I remember the first time I heard the word Hydroponic. I thought it had something to do with a woman about to give birth because I already knew hydro had to do with water, and pono had to do with labour. How naive was I then.
But this was in the early 2000s, and the truth is, agriculture had taken a back seat to other industries such as tourism and manufacturing. Notwithstanding the fact that the history of hydroponics dates back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Wikipedia states that, “Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil”.
However, I love the way my friends over by Fresh Water Systems put it: Hydroponics is the art of gardening without soil. Yes, you read correctly: without soil. That means no bugs to spray and no weeds to pull.
The bad weeds, that is. What a relief! But the world would not be balanced, if there were no disadvantages to growing plants without soil. Of course there are.
For one, the fact there is no soil means all the nutrients that can be found in the soil that plants need to grow have been eliminated. How then do these plants get their nutrients?
Best Hydroponic Nutrients in Canada: A List of Essentials
In nature, plants get their fertilizer from the decomposition of leaf litter and other organic matter, which then turns into nutrients by bugs and microbes. However in a hydroponic grow system, there is no soil, but your plants still need their nutrients.
What this means is that no matter which hydroponic grow system you choose, they all must have a complete nutrient solution. This liquid fertilizer must contain all the nutrients your plants will need, in a readily absorbable form. The reality is though that they are not all created equal. So which ones do? I’ll tell you.
I am going to share with you some of the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada, so let’s go.
First on the list is:
GreenPlanet Nutrient Systems
Plants need large amounts of macronutrients, especially Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). The NPK numbers you see on a fertilizer bag (like 30-10-30) are simply stating at what ratio these three macronutrients are mixed in that bag of fertilizer.
The other 3 macros that plants need are calcium, sulfur and magnesium. All 6 must be provided in the proper ratio in all hydroponic nutrient solutions. GreenPlanet nutrient systems include Hydro Fuel Glow and Hydro Fuel Bloom, which combined, provides all the nutrients your plants need to grow and “bloom”.
You can purchase GreenPlanet Nutrient Systems at an authorised GreenPlanet retailer. You can use their store locator feature to find your nearest store in British Columbia. Their nutrients can also be purchased directly through their website on their shop page.
ZipGrow’s Dyna-Gro Foliage Pro 9-3-6
In addition to macronutrients, plants also need micronutrients (minute traces of other elements) in order to thrive, just like you do. The nutrient solutions you buy for your indoor hydroponic garden are different from ordinary plant fertilizers. They include all the trace elements, too.
So, the hydroponic nutrient solution is like your one-a-day vitamin: it contains traces of iron, boron, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, copper, cobalt, chlorine, selenium and silicon. Dyna-Gro Foliage Pro 9-3-6 is an all-purpose complete nutrition formula containing 6 of the 7 essential macronutrients and all 10 essential micronutrients that every plant needs.
Foliage Pro can be used to promote both foliage and blooms. If you are looking for a single formula to use all the time on all your plants, this is the one. If you’re in the Cornwall region of Ontario, you can get your supply of the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada at ZipGrow.
You can also shop online at either their website or at other ZipGrow farmers’ sites. They’re available in Montreal, Winnipeg, Barrie and Midland, too.
DIABLO Nutrients’ The Diablo Nutrients 3-Part System
Diablo Nutrients is a Canadian company that produces a line of hydroponic-based nutrients called “smart nutrients” for cannabis growers.
Their Diablo Nutrients 3-Part System is a concentrated formula developed using pure high grade materials that are formulated and blended in a three component mixture designed specifically for producing medical cannabis.
According to Cannabis magazine, Diablo Nutrients is the nutrient of choice for cannabis growers because it was developed by plant researchers specifically for use on cannabis plants, unlike many other nutrient products on the market.
You will understand why this is important when you understand that the cannabis plant is unlike other plants. So if you’re in the British Columbia area, why not stop by Diablo Nutrients in Kelowna for the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada.
Canadian Hydro Supply
So you’re not in British Columbia. No worries. Canadian Hydro Supply (CHS) has got your back. Proudly Canadian, with over 15 years of customer service experience in the hydroponic industry, CHS has the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada.
Why? Because in addition to brands such as General Hydroponics and Advanced Nutrients, CHS are suppliers of Diablo Nutrients. Their motto is: Grow More For Less. That’s why they supply the highest quality products at the most competitive prices–so you can grow more, for less.
They also deliver all over Canada, from Yukon to Nova Scotia.
Homegrown Hydroponics is another big name when it comes to hydroponic-based nutrient systems. They do not seem to have their own nutrient solution. However, they are also a major supplier of some of the biggest brand names, including Advanced Nutrients™.
Advanced Nutrients™ has refined and developed the most full spectrum three-part nutrient package available to growers. 5-in-1 Grow, Micro and Bloom base nutrients are complete hydroponic-based nutrient systems.
They also have General Hydroponics products, GreenPlanet and Dutch Nutrients. So, if you’re in Toronto, then Homegrown Hydroponics Inc is the place to go for your nutrients for your indoor hydroponic garden. They are also available online so you can visit their website.
Another supplier of the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada is:
If you’re looking for the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada, visit the website of Indoor Farmer. Indoor Farmer exists to offer Canadian’s the opportunity to “grow their own” food and medicine.
They believe that indoor gardening will be increasingly important in a world that demands self-sustainable practises. They are also suppliers of several US brands of hydroponic-based nutrients, including General Hydroponics’ Flora Series and Fresh Water Systems’ FoxFarm FX14050 Liquid Nutrient.
And my list of best hydroponic nutrients in Canada would not be complete if I didn’t give General Hydroponics’ Flora Series its own space on my list.
Although General Hydroponics is a US-based company, I believe their nutrient solution deserves to be on this list because they are ubiquitous across Canada. They have one of the best hydroponic nutrient systems in the world, so read on to learn about this company and their nutrient systems.
So, how did NASA grow aeroponic bean seedlings in zero gravity aboard a space station? They used General Hydroponics Flora Series nutrients.
General Hydroponics is a big name in the horticultural industry. Its GH Flora is a three-part hydroponic-based nutrient system that comes in quarts or gallons. One part provides nutrients for structural and foliar growth.
Another part provides Nitrogen, Potassium and Calcium, while the third part provides minerals for flowering, fruiting and seed production. According to General Hydroponics, its Flora Series is formulated to help feed the right minerals, in the right ratios, to help plants flourish.
Each formula provides a carefully proportion for a balanced nutrition. Not enough or too much of a single element in a plant’s diet can lead to deficiencies and toxicities. According to General Hydroponics, its nutrient system is best for Hemp, other herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers.
GH Flora is also available in Canada via Amazon and all the suppliers’ websites listed in this article.
Where to Find the Best Hydroponic Nutrients in Canada
In conclusion, when buying hydroponic nutrient systems for your indoor hydroponic garden, ensure to buy the best quality nutrients and only buy solutions formulated specifically for hydroponics.
Some of the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada are found in GreenPlanet Nutrient Systems, ZipGrow’s Dyna-Gro Foliage Pro 9-3-6, Diablo Nutrients 3-Part System and General Hydroponics’ Flora Series.
Canadian Hydro Supply, Homegrown Hydroponics and Indoor Farmer are major suppliers of the best hydroponic nutrients in Canada, including the Advanced Nutrients™ brand. Worthy of mention is Humboldts Secret Supplies’ Golden Tree — another nutrient system with base in the US, and available in Canada via Amazon.
So there you have it. The best hydroponic nutrients in Canada. Do you have another list of best hydroponic nutrients in Canada, or do you think we could have added a few more to our list? Let us know what they are in the comments box below.