-James Gordon- Hello again everyone, and welcome back to another Fifth Season Blog on hydroponics. Last hydro blog, we kicked off with an introduction to growing hydroponically and talked about water quality and pH manipulation. Today we are going to talk about feeding, pH meters and calibration, and nutrient amalgamation. So again, let's keep an open mind, maybe take some notes, and hopefully this will be a good tool to reference. As we said in the previous blog, to start, we need clean … [Read more...] about Intro to Hydroponics Part II: Nutrients and pH
-Jordan Trent- Does looking at a wall of different nutrient brands leave you with analysis paralysis? I get asked pretty much every day to help at least one of our customers wade through the sea of reputable nutrient brands that stock our shelves. Assuming the customer isn’t looking specifically for an all organic line, I pretty much always give the same answer: Canna. Canna is a Dutch company that I’ve used for years in my personal growing life, after getting a recommendation at, you guessed … [Read more...] about Grow Big with Canna Nutrients
-Gabrial House- This week on the blog I wanted to talk about one of my favorite products on the market today, Mammoth P - the beneficial bacteria that packs a punch! Mammoth P is the only microbial inoculant that will help your plant uptake phosphorus, giving you a significant increase on your end harvest results. Mammoth P is a microbial inoculant that does exactly what it says it will do, and that’s organically increase your yields. It breaks down the phosphorus within your growing media, … [Read more...] about Product Review: Mammoth P – Get The Most From Your Grow
-Gabrial House- During a plant’s life cycle it goes through several different phases of growth. At the beginning of its life, it wants a lot of nitrogen and a good amount of phosphorus. These nutrients allow the plant to grow in biomass, meaning the plant is creating a large root system and lots of leafy green material. As growers, we refer to this phase in a plant’s life as its vegetative stage. As the plant enters its reproductive stage, however, it shifts focus away from green, … [Read more...] about P-K Boost
-Gabrial House- This week on the blog I wanted to talk about foliar feeding. If you’re not foliar feeding, it could be the missing link in the chain of a strong vegetative cycle. The healthier the vegetative cycle you have, the larger, more bountiful your harvest will be. It’s simple, easy, and hardly takes anytime to mix up and foliar feed your garden. Foliar feeding is done when you mix up a diluted nutrient solution and mist it over the tops and, more importantly, the bottoms of the … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Foliar Feed
-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?
-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
Chelation: the interaction between a metal ion and a chelating agent. Chelating Agent: Chemicals that form soluble, complex molecules with certain metal ions, inactivating the ions so that they cannot normally react with other elements or ions. Now that we've gotten the definitions out of the way, here's a quick explainer on why understanding chelation (key-LAY-shun) is vital for hydroponics gardening: The nutrients you mix up to form solutions in water are charged metal ions. … [Read more...] about Chelation: Crucial for hydroponic gardening
In hydroponics gardening, plants get all of their nutrition from the minerals found in hydroponic nutrients. Getting your plants to eat their minerals is a bit more complicated than simply providing enough minerals, however. There are many types and brands of nutrients available on the market, but no matter what kind you choose, plants can only consume the minerals if the conditions are right. A grower can mix nutrients in a reservoir, but this doesn't necessarily make them available to the … [Read more...] about Are your hydroponic plants eating their nutrients?