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Beneficial Elements for Indoor Gardening and Hydroponic Growers Featured

Check out our guide to beneficial elements for your indoor grow room. Check out our guide to beneficial elements for your indoor grow room.


After many discoveries in plant physiology, scientists have identified and categorized the elements needed to support plant growth as the essential elements. Rightly named, these elements are essential to plant function and are required for plant health. In addition to the essential elements there is another group of elements that plant scientists are classifying as beneficial elements.

These elements are not essential to plant functions but display certain benefits when available to the plants. In order for a grower of high-value plants to have the most productive garden possible he or she must not only understand and feed the plants the essential elements but also gain an understanding of how to use the beneficial elements to their advantage. At this time there are four elements categorized as beneficial elements. They are silicon, sodium, cobalt, and selenium.


Of all the beneficial elements, none are as important or widely used as silicon. Silica formulations have become increasingly popular within the indoor gardening community as well as commercial agriculture. This is because silicon is associated with structural integrity as well as heightened resistance to various pathogens.

Silicon also helps high-value plants negate stressful conditions such as excess heat (all too common for indoor horticulture) or drought. There are many different silica formulations on the market but growers of high-value plants should look for the most soluble form possible. Rhino Skin by Advanced Nutrients is probably the best choice for hydroponic growers as it is derived from potassium silicate and is more pH balanced than other silica formulas.


In certain plants, sodium aids in metabolism and the synthesis of chlorophyl. Some plants will use sodium as a substitute for potassium when potassium levels are low (for particular purposes, like aiding the opening and closing of stomata). Adequate sodium levels are usually found in most media and fertilizers.


Cobalt is an essential component of many enzymes and co-enzymes. It has been shown to affect the metabolism of plants in different degrees depending on the concentration found in the soil or medium. Cobalt interacts with other elements to form complexes. Cobalt’s absorption into the plant is dependent on the complexes formed.


Selenium is actually toxic to most plants at any level higher than trace amounts. However, in trace amounts it has been shown as a component of beneficial antioxidant enzymes. All in all, selenium is usually found in minute amounts in fertilizers and mediums so growers don’t really need to worry about supplementing it.

Growers who make sure that their plants are receiving both essential elements and beneficial elements are sure to achieve the most bountiful gardens possible. Silicon is the only beneficial element that most growers will need to worry about supplementing into their gardens; however, a better understanding of the other beneficial elements will increase their overall knowledge of the processes the plants are undergoing.

Horticulturists who supplement silica along with a balanced nutrient regiment will provide their plants with all the essential and beneficial elements needed for prolific growth and gigantic yields.  

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