Archive for February, 2012
Coco coir is the fiber, produced from the brown husk that surrounds the shell of the coconut. Coconut coir is also known as palm peat, coco or coir. Coco coir is composed of millions tiny micro-sponges, which absorb and can hold up to 6 to 8 times more water and 1000 times more oxygen. In the world of hydroponics, coco coir has been gaining popularity because of its better water and oxygen retention capabilities. You can mix coco coir with your compost as a hydroponic growing medium for soil-less (more…)
Hydroponic nutrients are one of the most important components of a hydroponic growing system. This method of growing plants without the use of soil supplies food to the plants by using nutrient media. Every plant needs the right amount of nutrient solution for a healthy growth. The wrong nutrient balance could cause serious problems for your hydroponic system.
The best hydroponic nutrients is comprised of macro nutrients and some micro nutrients. If you look at the product label for any regular fertilizer you will see a list of ingredients by the percentage of each ingredient in each container. The N-P-K is always listed first, that is, the macro elements – Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
Suitable grow lights is an important aspect of the hydroponic plant cultivation process. Apart from water, vitamins and minerals, accurate amounts of lighting are very essential. LED light is one of the important hydroponic equipments and a very good resource of artificial light for your plants. LED grow lights are designed to stimulate photosynthesis by supplying light in the frequencies that plants primarily use for this biological process.
LED lighting technology has become popular because of the fact that it consumes less than 210 watts of electricity. These lights are usually placed on a timer so that the plants receive an optimal amount (more…)
Hydroponic plants require a healthy light source to produce their own food for growth. Since most hydroponic growers prefer their garden to be built indoor, grow lights play an important role. Hydroponic grow lights come in a variety of types that include full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs, metal halide grow lamps, high pressure sodium lights, and high-intensity LED grow lights. Among them, T5 fluorescent lights and LED are designed to support bigger growth with improved quality bulbs.
For T5 lights, the letter ‘T’ indicates the shape of the bulb (tubular) and the number after the ‘T’ represents the diameter of the bulb. These lights have a reflector which focuses the light directly to your plants by supplying 3 times more light. The structure of a four foot high T5 lamps, produce 5000 lumens each and (more…)