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Hydroponic Gardening Leads to Bigger Yields

Updated on December 14, 2012

BaddAss Grow Ventilation Tactics--Erik Biksa presents Hydroponics Secrets giving hydroponics growing BaddAss ventilation tactics for grow room cooling, de-humidification and air movement with host Erik Biksa. Please check out Erik's other videos at

Home made Outdoor Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponics Part 1

This is one week after I transferred my plants out of soil to my newly build deep water culture hydroponics system. They are 27 gallon containers, but I dont fill them up all the way. I only fill till the water level is one inch above my net pots. thats about 18 gallons. My pump is 70 liters per minute, its way over kill for only 60 gallons of water but I bought a big one because I plan on expanding. I have one 18" air stone in each super box. I will make an update video every one to two weeks. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share! thanks!

Watch It Grow Hydroponics Video - Downey, CA - Home + Garden

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Spannabis 2012 Big Mike Interview part 1

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AgriHouse Air Foods - Aeroponic Organic Food Production

Discovery Channel interview (aired January 15th &16th 2009) with Rick Stoner, Founder and President of AgriHouse Inc. Includes tour of the Air-Foods facility in Denver, Colorado. Rick discusses wheat and the impact that aeroponics can have world food production.

My first venture & success in Hydroponic farming. Here is my hydro Wheatgrass!

I have been curious about growing plants hydroponically so I decided to try it on a small scale with some wheat grass. With my own system I was able to sprout and grow Wheatgrass with only water.

Square Wave, Low Frequency VS High Frequency Digital Ballasts presents medical marijuana grow lighting square wave low frequency digital ballasts compared to high frequency digital ballasts for hydroponics medical marijuana grow lighting

Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Strawberries

This is a short video inteview with Doug Eldred from the Skaneateles area, farming over 1400 acres. After much research about hydroponic growing, he and his wife, Linda decided to open Strawberry Fields U-Pick Hydroponic Farm in July of 2009. I shot this footage with my iPhone and edited it with iMovie. My Hydroponic/Aquaponic club bought one of their strawberry systems and have it operating at our school.
Strawberry Fields U-Pick Hydroponic Farm

Hydroponic Wheatgrass @ PuraVegan

Hydroponic Wheatgrass @ PuraVegan

BaddAss VS NextGen | Digital Ballast Shootout-HD presents medical marijuana grow lighting square wave low frequency digital ballasts compared to high frequency digital ballasts for hydroponics medical marijuana grow lighting

2010 Hydroponic green house Update # 1

Produce grown in an aeroponic hydroponic hybrid system. I custom built this system and plan to modify some aspects of its operation.

Vertical Earth Gardens client installation

A quick video, of a garden after a 20 minute installation of VEG. This client opted for a our garden on wheels, to easily move the garden to different places in her backyard.

Hydroponic Growing - Basil

Basil from seed to harvest in 6 weeks

Urban Grower: Medical Marijuana Heart of Gold

Went to a surprise party near Vancouver a few years ago. The surprise was this mysterious medical marijuana grower on the redwood deck outside the party house.

The guy was built like a tank but had a very friendly face. He was wearing sunglasses even though sun was nowhere to be seen. All the while, the dude was rolling Cheech and Chong joints crammed with a quarter ounce or more of freshly-ground BC marijuana each.

No sooner did he roll, lick, light and pass his marijuana phatties, but he’d reach into an industrial-size ziplock, yank out a handful of sticky, perfectly-manicured reddish-green buds, and start grinding more bud. This guy was a human machine, manufacturing huge blunts! Over the course of the party, his weed was responsible for rocketing dozens of brains into outer space.

He introduced himself to me as “Remo.” Was accompanied by his lovely wife Sandy.

His cigar joints tasted like candy and stayed lit easily, burning to white ash...a for-sure sign this guy was a skilled grower. All the other BC bud I’d been smoking was unflushed chemweed that made butane lighter companies rich because the stuff wouldn't stay lit. That BC chemweed tore your lungs out.

Thank the gods that Remo's medical marijuana had smoothness, kind flavor and THC punch like the finest outdoor organic bud...but he'd grown it indoors using synthetic hydroponics nutrients and a space age grow room.

One thing I noticed about him right away: no matter how much he smoked, he never got sloppy, brain-dead, or burnt out. And I just had to ask him how he was able to provide such copious amounts of medicine.

Turns out that Remo was a musician who enjoyed using and growing marijuana medicinally. He wanted to grow more...a lot more.

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39 Aeroponic Pepper UPDATE (DAY 63)

The 39 peppers have been in the aeroponic rails for 63 days and are doing great. In this video I show fruiting, long reach buzz pollination, and general info on my grow. Please subscribe and comment. Thanks for Watching.

Fresh Basil from Gro-Rite Greenhouses

Take a look at how Gro-Rite Greenhouses in Belvidere, NJ grows fresh basic using a computerized hydroponic system. From seedling to around 6 weeks. Now you can have fresh basil all year round.

Custom Blending OG Kush, Kali Mist, AK 47 and other Medical Marijuana

Paul had a “problem” all of us hydroponics medical marijuana growers would love to have…a lot of different varieties of marijuana all in the same grow room. It was a problem because it meant different feed programs and timing. But it was also a great opportunity to customize his marijuana medicine and growing tech specifically for his needs. Here are the details:

Each variety of medical marijuana comes with its own tendencies to give you a mixture of cannabinoids in various ratios and percentages. Some varieties may have more THC; others may have more CBD or CBN. What this means is that the “high” or medical effects you get from marijuana feel different based on what you’re consuming.

You’ll often hear hydroponics medical marijuana growers discussing marijuana medical effects. Paul says if he smokes Kali Mist after 4 pm he won’t be getting to sleep because it's a pure Sativa that’s way stimulating.

He won’t smoke an OG Kush before 8 pm, because its heavy Indica high couchlocks him and makes him eat a lot and then fall right to sleep, perhaps leaving an open, melting container of ice cream in his wake.

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Austin Aquaponics - Huge basil at HannaLeigh Farm

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CO2 Fuels Marijuana Yield!

Marijuana plants breathe what we exhale, and marijuana plants love CO2 because it fuels photosynthesis for faster growth and bigger yields. When you add CO2 to your marijuana hydroponics grow room, you greatly increase your return on investment.

Ambient CO2 concentration is 300-400 parts per million (ppm), but be aware that many cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Denver often have intermittent “CO2 domes” floating on top of them that add CO2 and other air pollutants to your urban air. Check with your local air quality agencies about that. Urban air pollution is a killer.

Inside your marijuana grow room you can add CO2 to increase concentrations to 1000-1500 ppm so your plants grow about 25% faster in grow phase and produce 10-35% more harvest weight.

It is a matter of opinion, but many believe that added CO2 also helps your marijuana plants produce more THC.

Extra CO2 in your hydroponics room enables your plants to handle more heat. With ambient levels of CO2 in the regular range, you keep your hydroponics room temperature at 70-74F. But when you’ve added CO2 to create 1000-1500 ppm , your cannabis plants tolerate temperatures as high as 85F.

When you increase CO2 concentrations in your grow room air, you also have to feed your marijuana plants more hydroponics nutrients, more light, and more water. If you don’t give them more food, water and light, the extra CO2 may hurt your plants instead of help them.

You can use dry ice, fermentation, and a variety of contraptions to add CO2. Dry ice and fermentation are cheap and simple, but you can’t precisely control how much CO2 they produce.

Serious marijuana growers use hydroponics devices that distribute CO2 from tanks or produce CO2 by burning propane or natural gas. Distributing from tanks requires using the proper regulator to control output, but even then you may have a hard time getting precise levels. It’s important to have precision control over CO2 levels because too much CO2 (above 1500 ppm) can damage your plants.

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How to Grow Tomatoes - Hydroponic Beefsteak Tomatoes

This video shows how to grow hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse. Seven weeks from the time tomatoes were planted you can see all stages of fruits up to the flowers and the main crop work tasks are explained.

Indoor Hydroponic Medical Marijuana Grow "Harvest"

Hi folks this season is coming to an end,
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light:400w hps
System= ebb & flood 45 L
Nuts= 50% of light feeding program of advance nutrients 3 product, Micro, Grow, Bloom
Flowering time= 7 weeks
as your see some top are purple, that's the first time i get that on my indoor grow.
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THC-Boosting Hydroponics Marijuana Technology You Might Never Get to See

You deserve hydroponics equipment and supplies that’ll grow you the strongest, most valuable marijuana. But the hydroponics industry is dominated by a shadowy cartel that interferes with your right to get the most value for the money you spend on hydroponics gear.

In the latest in our series of insider interviews exploring how Maximum Yield, Sunlight Supply, Hydrofarm, General Hydroponics and their allies impact your marijuana growing and the hydroponics community, we interview a leading hydroponics scientist and consultant....

Big Buds: Start by telling Big Buds readers about your job and qualifications.

Hydroponics Scientist: My academic training is in agronomy, horticultural science, and engineering product development. I am a currently a consultant for hydroponics manufacturers doing research and design to make hydroponics products specifically for marijuana.

Big Buds: Why should marijuana growers be concerned about hydroponics manufacturing and retailing?

Hydroponics Scientist: Marijuana produces dozens of compounds, including THC, that no other plant produces. Because of that, it has nutritional input and environmental needs that no other plant has. It needs a plant-specifc program of handling and feeding.

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Boise Home Hydroponic Window Farm

Recently installed kitchen hydroponic windowfarm. Uses water pump to circulate the water from a 2 gallon reservoir through 10 hanging pots. Climbing rope is used to hang the pots. The system is hooked up to a timer that turns it on once for ten minutes every 3 hours to cut down on electricity use and keep the annoying pump noise to a minimum.

My Simple Hydroponics at Home

Hydroponics set-up

Home garden greenhouse Hydroponic Tomatoes - 9 Advantages

If you're thinking of growing your own hydroponic tomatoes then you should as they are delicious and you will make some serious money from them.

Maximum Yield Marijuana Hypocrisy

As medical marijuana growers, we need to feel safe with hydroponics retailers, hydroponics manufacturers, and hydroponics media because even though what we do is legal according to state laws, people can still mess with you if you grow marijuana. So trust is everything. You gotta know that people are 100% totally chill with you growing marijuana, that they are not dissing marijuana growers, that they are not ashamed to be part of the marijuana community.

So when Maximum Yield magazine brought its indoor gardening expo to San Francisco in July, 2011, it ignited an important debate about trust and honesty in the hydroponics community.

Maximum Yield hydroponics expos could be a time of celebration and coming together for the entire hydroponics industry, except for the way that Maximum Yield handles the issue of medical marijuana cultivation, which everyone acknowledges is the backbone of the hydroponics industry.

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Drip Top Feed Hydroponic System Home-made Update

Here is an update showing the system I built after some plant growth.

UrbanGrower 35 Mailbag & New Stuff On this edition of Mailbag & New Stuff Remo checks out Bud Candy from Advanced Nutrients, glass hot knives from, and a CO2 monitor that you can calibrate yourself....He also answers a few viewer e mails, giving some very wise advice, indeed! Remo is a Master Grower with a large following at

Home Made Hydroponics Marijuana Weed Indoor Grow Kit 600 watt HPS Autoflower Purple Jems

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Farms of the Future

To make room for nature, farms of the future may have to move off the land and into skyscrapers. Dickson Despommier explains his idea.

Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect EXTREME Demonstration

Advanced Nutrients presents "The pH Perfect EXTREME Demonstration" See how it works on three very different water pH levels. Perfect hydroponics nutrients every time, without adding pH adjusters or buying expensive pH hydroponics monitoring equipment?

Grow Food Vertically in Windows and Walls of your Home with Hydroponic Gardening

John from visits the maker faire to learn about how to grow food in your windows and on your walls. Plants on walls a new system to grow plants vertically up any inside or outside well. Also learn about window gardens, a way to hydroponically grow food in any window of an apartment, condo or home. These are great alternatives to container growing in small spaces.

Cannabis Hydroponic Vertical Grow Room

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Archived from HG420 feb 2007 Heath Robinsons hydroponics cannabis, marijuana Vertical Grow Racks.
The following are my own notes on the thread, details all together for ease of understanding, etc. Maybe it will be helpful to others. * floor plan 4 ft by 6 ft * 4ft growing height * 2 600Watt lights hung vertically side by side * 7.5 litre (2 gallon) square pots, filled with hydroton * each site is fed by an individual tube, no drippers that clog * 3 rows vertically (2 rows after changes) * 84 sites with 3 row config(56 with 2 rows by my math) * fed from a 45 gallon reservoir with a 7000 litre per hour pump * gutters catch runoff and drain to a secondary reservoir * smaller pump on float switch empties secondary reservoir into main when full * feeding : 3 times a day for 15 minutes each * achieved 1.5 grams per watt running from rooted clones (damn)

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Cannabis Hydroponic Vertical Grow Room

Best Seed Bank Reviews, Ratings. If you are thinking of buying Marijuana Cannabis seeds you really need to check out Best Seed Bank first! all the latest Seed Bank Reviews left by real people.

Archived from HG420 feb 2007 Heath Robinsons hydroponics cannabis, marijuana Vertical Grow Racks.
The following are my own notes on the thread, details all together for ease of understanding, etc. Maybe it will be helpful to others. * floor plan 4 ft by 6 ft * 4ft growing height * 2 600Watt lights hung vertically side by side * 7.5 litre (2 gallon) square pots, filled with hydroton * each site is fed by an individual tube, no drippers that clog * 3 rows vertically (2 rows after changes) * 84 sites with 3 row config(56 with 2 rows by my math) * fed from a 45 gallon reservoir with a 7000 litre per hour pump * gutters catch runoff and drain to a secondary reservoir * smaller pump on float switch empties secondary reservoir into main when full * feeding : 3 times a day for 15 minutes each * achieved 1.5 grams per watt running from rooted clones (damn)

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Designing the vertical farm -

Four architects describe their designs for the vertical farms of the future

Ecofactory - Detention Center Hydroponic Greenhouse with Debra Taylor: Part 1 - Deputy Debra Taylor gives us a your through the hydroponic greenhouse and fish farm in the Sanford, Florida women's detention center. As a part of this program, certain inmates are allowed to help with the cultivating and harvesting of these fish and produce, which are then fed in the cafeteria or staff lounge, cutting costs in the prison. This operation is sustainable and gives the inmates a breath of fresh air. Part 1 of 2.

Advanced Nutrients Grow, Bloom, Micro by Advanced Nutrients scientists conducted extensive research on plant tissue samples and found plants perform best when the ratio of application of our GMB(Grow-Mirco-Bloom) is 1:1:1. Professional and Grand Master growers may have the experience to experiment with that ratio, but our test gardens have shown great results with 1:1:1. When our GMB is used with the Bigger Yields System, nutrient absorption is higher than ever before possible with any 3-part formula.
Advanced Nutrients GMB is manufactured with the latest coatings, chelates and processes, which means much more nutrition is absorbed by plants. That's why you use a lot less of our nutrients when compared to General Hydroponics, which is 25% weaker than our 3-part.

Drip Top Feed Hydroponic System Home-made Update

Here is an update showing the system I built after some plant growth.

Jungle Juice Grow, Micro, Bloom Click on this url to download a free pdf with details of the best deal in town. 40% off the same 3-part formula fertilizer as General Hydroponics Grow Micro Bloom. Advanced Nutrients Jungle Juice Grow Micro Bloom contains the exact same ingredients as the GH product, except Jungle Juice is pharmaceutical grade, made using RO water, and consistently uniform wherever in the world you buy this product. Why pay more? You save money by picking up the 3 containers of Jungle Juice at your hydroponics store today!

How To Build A Hydroponic System Part 1 of 2

This video will teach you how to build your own hydroponic system.

Cannabis Hydroponic Vertical Grow Room
Best Seed Bank Reviews, Ratings. If you are thinking of buying Marijuana Cannabis seeds you really need to check out Best Seed Bank first! all the latest Seed Bank Reviews left by real people.

Archived from HG420 feb 2007 Heath Robinsons hydroponics cannabis, marijuana Vertical Grow Racks.
The following are my own notes on the thread, details all together for ease of understanding, etc. Maybe it will be helpful to others. * floor plan 4 ft by 6 ft * 4ft growing height * 2 600Watt lights hung vertically side by side * 7.5 litre (2 gallon) square pots, filled with hydroton * each site is fed by an individual tube, no drippers that clog * 3 rows vertically (2 rows after changes) * 84 sites with 3 row config(56 with 2 rows by my math) * fed from a 45 gallon reservoir with a 7000 litre per hour pump * gutters catch runoff and drain to a secondary reservoir * smaller pump on float switch empties secondary reservoir into main when full * feeding : 3 times a day for 15 minutes each * achieved 1.5 grams per watt running from rooted clones (damn)

Our Hydroponic Greenhouse - hydroponics system

This video is our greenhouse. My husband built it. It grows our greens hydroponically. We have collards, Swiss chard, arugula, dandelion, watercress, lettuces, and romaine.

Introduction to CropKing

Introduction to Soilless Controlled Environmental Agriculture. We sell the greenhouse structures, growing systems, growing supplies, learning material and host growers school

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Hydroponic Vegetable Greenhouse

This video shows the Urban Food Farm from
It's a complete greenhouse kit system with hydroponics, irrigation, soil-less growing and a very efficient space layout to grow organic vegetables and herbs year round. The greenhouse floor plant is 8x12. Normally the greenhouse walls are clear polycarbonate but since it's been raining they are covered in condensation.

We tried to show the inside of the greenhouse design and closeup of all the vegetable plants. Compare to the other videos taken 2 weeks and 3 weeks prior, the vegetable and herb plants grow fast. This video is from 12/21/10, it's hard to believe it's December, the plants are growing as if it was March.
This video shows a close look of the tomato plants, all the herb plants like chives, basil, cilantro, mint and a few others, there are also cucumber, zucchini, squash, lettuce, micro greens and strawberry plants. Some of the plants we planted from seed on week 2 of the project and others like the older tomato and cucumber plants were brought from an older version of this vegetable hydrofarm. All of the vegetables grown are organic from hybrid seed.

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Hydroponic Vertical Garden

DIY hydroponic garden. This is my vertical garden. Started with the idea of getting the most production out of a small space. By growing in the vertical styrofoam pots, you insulate the roots of the plant keeping them warm in winter and cool in the summer. By planting in coco coir, you have a completely nutreal media free of alkanlinity and PH; coco coir is necessary when using these vertical pots.

Currently, I have 120 Florida 91 tomato plants (please google Florida 91 to learn more about this remarkable heat and disease resistant tomato developed by the University of Florida). Each plant has produced almost 10 pound of tomatoes since the end of December 2008 and are still producing tomatoes expected to go through the summer. We have seedlings available to ship to you within the US only. Please email me at and let me know how many you want and I will send you a quote. Seeds are also available. You can go to ebay and bid or buy there or you can just email me at with the amount of seeds you would like; payment is accepted through paypal only at this time. If you want pots or coco coir, I can also send you a quote just let me know how many you would like again at ; this can be shipped worldwide.

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Hydroponic Gardening Growing commercial hydroponic lettuce. Compare commercial hydroponics to At Home Hydroponics systems found at

Hydroponics at the basic level is simply growing plants by providing nutrients directly to the roots through high nutrient solution and without the use of soil.

Outdoor Grows Heavy Harvests, outdoor grows heavy harvests, presents Erik Biksa giving some pointers for outdoor grows with heavy harvests

The N.G.S. Hydroponic System The N.G.S. System is a new type of hydroponic system that is fully patented and produced in Spain by N.G.S. It represents a new alternative for growing without soil as well as providing an ideal solution for land that is not agriculturally viable.

BioLargo, Inc. Introduces Isan Water Treatment System- Hydroponics- Irrigation Supply

The Isan® water treatment system is an innovative, environmentally friendly, fully automated, cost effective disinfection solution for agriculture, horticulture, waste water, manufacturing, industrial and consumer applications.

The award winning and patented technology together with the patented form of pure iodine, which is both safe for the environment and easy to handle is revolutionizing industries where disinfection and water recycling have become critical.

BioLargo, Inc. formed a strategic alliance with Ioteq IP Pty, Ltd., an Australian company, and its United States affiliate Ioteq, Inc., in 2008 and is authorized to represent and market Ioteqs iodine-based disinfection technology, Isan®, on an exclusive basis in the United States and on a non-exclusive basis in the rest of the world.

Growing Weed With Chong & Cheech Cheech and Chong are marijuana legends and Tommy certainly knows a few things about growing weed. They talk about setting up a celebrity grow room with Tommy's son Paris and Ed Rosenthal for which Big Mike offers the help of Advanced Nutrients. He also tells Tommy about AN's organic powerhouse, Iguana Juice Grow and Bloom.

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Incredible Hydroponics Yields Iguana Juice for incredible hydroponics yields bigger yields

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Hydroponic Reservoirs presents episode four of hydroponics secrets. Erik Biksa reveals tips, tricks and information to give hydroponics growers bigger and better yields.

Designing The Vertical Farm

Four architects describe their designs for the vertical farms of the future.

A vertical farm is a building designed for growing food in cities. Though none has yet built, architects from around the world have latched onto the idea, submitting designs for what the vertical farm of the future might look like.

Designing The Vertical Farm

Seven-Year Veteran Vic Says "Stick With The Winner!" Advanced Nutrients Vic won $500 at the Button Game--but he's a real winner because he uses Advanced Nutrients in his indoor garden. He started off with orchid food and through trial and error wound up with using two thirds of the A product line. His favorite is Overdrive! Vic is convinced that "you get what you pay for." He cautions newbies not to mix and match--"Stick with the winner, Advanced Nutrients!"

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Cannabis Planet Show 6, Part 1

Growers Underground If you're aching to join the cannabis revolution, you should definitely check out this website, but see this great video first! An ideal job for most growers would be to become a "strain hunter." Well, that's exactly what three dudes from Europe do in a segment of this show--they scour the African bush for the legendary Malawi Gold! Also, see the laidback California lifestyle, which includes a legal high!

Treating Yourself Expo 2011 part 1

Spannabis 2011 Herbalaire Vaporizer

In this video Kelly and Marco are talking about the Herbalaire Vaporizer at the Treating Yourself booth.

Urban Grower | Advanced Nutrients Medical offers general hydroponic products that ensure fast growth and huge harvests of clean, potent medical cannabis buds.

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Growing Juicy Hydroponic Tomatoes

Tomatoes are popular all over the world and every cuisine has a whole variety of use for the tomato. It is rare to find a restaurant, hotel or resort that does not have a tomato specialty dish. Tomatoes grown in the soil with the full evolution of the vine are extremely rich in flavor.

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However, in recent years it has become more an more difficult to find well cultivated vegetables and fruits. Commercial tomatoes are harvested almost two weeks before their maturity to keep them firm, so they don't spoil and are easier to transport. There upon, they go into cold storage for weeks where they are kept in ethylene chambers to help them acquire color along with assisting the process of final ripening. This is the reason why tomatoes from the supermarket have that luscious, smooth, red and thick skin, yet have little or no tradition tomato flavor.

Growing hydroponic tomatoes yourself might be difficult to start with but a bit of investment in time and money will reap you tasty, juicy tomatoes which you can really enjoy. Hydroponics is an intensive, complicated system of cultivation whereby we use artificial lighting and grow plants without soil. The nutrients that the tradition soil provides are given to the plant through a water solution mixed with nutrients that the roots can easily absorb. Even the Ph of the water solution is carefully maintained. The two important environmental conditions here is water and lighting. Each very important in determining the tomato yield of the plant. The hydroponic tomatoes are so tasty and healthy that most people pay extra to buy them as compared to the commercial, soil grown, yet tasteless tomatoes.

Growing hydroponic tomatoes requires extra care in the beginning. Tomatoes like all growing plants need alternate light and dark periods, (day and night) hence you will need to use artificial lighting with a timer. This can prove advantageous because you can give your tomatoes some extra light during cloudy days. Keeping the tomato plants near a large windowsill is ideal to give them sunlight when available. Potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients that plants usually absorb from the soil should be given as fertilizers which the tomato plants can absorb through the roots. Interestingly the absence of soil means many of the pests, insects and other harmful organisms that harm plants are eliminated straightaway. This removes the need to use any harmful chemicals to kill those insects.

There are two types of water solution systems, open or non-recovery systems and closed or recovery systems. In the open systems, the water nutrient solution is not reused whereas in closed systems additional solution is replenished and reused. This is more economical than the normal soil gardening as it ensures nutrients are not wasted. Another advantage of hydroponic systems is the fact that since the tomato plants directly absorb the nutrient rich water through their roots, they don't need a lot of it for energy creation, which means most of it can be used for the growth of plants leading to a bigger yield. Hydroponic tomatoes, grown in rich nutrients and properly controlled conditions of light are tastier, healthier and produce more and better quality fruit.

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5 Tips for Hydroponics Gardening

5 Tips for Hydroponics Gardening

If you want to make your own indoor outdoor garden. If you want to grow plants and gift it to your close ones to spread a message of going green here are some tips for hydroponics gardening.

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Home Hydroponics - How Much Space Do I Need?

Many home hydroponics gardeners miscalculate how much space is needed to produce a successful harvest. It will depend on what crops you intend to grow but the space must be large enough for the plants, the reservoir, high intensity lights, ventilation fans, exhaust fans, electrical wiring and more. For sure a hydroponics system will not fit under the kitchen sink and the smallest practical hydroponics garden will be the size of a clothes closet.

Grow tents are about the size of a clothes closet. They are lightproof enclosures designed specifically for an indoor hydroponics garden. Grow tents can be erected anywhere there is sufficient space, in the loft, conservatory or garage. They come complete with many features to enhance your plant's growing environment.
Made from 100% lightproof material, they normally have a highly reflective lining with access holes for intake and exhaust fans, lightproof vents for good air circulation and fixtures and fittings for the electrical installation and plant support.

A typical grow tent is 1.2m X 1.2m X 2m high. This size of grow tent will have lightproof ventilation flaps, an intake and an exhaust fan and could accommodate a four pot hydroponics garden using a 600 watt growing light. Hydroponics gardens need adequate space vertically and horizontally. If plants are crowded they will not produce enough crops to make your efforts and expense worthwhile. A grow tent or clothes closet hydroponics garden of this size will not support itself in terms of cost versus yield. If you want a hydroponics garden that will pay for itself, then you will need at least double this size with of course increased lighting and ventilation.

Return on investment is not the only reason for up-sizing the space requirement for an indoor hydroponics garden.
Two other important reasons for providing adequate space for the plants are providing adequate exchange of air and control of humidity and temperature.

The most important source of nutrition for healthy plants is not the nutrient mix but the carbon dioxide in the air. In a typical plant, water accounts for approximately 95% of its weight. The remaining 5% is made up from dry matter in the form of carbohydrate, converted by the plant from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is therefore important to maintain adequate air exchanges in the growing environment so as not to starve the plants from this vital source of nutrition. Ventilation and air circulation are vital in controlling humidity and temperature.

Plants often grow best in an environment with 40-75% humidity and temperature between 18-23degC. If you cannot control these two factors you are likely to experience problems with disease, stunted growth, small yields and pest infestation.

So, make sure you consider the plant environment above the water line in terms of ventilation, humidity and temperature control before you take over your wife's walk-in clothes closet, if you dare.

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Spannabis 2011 Big Mike Advanced Nutrients

Spannabis 2011 Big Mike Advanced Nutrients

It's the Urban Grower Remo interviewing Big Mike about Advanced Nutrients pH Perfect and the New Jungle Juice line.

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A Guide to The Secret World of Hydroponic Cultivation

So you're interested in hydroponics but aren't quite sure where to start? Here's a little guide to give you the basics, including the meaning of the word "hydroponics" so that you know what you're doing when you go online to order your first hydroponics kit. Essentially there are four main elements to hydroponics, which are water culture, aggregate culture, continuous flow systems and aeroponics. This article will give a quick overview of these elements and look at the main advantages to growing via a hydroponics system.

So what is hydroponics? Hydroponics is derived from the Latin words "hydro" and "geoponics" meaning water and study of agriculture respectively. Hydroponics as a method of cultivation follows a very radical approach in that it believes that soil is inessential for cultivation of crops, and all that is needed is water and a non-soil base for the plants to grow in, or in some cases just water in total. With this system plants can be grown by this method in arid areas and in large cities where there is very little land by using alternative mediums to provide the necessary nutrients and minerals to the plant.

The different types of hydroponics system of cultivation are as follows:

1. Water Culture or Aquaculture. In this system the roots of the plants are immersed in water, which has a mixture of various nutrients.

2. Aggregate Culture. In this system the plant is supported by some material like sand, marble or gravel and the required nutrients are supplied from time to time. It is important to remember here that unlike soil these materials do not absorb nutrients from the roots of the plants.

3. Continuous Flow Hydroponics System. This type of system is used in commercial cultivation. Here water and nutrients are continuously supplied to the plant with the help of a tray and also a timer that fixes the amount of time for which the required materials will be given to the plants.

4. Aeroponics. This is a very interesting method as here the roots of the plants are made to hang in the air and they are misted regularly with a solution that is composed of minerals and nutrients.

So what are the benefits of this method of cultivation? Many researches and studies have already established that the hydroponics system of cultivation is more effective and has many advantages. The first advantage is that plants grow much faster under this method as compared to the soil system. The yield of the plants from hydroponics is higher than other methods of cultivation. This method also uses much less water, and so in arid areas and wherever there is a shortage of water this method is a huge success. Further there are also fewer cases of insects and other pests damaging the crops in this method of cultivation. This is something covered in more detail at the website [].

But the greatest advantage of this system of cultivation, especially when done in greenhouses, is that there are no growing limitations caused by weather. Weather is the huge factor that determines the growth of a crop. But in the hydroponics system of cultivation weather has almost no role to play.

As you can see, the basics of hydroponics are not that complicated. With its ability to grow plants with little water supply and with practically no reliance on the weather, hydroponics is a great way to cultivate whatever crop you fancy. And the great thing is that a hydroponics kit is enough to get you started and these are readily available at many online retailers. As the process of hydroponics growing becomes more well-known, it seems certain that more people will turn to this radical method of cultivation.

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Hydroponic DWC / Drip System Urban Garden Montage

Hydroponic DWC / Drip System Urban Garden Montage

This is my first attempt at Hydroponic Gardening. I grew a variety of different vegetables in 9, 3 inch net cups inside a plastic rubbermaid container. Overall it worked very well, although some plants were more successful than others.

One of the main problems, which I figured would happen was there was not enough space for the variety of plants that I wanted to grow. Things like tomato and pepper plants get very big. Secondly, my light source was not strong enough for the fruit bearing plants such as the tomatoes and peppers.

The peppers did produce some fruits but with stronger lights there would have been many more. Finally, I was surprised that despite the different tds requirements, the plants all did fairly well together. Overall it required minimal supervision and was a lot of fun! Please leave feedback, suggestions, questions etc.

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Ultrasonic Fogger in Hydroponics

Aeroponics is the best form of hydroponic system you can get. Aeroponics hydroponics systems are unique in the fact that in these types of systems the roots are actually suspended in mid-air. These roots are then watered with a highly oxygenated nutrients spray for you. The size of the water droplet differs depending on the type of aeroponic hydroponics system you have. The two primary types that we will talk about in this article are the pump driven aeroponic hydroponics system and the ultrasonic fogging driven aeroponics hydroponics system.

We'll start talking about the pump driven aeroponics hydroponics first, because it is by far the most common. In this type of system your plants roots are hung suspended in midair. A submersible MAG drive pump such as a 250 gallons per hour pump can be used to power a series of 360° microjet misters. These ministers will break down the water droplets to about 25 microns which is very fine particle droplet creating a light nutrients mixed that will surround your plants roots. This type of light misting in your plants roots zone and will really help to accelerate your plants root growth. The pump can be powered by either turning it on and off in 15 minute increments essentially to allow your plants to dry and then moistened again. This type of wet and dry technique has shown to increase growth performance substantially in hydroponics use.

In the other type of aeroponic hydroponic configuration you would use an ultrasonic fogger, rather than a pump to create the nutrient particle. In the case of using an ultrasonic fogger in the hydroponic grow box application the fogger would actually create a fine micron misty fog rather than a 25 micron water droplet. This much finer particle will look much more like a heavy fog or floating mist. With this type of system hundreds of thousands of tiny hairs will actually develop on your plants roots. As if these tiny hairs were there to pick up each and every water droplet that surrounds it. Again the ultrasonic fogging aeroponic hydroponics system can be controlled with a timer 15 minutes on a 15 minutes off so you have both the wet and dry to keep your roots happy and growing fast.

By using an aeroponics hydroponics system either with the pump driven or ultrasonic fogger driven system you will grow your plants with a maximum possible efficiency. We recommend aeroponics hydroponics systems over all others types of hydroponic systems. For more free information on hydroponics check out the videos section of the homegrown hydroponics website. There is a lot of useful information on a DVD to teach everybody how to use hydroponics.

It should also be mentioned that other systems such as deep water culture or drip systems can actually give your plants too much water and therefore leads to root problems. The on / off action of aeroponic hydroponics system is the best route if you can afford and that type of system. The maintenance is actually quite low and easy to use.

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Urban Grower 40 Medi Grow – Advanced Nutrients Connoisseur

Urban Grower 40 Medi Grow – Advanced Nutrients Connoisseur We check out a stellar indoor garden…and some big,beautiful,buds made with Advanced Nutrients Connoisseur!

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Why Your Hydroponics Plants Have Those Yellow Leaves and What Can You Do About it Right Now

Yellow leaves on your hydroponics plants! Oh no, that’s definitely not a good thing to see. Probably you’ve seen them and put them out of your mind, not wanting to think about what they could really mean or what to do about them. But the truth is after all it’s a deep, lime green color you want to see on your leaves. When you see yellow or some other color, it means your plants are having nutrient problems.

And nutrient problems lead to growth and yield deficiencies. This means you are spending a lot of money and time on your hydroponics gardening but you aren’t getting the most output per watt. In some cases, you end up losing money because you’ve poured a ton of expense and care into your garden and all you’ve gotten in return are sickly plants.

In most cases, yellow leaves indicate that nutrients are not making it into your plants. But wait a minute, you’re pouring nutrients into your plants’ root zones, aren’t you? Of course you are. And aren’t your plants supposed to magically inhale those nutrients and grow properly?

Well, sometimes the magic doesn’t work. In fact, more often than not a lot of those costly nutrients you’re pouring are getting stuck in the root zone instead of making it up inside your plants where they can create vigorous growth and massive yields.

There’s no need to panic. There’s an easy way to get nutrients out of your root zone and into your plants. All you have to do is augment your nutrient feeding with Advanced Nutrients F-1 fulvic acid formula. The fulvic acid in F-1 is a carrier compound that quickly sends crucial nutrients from your root zone into your roots and then transfuses them into every cell of your plants.

Pretty soon, your leaves are a rich green instead of yellow. Your plants have recovered full vigor. Almost all the nutrients you’re giving your plants are actually entering your plants, instead of being trapped as pollutants in your plants’ root zone. Now this is the way your hydroponics gardening is supposed to work. You give hydroponics nutrients to your plants. Your plants intake them through the roots and then quickly transfer them to the proper places inside their cells so they can give you the kind of huge floral activity you’ve longed for.

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Aquaponic Plant Problems: Nutrients, Disease, Yellowing, Dying

Aquaponic Plant Problems: Nutrients, Disease, Yellowing, Dying

I have some great plants growing but I am concerned with the plants that are dying. I need help figuring out what I need to do to the system to keep plants alive. All my peppers in the system have died. I wonder if the plants I am growing together are affecting each other wrong. Have a look at my blog to see how the system works.

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Control Plant Diseases Before It Destroy your Plants

Plant diseases are usually produced by different kinds of organisms. Diseases that affects the leaf and the stems are bacteria, fungi or viruses. Soilborne diseases on the other hand are caused by various fungi. Bacterial diseases are caused by bacteria who are unable to manufacture their own food thus they depend on the host plant for food depriving the plants of the nutrients necessary for a healthy growth.

Fungal diseases are the most widespread plant maladies. Fungi parasitically obtain their food from green plants, causing diseases in the process. Fungi produces spores in great number which are tiny reproductive bodies. These spores can be carried by wind or water. Each spore will germinate and grow producing new infections. Viral diseases are viruses capable of invading plant tissue and reproducing in it. Viruses can be spread by aphids, leafhoppers and thrips. Even humans can spread viruses by propagating virus-infected plants.

Other factors that causes this are the plants own interaction with unfavorable environmental factors. This includes air pollution, a deficiency or excess of sunlight which is its main source of nutrients. It can also be the climate. Climate adaptability in plants is very important. Plant disease can be caused by climate which is too hot, too cold, too dry or too wet.

Kinds of Leaf and Stem Diseases

1. Anthracnose – infects leaves, produces large, irregular brown blotches which causes premature dropping of leaves.

2. Black Spot – it appears on leaves and stems as roughly circular spots of black with fringed edges, usually circled with yellow.

3. Dutch Elm Disease – also known as DED. Can be spread from infected trees to nearby healthy ones by natural root grafting.

4. Fireblight – it is carried to blossoms by splashing water, flies and other insects. Infection can also enter a plant through any fresh wound in the bark or foliage.

5. Leaf Spot – it is red, brown, yellow, or black disease spots on leaves and stems. Severe infection of this disease can cause some plants to defoliate.

6. Peach Leaf Curl – the curled and distorted leaves may be tinged with red, pink, yellow or white. Later they may become covered with white spores that can be carried by the wind to other leaves or plants.

7. Powdery Mildew – if first appears as small gray or white circular patches on plant tissue, spreading rapidly to form powdery areas of fungus filaments and spores.

8. Scab – the scab fungus differs from other leaf-infecting fungi in that the dark spots on leaves represent fungus growth on the foliage rather than areas of dead tissue.

9. Rust – this disease is specific to a certain type of plant. Rose rust will not infect hollyhocks and vice versa.

Soil borne Diseases

1. Damping Off – the stem of a seedling collapses at or near the soil surface and the seedling topples. It can also rot the seedling before it emerges from the soil or causes the seed to decay before sprouting.

2. Oak Root Fungus – the fungus kills its host by gradually decaying the roots and moving into the main stem, where it girdles the plant.

3. Root Rots, water Molds – the damage to roots from overwatering is, in almost all cases, not caused by water itself but by water-mold fungi that thrive when free water stands too long around roots – especially when soil is warm.

4. Verticillium Wilt – it invades and plugs the water conducting tissue in the roots and stems. A common symptom is a wilting of one side of the plant.

Ways to Control Plant diseases:

As with any kind of diseases, prevention is still the best line of defense. As much as possible choose plants that are disease resistant. Also make sure that planting locations and conditions don’t encourage diseases.

There are products readily available in the market for this purpose. One classification are called preventives – as the word suggest it prevents diseases from occurring, but these products are ineffective once the disease are already established. The other classification is called eradicants – once the disease is established, eradicants are helpful in controlling them.

Before using any of these products, it will be wise to read the labels very carefully. Be sure to apply the products only if the plant is listed. It can cause damaged if applied to inappropriate plants.

Here are some of these products and the common disease they each control:

1. Sulfur – used to prevent powdery mildew, scab and rust. It is one of the oldest and safest fungicides

2. Lime Sulfur – It controls some mites, scale insects and thrips. Also used to prevent various leaf spots, peach leaf curl, and powdery mildew.

3. Captan – for prevention or eradication of damping-off, leaf spots and many other fungal diseases.

4. Triforine – for prevention or eradication of powdery mildew, rust, black spot and a variety of other diseases.

5. Copper Compounds – often used to prevent fireblight, peach leaf curl, and shot hole diseases.

6. Chlorothalonil – it prevents diseases on lawns, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.

7. Triadimefon – effective against azalea petal blight. It can also prevent powdery mildew, rust and some lawn diseases.

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Organic gardening: How to grow an organic vegetable garden

Organic gardening: How to grow an organic vegetable garden

What does it mean to grow vegetables organically? Scott Meyer, editor of Organic Gardening magazine shows how to plant and nurture an organic vegetable garden.

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Indoor Hydroponics Growing

Novice Gardening and Hydroponic Indoor Growing Supplies

It is common knowledge that the uninitiated normally consider gardening as easy as picking up a spot of land, digging it up, adding some plants or seeds, watering it regularly and with good sunshine and a few fertilizers you have a magnificent garden at hand! How about Hydroponics now? Novice Gardening And Hydroponic Indoor Growing Supplies demand good research before one goes ahead to start working on creating an indoor hydroponics garden.

Hydroponics Gardening – Meaning

Hydroponics gardening basically means the method of gardening without using soil. It is mostly practiced by people who either have outdoor space limitations, are fond of indoor gardening or stay at a place with climatic conditions that are not conducive for normal type of gardening. In the absence of soil, the plants get their nutrient supply from external nutrients like pea gravel, gravel, enriched sand or some simple nutrient rich solutions.

One can access several online resources or specialty catalogs that list gardening as well as hydroponic indoor gardening supplies. Such supplies constitute containers, nutrient solutions, enriched sand types, medium and circulating pumps. All that one requires is to follow the instructions diligently and pick out a good hydroponic plant.

It is advisable that one spends good amount of time on internet to do extensive research on hyroponics gardening. It’s no novice game and unless one is thoroughly informed, disasters are regular in this domain of gardening. One might need to make choices like the type of artificial indoor lighting, their spacing and timing etc. while going about the tasks of hydroponics gardening. Thus, good research work can save one a lot of time, effort, headache and money as well.

pH-PPM Perfect ™ Technology

Imagine, never having to buy another pH or PPM meter again! With Advanced Nutrients pH-PPM Perfect ™ Technology this is becoming true! Watch this video and discover how! Click on the above link and read all about it! Hydroponics will never be the same again!

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Hydroponics Growing: Garden Catalogs

Gardening catalogs are an excellent way for gardeners to purchase anything their heart desires – or anything their garden requires – without ever leaving their home. Gardening catalogs offer a wider variety than most garden centers and are often cheaper. You can order anything you want or need and have it delivered right to your door, ready for use.

The biggest plus about catalogs is their great variety. Gardening catalogs provide gardeners with a wider selection of seeds and plants than can be found anywhere else. A gardening catalogue gives you the luxury of viewing every plant type all at once, allowing you to make comparisons and choose the type that will work best for you. You can explore the available plants, choosing plants based on their suitability to your climate or USDA hardiness zone.

Gardening catalogs are a treasure trove of information for both beginners and experienced gardeners. Many catalogs give detailed information on the plants offered. This can include growing and blooming or fruiting times, sun requirements, and soil needs. It may even include more detailed maintenance information, such as nutrient needs or disease control. Some catalogs even give step-by-step planting instructions, including timing. Keep in mind that the instructions may be targeted to a specific part of the country and won’t work in your area. To ensure you are providing proper plant care, check with your local extension office or sites like Sustainablehorticulture dot com.

Gardening catalogs also offer all the equipment you could possibly need for any type of gardening. If you have a hydroponics garden you can order a timed water pump or artificial lighting. You can order hedging shears or pruners for shrubs, a mulch fork to spread wood chips, or a tiller to break up compacted soil. Many catalogs also offer you a large selection of gloves, making it easy to find a pair for any job, big or small. You can also buy any other necessary tools, such as sprinklers, hoses, shovels, rakes, and weed diggers.

Gardening catalogs, above all else, are extremely convenient. If you do not live near a large nursery or garden center, it is difficult to find all of the things you need to start and maintain a healthy garden. Gardening catalogs give you more options and allow you to view everything available at once, rather than driving all over town. Whether you are in the market for seeds and plants or tools and equipment, a gardening catalog is the only way to go.

CFL Grow Light Fixture Results in Hydroponics (Bell Peppers!)

CFL Grow Light Fixture

More results of my home-made DIY grow lights.

If you’d like to share your construction variation or results, upload a photo at and send me the link. I’ll post it in the info box to share with everyone.

I planted these Bell Peppers from seed on July 9th, 2009. I took this video on November 15th 2009. I started to get peppers at the end of September. I currently have about 15 peppers on the plants. The more I pollinate, the more peppers I get. It’s really a pepper machine!


10 Tips for Organic Gardening Uses of Comfrey

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is just one of those plants that every organic garden must have growing. It also has great merit as a medicinal plant. This plant serves us so well. Propagation is by root division. But be careful with this plant as it will grow from the tiniest piece of root.

OK, on to some of it’s best uses (and some lesser known ones)!

1. A valuable addition of bulk to the compost heap. It is an extremely good micro-nutrient accumulator – a complete fertilizer in a plant. The leaves are full of nitrogen, silica, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.

2. Comfrey is a great compost activator.

3. Use as a mulch around your veggies. You can harvest growth several times a year, from mid spring onwards. Make sure you put the leaves in the sun for a few hours to wilt so that it doesn’t take root.

4. It can be used as a fertilizer, placed directly in trenches before planting potatoes, beans, peas etc. (again make sure you wilt the leaves).

5. The very deep root system of this plant makes it ideal for breaking up heavy clay soils. This will also bring up nutrients that have leached deep into the soil.

6. Create a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer. Place comfrey leaves in a small amount of water for a week or more, then dilute 10:1. This liquid feed is excellent for potassium hungry crops, such as tomatoes.

7. Grow comfrey as a grass barrier. Chop up pieces of root, place in a hollow in your mulch about every 40cm / 16inches and cover with compost or good soil. Over time this will create a thick barrier that even couch doesn’t like to compete with. Comfrey dies down with the winter frost, but so does grass. Comfrey will start growing in spring before grasses do.

8. Use as a nutrient trap at the bottom of your garden (if you have a slope). It will grow lush and prevent nutrients escaping your garden by leaching out.

9. Expand your garden beds. Divide the roots to create a lot of new plants very quickly. Very useful as a ground cover.

10. Comfrey is sometimes known as “knit-bone” as it has been traditionally used as a poultice to heal broken bones. It is high in calcium which may be why it is used in this way.

Growing Conditions

Comfrey is a hardy herbaceous plant which thrives in most types of soil. It will survive frosts, but tends to loose most of its leaves through winter, then bounces back with the arrival of warmer weather. You will get the best yield of lush leaves if you provide it with a moist, fertile soil.

Comfrey is a great companion plant for most vegetable crops.

Wow, what an amazing plant. Now you see why Comfrey is a ‘must have’ in an organic gardening system. Buy your first comfrey plant only if you don’t know anyone who has it already. I’m sure they’d give you a piece of the root to get you started. I hope this gives you more ideas for Comfrey in your organic garden.

Easy Hydroponics : Organic Nirvana

Easy Hydroponics : Organic Nirvana

Watch this video to see the power of Nirvana in action in a hydroponics setting.

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aeroflo system

The Excellent Indoor System for Growing the Best Hydroponics Crops

The method of hydroponics gardening may seem unconventional, but the fact is that this technique has been used thousands of years ago. The only difference is that today, there are more modern systems that were built to improve the way this method works.

There are actually a lot of hydroponics systems that you can buy from hydroponics supply stores or gardening specialty shops. Using such systems can truly be a great way for you to start growing your own supply of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the most beautiful flowers. Growers today are given more options on how they can grow their crops. There are different systems that will fit their desired grow space. One example of a dependable hydroponics system is the aeroflo system. This kind of gardening system comes in several varieties. You just have to choose the ones that will best suit the plants that you’re planning to grow and the grow space that you intend to use.

An aeroflo system is an excellent choice for growing small crops like lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, basil and other herbs. A variety of flowers and tomatoes can also be grown in this system provided that they will not grow taller than three feet. This kind of system is actually very ideal for those who want a smaller, high performance system that can grow the freshest and most nutritious fruits and vegetables.

But although the aeroflo system is designed for small-crop growing, there are also some aeroflo systems that can accommodate bigger plant sites. In fact, some aeroflo systems that can make room for 36 plant sites while others can expand to 60 plant sites. Using an aeroflo system can also help oxygenate the nutrient solution to deliver oxygen, water, and nutrients in ideal combinations, thus creating a root zone environment that surpasses anything found in nature. This type of hydroponics system can definitely produce stronger, more resilient plants, as well as it can foster increased yields in no time. One of the advantages of using hydroponics systems in growing indoor crops is that it can be endlessly versatile and adaptable to any type of environment. So making it as a hobby can truly lead you to exceptional indoor gardening that can produce the best supply of food crops for you and your family as well as the finest flowers that can add beauty to your home.

Plant Diseases

It shows few plant diseases that appear in the state syllabus of A.P IN 8th standard.
diseases like red rot of sugarcane,blight of rice,tikka of ground nut etc.

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Tips On How Plants Grow

Like any thing you can think of, whether it be people, pets or plants, their basic needs must be met to ensure a happy, healthy life.

Plants, of course, are alive, and so have both general and specific needs, depending upon the variety of plant in question.

In this article, we’ll learn about the different parts of plants – root, stem, leaf and flower – and how they work together.


Most often overlooked and neglected, the root system of any plant plays a critical role in overall plant growth, health and vigor.

The root system is responsible for supplying a plant with water, vitamins and minerals, all necessary ingredients that promote and maintain healthy vigorous growth. As the nutrients around the plant are consumed, the roots will continue to grow out and down, searching for new sources of food and water.

Gardening Tip: Adding a granular or slow-release fertilizer to the soil before you plant will ensure a steady supply of nutrients throughout a plant’s growing season, especially important for vegetables and flowering plants.

Gardening Tip: Growth above ground mirrors growth below ground. For example, if your bell pepper plant is 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide, its root system is 1 foot deep and 1 or more feet wide.

Gardening Tip: Always follow the directions for any gardening product (fertilizer or pest controls). Although if you’re not sure, using less is always safer than using too much. Using the right amount however, will help ensure consistent results.

Roots and Soil

As you may have guessed, the type of soil in your garden plays an important role in overall plant health and vigor.

In general, most plants like a loose, well-drained soil with lots of organic material. Organic material can be peat moss, shredded bark, composted or decomposed plant material, some form of manure (generally cow manure), or even worm casings or rice hulls to name a few.

Potting soil is usually some combination of the above list and may have little or no actual “dirt” in it. Organic material helps to maintain moisture content levels in the soil and helps to prevent soil compaction.


The stem, stalk or trunk is the “super highway” of the plant. It starts at ground level and supplies the food and water from the roots to the leaves and flowers or fruit.


The leaves of a plant take the food and water from the roots through the stem and with the help of sunlight will turn the water and nutrients into energy. That energy is then sent back through the stem to the entire plant, including right back down to the roots. Natures example of Solar Energy at work.


The flower or fruit of a plant is responsible for the reproduction of the plant. Whether it’s strawberries, lemons, tomatoes, pansies or pine-cones, their sole purpose in life is to reproduce more of their own kind.

Humans have found over time that various plants either taste good, have a nice scent or are pleasant to look at and have therefore selected out of millions of varieties just a few types to cultivate.

The Gardening Tips and Advice found throughout Your Healthy Gardens are written with the beginning gardener in mind. However, as time passes and the seasons change more and more detail will be added to help any home gardener improve their gardening skills.

LED Grow Rooms & Growth Chambers, HS 47

LED Grow Rooms & Growth Chambers, Advanced Nutrients presents Hydroponics Secrets with host Erik Biksa. How to get the most out of your LED lighting systems for hydroponics and organics in LED Grow Rooms and LED Growth Chambers

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Advanced Nutrients Big Mike Recommends Competitor's Product

Advanced Nutrients Big Mike Recommends Competitor's Product Hey-I realize this probably sounds crazy. But I want you to use a competitor's product instead of one of my own products.

This is not some publicity stunt, nor is Advanced Nutrients going to be distributing this product. It's just straight up the right thing to do.

In the video I explain in great detail why I'm doing this. In fact when our research showed that one of our competitors had a better product and it was going to take us awhile to play "catch-up" so to speak. There was only one thing to do, and this is it.

No I haven't lost my mind I really do want you to go out and purchase my competitor's product. Because in life I've come to realize, that doing the right thing isn't always the easiest thing.



Sunlight Supply--The Truth

Hey Sunlight Supply is using some really un-cool and unbelievably illegal STRONG ARM tactics by threatening to put a group of hydroponics storeowners out of business unless they start a boycott of Advanced Nutrients products.

Sunlight Supply CEO Craig Hargreaves will easily put these storeowners out of business because he controls the supplies of grow lights, bulbs and ballasts. Plus, the other things those storeowners needs to stay in business.

Sunlight Supply and the good ol' boys club have been playing these shenanigans for the last seven years on our community. Now they've taken their scheming to a whole new and illegal level.

This video exposes the dirty underbelly of hydroponics good ol' boys club and their leader Craig Hargreaves of Sunlight Supply - it's pretty graphic - they're actually doing this right now.

The video contains a lot of industry insider, store owner and personal stuff in it, so don't watch it if that's not your thing.

If you care about our hydroponics community and your hydroponics storeowner then you'll definitely want to watch this now.

Sunlight Supply--The Truth Video on YouTube

Hydroponics Rocks for Bigger Yields!

Hydroponic Videos

Hydroponic gardeners are always on the lookout for information that will help them get bigger yields and nutritious harvests. They are also interested in knowing the ways to reduce problems that can arise from hydroponic growing. Though books and magazines can provide tons of helpful information, many growers still turn to hydroponic videos to give them the edge that they want.

Hydroponic videos can give you a better understanding of the early signals of the onset of disease or infestation and allow you to actually see the best way to assemble a system from scratch. To help you on your quest for better knowledge in the world of hydroponics, here is a list of the best ways to acquire hydroponic videos:

1. Video Sharing Sites. One of the best resources to watch hydroponic growers do what they do best is on video sharing sites like YouTube. There you will often see amateur hydroponic growers offering tips on propagation and system assembly. You can also see videos posted by large hydroponic growers and hydroponic supply companies on the best way to use their products. The biggest advantage of these kinds of video sharing sites is that they are completely free.

2. Your local Hydroponic supply store. General gardening and warehouse hardware stores can also sometimes have hydroponic videos. If your hydroponics store doesn't have the kind of videos that you are looking for, you can simply ask the store to order them from their distribution company.

3. Direct from Hydroponic Companies. Many companies that produce hydroponic fertilizers, rooting gel, and hydroponic systems offer hydroponic videos that explain the best ways to use their products. The main advantage of this is that since they come straight from the manufacturers, you have a better chance that this information is accurate.

4. Auction Sites. It is actually difficult to find hydroponic videos because of limited distribution. Auction sites like eBay often have several of these rare or out of print items for the hydroponic grower. As a bonus, since they are often used, you can get the great information that can be available in hydroponic videos at a discounted price.

AeroGarden uses a hydroponics technique
AeroGarden uses a hydroponics technique


Hydroponics is a scientific way of growing plants in a soil less environment with the use of nutrient solutions. The word hydroponics was derived from two Greek words, namely, hydro (water) and ponos (labor). In this method, plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution in an inert medium like perlite, baked clay pebbles or rockwool.

The three most important benefits of using hydroponics as a method of growing plants are: first, its ability to produce much higher crop yields compared to conventional gardening; second, it can be practiced even in places where ordinary gardening is impossible. With hydroponics, deserts, rocky and stony land in mountainous districts or barren areas can be made productive at a relatively low cost. And third, since it is usually used in a controlled environment, crops can be grown year-round, offering multiple harvests throughout the year, depending on each crop’s growing cycle.

Other advantages of using this method include faster plant growth and lesser plant infections and diseases. With pest problems reduced, nutrient intake of plants are more efficient resulting to better productivity and increased yield. And the ecological footprint of hydroponic growing is much smaller than that of field agriculture.

The methods used for hydroponics may vary for each type of plant that you are planning to grow. This is because the nutrient need of your plants vary during each cycle of their growth. You may use different combinations of quality products for both the “grow” and “bloom” phase.

For example, if you decide to use the Advanced Nutrients super premium fertilizer, Connoisseur, you must realize that it’s only meant to be used during flowering, so during the vegetative stage of your plants, you should use a different base fertilizer, such as Sensi Grow A & B.

Hydroponic Nutrient

There are two factors that make hydroponic nutrient solution more efficient: the composition and the strength. Does the hydroponic nutrient contain all the elements required for plant growth in the correct ratios? Is the dosage strong enough for your crop in order for it to reach its full maturity?

Many growers prefer to buy a “pre-mixed” hydroponic nutrient solution which simply needs to be diluted or dissolved in water before use. These “pre-made” nutrients come in 2, 3, 4 or even more “parts” so a grower can change the ratio of the mineral elements to allow for either vegetative or fruiting growth or for different crops.

There are many excellent brands of hydroponic nutrient in the market. However, many growers have come across major problems when they try to use some of the “indoor plant food” or other nutrients which have been designed for plants growing in soil or a pre-fertilized potting mix. Often these types of products are not suitable for hydroponics because they are not designed to be a “complete plant food”.

It is always preferable to buy a nutrient mix which is sold especially for hydroponic use and is a “complete” plant food. To be “complete”, a hydroponic nutrient needs to have the essential elements for plant growth. These are: Nitrogen (N), Potassium (K), Phosphorus (P), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Sulphur (S), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Molybdate (Mo), Boron (B), and Chlorine (Cl).

2 Part Hydroponics Nutrients: Why are they Important?

Hydroponic plants need the correct temperature and humidity, moisture, light, air, the absence of pathogens and the correct ratios of nutrients in order for them to thrive. Thus, it is important for any novice hydroponic grower to know the essentials of plant nutrition to be able to maximize the genetic potential of his hydroponic plants.

A hydroponic nutrient solution is composed of water, dissolved air and a dozen essential elements in their proper proportions. These essential elements are divided into two categories: the macronutrients and the micronutrients. The macronutrients are required to be supplied in greater amounts, while the micronutrients are delivered to the plants in smaller quantity. To make the most out of your nutrient feeding, it is advisable to use 2 part hydroponics nutrients to help in the different stages of your plants’ development.

The 2 part hydroponics nutrients consist mainly of two components; the Grow formulation and the Bloom formulation. The Grow formulation contains more nitrogen (N) that promotes better and stronger shoot and leaf growth in the vegetative stage, while the Bloom formulation contains higher phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) that help in the budding, flowering and fruiting of plants. Both formulations are very essential for healthy plant growth. These formulations also promote faster growth and vigorous flowering because they also contain the right amounts of minerals that your plants need at specific stages of development.

How 2 Part Nutrients Work on your Hydroponic Plants

Always keep in mind that the successful growth of your plants depends on what you feed them. The nutrient solution that you supply them plays a very important role in giving you a bigger and healthy crop. It is also very important to know that 2 part nutrients always work better compared to one part formulations.

This is because a two part formulation is carefully designed to be more readily available to your plants at the right times, unlike a one part formula that has the tendency to cause build ups in your hydroponics systems because of the many elements present in it.

Plants require different ratios of nutrients during their vegetation and flowering phases. Therefore, it is more appropriate to use a formulation that contains 2 part nutrients. This is to maximize the potential of your plants in specific stages of their growth. These types of formulations are very competent in giving your plants the precise nutrients that they should absorb in a particular growth phase.

The 2 part nutrients focus mainly on what your plants need as they flourish in either their vegetative or flowering stage. For example, in the flowering stage, potassium (K) and phosphorus (P) should be more highly available because these macronutrients can contribute to budding, flowering and fruiting in plants. In addition to getting better and more nutritious crops, you can also use potent plant additives or supplements that can work well with your existing nutrient feeding program.

Hydroponic Gardening Leads to Bigger Yields

Growing hydroponically allows the grower to have bigger, healthier plants that usually grow faster and produce more fruit. For example, a seed can grow into a flower in two months or less if you grow it indoors and use the proper lighting.

A hydroponic gardener knows that one of the principal requirements of a successful hydroponic gardening is to have the best lighting equipment. Most cultivated plants need sunlight. However, when you grow plants indoors, artificial light is definitely necessary. The intensity of the light that you are going to use must be high but you’ll have to make sure that it does not increase the temperature. LED lights offer indoor plants a type of light most similar to sunlight, as do High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, but the latter need a cooling fan, otherwise the temperature in the grow space will be too high.

Moreover, for hydroponics, a pH from 5.5 to 6.2 (which is slightly acidic) should be maintained. This level is suitable for most hydroponic crops. The letters pH stands for Potential of Hydrogen and is the symbol for the hydrogen ion (H+) in liquids. pH has a range from 0 (acidic) -14 (alkaline), with 7 being neutral. Ensuring that the pH remains within this range will help maintain good plant health.

Only Advanced Nutrients is offering a revolutionary new system called pH-PPM Perfect ™ Technology, which allows growers to dispense with laborious pH and PPM readings. The nutrients in four different bundles are specially treated with a coating that causes roots to absorb them very fast, regardless of the initial pH or PPM of the solution. In fact, these products create a Sweet Spot by automatically raising the pH if it’s too acidic and lowering it if it’s too alkaline.

The secret to getting bigger and healthier plants by using hydroponics as a method is as simple as making sure that all essential aspects of the methods are covered. Like the proper lighting equipment to be used, the correct temperature and humidity, the most effective fertilizer to be provided to your plants, etc.

Remember that a successful and healthy harvest is only possible if you have carefully studied the correct ways on how to grow it properly through hydroponics. Just the right attitude and knowledge and you’re all set.

Foliar Fertilizer

A foliar fertilizer is a type of fertilizer designed to be delivered directly to the leaves of your plants in the form of a fine mist. There are many benefits that a hydroponics gardener can get in using foliar fertilizers. Some of these benefits are getting better yields and healthier, more nutritious plants.

The best ones feature a concentrated solution mixing macronutrients and chelated micronutrients, along with seaweed and /or humic acid, creating a balanced fertilizer, supplying not only NPK, but many beneficial supplements, as well.

By using a quality foliar fertilizer, your plants can get the extra boost they need to grow to their highest potential. The best part of switching to using this kind of fertilizer is that you can see results quickly. Because the stomata of a leaf have the ability to soak up nutrients very quickly, this means that the grower doesn’t have to wait for weeks to see if it is working—in a just a matter of days, great results can be obtained. Finally, one of the most significant benefits of using this type of fertilizer is that it is less expensive compared to many other means of boosting your plants’ growth.

Hydroponics Systems

There are many hydroponics systems that a hydroponic gardener can choose from. These systems are classified as open or closed. In closed hydroponics systems, the nutrients supplied to the plants are re-circulated and the nutrient content is monitored and regularly adjusted. While in open hydroponics systems, fresh nutrient solutions are introduced for each irrigation cycle.

In hydroponics, inert growing media are usually used and as a result, the only source for plant nutrition is through its intake of nutrient solutions. What’s good about hydroponics compared to traditional growing is that the grower has absolute control over their plants’ nutrition. Thus, there’s little room for error. But although this is the case, the hydroponic gardener should always make sure that things are working properly.

In hydroponics systems, close monitoring of water content is very important. Since water plays a crucial role in your hydroponic growing, knowing the quality and content of your water supply should be an utmost concern. This is because the choice of fertilizers type and the accurate amount that should be supplied greatly depend on the initial content of your water source.

For example, if your water source contains sufficient amount of calcium, you should not use calcium nitrate because any additional calcium may interfere with other elements in your nutrient solution like phosphorus (P). It may even hinder the uptake of other nutrients essential for your plants’ growth. Always remember that it is very important to test your water source prior to mixing or preparing your fertilizer formula.

The acid-alkaline balance (pH) of your water is also an important consideration, determining how well or poorly your nutrients are able to be absorbed by your plants.

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Hydroponic Growing

Hydroponic growing is the method of growing plants in a soil-less environment. Just imagine how nice it would be to grow a beautiful garden inside your home with fragrant flowers and fresh vegetables. Even during the coldest winter months you can have a continual reminder of spring and summer inside your home. And, with the change in seasons to warmer weather, you will be able to transplant your favorite homegrown plants outdoors sooner. Hydroponics makes gardening a year-round joy no matter what the weather conditions are.

Hydroponic growing has become very popular because of its ability to be used where the ground or climate in the region can’t normally support the growing of plant life. Because of hydroponics, the home hobbyist is now able to grow crops of the highest quality many times a year in a relatively small area.

There are several advantages of hydroponic growing and these are as follows:

  • Greener and healthier plants
  • Faster plant growth rate
  • Increased yield
  • Optimum nutrient intake which results in healthier plants
  • Less mess
  • No weeds
  • No soil pests and diseases
  • More abundant plants per square foot of gardening space
  • No need to repot plants as they grow

Finally, with hydroponic growing, you can be sure that you’ll be spending less money and effort but still get the most out of your quality harvests. Not to mention the extremely rewarding and potentially beneficial hobby that it can give you.

Growing Hydroponic Fruits and Vegetables at Home: Information Search

Growing hydroponic fruits and vegetables at home is pretty easy if you just have the right attitude to it. Hydroponics is actually a method that allows any individual to have the opportunity to grow fruits and vegetables in places where it would seem impossible. This is one of the amazing undertakings that hydroponics gives people. This gardening method will be most appreciated by those living in the city and those who do not have any space for traditional gardening. This is because it will give them the best chance to grow healthy and nutritious crops indoors.

Your first step in learning how to grow hydroponic fruits and vegetables at home is to get as much relevant and accurate information as you can. The Internet is a fantastic source of information about hydroponics, however as with all other areas of internet research there's just as much useful information as there are inaccurate ones. Knowing the difference between the two will determine your chances of success or failure. However, one way to get relevant and useful information on the net is to subscribe to hydroponic newsletters that are from a reputable source. You can also solicit information about hydroponics through books and manuals to broaden your knowledge about the method.

Getting armed with the right information about hydroponics can help you produce vegetables and fruits with higher nutritional value. Visit this blog regularly for more useful information about growing hydroponic plants and vegetables at home.

LED Grow Lights Save Money and Power

Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs are compound semiconductor devices that convert electricity to light. LEDs are robust and highly resistant to shock and vibration as opposed to traditional incandescent, fluorescent and neon light sources.

The benefits of using LEDs vary depending on the application, but typical technology features include:

  • Up to 90 percent energy-cost savings
  • A long life of up to 100,000 hours
  • Minimized maintenance hassles and costs
  • Low-voltage operation
  • Excellent cold-weather performance
  • Environmental friendly because it has no mercury content

Getting the most value from LED involves more than just a great LED. It requires a great system design. LED solution is only as good as its weakest link. LED Systems should combine the best available components with innovative optical, electrical and thermal management designs to create "complete" LED systems that are optimized for superior performance.

In hydroponics, LED is the most recommended type of light source because it gives superior contribution to hydroponic plant growth. It does not only give favorable lighting for the plants because of the precise light energy it produces but it is also an economical and very easy to maintain. Because of the accurate light that it gives hydroponic plants, the harvests are said to be healthier and more nutritious. This type of grow light consumes less power because it does not require ballasts and produces just a fraction of the heat of high intensity discharge lamps. This is why more and more growers prefer to use it.

Forms and Structures of Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic gardening can be done in various forms. It can occur either in nutrient solution or through a growing medium. Through nutrient solution, the liquid nutrients that plants intake enable the plants to thrive. Through a growing medium like sand, clay and rockwool, plants also need this in order to grow. Both forms must have a structure to complete the process of a successful plant growth. The following are examples of structures that can be utilized for hydroponic gardening:

1. Deep Water Culture--typically uses a plastic bucket with a net. The plant sits in the net, and the net is held in place over the nutrient solution surface by the lid of the bucket, so that only the roots of the plant are submerged. For this hydroponic system to work, you will also need to use an airstone in the nutrient solution, which oxygenates the nutrient solution, a benefit to plant roots. The advantage of this system is that the plant accesses much food and oxygen, so consequently plants grow quickly in all stages of the plant's life.

2. Aeroponics--if you want to do indoor gardening without soil but have a limited amount of water available, then aeroponic gardening is your best option. With this type of indoor gardening, the plant roots are sprayed with nutrient solution, and are not placed in any type of growing medium. Aeroponics uses less water than other types of hydroponic gardening.

3. Ebb and Flow—is also known as flood and drain subirrigation. Baked clay pebbles is often the growing medium used and the plants are grown in the clay which rests in a tray. Another tray holds the nutrient solution and at timed intervals the pebble-filled tray is flooded with the nutrient solution, and then it is drained away. This movement also aids in aeration of the growing medium as well.

4. Passive Subirrigation--a coarse growing medium is used to provide ample air space for the roots. The plants are nestled in the medium in a container, and the container sits in another container holding a thin layer of liquid. This is an easy method of hydroponic gardening because you only need to occasionally refill and replace the nutrient solution. It not only provides an excellent high humidity microclimate, but it also helps alleviate root rot in plants.

Hydroponic Horticulture Has Advanced Our Food Supply

The use of hydroponics as a method of producing crops has been proven to increase food production in modern greenhouses. It has been labeled to be the most effective and practical way of growing healthy crops today because it reduces costs of farming with pest control procedures and introduces the precise nutrient intake to plants. Moreover, the method requires less water (only 5% of water is required) compared to the water requirement of traditional farms yet it produces five to six times the produce per square foot that field agriculture is able to do.

This new agricultural technology has been a breakthrough in the need for a less spacious venue for farming yet guarantees maximum yield to the producers, plus safe and unblemished produce. With this method, more healthy crops are expected to be produced, thus, allowing us to advance our food supply. Also, greenhouses are usually located closer to the urban centers they supply, so transportation costs are reduced. Not to mention that they can produce food year round.

Books and manuals have been made to assist growers on the proper procedures with regards the plant watering system and nutrition feeding of plants. Simple may it seem but proper administration is needed to exactly formulate the nutrition for the plants. Nowadays, there are thousands of Hydroponic gardening centers throughout the United States that aim to establish it as an alternative gardening method, because it is more cost effective and highly beneficial to plant growers. For a hydroponic gardener, hydroponics means produce at its best; meaning, higher yields, environment friendly technology, minimal labor and high return on investment.

Going Hydroponic Against Global Warming

How can the method of hydroponics contribute to slow down global warming? Is it really possible to reduce global warming with the use of this method? For one thing, hydroponic greenhouses are usually located close to the urban centers which they supply with food, so the need for trucking produce hundreds of miles from warm areas to cold regions is eliminated, reducing the need to burn fossil fuels.

Proponents of hydroponic horticulture suggest growing your own food year round in specially built greenhouses close to home. Though heating the greenhouses in the winter requires energy, this could be produced through solar or wind sources as opposed to fossil fuel method which produces carbon dioxide. The CO2 or carbon dioxide generated within the confines of a greenhouse is absorbed by the plants and transformed into sugars, water and oxygen.

Hydroponic gardening and other forms of indoor gardening also offer an option that may help combat the effects of global warming. Hydroponics can be successful in areas where the soil nutrients have been rendered useless for crop production and plant growth. Since hydroponic gardening uses no soil, chemical pesticides are no longer needed because soil-borne diseases are eliminated.

With hydroponics, plants are grown in either a nutrient solution or in a growing medium such as rockwool, coir, perlite or vermiculite. The roots of the plant sit in the nutrient solution or the growing medium, thereby feeding the nutrient solution to the plant through the roots. When plants are grown in nutrient solution, the liquid must be aerated so that plant roots receive enough oxygen.

The hydroponic solution to global warming isn’t that far off the mark. Regardless of which hydroponic system is used, you have to keep in mind that plants need nourishment, just like any other living being. And absolutely the best food for plants is made by a Canadian company, Advanced Nutrients. Their complete line of organic and synthetic fertilizers, as well as all their additives, supplements, root colonizers, and bloom boosters help to superbly nurture all your plants, whether you practice hydroponic gardening or traditional gardening.

Light Reflectors in the Home Hydroponics Garden

An often overlooked, but very important, part of the home hydroponics garden is the use of light reflectors. Light is one of the most crucial factors in the health of your plants; both too much and too little will result in sickly plants. Reflectors can help to solve both problems. The correct use of light reflectors can increase the amount of growing area you have for your home hydroponic garden, giving you a greater yield or room for more of a variety. If your home hydroponic garden is also your business, this can translate into greater income in the end.

You can buy some of the most expensive lights on today’s market and find they are nearly useless without proper light reflectors. When set up correctly, using a light reflector in your home hydroponic garden can double and sometimes even triple the available growing area. You want to look for reflectors you can set up horizontally. Reflectors take the available light from your lamps and spread it out to brighten dim areas that can’t be reached by bulbs alone. By placing the light reflector horizontally, you allow for more surface area to reflect light outward rather than upward.

Another factor to consider when buying light reflectors for your home hydroponic garden is whether the plants you are growing grow best in bright or dim light. Smaller reflectors concentrate the light more, providing a brighter light in their coverage area. If your particular needs are for plants that do not need a great deal of light, then larger reflectors can be used. At first, you may need to buy a couple different sizes to see exactly how each performs in your particular growing area.

We all know that light produces heat. The more light there is the greater the heat and many home hydroponic gardens are in smaller areas with little in the way to ventilate. Too much heat can be just as dangerous, if not more so, for your plants. Light reflector manufacturers have taken that into consideration and manufactured some light reflectors to be air-cooling. Many light sources are combined with air-cooling reflector hoods to make it even more convenient for the home hydroponic gardener. These units tend to cost slightly more than other units, but are often well worth the extra cost. They eliminate the need for expensive ventilation systems and make it possible to keep your growing area at a temperature that is both comfortable and healthy for your plants.

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Home Hydroponics--Newsletters

Subscribing to home hydroponic newsletters has many advantages. The greatest advantage is having access to breaking news and new trends in the hydroponic gardening world. Some newsletters arrive in either your computer Inbox or postal mailbox weekly, others on a monthly schedule. Either way, the news is fresh. 

Unlike forums, the information stays put until you have the time to read and digest it. You don’t have to scroll through a hundred or more posts to find the piece of information you are looking for. You are also able to have a hard copy of newsletters for future reference. You can print each e-mail newsletter and place it in a file so you can find it exactly when you need it. 

There are a few things you need to take into consideration when subscribing to any home hydroponic newsletter. First and foremost, make sure the company or organization distributing the newsletter is one you can trust. Research reputation; ask to see the newsletter archive or a sample issue to get a feel for what kind of material is included. 

Try to find newsletters that are focused on the same type of crops that you are producing in your home hydroponic garden. A newsletter focused on hydroponic growing for the mass market isn’t going to be very helpful to you if are growing a small rose garden for personal pleasure and a newsletter focused on marijuana production isn’t going to help you with the vegetables you hope to can in the fall. Make sure the newsletter will be helpful and not just a waste of your time. 

Finally, until you know the information contained within a newsletter is accurate, don’t put your entire garden at risk. If some method does not seem logical, don’t use it until you have researched. Even then, use it cautiously on one or two test plants to make sure the method works for you and your crops. Each home hydroponic garden is as varied as each hydroponic gardener. With this in mind, know that every method and every newsletter is not intended for each and every situation. Look for the home hydroponics newsletter that works best with you and your garden. 

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Home Hydroponics—Organic Fertilizers

In any type of garden, it is essential to make sure your plants have all the nutrients they need to grow and resist disease. This is especially important in your hydroponics garden. Many nutrients are found in soil, which is not present in a hydroponics setting. You will need to add these missing nutrients to realize the best crop possible. With so many fertilizers on the market, however, it is often difficult to decide which one is the best for your home hydroponics garden. It is my hope that this will clear up some of your confusion. 

Fertilizers, both organic and inorganic, are labeled with a sequence of three numbers. These numbers indicate the percentage of the three main compounds found in all fertilizers, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (or Potash). The letters N-P-K represents these. Basically, Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorus helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health. . Fertilizers then contain a variety of other vitamins and minerals that vary greatly from one brand to another. 

Inorganic fertilizers are made of chemicals that can harm your plants and the environment. More and more gardeners, especially those with home hydroponic gardens, are switching to organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are derived from what was once a living plant or animal. Microorganisms break these down to release their benefits to your plants. This process is a natural occurrence that enables your plants to benefit as nature intended. 

Organic fertilizers are often ignored for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the smell that is often produced by the organic material. Fortunately, hydroponic supply producers are finding ways to combat this odor problem and more organic fertilizers sold in hydroponic supply shops have a less offensive odor. Yet another argument is that organic fertilizers work slower than inorganic ones. While this is often the case, the way these organic fertilizers work makes it easier to grow healthier, larger plants. In addition, the plants, especially those grown for human consumption, are less likely to create health problems. 

Originally, organic fertilizers were also known to attract fungus gnats. This was annoying at best for the home hydroponics gardener. At its worst, these annoying insects could harm plants. This annoyance has been virtually eliminated in some cases with the proper organic fertilizer. Some organic fertilizers, such as the Iguana Juice listed below, have also taken care of the problem caused by sludge plugging the drip emitters in your home hydroponics garden, a problem that for many years plagued users of organic fertilizers. Today, virtually every argument against the use of an organic fertilizer has been eliminated. 

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Home Hydroponics—Beneficial Microbes Can Make a Difference

All kinds of bacteria are harmful to growing plants, correct? Actually, the answer is no. There are many types of tiny bacteria, called microbes that can actually benefit your plants. The idea is to encourage these microbes. Some plants actually depend on certain microbes to help keep them healthy. We will explore how microbes can benefit your plants as well as several ways in which you can encourage the growth of beneficial microbes in your home hydroponics garden. These microbes are found naturally in soil, but the home hydroponics gardener needs to purchase specially formulated products to provide them.

The first and foremost benefit of providing your plants with beneficial nutrients is that it will help increase the healthiness of your crops. A healthy plant is hardier and can withstand unforeseen events that may cause hardship in other plants, such as broken pumps, burned out lights and other such problems. While unhealthy plants can wither and die quickly if everything isn't perfect in their growing environment, a healthy plant can withstand hardship and continue to flourish for a short time.

Beneficial microbes can help keep infectious diseases away and prevent nutrition deficiencies. The microbes "feed" off harmful bacteria and thus keep them from attacking the plants. This allows the harmful bacteria less time to take hold and create problems. The beneficial microbes also enable the plants in your home hydroponic garden to absorb the needed nutritional elements better, thus making your plants bigger, stronger and less likely to experience deficiencies. Beneficial microbes help your plants develop greater root mass, than untreated plants, resulting in accelerated growth and bigger yields.

Now that you see how beneficial microbes help, it helps to know ways to increase them in your home hydroponic system. The more natural, or organic, products you use, the greater chance the beneficial microbes have of growing. Nature has automatically created these beneficial microbes for us; and by using fewer chemicals on your plants and more natural products you allow nature to help.

Keeping your growing area warm (but not too warm) will also help increase the presence of beneficial microbes. Cooler temperatures slow down, and often halt, bacterial growth. This may be beneficial where harmful bacteria are a concern, but the cold does not differentiate between harmful and beneficial. Keep your growing area as warm as possible for the kind of crop you are growing. (Unfortunately, too much heat will also kill off beneficial microbes-so don't be tempted to mix them into your nutrient solution, using hot water!)

Another thing that can prevent the growth of beneficial microbes is the use of pesticides. This works on the same principle as the temperature. Pesticides are not able to tell the difference between good and harmful parasites. When you utilize such a product, you kill off the beneficial microbes in your home hydroponic garden as well as harmful ones. This leaves your plants at risk of future attacks from harmful bacteria and at risk if all does not go well in your growing area.

Yet another word of warning concerns hydrogen peroxide. Some hydroponics growers use this product to oxygenate their roots that are dangling in the nutrient solution. If you use hydrogen peroxide, you might as well say goodbye to your beneficial microbes. It will kill most of them on contact.

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Plant Stress in the Home Hydroponics Garden

When you think about stress, what comes to mind? Do you think about things that attack your body, causing you discomfort and often bringing about illness? I know I do. Stress is not just a human concern; pets can experience stress as well. What most people don't realize is that plants also fall victim to stress. They react much in the same way as humans do, with shutting down and falling ill.

Some of the things that can cause stress in your home hydroponic garden are drastic changes in temperature. Excessive heat or cold can cause your crops extreme stress. Plant stress can come about if proper nutrition isn't given. Your plants need to work harder to gain as many nutrients as possible from what they are given. Lack of water, not enough light and pruning can all be sources of plant stress. Even something good like blooming can increase the stress level in your home hydroponic garden. How the different stressors affect your plants depends on how healthy they are, where in their growing cycle they happen to be and what the stress is.

While there is nothing you can do to avoid plant stress entirely, you can help reduce the damage caused by it. By providing adequate light, water and temperature, you can reduce environmental stress. By seeing that your plants are given adequate nutrition, you can help them combat the stressors that can't be avoided. Like humans, the B vitamins are excellent for this.

Adding B vitamins to your home hydroponic garden will help your plants combat the effects of stress. These vitamins will allow your plants to withstand more, repair themselves if they are damaged slightly and give them added energy to flourish in spite of less than ideal conditions.

To help combat the inevitable stresses that befall your home hydroponic garden, try Organic B. Organic B provides more than B vitamins. It also contains plant-strengthening B vitamins, amino acids and other enhancers. Your clones, transplants and seedlings will better resist stress and disease to turn into healthy adults. You can find out more about Organic B at

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Bloom Boosters in the Home Hydroponics Garden

What is a bloom booster and why should you use it in your home hydroponic garden? A bloom booster is a combination of essential amino acids; plant hormones and other nutrients that can help your plants produce larger, stronger flowers. This results in more beautiful flora and larger fruits and vegetables. For those who depend on their home hydroponic garden to help provide income, this can result in greater profit.

That takes care of the "what and why"; now let's explore the "how" where it comes to using bloom boosters in your home hydroponic garden. It isn't enough just to spray a bloom booster on your plants and leave it at that. You need to first find the best product and then use it in combination with other hydroponic products. It is by knowing when and how to use bloom boosters that is essential in gaining the best results possible.

Bloom boosters are most effective if you increase such nutrients as phosphorus and potassium in your home hydroponic garden. This can backfire, however, if you are not careful. Too much phosphorus can cause a deficiency in the amount of iron your plants can utilize, resulting in unhealthy plants with yellowed leaves and stunted growth. It is important to make sure you add a greater amount of potassium than of phosphorus to prevent this phosphorus toxicity.

In nature, plants bloom best when the amount of light and dark are equal. By changing your lighting schedule to twelve hours on and twelve hours off, you simulate nature. This helps your plants bloom naturally, ensuring their blooms are stronger and healthier. Adding a bloom booster at this time will aid in optimal growth.

You need to keep in mind that a bloom booster is not meant to heal unhealthy plants. Even the best product will not work unless you have taken the time to provide your home hydroponic plants with all they need in the way of nutrition and a healthy environment

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Home Hydroponics—The Role of Carbohydrate Supplements

Carbohydrates play an important part in the growth of the plants in your home hydroponics garden. They help provide necessary energy for optimum growth and carbohydrates are stored for times when the plant may need either energy, such as during blooming, or extra help, such as cases where there is less than perfect growing conditions. Simply put, the plant uses carbon dioxide molecules from the air and water molecules and the energy from the sun to produce a simple sugar such as glucose and oxygen molecules as a by product. The simple sugars are then converted into other molecules such as starch, fats, proteins, enzymes and. all of the other stuff that helps a plant grow.

Carbohydrates are sugars, correct? So, it makes sense you can just toss a handful of sugar into your plant's water and leave it at that. Wrong! Simple sugars, or corn syrup, isn't any better for your home hydroponics garden than they are for you. Plants have to work to gain nutrition from the simple sugars they ingest and certain combinations of carbohydrates work better than others because of their ease of absorption.

Unfortunately, many carbohydrate supplements are little more than sugar and corn syrup. You need to seek out a product that will enable your plant to make full use of the nutrition. A product containing fulvic acid will help increase the rate and speed of absorption. This will help you see a visible increase in your plant's growth in the way of larger blooms and stronger, healthier plants.

Simply adding nutrients to your plant, without a carbohydrate supplement, may actually do more damage to the plants in your home hydroponics garden. The nutrients make your plants work harder to realize the benefits, yet they don't have the necessary energy required to do so. This makes them weaker. By adding the carbohydrates, you give your plants the extra energy necessary to utilize their nutrition more effectively and with less work. This gives them a chance to grow larger and stronger.

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Home Hydroponics—Vitamin Supplements

Plants, like all living things, need certain vitamins and minerals to grow and bloom. They have special needs depending on which part of the growing cycle they are going through. You want to provide more of one supplement during the initial growing stages and another during the blooming phase. This is the same as the human body needing more of one vitamin when in childhood and another in old age.

In traditional gardening, plants are apt to get most, if not all, of their nutrients from the soil. This is not the case in the home hydroponics garden. For this reason, you will find it necessary to provide these necessary vitamins and minerals with the addition of a vitamin supplement. The trouble is, how do you know what your plants need? For example, vitamin B1, or Thiamine, helps encourage the synthesis of sugars

Some of the most necessary vitamins and minerals needed by plants in your home hydroponics garden are the B vitamins. These give your plant the energy they need to grow, ability to handle any stresses caused by less than idea circumstances. The B vitamins also help your home hydroponics plants repair any harm that may be done. Other than oxygen, the B vitamins may well be some of the most important.

When searching through the myriad of vitamin supplements available, it helps to know what to look for in the way of a healthier supplement. The first thing is the ability to be absorbed by your hydroponics plants. Let's face it; if the plants can absorb the supplement, it does no good. For this, you want to look for a product with a humic acid base. Humic acid has the ability to chelate, or bind positively to charged ions. To your plants, this means it allows many more nutrients to be absorbed than would be possible without the humic acid. This in turn translates into larger, healthier plants.

One of the best Vitamin B supplements I have found is Organic B, sold by Advanced Nutrients. Organic B is made from the best sources and provides an excellent source of B vitamins to the plants in your home hydroponics garden.

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Home Hydroponic Gardening – Pests and Pathogens

The home hydroponic gardener may not spend much time thinking about pests and diseases. After all, most of these come from soil. Correct? Eliminate the soil and you rid yourself of having to deal with such nuisances. That seems to be the thinking of those new to hydroponic gardening. The truth of the matter is that pests and diseases will always be something gardeners have to deal with, even in the home hydroponic garden.

The indoor home hydroponic garden often finds itself a victim of such pests as the spider mite or white fly, among others. In addition, diseases in the form of fungi or mold can be a problem. In order to have healthy plants, the home hydroponic gardener has a few choices available to control these infestations. The most common treatments are using a commercial pesticide, biological control (which involves introducing predator insects and such to your growing area) or use of a specially formulated pest control product found at the local hydroponic shop.

Most hydroponic gardeners do not want to add chemicals to their growing environment. These chemicals can harm both human and plant. In addition, plant pests have often developed immunities to these products. You end up harming the plants and the pests continue multiplying. Specially formulated hydroponic products are safer, but there is still the risk of damage to plants if used incorrectly or too often. Adding live predators to the growing area is often not practical. You don't want to bring more insects into play, especially in home hydroponic gardens growing within the living environment. There is a solution that can be better than all these-prevention.

Just as the preferred method of disease control in humans is to prevent the disease in the first place, this is also practical for plants. Take, for example, Barricade . This product works from inside your plants, making them stronger and more resistant to bugs, fungi, molds, and even stress. By not allowing the pests and pathogens to get a foothold in your home hydroponic garden, you have greater control.

Another advantage of using preventive products is that a stronger plant will grow better and produce more. You are not adding harmful chemicals to either your home hydroponic garden or the environment in general. Your plants are healthier; pests and disease are stopped in their tracks and your time and investment are protected. Just as with humans, it is often a lot less expensive to prevent a problem than it is to cure one.

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Hydroponic Gardening - Soybeans

Soybeans are one of the most versatile of crops. While they have been grown for some time as a possible alternative fuel source, they are finally being recognized for their nutritional value. As meat prices continue to rise, alternative sources of protein-rich food are being turned to—and soybeans fit the bill. Let’s explore some of the special growing conditions needed for soybeans in your hydroponic garden. 

One of the first things necessary when growing soybeans is to inoculate them with special nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This is used to allow the beans to absorb nitrogen more readily. You dust the seeds with this special solution before planting. These inoculates come in both powder and liquid form. Fungicide treatments applied to seed before planting are designed to protect the plants from root rot diseases. Many fungicide treatments can be mixed with inoculation materials and applied at the same time. 

Soybeans grow like many other beans, vining and needing some sort of structure to support them. Construct a support system in your hydroponic growing area by running a line from one end of the area to another. When this is done, provide lines from each plant upward to the main line. This will enable your soybeans to grow upward, providing more space for plants and allowing bottom growth to obtain enough light. Soybeans need a great deal of light to produce flowers, which will then become your soybeans. Without enough light, your plants will not flower. 

While soybeans need a great deal of light, they do not like either high temperatures or great humidity. The growing environment would be ideal if it stays around sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Humidity in the hydroponic growing area also needs to be kept low to prevent causing your soybeans to rot. 

A growing medium such as a peat/vermiculite blend is best for your soybean crop. You may also want to consider placing pebbles at the bottom of your growing container, as they prefer a well-drained medium that allows the roots plenty of room to breath. 

Soybeans are an excellent choice for the hydroponic gardener. Provide them with a growing medium that drains well, plenty of light and a pre-treatment with a special nitrogen-fixing inoculate and you will soon have one of the most versatile crops available. 

Finally, to help ensure your soybeans get the best nutrition possible, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter at Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere. 

Hydroponic Gardening - Leeks

Leeks are part of the onion family. They have a milder flavor, however, and are often preferred to their stronger tasting cousin. This vegetable is very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked and both leaves and stems are edible. In addition, this cold-weather crop is so easy to grow, it is almost a must in any hydroponic garden.

Leeks do best in a perlite growing material. This allows the roots plenty of air by providing adequate drainage. The roots of the leeks are the most wanted part and you do not want to keep them too moist or you can cause root rot. An ebb and flow system will work perfectly while growing hydroponic leeks as it will enable the gardener to control how moist the growing medium remains between feedings. Leeks prefer a pH of between 6.5 and 7.0 for optimal growth and will benefit tremendously from added nitrogen.

One of the most preferred methods of feeding leeks is the drip irrigation method. This method allows for adjustments to be made easily should it be necessary. You want to keep the roots slightly moist, but allowing them to remain wet for too long can cause rot. The adjustment valves on the drip irrigation system are easier to maintain than some other hydroponic methods.

Leeks have very few problems with insects. Having your hydroponic garden inside either your home or a greenhouse should eliminate this pest problem completely. It is important to remember that commercial pest solutions are highly discouraged in the hydroponic garden. If absolutely necessary, visit your local hydroponic supply store and obtain a pest product specially formulated for hydroponics. These are developed to cause the least amount of damage possible to your leeks and other plants.

Being cold weather crops, your growing area temperature can be as low as twenty-four degrees Fahrenheit, but you really don’t want to allow this low of temperature

Hydroponic Greenhouses — Glass versus polyethylene

Once you have had a taste of hydroponic gardening, you may find yourself wanting to expand your efforts to a scale that is bigger than what can fit in the corner of your living room. It is time to start looking into a greenhouse. There are so many kinds of greenhouses on the market today, that it can often be confusing deciding which is best for your particular needs. Let’s explore two of the most common types of greenhouse coverings, glass and polyethylene film. Hopefully, this will make your choice a little bit easier. 

When deciding between glass panels and polyethylene film covering, there are several factors you need to take into consideration. These factors include how much you can afford to or are willing to spend; environmental factors required for the hydroponic plants you are growing; and how permanent, or temporary, you want your greenhouse to be. 

Glass is the most expensive covering for a greenhouse, costing on average six times more than polyethylene film. The framework of your greenhouse will also be more expensive, as glass is heavy and needs a stronger framework. Glass, however, can withstand extremes in temperature better and will not need to be replaced as often as polyethylene film. This being the case, within twenty-five years, you are looking at the same general cost for covering and the difference comes in the amount spent on the framework. If you are unsure about how long you plan on maintaining a hydroponic garden, you may wish to go with the less initial outlay. 

Glass covering is the best choice for allowing sunlight to reach your plants. It allows more of the rays to reach your garden; however, you may need to look into some type of coating on the glass to help diffuse the sunlight and allow it to reach more of the leaves. For insulation against extreme temperatures, polyethylene film works better than glass. Polyethylene film, however, can “sweat”, dripping onto the plants inside and increasing the overall humidity level of the interior. Some of these films are now being made with a coating that helps alleviate this problem. 

Glass greenhouses last longer than those covered with polyethylene film. Glass can weather well for over twenty-five years. If you are planning a long-term venture, this may be your best choice. Keep in mind, however, that glass can’t stand impacts as well as polyethylene film and you may find yourself replacing panels more often. If you are merely leasing your property or are not sure how long you may continue with hydroponic gardening, you may consider polyethylene film coverings. Many inflatable structures are made of this and are easy to assemble or disassemble, making it easy to re-locate or eliminate the greenhouse. 

Finally, the greenhouse is only a starting point for a productive hydroponic garden. To help ensure your plants get the best nutrition possible, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter at Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere. 

Hydroponic Gardening - TIPS

When it comes to hydroponic gardening, you can find a great deal of information available for reading. Often, however, there are tips that don’t warrant an entire article, yet they are of importance if you want to grow the best fruits, vegetables and flowers possible. Read on to learn of five important tips that can help make a difference in your hydroponic adventure. 

Tip #1 In the trickle irrigation system, you need to take special care in making sure your gravel is the correct size. Lateral movement of the solution along the roots is necessary. For this reason, any gravel that is larger than a quarter of an inch in diameter is not recommended, as it will inhibit this flow. The idea size of gravel is anywhere between one-eighth and one-fourth inch in diameter. 

Tip #2 If you are fairly new to hydroponic gardening you may still be searching for the growing method that suits your needs best. One method that does not get mentioned often is called “sack culture”. With this method, you poke holes in a thin bag made of polyethylene. This bag is approximately six inches. You fill this sack with a mixture of vermiculite and peat. Once the ends are sealed, the bag is hung up. Plants are placed in the evenly spaced holes you made previously. A hydroponic solution is introduced into the top of the bag and allowed to make its way down through the planting medium within the sack. Excess solution drains from the bottom. 

Tip #3 You may find it desirable to add calcium, nitrogen or sulfur to your hydroponic garden to help it produce better. Calcium nitrate will provide both calcium and nitrate nitrogen in the best forms for your fruits and vegetables. Products such as Sensi Cal Grow are specially formulated to provide added calcium without damaging your plants. If you still need extra nitrogen, provide it through the use of potassium nitrate or potassium sulfate, which will also add any needed sulfur. Magnesium sulfate can also be used if necessary. 

Tip #4 Germination of seeds can be a tricky time in your hydroponic gardening experience. To help your seeds shed their shells during germination, you need to keep them moist. Using coarse vermiculite to cover the cubes you germinate your seeds in can do this. Use plain water until germination and then a diluted hydroponic nutrient solution until the leaves develop. It is then important to make sure your water is at the proper pH balance. This can be accomplished by using pH Up or pH Down depending on whether you need more or less pH. Pre-treating your water with hydrogen peroxide will help if Reverse Osmosis water is not readily available. 

Tip #5 Running your hydroponic solution through an ultraviolet sterilizer will help rid it of bacteria, fungi and some viruses that can damage your plants. Unfortunately, this can also harm chelates in your nutrient solution. What this means is that elements such as iron may end up being reduced. This will cause harm to your fruits, vegetables and flowers because they won’t be getting the complete nutrition they need. By adding specially formulated products that include the chelated nutrients, you will be able to combat this problem. 

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Hydroponic Gardening - Peas

When I was young, I was like most kids and would not eat peas—until my mother came up with calling them “nice, green peas”. I ate them like there was no tomorrow. With hydroponics, you can turn all your peas into “nice, green peas” that are full of nutrition and taste unlike traditionally grown peas. 

Before setting up to grow your peas, you will need to select the variety you prefer, bush or vining. This will help determine how much space you will need, as well as whether or not some type of support will be necessary. Peas grow best in cooler temperatures and require growing material, such as perlite, that does not hold moisture too long. One of the most important things to monitor when you grow your peas is the pH balance, as pea plants are very sensitive to acidity levels. Finally, you will need some type of lighting to keep your peas healthy. 

Bush peas can be trimmed back when between six and eight inches high. By trimming the tip and first set of leaves, two branches will sprout. This encourages the plant to grow outward instead of just upward. For vining varieties of peas, you will need to have some type of support in place. An ideal solution to this is to have a rope hanging from one end of the growing area to the other. Each plant then has a string leading upward from the plant. This enables the pea plant to be wrapped around the rising line as it grows. This not only allows for less space being needed per plant, but also enables the available light to evenly fall on the upper and lower leaves. 

Temperatures in your hydroponic growing environment need to be on the rather cool side for growing peas. While peas can withstand temperatures as low as twenty-eight degrees Fahrenheit, the ideal growing temperature is between fifty-five and sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature falls too low, the flowers will become sterile. Acidity needs to be constantly monitored. Peas grow best when the pH level is between 6.0 and 7.0. If it falls below this level, calcium uptake by your peas will be jeopardized. 

Either high-pressure sodium light or low-pressure sodium light can be used as supplementary lighting in your hydroponic growing area. Make sure the lamps are positioned so that the lower parts of your pea plants receive an adequate amount of light. When there is insufficient light, the plants grow taller and spindlier, reducing their strength. 

Finally, to help ensure your peas get the best nutrition possible and become “nice, green peas” instead of plain old peas, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter at Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere. 

Hydroponic Gardening - Systems - CO2 generation

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is necessary for plants to enable photosynthesis. Without CO2, or without enough, plants will not be able to thrive. Many hydroponic gardeners find it helps plant growth to provide an extra amount of CO2. This can be done in a variety of different ways. The two most common ways to increase the amount of CO2 in your hydroponic garden is by utilizing bottled CO2 or by purchasing a CO2 generator.

The most popular method of introducing added CO2 is the bottled CO2 method. This involves a system that includes a CO2 tank, a flow meter, a pressure gauge and a valve. The tank itself holds the CO2 gas. This gas is released through the valve, which must have some type of timer attached to it to help regulate the use of the CO2. Both the flow meter and pressure gauges help the hydroponic gardener judge whether the level of CO2 is appropriate for his or her needs. It is important to note here that, while increasing CO2 levels can help plants grow, allowing too much CO2 into the growing environment will have the opposite effect and your plants will perish. Hydroponic gardeners need to research in advance to see what level of CO2 is recommended for the crop being grown.

Using a CO2 generator is more cost effective and somewhat easier. However, this method also has the added element of increased heat that will need to be taken into account and compensated for by including an air-cooling system of some type in your growing environment. CO2 generators work to produce CO2 by burning either propane or natural gas. Most systems are placed on a timer that releases the burned fuel at a regulated time. The biggest hazard possible with a CO2 generator is that it is essential you keep it in perfect working order. Defective units will produce carbon monoxide instead of CO2 if they are not working properly. This will not only kill your plants, but may very well kill any humans who enter the growing environment.

One more expensive way of producing additional carbon dioxide in your greenhouse is by the use of dry ice. Dry ice is actually a solid form of CO2. When allowed to “melt” it returns to its gaseous state. This method should really only be used in a pinch. There is almost no control over the amount of gas released into the air or at what rate the dry ice will become gas. There is a lot of room for potential danger to plants using this method.

Adding extra CO2 will not, however, help increase plant growth unless light and temperature are also at optimum levels. Proper nutrition and water are also essential factors in optimal growth. All these factors must be strong and be working together for best results. To help ensure your plants get the best nutrition possible, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter at Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

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Hydroponic Gardening - pak choi

With oriental cuisine becoming more and more popular, pak choi makes a wonderful addition to your hydroponic garden. This leafy plant, a type of Chinese cabbage, grows quickly, is fairly simple to keep happy and is not prone to insect infestations when grown in a greenhouse. Two of the most important components in pak choi production are light and ventilation. Read on to find out how you can successfully grow pak choi in your hydroponic garden. 

Growing pak choi takes approximately thirty-five days from planting to harvest. This allows growers to produce several crops per year. The growing cycle is divided into two parts, with the germination period being ten days in length and then re-locating the seedlings to grow to full size. During the germination period, light is provided to the plants for twenty-four hours a day. It is not recommended that a gardener use incandescent lamps during this stage, but instead use fluorescent lighting. This does serve a major purpose. Incandescent lights emit red waves, which can cause the plants to grow tall and spindly. Fluorescent lights, which emit blue light, will help stalks develop shorter and thicker, providing a strong base. 

The nutrient film technique (NFT) is the most popular used for growing pak choi once it has been moved to its final growing area. The proper amount of overall, even light is necessary for the growth of plants. High-pressure sodium lamps are the recommended grow lights for this final growing stage. These bulbs not only put forth the correct color of light, they enable an even distribution of light. 

The proper rate of plant transpiration is necessary to prevent tipburn. This is when the tips of the leaves turn brown because they are not getting the proper amount of calcium to the leaves from the roots. This is easily prevented. The best way to help pak choi achieve the proper transpiration rate is to outfit your greenhouse with some type of turbulator fan. This will work with the lighting to allow the hydroponic nutrient solution to move upwards from the roots and through the leaves at a rate that will keep your pak choi healthy. 

Hydroponic gardening eliminates nearly all pests in a hydroponic garden. The quick rate at which pak choi matures and is ready for harvest, on average thirty-five days, is not long enough for any pests that may get into the greenhouse to set up colonies of any significance. If you are growing other crops in the same environment and find pest control necessary, using traditional pesticides may end up damaging all your plants. If absolutely necessary, hydroponic supply stores offer specially-formulated pest control products that are much safer. 

Finally, to help ensure your pak choi gets the best nutrition possible, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter. Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.



Hydroponic Gardening-Gerberas

Gerberas are quickly becoming a popular flower in the hydroponic garden. These large, daisy-like flowers are easy to grow and come in a variety of colors, In order to start growing your own gerberas, you will need to gather together some type of growing medium, a hydroponic system that can deliver nutrients once a day and provide drainage, your plants and a wish to see results.

Temperatures during the day should remain around seventy degrees Fahrenheit, while night temperatures can be lowered to sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Gerberas do not need a great deal of light. If the greenhouse is positioned so that the plants receive four or five hours of sunlight each day then that will be sufficient for their growth. You will want to increase the light at flowering time to twelve hours a day, as this stimulates the blooming process. Since it is impossible to rely on getting twelve hours of sunlight you will want to visit a hydroponic supply store to purchase gro lights. Lack of light will cause your plants to wither and die.

Hydroponic nutrient can be bought a hydroponic supply shop. Mix your solution with the instructed amount of water and it then needs to be administered to your gerberas once a day, preferably in the morning. This timing is best because the roots need time to dry a bit and not become water logged. When setting up your system, make certain to provide adequate drainage, as sitting in liquid will cause root rot. The drip system has been found to work best with gerberas. There do not seem to be many, if any, natural enemies in the way of pests for the gerbera grown in a greenhouse. You will not need to be concerned about this issue as long as you have normal pest control measures in place for your hydroponic garden.

When choosing a growing medium, the two best choices are rock wool and coconut coir. Rock wool seems to produce stronger gerbera, but those grown in coconut coir are healthy. When choosing, you need to compare output versus cost. Coconut coir costs less, but it does not seem to produce as many blooms or as strong of stems as the rock wool. Both hydroponic growing mediums, however, produce healthy plants. It is mainly a matter of what the intended purpose of your hydroponic garden is. Home use gardeners may want to go with the less expensive method and those in the hydroponic garden business may opt for the rock wool. One other point you may consider is that rock wool is not biodegradable, but coconut coir is. This may make a difference to those who want to consider the impact on their environment. (Hint: the best possible plant nutrient for coco coir is Advanced Nutrients Monkey Juice!)

All in all, gerberas are easy to grow in either the greenhouse or an indoor garden in your living quarters. Temperature and sunlight needs mirror that of the average human. Nutritional needs of the hydroponic gerbera can be taken care of easily and pest are virtually non-existent. This all adds up to a delightful experience in your hydroponic gardening project.

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Hydroponic Gardening - Cilantro

Cilantro is a parsley-type herb. When grown for leaves only, it is called cilantro but if allowed to continue growing to seed, it becomes what is called coriander. In this article, we will discuss cilantro. Cilantro grown hydroponically does well with the drip irrigation method, somewhat less light than some other crops and a wide variety of pH conditions. This plant is easy to grow, takes up fairly little space and is often ready for harvest in six weeks time. 

Cilantro does not relocate well, so it is often best to plant seeds directly into the growing medium you will be using. This plant grows equally well in perlite, vermiculite, coco peat, rock wool or Oasis foam. The main consideration is that the medium allow for proper drainage so your plant does not become over-watered. Using a drip irrigation method will allow better control over the amount of hydroponic nutrient solution your cilantro receives.

Cilantro prefers a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5, but is tolerant of some variation in regards to this. Plants need to be started nine to twelve inches apart, but this distance can be reduced to a mere six inches once leaves start maturing. It takes an average of a week to ten days for seeds to germinate and the leaves are ready to harvest in as little as six weeks. Cilantro grows quickly and is ideal for herb sellers because of this quick turn-around. Each plant can grow to anywhere between eighteen and twenty-four inches in height. 

Lighting requirements for cilantro are versatile and the plants can grow under standard fluorescent, high output fluorescent or HID grow lights. As with any use of grow lights, you will need to make sure they are placed at the proper distance to provide enough light, yet not burn the leaves. Standard fluorescents can be as close as two to four inches, but you will need to place other fluorescent bulbs at least a foot above the plants. HID (high intensity discharge) grow lights need to be placed even further away. Ideally, they will be two to four feet above the tops of the plants. With HID grow lights, you will also want to have a fan circulate air and cause the plant leaves to move to prevent over-heating. 

Cilantro is a hardy plant that can withstand low temperatures. It needs light but cooler temperatures to remain as cilantro longer. The higher the heat, the quicker this herb flowers. Once this happens, the plant becomes bitter and the flowers need to be left to go to seed, becoming coriander. This plant self-pollinates very well so does not need help. Any pest problems can be virtually eliminated by growing your cilantro hydroponically inside a greenhouse. 

Finally, to help ensure your cilantro gets the best nutrition possible, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter. Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere. 


Hydroponic Gardening-Dwarf Lemon Trees

Citrus fruit isn’t just grown in tropical habitats any longer. The newer varieties of “dwarf” fruit trees make them ideal for home and greenhouse growth. No hydroponic garden is complete without at least one dwarf lemon tree, or another dwarf citrus. In spite of being tropic in origin, dwarf lemon trees do not need to be kept in extremely high temperatures. They do need a great deal of light. Drip irrigation hydroponic systems are great for lemon trees. The method of starting your tree will determine whether or not it bears fruit, and even then it will take much longer than most crops.

The greenhouse temperature that is ideal for dwarf lemon trees is between fifty-five and sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. People turning the heat up, thinking tropic equaled hot have lost many trees. Your dwarf lemon trees do not need a great deal of heat, but they thrive on light, at least sixteen full hours of full-spectrum light is required daily during the growing stage. When it is time for the tree to bloom, reduce the light to an even twelve hours on/twelve hours off to help facilitate the process. This will require a visit to a hydroponic supply shop to purchase gro lights.

Lemon trees need an acidic environment for optimum growth. It is best to visit a hydroponic supply place for a pre-formulated hydroponic nutrient solution. Having the correct proportion of nutrients is essential for your lemon tree. The roots of your lemon tree need to be allowed to dry out between feedings. For this reason, you need to implement a system of drip irrigation that allows you to provide nutrition on a regular schedule, rather than continuously. This is a good time to mention the growing medium you should use. Trees need support, so you will need to use some growing medium such as a peat and vermiculite mixture. Provide pebbles or some other drainage method at the bottom of your container to allow for adequate drainage.

Before you embark on growing your dwarf lemon tree, you will need to decide whether you want to grow it simply for its ornamental value or if you want to grow a crop that provides fruit. Starting your tree from seed will show it growing and thriving, but will make it unlikely to produce fruit. If edible lemons are your goal, it is better to start your tree from a clipping. There are newer varieties that have shortened the amount of time needed for fruiting. Before deciding on the type of lemon tree you want, you will have to find out how long each variety takes to fruit. You will need to manually pollinate your lemon tree unless you wish to add bumblebees to your greenhouse. Manual pollination is time-consuming, but a necessary task if you wish your tree to fruit.

Now that you know the sweet deal on dwarf lemon trees, consider adding one or more to your hydroponic garden. Provide your new plant with plenty of light and the required hydroponic nutrient and you will quickly see it grow and thrive. A final note to mention on helping your dwarf lemon tree grow fuller. Once it begins growing and reaches twelve inches in height, prune it back to approximately six inches. Then do this a second time when it again grows to a foot tall. This pruning will enable your dwarf lemon tree to spread out and become fuller. Finally, if you want to harvest robust, abundant fruits and vegetables you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics at Advanced Nutrients is the world's foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

Hydroponics Cats

Hydroponic Gardening is the Future

Did you know that NASA is experimenting with hydroponic gardening in space? They are preparing for the possibility of extended space voyages and hoping to enable the astronauts to grow their own vegetables in space! In addition to employing a branch of hydroponics, known as aeroponics, their system initially utilized water-cooled High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting and fungus resistant adzuki beans as a crop. Looking to the future, NASA is also experimenting with LED lighting and other forms of hydroponic growing methods, such as using water soaked cloths to keep roots moist. 

The experimental system has been in the works for the past ten years, and it’s been successfully put in practice aboard the Mir space station. It is a special, inflatable, enclosed aeroponics method that is gravity-insensitive. In addition to the beans, NASA plans to grow various other food crops. This is taking the concept of hydroponic gardening to an entirely new level! 

Although not exactly a hydroponic system, aeroponics still employs water and nutrients, which are sprayed onto the plants’ roots that are suspended in air. Advanced Nutrients, the world’s best plant nutrition company, suggests using their synthetic base fertilizers, Micro, Grow, and Bloom, in an aeroponics setting. Growers have reported outstanding result with this very flexible, 3-part plant food, that contains all the macro and micro nutrients needed for optimum plant growth and health.

Hydroponic Gardening - LED lighting

As much as we’d like to depend completely on the sun to provide all the necessary light for our hydroponic gardens, that is not possible. The majority of hydroponic gardens are inside, whether inside a greenhouse or our homes. Greenhouses offer more light than having your hydroponic garden in your home, but this is often still not enough to produce adequate light for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. This lack of natural sunlight makes it necessary to supplement with grow lights. There are many types of grow lights available to hydroponic gardeners, but let’s focus on LED lights for now. 

LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. This is one of the most popular types of grow lights. The heat given off by these is not as intense as with other types of grow lights. There is also the ability to provide different color of lights with LED lighting, which is helpful for increasing growth at various stages of a plant’s life. Younger seedlings do better with blue light. More mature plants prefer red or orange. 

With LED lighting, it is easy to change the light color to accommodate whichever growing stage your garden plants are currently in. Additional benefits of LED grow lights are the decrease in power consumption, less heat is produced and bulbs often last longer than other types of grow lights. In addition, light can be focused on a smaller area because of the reduced heat. This allows gardeners to provide extra light where it may be needed without producing too much light for other plants in the area. 

LED lights require an increased initial investment, but they are less expensive in the long run. LED lights are energy efficient, using less power to run than standard bulbs. These bulbs also tend to last for a longer period of time, making it unnecessary to replace the bulbs as frequently as other types of grow lights. The added length of time can amount to seven to ten years under the right circumstances. 

If you are switching to LED grow lights from another method, you may need to make some adjustments in other factors of your growing environment. The lower heat output of these lights makes it unnecessary to use air-cooling equipment as much as other lights. In addition, the cooler environment will cause less evaporation and will lower the amount of water and hydroponic nutrient you require. This in itself will help lower production costs. 

Finally, to help insure your plants get the best chance to grow to their maximum potential, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter. Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere. 

Hydroponic Gardening - Systems - Air Cooling

While many plants thrive in high temperatures, there is a limit to the amount of heat any particular plant can tolerate before it begins to wilt and die. The very nature of hydroponic gardening, from grow lights to enclosed greenhouses, makes it necessary to provide a system of air-cooling for your fruits, vegetables or flowers. Let’s explore what can raise the temperatures in your growing area and how to effectively initiate air-cooling.

The very structure of a greenhouse allows for heat to build up. The sun coming through glass or plastic can heat an enclosed area quickly. By providing vents throughout the greenhouse, and fans that blow the heat toward the vents, you can help cool the air inside. Warm air rises, so having vents placed near the roof on either end of the greenhouse will

Help alleviate excessive heat.

The use of CO2 can increase both the heat and the humidity within the greenhouse. The best way to help combat this is to set up vent fans. Placing these on a timer will enable the hydroponic gardener to periodically blow out hot, humid air, allowing fresh, cooler air to take its place. Adding a dehumidifier to the growing area will additionally help with the high humidity that often accompanies the use of CO2.

The biggest heat creators, by far, are grow lights. The heat given off by the grow lights can cause damage to plants if it is not decreased considerably. Many lights used in hydroponic gardening come with a fan system meant for air-cooling already incorporated in their design. If you are using a lighting system that does not come with such fans, it is advisable to set up some fans to help keep the air around the plants circulating and cooler. One powerful enough to cause the plants to move slightly is preferable, as this will also help prevent light landing only on one spot of the plant leaves, causing them to burn.

There are many systems available solely for the purpose of air-cooling in your hydroponic growing area. Some of these consist of fans and vents; others include a cooling pad and baffles. Baffles are installed to help keep cooler air at plant level. These are not essential, but are nice to have to help keep your fruits, vegetables and flowers cool and happy.

Once you have taken care that your plants are cool enough to grow well, you will want to do all you can to keep your hydroponic garden healthy. With this goal in mind, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter. Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

Hydroponic Gardening - Herbs

One of the most common crops found grown in hydroponic gardens are herbs. This is often the first choice of beginner hydroponic gardeners because, with the exception of lavender and rosemary, herbs are easy to grow if they are germinated and spaced in the proper manner, given proper nutrition at an acceptable rate and kept at an ideal temperature. Growing the plants in a greenhouse will make it easier to control the important conditions of temperature and humidity. Let’s explore these three essential areas further.

Herbs need a large root ball in order to grow well so it is necessary to start seeds in a roomy container to prevent them from becoming root bound. Herbs prefer a drier environment for roots. Perlite is an excellent medium for this reason and can be found at nearly any place that sells hydroponic supplies. Misting the roots on a regular schedule is the recommended procedure to keep enough moisture without over-watering. Once moved to permanent containers, misting is still the preferred method of delivering hydroponic nutrients, as herbs need a chance to dry during the day to prevent root rot. Herbs don’t need an excessive amount of light so regular grow lights on a twelve-hour on/twelve-hour off schedule will work sufficiently.

As with all crops, the hydroponic nutrients you us is one of the most important factors. Too rich of a formula is just as dangerous to your hydroponic herb garden as a formula that is not rich enough. For this reason, it is best to rely on one of the available synthetic nutrient solutions at hydroponic supply places. These formulas have been developed after careful research and will help provide the exact nutritional needs required by your herbs.

Temperature and humidity need to be carefully monitored in the hydroponic garden. This is where having a greenhouse is most beneficial. Daytime temperatures should never be above 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the ideal temperature is between 65 and 70. Night temperatures should be ten degrees lower than day temperatures, putting them between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Herbs grow best in cooler environments. This helps keep them from drying out too much, which can happen in your quest to avoid over-watering. Keeping the humidity around forty-five percent is ideal, although it can range between forty and fifty percent without damaging the air circulation the herbs require.

Once you have these three crucial elements adjusted, your herbs will grow quickly and be ready for harvest in as little as three weeks. There should be little to worry about in the way of pests, but if an infestation does occur, there are organic pest control products such as Scorpion Juice and Barricade that will be better for your hydroponic garden than commercial insecticides. Indoor hydroponics is ideal for herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Once you’ve mastered your herb garden, you’ll more than likely want to try your hand at other types of plants. Finally, if you want to harvest robust, abundant fruits and vegetables you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics at Advanced Nutrients is the world's foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

Hydroponic Gardening - HID lighting

Hydroponic gardeners often find it necessary to supplement the available light in their growing area. This is especially true when the growing area is inside the home. Greenhouses offer more light, but this is not always enough to produce healthy fruits, vegetables or flowers. Grow lights take care of this need for added light. It can be difficult for hydroponic gardeners to decide between the many options available in the way of grow lights. Let’s explore HID lights here and see what they have to offer. 

The letters HID stands for “high intensity discharge”. These lights operate with a properly matched transformer, capacitor and lamp, which consist of an inner arc tube possessing a chemical mixture. Working together, these elements help provide a very long-lasting grow light for any hydroponic garden. There are two kinds of HID lights that I’d like to talk about today. These are sodium and metal halide. These two offer different benefits to the hydroponic gardener. 

Metal halide HID lights emit a wider spectrum of light and include more of the blue and violet rays needed by plants that do not get enough sunlight. These lights are most useful during the vegetative stage of growth. Plants grown under metal halide HID lights tend to grow shorter and stockier, this makes for a stronger plant. Metal halide lights are also used more frequently in foliage-only growing. An added advantage of the wider light spectrum is that gardeners growing crops such as flowers are more likely to use metal halide lights because the resulting colors of the flowers appear more natural in the less harsh light. 

Sodium HID lights emit more red, orange and yellow rays, which, when used alone can cause plants to grow tall and spindly. These lights are used mainly when there is enough natural sunlight present to produce the necessary blue and violet rays needed by plants. Many hydroponic gardeners do prefer sodium lamps to metal halide because sodium lights are more energy efficient and often last longer. 

Many growers use Metal Halide (MH) for vegetative growth, and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) for budding and flowering. Only rich growers can afford to run the two systems with their own shades and ballasts, independently. Most growers use conversion bulbs, which very conveniently use the corresponding system’s fixtures. So if you have a Metal Halide system, use it for vegging, then put in HPS conversion bulbs into the same system, for flowering. 

What often works best in regards to healthier fruits, vegetables and flowers is to use some combination of metal halide and sodium HID lights. The combination provides adequate amounts of both red and blue spectrum colors, both of which are needed for healthy plant growth. Using a combination of the two will provide your hydroponic garden with the best that both have to over. This will translate into healthier plants and a more productive growing season. 

Lights alone won’t guarantee bumper crops, but work in conjunction with factors such as temperature and nutrition. With this in mind, you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics and subscribe to the Advanced Nutrients newsletter. Advanced Nutrients is the world’s foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.


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      Led Growing Light 9 years ago

      Great hub page. Nasa has been playing with LED's and hydrosystems for the last few years. We have a great LED Grow light and we have been testing for the last 2 years as well check out or blog for more info

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      shannon 9 years ago

      actually nasa uses alot of aeroponic growing.

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      Grandpa Simpson 8 years ago

      LOL I love the thought of mini lemon trees. Great advice.

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      ChopperDave 8 years ago

      Good advice on the reflectors there

      the best light in the world wont do much good without the right rig

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      Pedro 8 years ago

      Great hub dude, love the content. Amazing stuff!

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      Swazzy B 7 years ago

      I am a hydro grower and distributor of LED lighting for commercial, residential and hydo. They have a variety of applications and incredibly energy efficient. They can hang w flourescent lighting all day long, with considerably less heat. It's a win-win all the way around

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