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What hydroponic nutrient solution is best for growing basil?

I'd prefer to know what characteristics to look for rather than a particular brand or product.

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This PDF gives a good breakdown

ppm Mineral levels for specific CF ranges for Basil

CF10 CF12 CF18
NITROGEN 33-100 40-120 60-180
PHOSPHOROUS 8-25 10-30 15-45
POTASSIUM 50-150 60-180 90-270
SULPHUR 13-40 16-48 24-72
CALCIUM 33-118 40-142 60-210
MAGNESIUM 8-25 10-30 15-45
SODIUM 3-35 3-35 3-35
CHLORIDE 3-35 3-35 3-35
IRON 0.7-3.6 0.8-3.6 1.2-5.0
MANGANESE 0.13-1.6 0.16-1.9 0.24-3.0
BORON 0.07-0.5 0.08-0.6 0.12-0.9
ZINC 0.03-1.0 0.04-1.0 0.06-1.0
COPPER 0.03-0.33 0.04-0.36 0.06-0.5
pH RANGE 6.0-6.5 6.0-6.5 6.0-6.5

Based on that you are looking for high Nitrogen, Potassium and Calcium.

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  • What does CF stand for?
    – Brian Low
    Oct 30, 2013 at 5:26
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    CF is the Conductivity Factor, The electrical conductivity of the nutrient solution which goes up and down with the concentration of the solution.
    – dogmatic69
    Oct 30, 2013 at 12:12
  • "Page not found" Jan 12, 2016 at 22:12
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    Good thing I posted all the important bits here then...
    – dogmatic69
    Dec 13, 2016 at 13:04

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