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 to get thicker stems that you need for a successful hydroponics garden:
Oscillating Fan: Stems on your plants like refreshing breeze that helps them to grow properly. To simulate this aspect of growing, you need to install a small grow room fan. This fan will circulate the air by providing an optimal amount of atmospheric gasses to your plants.
Potassium Silicate: One of the ways to increase the thickness of stems is by using potassium silicate. It is the most powerful supplement that affects the cells of your hydroponically grown plants, building them physically thicker and larger. The most notable aspect of potassium silicate is that it strengthens your plants against the pathogens and diseases that can cause serious crop loss. An excellent shot of potassium silicate provides potency to fight against mites, molds and mildew.
Root Booster: One of the smartest ways to help your plants make better usage of your nutrients is by using a root booster. Building thicker roots not only translates into thicker stems but also lead to overall healthy plants. The efficient root boosters contain plant growth promoting bacteria. These bacteria not only help to increase the thickness of the roots but also help your plants to make better use of different essential nutrients, particularly nitrogen.
Grow Lights: You need to work very well on your grow lights system. If there is no proper lighting in your grow room, you will not be able to get thicker and stronger stems because in that case your plants will not be able to produce enough carbohydrates through photosynthesis.
Similarly, you need to reduce internodal length of your plants to grow denser and efficient yields. A competent and popular way to get shorter internodes is by controlling the temperature of the grow room. Normally, plants internodal length is directly related to the difference between day and night temperatures. That means, the closer your day and night temperatures, the shorter your internodes will be. An abundance of blue light emitted by metal halide makes them the best light for vegetative growth by promoting short internodal length. To keep plants’ internodes short you can also use different plant nutrient products available in the market.
Thick, strong stems with shorter internodes usually indicate that your plant has a great capability to produce very large and heavy yields. Thus, it is essential for every hydroponic gardener to try their best to ensure that their stems are thick enough to produce fantastic yields.