How to Use Miracle-Gro Food in a Hydroponic Solution?

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Things You'll Need

  • Hydroponic plants

  • Miracle-Gro

  • Bottle or bowl

Tip

You can mix a large amount of solution at a time and keep it in a tightly sealed bottle. This will save you a few minutes when it is time to feed your plants. If you do mix a large amount of Miracle-Gro solution, keep it out of reach of children as its color resembles that of juice.

Add 1 tsp. Epsom salts and 1 tsp. calcium chloride to your hydroponic solution to give your plants added nutrients, especially as they get larger and close to harvesting.

Warning

Do not add the full suggested solution of Miracle-Gro to your plants. This may cause the roots of otherwise healthy plants to turn brown. There is more nitrogen in the Miracle-Gro than hydroponic plants need.

Many gardeners use hydroponic–growing plants in a nutrient solution instead of soil to grow their plants. Because the growing medium is liquid, you need to do things a little differently, especially when adding chemical fertilizers such as Miracle-Gro to your plants. The method for adding Miracle-Gro to plants directly in the soil is easier than adding Miracle-Gro to plants in a hydroponic system.

Step 1

Read thoroughly the directions for adding Miracle-Gro to plants. Follow the charts, which take into account the number of plants you're feeding, where they are in the growing process and what type of plants you have, to decide the proper amount of Miracle-Gro to use.

Step 2

Put half of the suggested amount of Miracle-Gro into a bottle or bowl. Mix in the total amount of water suggested to produce a twice-diluted solution. Mix well to combine the water and the Miracle-Gro thoroughly. Tom Alexander, editor of "The Growing Edge Presents ...Hydroponic Solutions," published in 2004, recommends this dilution; Miracle-Gro does not address using their plant food in hydroponics on their website.

Step 3

Pour about ¼ cup of the watered-down Miracle-Gro solution into the nutrient solution. Pour the Miracle-Gro mixture around the edges of the plants' container and not directly on the roots of the plants.

Step 4

Add this solution to your hydroponic plants only about once per week.

Step 5

If you notice brown edges on the leaves, dilute the Miracle-Gro solution to three times the normal suggested dilution.

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Ruth O'Neil

Ruth O'Neil has been a freelance writer for almost 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles and stories in dozens of publications including "Parentlife," "CBA Retailers and Resources," "Lookout" and "Standard." She has also worked with a publishing company editing and preparing manuscripts for publication.