Propagation is the first stage of a plant's hydroponic journey. When it comes to nutrient needs, this beginning stage is definitely the easiest. Here's what you need to know
about nutrient needs during the propagation and seedling stages of hydroponics.
Hydroponic Propagation Is All About The Roots
Propagation is all about the roots. The end goal of the propagation stage is for your seedlings or clones to develop a healthy root system.
A healthy root system is important so when the plant is ready to go into the next stage, the vegetative stage, the plant is ready to take in a lot of nutrients for foliage
Nutrients Needed During Propagation Stage Of Hydroponics
When it comes to nutrient needs during the different stages of hydroponics, the propagation stage is definitely the easiest. Most of the nutrient needs are already
provided so for some time there no need to add any nutrients at all.
Seeds don't require nutrients to germinate, just proper moisture, warmth and darkness. After a seed germinates the seedling initially uses nutrients stored in the seeds
until it forms leaves and roots.
Once the seedling develops a few leaves and a small root system it will be ready for some mild nutrients.
Like seeds, fresh clones cut from a mother plant do not need any nutrients. Since clones dt have a root system, there is nothing to absorb the nutrients from the water.
Though not a necessity you can dip your clones in rooting hormone to increase the speed and success rate of your clones producing roots. I've also been pretty successful
getting clones to form roots using no rooting hormone and placing them in a heavily oxygenated hydroponic cloner. Once clones develop a small root system with some
branches then they are ready for some mild nutrients.
Giving clones nutrients too soon can actually be counterproductive, and instead slows the growth of the roots. suggest being patient and making sure the root system is
ready. Don't worry about them dying, they can live quite awhile in just oxygenated water.