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Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Organic Nutrients Vs. Synthetic Nutrients

Growers have a choice to make - synthetic or organic? Growers have a choice to make - synthetic or organic?

I’ve been in the grow business for years, and one of the questions I’m often asked is about nutrients – organic or synthetic, which is better? I think it comes down to preference, and also what medium you are using, so I usually tell my customers to do their research to decide which nutrients best suit their needs and their particular set-up or system. But I’m going to go more in depth into my thoughts on synthetic nutrients versus organic nutrients today.

When you hear the word organic, you think clean pure and natural. When you ehar synthetic, the first thing that comes to mind is that man-made = unpure. You might think that settles it, but my personal experience has led me to believe one is better for soil and one is better for hydro. Let's get into the pros and cons of synthetic vs organic, which one is better for which medium and help you decide which is right for you.

Organic gardening means growing plants without any synthetic or chemical; nutrients; instead, organic gardeners use only natural methods and nutrients. The pros to using organic nutrients are that it's healthier because there will be no chemical traces left in your crop come harvest time, and in turn your fruits are healthier to ingest. Another pro is that going organic is eco-friendly because using natural nutrients is better for our planet. Also, the taste you get from going all organic is nothing you can compare to using a synthetic nutrient. There are not many cons to using organic, but some argue that you will see lower yields and don’t like that it's more expensive. How much you spend is really up to you, and as for yields, well, that usually comes down to how well you can grow.  All in all, from my past experiences growing in soil and going organic, you can't beat the taste.

The biggest con to synthetic gardening is the overall taste of your crop. It falls way short of what you get from organic nutrients.

Synthetic gardening uses synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to enhance and allow you to have better control of the growing environment. Pros of using synthetic nutrients include higher yields. I know I just said in the paragraph above that the yield depends on the skill of the grower, and that’s true, but generally, the average grower will get more for his or her money when growing crops using synthetic nutrients.

Another pro is that using synthetic nutrients requires less time and work. For example, synthetic nutrients can sometimes allow you to rid your garden of pests and disease more easily, as well as boost the size and yield of your plants. If your crop is looking weak, a synthetic fertilizer can provide you with and quick results.

However, the biggest con to synthetic gardening is the overall taste of your crop. It falls way short of what you get from organic nutrients. Also some synthetic nutrients are not healthy to ingest, so if you don't flush well, you may pay the price in the end. And of course, last but not least, synthetic nutrients are not the best choice for our environment.

That was a quick rundown of some of the differences between using synthetic and organic nutrients, but there's a lot more to be said. Keep up with Rosebud Magazine and RosebudMag.com for all the info you need about all kinds of growing and all aspects of growing. Until next time fellow growers, Grow Big Or Go Home!!

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