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There are different types of disease that can threaten your hydroponic garden. However, plant pandemics in a hydroponics garden are much less frequent than in a conventional soil garden because there is no dirt to grow bacteria. It is mostly a sterile environment. Plants can be more vulnerable to pathogens if weakened by environmental conditions such as too much shade, extreme hot, high humidity or crowded conditions. You need to protect your plants from nutrient deficiency as well as poor pH level. If you get a pest infestation in your hydroponic garden, the first means of defense is identifying the type of pest.
Let’s check some common hydroponic plants diseases and (more…)
Hydroponics is an innovative method of growing your fruits and vegetables without having to deal with messy soil-based growing techniques. Hydroponics technically means growing in water, but often hydroponic methods combine a mixture of growing in water-base nutrient solutions and in organic or inorganic root-zone media. You need the right hydroponics supplies to make the best of your crop. The basics of hydroponics are light, air, water, temperature and nutrients.
Here are a few tips and simple tricks which can lead (more…)
While growing hydroponic plants, most of the growers commit the same common mistakes which ruin their entire garden. With proper research and planning, you can avoid several such common mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes growers generally commit is that they start growing hydroponics plant without having any basic knowledge about how to grow and look after hydroponically grown plants. Before you start your hydroponic garden, you should gain some basic knowledge about the different types of growing medium, hydroponic nutrients and about the plants.
One common mistake most of the gardeners commit is to not (more…)
One of the important things that you can do to influence your yield is to increase the thickness of your stems. If you do not have enough stem mass, you simply will not get the yields you want, because they will not be able to support the weight of your crop. However, thicker stems do not happen by themselves, you need to work hard to get them. There are number of techniques and supplements you can use to increase the thickness of your plants’ stem and keep the plants’ internodes short to get fairly large yields.
Here are some of the most popular ways (more…)
Hydroponic plants require a number of elements to grow in a healthy way that include Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus. All hydroponic growers are aware that their nutrient solutions is the only source of food for their plants. Three-part base nutrients provide the essential elements your plants require in right amounts and nutrients that your plants can readily absorb.
There are number of macro and micro elements, essential for plants proper growth. You cannot combine all the elements together otherwise they will begin to breakdown and you cannot store them for a long time. Always try to mix the necessary elements in the proper ratio before using them with three-part nutrients. Three-part nutrients usually comprise of grow, bloom and (more…)
Cutting is the most commonly used technique for cloning plants in hydroponic systems. Plants cloning perhaps sound like terribly scary task, but it is actually a very simple method of obtaining a wide variety of plants without the use of seeds. For high yielding hydroponics, gardeners prefer to use cutting method of cloning plants. When cloning, make sure that the mother plant is healthy because any infections on the source of plant will likely be passed to the new plants. Cut the stem off at a 45-degree angle with a sterile, clean razor so that no damage occurs to the plants. At this point you need to work quickly to get the cutting into the cup of rooting solution. Let your cutting soak in the hormone solution for a minute. You should use a good quality gel, liquid or powered rooting hormone for your plants.
The clone should then be placed into the growing medium that will hold the cutting in place and provide it (more…)