-Mike Weeks- One of the most common frustration we find with our customers is on the subject of cloning. Growers that have been taking clones for years will occasionally fall into a bad habit, and not know why their success rates have plummeted. This blog post will point out some of the most common mistakes made in the cloning room and how to avoid them for future cloning success. Healthy Plant Stock The first step in getting healthy clones is to start with a healthy stock plant (the … [Read more...] about Cloning Problems and Solutions
-Chris Amaya- A lot people ask what we use for our flood and drain system in order to get the results that we do, so we thought we’d share the set-up with you! First thing first is equipment. Besides the blatantly obvious reservoir and flood tray, you will need the following: Water pump ½” vinyl tubing for flood and ¾” vinyl tubing for drain ½” ebb and flow outlet and ¾” ebb and flow outlet Timer Porous rock such as hydrocorn or shale Hydroponic stable nutrients of your … [Read more...] about Our Basic Hydro Set-Up – Greensboro Style!
-Luis Guerra- In the long debate over clones vs seeds, I’ll help shed a bit of light and help you figure out which technique to use in your next grow. Clone / Cuttings First off, you will need a mother plant to produce clones. Wikipedia defines clones as any organism whose genetic information is identical to that of a parent organism from which it was created. A mother plant can come from a seed source, be purchased from a nursery, or taken from your current garden. Usually a … [Read more...] about Clones vs. Seeds
-Luis Guerra- When it comes to feeding your plants hydroponically, there seems to be an enormous amount of information everywhere you turn. There are so many claims about which lines work the best and how many bottles a line needs to grow the best plants, many of them confusing or even contradictory. In my latest post, I’ll help you take some of the guesswork out of starting to grow hydroponically. One-part I mostly recommend one-part nutrients to new hydroponic growers simply … [Read more...] about One, Two, or Three-Part Nutrients?
-Gabrial House- The Holidays can be a fun, hectic time filled with family and friends. With holiday shopping, dinners, and outings the season just flies by. Today I want to talk about a few items that the indoor grower has probably put off buying until this special time of the year. If you are or know someone who loves to garden indoors, then Fifth Season Gardening Co. is the one-stop shop for you! Lots of growers have a tried and true nutrient regimen that they trust and love. … [Read more...] about The Indoor Gardener’s Gift List of Dreams
-Luis Guerra- Fluorescent lighting is a great choice for growing plants indoors because it has a low startup cost and can be used pretty much anywhere. Fluorescents can be used in many different applications, from keeping orchids healthy and beautiful, to germinating vegetable starts for market. Please note that not all fluorescent lighting is the same. That flickering fluorescent light at work is not the same as the T5 fixture used for horticultural lighting. T5s utilize and deliver … [Read more...] about Fluorescent Grow Lights: Versatile, Effective, and Priced Right!
-Mike Weeks- Lighting is one of the most important components of an indoor gardening set-up, and in today’s competitive and somewhat flooded market, making the right choice for your garden can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately, we know the right questions to ask to help you make an informed decision. We often recommend LED to growers that want a low profile set-up. LED’s generate less heat and draw less power so they are easy to fit into smaller spaces with very little ventilation … [Read more...] about AgroLED Dio-Watt Review
-Chris Amaya- Beneficial bacteria is the heart and soul in all living soil that lays beneath our feet, but when it comes to observing beneficials in hydroponics we learn that microbes are not only for organics. The constant interaction between bacteria and plants play a large role in factoring soil fertility and plant health. Although there are hundreds and hundreds types of microorganisms on this earth, plants especially thrive when they have a good mix of mycorrhizae, bacteria, and … [Read more...] about More About Marvelous Microbes
-Luis Guerra- Working indoors with hydroponics or bagged soil is a great way to get the results you need without some of the hardships that arise when growing outdoors. But some thing indoor plants are not exposed to that is crucial in plant development and health is beneficial microbes and fungus. Just beneath our feet, these microorganisms are quietly working symbiotically in nature to enhance plant health. Lucky for us there are devoted scientists studying and identifying which of … [Read more...] about Beneficial Microorganisms and Why We Love Them
Many people have the desire to learn about hydroponics, but many times they are intimidated by all of the pumps, timers, and equipment associated with the hobby. Here’s a spotlight on one of the systems we feel is a great starting point for automation without needing to have a full understanding of hydroponics. The Autopot is one of our favorites because it is so easy to maintain. Unlike other growing systems, the Autopot does not require electrical power, making it reliable and easy just … [Read more...] about Autopots All The Way