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Plants naturally grow in soil, but modern science has found other ways for them to grow.
Once you understand what things soil does for plants, you can then with the help of modern science begin to conceive other ways of doing those things, replacing the need for soil. If you are to manage plant nutrition in hydroponics, tissue culture or any other "artificial" situation, you need the sort of knowledge found in this book.

Hydroponics and tissue culture are technologically advanced ways of growing plants without soil. They offer the grower many advantages, not the least an ability to have greater control over how the plant grows. One of the main differences between these two processes is that 'hydroponics' involves the cultivation of the entire plants, whereas 'tissue culture' involves the growth of small pieces of plant tissues.

It is of fundamental importance to understand the physiology and nutrient requirement specific to the species that you are cultivating. This e-book contains information about nutrient management, disease control, best growth systems used in hydroponics and tissue culture, among others.

 

CONTENTS

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Artificial Growing
  • Tissue Culture
  • Hydroponics
  • How Plants Uptake Nutrients
  • How Plants Absorb and Use Nutrients in Hydroponics
  • Hydroponics Techniques


Chapter 2: Pre-Packaged Nutrients

  • Using Solid Nutrients
  • Solutions and Precipitates
  • Why Twin-Pack Chemicals?
  • Why Single-Pack Liquid Solutions?
  • Organic Solutions


Chapter 3: Chemical Components

  • Types of Chemicals
  • Electrical Conductivity
  • The Role of pH in Hydroponics
  • What Are Solutions?
  • What Does a Hydroponic Nutrient Look Like?
  • Writing Chemical Names
  • Calculating the Amount of Nutrient in a Chemical
  • Mixing Nutrients
  • Hydroponic Fertiliser details


Chapter 4: Other Additives

  • Introduction
  • Allowable Additives for Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions
  • Beneficial Trace Elements as Hydroponic Additives
  • Bio-stimulants as Hydroponic Additives
  • Foliar Nutrition and Foliar sprays


Chapter 5: Creating Hydroponic Nutrients

  •  Introduction to Basic Mixes
  • Process of Making and Mixing Nutrients from Fertiliser Salts
  • Example Solutions
  • Nutrient Solution Formulation
  • Hydroponic Nutrient Levels
  • Nutrient Ratios
  • Assessing a Nutrient Formulation
  • Suggestions for Beginners


Chapter 6: Organic Hydroponic Nutrients

  • Brief History
  • Issues with Organics
  • Types of Organic Systems
  • Allowable Nutrient Sources and Products for Organic Production
  • Making Organic Nutrient Solutions Onsite
  • EC and pH Control in Organic Hydroponics
  • Problems with Organic Nutrients


Chapter 7: Tissue Culture Nutrients

  • Hydroponics vs. Tissue Culture
  • Nutrient Supply in Tissue Culture
  • A Tissue Culture Medium
  • Other Additives in Tissue Culture and Hydroponics
  • Organic Compounds


Chapter 8: Managing Contaminants

  • Water Quality
  • Disinfection Systems
  • Preventing Chemical Contaminants from Leaking into the Broader Environment


Chapter 9: Testing Solutions

  • Important Tests in Hydroponics
  • Water Quality Tests
  • Water quality test results and interpretation
  • Nutrient Balance Testing: Solution Analysis
  • Plant Testing: Foliar Mineral Levels
  • pH Tests for Hydroponics
  • EC Testing
  • Automatic EC and pH testing and control

Chapter 10: Nutritional Disorders

  • Nutrition Management
  • Diagnosing Nutritional Stress
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Macronutrients: NPK Deficiencies and Toxicities
  • Other Common Deficiencies and Toxicities
  • Micronutrients
  • What are the Most Common Symptoms?
  • Key to Detecting Deficiencies and Toxicities

Chapter 11: Nutrient Solution and Produce Nutrition

  • Examples of Nutrient Solution Manipulation and Produce Nutrition 

 

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