What's the Difference Between Organic and Chemical Nutrients?
Q: What's the Difference Between Organic and Chemical Nutrients?
A: You can think of this as like the difference for people between healthy food and vitamin pills. Both provide the essential nutrients, but, like food, organic fertilizers also come with enzymes and other compounds that help plants absorb the nutrients. Additionally, they are delivered in the form that plants have evolved to use them.
Chemical nutrients are synthesized in a laboratory to replicate their natural sources. You don't need to be a nutritionist to know that real food will keep you healthier than popping vitamins.
Look for the "OMRI Listed®" label to identify nutrients compliant for use with your indoor organic garden. This label is awarded by the Organic Materials Review Institute, which has been designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to verify that fertilizers and other products for growers meet federally defined organic standards.