Archive for January, 2012
Winter has arrived and now is the time to strategize and protect your indoor hydroponics grow room from the influence of dropping temperature. During winter, the main difficulty you face is that your indoor grow room is warmer towards the ceiling and colder near the ground level. This can kill your hydroponic plants or cause diseases and stress. To protect your plants, it is important that you ensure proper air circulation inside your grow room. If your indoor grow room is not well protected in cold weather, the low temperature would give fungi, pests and disease causing pathogens a good environment to thrive (more…)
Cloning of plants in hydroponics is a task that requires dedication and precision. Many beginners find it very difficult to get 100% success rate in cloning plants (especially hydroponic plants). To make this task easier and increase yield of cloned plants, you can use cloning gel. Cloning gel is not a fail-safe way but it does boost up the entire process. Let us discuss certain criteria which will help you choose the right cloning gel for your plants.
Hormones provided by cloning gel: As we know that cloning is a way of plant reproduction and it is governed by levels of hormones. Cloning gels which contains rooting hormones are the best choice for plant cloning.
Easy for application: Make sure your cloning gel is easy to apply on the plant stems. Apply a layer of cloning gel to the lower section of the stem. However, do not cover the stem fully, as that will drown the whole stem.
Tissue development: An ideal cloning gel is the one which provides a complex profile of vitamins that help the developing plant gain strength and vigor. These vitamins help plants develop new root tissues and establish a stronger rooting system.
Physical Stability: Though most of the plants cloning gels have no problem regarding physical stability, it is prudent to check stability of gel under extreme hot or cold conditions. Because when you are growing plant with hydroponics, sometimes the grow room temperatures can change due to power failure. Also, the gel when comes in contact with nutrient solution and water should not change its state and shouldn’t have any undesirable effect on plant cloning.
Miscellaneous: Remember, while choosing an ideal cloning gel is very important in hydroponics, it is equally important to take care of all other factors like availability of lights, provision of nutrients, ph, temperature, and moisture content of the nutrient reservoir where the plants are being cloned. You can also use a carbohydrate supplement on your plants. By packing your plant with a lot of carbs, you will give your stems a lot of energy that they can use to create healthy roots. The objective of cloning is to get maximum stems for survival and growth and an ideal cloning gel will help you achieve that.
How does your garden look at night? You might say, soothing and mesmerizing. Moonlight illuminates the flowers and foliage making the garden at night a different experience, almost surreal and magical. But are you aware of the role of moonlight in determining the growth of the plants. A few traditional farmers have understood and applied the influence of lunar cycles on the crop growth. They follow the moon phases for (more…)
Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants in nutrient media without using any soil. Thus while mixing hydroponic nutrients for your crops, it is important to monitor all the physical and chemical properties of the solution. Any change in temperature, humidity level, pH or chemical nature of nutrients will affect the overall growth of plants severely. pH is probably the most overlooked aspect in hydroponic farming, but it is a very important factor.
Hydroponic gardening is the technique of growing plants without using any soil in a nutrient media which is hydrophilic in nature. So as the definition depicts, nutrients are practically the backbone of hydroponic systems. Without basic nutrition, a hydroponic garden will have no chance of survival. Since there is no soil which can act as a source of nutrients, the medium in which hydroponic plants are growing should contain accurate amount of minerals, vitamins, and primary, secondary, and trace nutrients.
Accuracy of nutrients in hydroponics systems is important because otherwise every stage of plant growth will be (more…)
A reservoir forms the center of every single hydroponic system. An ideal nutrient reservoir like soil-growing medium will help you grow plants without having to worry about balancing chemicals, nutrients and pH level of the water. However, it’s very important to maintain hydroponic nutrient reservoir for proper growth of plants. To manage your hydroponic nutrients reservoir using nutrients, you need to follow following steps:
- Every plant requires a particular pH level of nutrient media at which it can grow healthily. To know the ideal pH level of (more…)