Feeding your plants with Hard water. What to do?

Growing plants with hard tap water is possible, but there are a number of challenges that must be addressed to ensure the health and optimal growth of your plants. Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals, especially calcium and magnesium. When the concentration of calcium (Ca) becomes too high, it begins to react with phosphorus (P). Both elements are now unavailable to the plant. Deficiencies of these elements will occur. So even with a high concentration of calcium, you can get a calcium deficiency.

How hard is your water?

Tap water's hardness can vary greatly depending on where you live and can be categorized into soft, medium, hard, and even very bad water. You can determine what type of water is coming out of your tap by measuring it with an EC meter. You can also check the website of your local water supplier. But the connection to the EC meter is mandatory, especially if you want to deal with it.

How to deal with hard water when feeding your plants.

Gen1:11 products give you complete control over any water composition.

With normal water!
If you are using water with a value of 0.4 EC to 0.6 EC, use Gen1:11 Solid Green and follow the feeding schedule. Be sure to increase the EC on the schedule by the EC of the water if it is higher than 0.4 EC. Around the 0.6 EC level, you are in a transition situation where it may be necessary to start using a combination of Gen1:11 Solid Green and Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water.

If you have soft water! Do you have soft water coming out of your tap? Are you using rainwater or filtered water with an EC of less than 0.4 EC? Then use Gen1:11 CalMag to increase it to an EC value of 0.4 EC. To do this you should use an EC meter. Then continue with the growth schedule and use the Gen1:11 Solid Green.

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Solid Green Hard Water Solution for use with hard water

For Hard Water For hard water with an EC of 0.7, use Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water. Again, if the EC is around 0.6, it may be necessary to use a combination of Gen1:11 Solid Green and Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water.

For extremely hard or even bad water Extremely hard/bad water with more than 0.8 EC often contains other salts and chlorides in addition to the minerals calcium, magnesium and iron. Sodium and chlorides are not the elements you want to feed your plants. We recommend that you filter this water first. Osmosis filtration is the best option. After filtration, the water will have an EC of about 0.1 EC. This depends on the quality of the filtration system used. But the EC level should be lower than 0.4 EC. Now raise the EC of the filtered water to 0.4 EC with Gen1:11 CalMag. Then follow the growth schedule and use Gen1:11 Solid Green.

Your plants will tell you if they are having a good time or not. Keep an eye on your plants. Pay close attention to your plants for signs of nutritional imbalance, toxicity, or deficiency. Symptoms such as leaf discoloration, burned leaf tips, or poor or stunted growth may indicate problems. If young and new leaves turn yellow, there is almost certainly a calcium deficiency.

Read your plants. Adjust as needed.

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Wat te doen bij een tekort?
Soms is het nodig om eerst meteen snelle reactie te komen. Maak in dit geval een spray van Gen1:11 Solid Green. Meng 1 – 2 ml per liter met leidingwater. Besproei de plant van boven naar beneden met een fijne nevel. Doe dit niet in de volle zon/licht of wanneer planten in volle bloei staan. Corrigeer vervolgens je irrigatiepraktijken om verdere problemen te voorkomen.
Voor zacht water: Gebruik Gen1:11 CalMag om het startwater te verhogen tot een EC van 0,4 EC. Gebruik een gekalibreerde EC-meter voor een nauwkeurige meting.
Voor hard water: Als u Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water alleen gebruikt. Gebruik een combinatie met Gen1:11 Solid Green om het calciumgehalte te verhogen. Of, als u al een combinatie van Gen1:11 Solid Green en Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water gebruikt. Verhoog de verhouding tussen Gen1:11 Solid Green en Gen1:11 Solid Green Hard Water.
Met normaal water komt calcium/magnesiumtekort meestal niet voor. Het komt alleen voor als het schema niet goed wordt gevolgd, wat een tekort kan veroorzaken. Of als er een voedingsstoffenuitsluiting is opgetreden door een te hoge voedingsstoffenconcentratie als gevolg van overvoeding. Zorg ervoor dat je een gekalibreerde EC-meter gebruikt om de juiste EC-niveaus te meten.

Other Causes of Calcium Deficiency!
Calcium is an immobile element and is transported through the plant by respiration processes. Providing the proper airflow, humidity and temperature allows this process to work optimally. If it is not optimal, the process will slow down or even come to a complete halt. The result is a deficiency of immobile elements such as calcium and iron. Improper pH levels and nutrient imbalances are also causes that can reduce calcium absorption. Calcium deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies during growth. So it is important to get it right for the best results.

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