t use it if they felt that yield or quality were to be compromised.
Why should I trust Ionic premium plant nutrients over other brands?
Ionic premium plant nutrients are blended to exacting standards with the purest ingredients in our state-of-the-art mixing facility, right here in the USA. Each & every batch of nutrients we blend is sampled, tested & certified for consistency & uniformity by an independent laboratory before a single ounce of Ionic is placed in a bottle. Ionic premium plant nutrients have been faithfully manufactured to the same high standards since 1997, as growers around the globe continuously rely on Ionic premium plant nutrients’ efficiency, consistency, value & reputation.
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