Hydro nutrience Is it all just marketing?
Whats up with the hydroponics retail industry?
I went into a shop last night to get some hydroton and was looking at the prices for the base A, B nutrients and thinking
"these prices are nuts."
They were selling Anywhere from $48.00 for a 4 liter (us gallon) of A and B to well over a hundred for the same size. I can make it at home for $5.00!?!?!? $48.00 for 8 liters of water and at their cost $1.00 worth of mineral salts!?!?!?
Then I looked at their other nutrients such as boosters and fortifiers and ...... OMG they are even more expensive then the base nutrients ~Shocking !! They sell Cal-mag for $30.00
for 2 liters (half US Gal) It's a Dollars worth of mineral salts for me to make it, and it could be pennies if I was buying the mineral salts in 50 pound bags instead of 2-3 kilogram (4-6LBS) as I have.
It must be all about marketing?
They get you to buy the base nutrient and then tell you "hey if you want to grow really big and good plants you will need to buy these boosters and fortifiers....".
Why don't they just make an all in one A-B and get it over with? Something that you don't have to buy two or three different products.
Why make a grow base formula and then also make a grow fortifier that needs to be added to the base?? Why make a bloom base formula and also a bloom fortifier that needs to be added to the base?? Just put the appropriate amount of mineral salts in the base formula in the first place and get it over with.