Common Problems with Athena Nutrients: Troubleshooting Guide

Greetings, fellow green thumbs!  Whether you’re a seasoned cultivator or a fresh sprout in the cannabis gardening world, navigating the nutrient market can feel like walking through a dense, bewildering jungle filled with a dizzying array of options. One brand that rises above the treetops is Athena, hailing from the sunshine state of California.  But even…

Common Problems with Athena Nutrients: Troubleshooting Guide

Understanding Athena’s Product Lines

Understanding Athena

Before diving into the problems and solutions, we must familiarize ourselves with Athena’s offerings. 

With its water-soluble superheroes like Athena Core, Pro Grow, and Pro Bloom, the Pro Line is the go-to for your hydroponic needs

Then we have The Blended Line, a mix of liquid fertilizers like Athena Grow A+B and additives like Athena Balance, each playing a vital role in your cannabis plant’s diet

Finally, we have the IPM Line with Athena IPM, your integrated pest management champion.

Common Problems with Athena Nutrients

Let’s get our hands dirty (or, if you’re a hydroponic enthusiast, wet!) with some of the issues that might pop up when feeding your green babies Athena’s nutrients.

Nutrient Deficiencies and Solutions

We’ve all been there. You’re tending to your green ladies, and boom! 

A deficiency hits you out of nowhere, turning those lush leaves into a color palette you didn’t sign up for.

Let’s tackle some common culprits:

  • Nitrogen Deficiency: Recognize this by the yellowing of lower leaves. A little Athena Pro Grow could be just what the doctor ordered.
  • Phosphorus Deficiency: Got some red or purple shades creeping into your leaves? Athena PK should put things back to normal.

pH Imbalances and Solutions

Maintaining the proper pH can mean distinguishing between a thriving plant and a withering one. 

Now, a pH imbalance might be to blame if you’re seeing leaf discoloration, spots, or slow growth.

Use Athena’s charts as your bible and aim for 5.8-6.5 pH for soil and 5.5-6.1 pH for hydroponic systems. 

Remember, not all heroes wear capes. Some carry pH meters.

Compatibility with Growing Systems

Next up, we have the question of compatibility. 

Is Athena Pro Line ready for a date with soil mixtures

Opinions differ. While Pro Line products love dancing with hydroponic systems, the soil might be a trickier partner. 

So, tread carefully, and don’t be afraid to switch to the Blended Line if needed.

Compatibility with Growing Systems

Troubleshooting Tips for Common Problems

Great, we’ve identified some problems. But how do we fix them? 

Grab your gardening gloves, and let’s delve in!

Adjusting Nutrient Schedules

First up, let’s chat about Athena nutrient schedules. 

Think of these as your plants’ meal plans. Too much of something, and they might end up with a nutrient hangover. 

Here’s the deal:

  • For nutrient-rich soil, use 50-75% of the recommended dose.
  • If your plants are screaming for more nutrients, try a 25% increment. Patience is key here, folks.

Monitoring pH and EC Levels

Get ready to wear your scientist hat because it’s time to monitor pH and EC (electroconductivity) levels.

A wise man (or woman, we can’t quite remember) once said, “Approximately 80% of plant nutrition problems in controlled environments can be prevented by monitoring substrate pH and EC levels”. 

Wise words, indeed.

Fine-tuning Irrigation and Feeding Practices

Remember, water is the elixir of life, but too much of a good thing can lead to problems. 

Your watering frequency should be dictated by your plant’s size, the medium, and the climate. 

A soggy plant is an unhappy plant.

Expert Tips and Recommendations

Ready for some wisdom from an old hand in the cannabis game? Good, because here are some nuggets of knowledge:

  • For starters and clones, Athena nutrients have proven effective in preventing yellowing and transplant shock in coco substrates.
  • Regular foliar applications using Athena products can help strengthen plants. It’s like their personal gym workout!
  • Remember, each plant is an individual. The “one size fits all” approach doesn’t apply here.


That’s it, folks! We’ve ventured through the jungle and come out wiser on the other side. 

Athena might be a goddess, but her nutrients aren’t infallible. 

Watch for early warning signs, adjust as needed, and check those pH and EC levels. Happy cultivating!



Does Athena nutrients contain PGRs?

No, Athena’s nutrients do not contain Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs).

Can you use Athena with tap water?

Yes, Athena can be used with tap water, but adjusting the pH for optimal nutrient uptake is recommended.

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