-Gabrial House- This week on the blog I wanted to talk about loose fill Rockwool, also known as Grow Cubes. This hydroponic plant media has been around for quit some time but is far too often overlooked as a grower’s media of choice. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of Grow Cubes and how to use them to unlock their maximum potential. Rockwool is a growing media made of basalt, one of the most commonly-occurring minerals on the planet. Grodan, the makers of Rockwool, takes the … [Read more...] about You Can’t Lose with Grow Cubes!
Whether you are looking to get an extra harvest out of your indoor garden each year, or have a high yielding plant that you want to perpetuate indefinitely, learning how to root stem cuttings can help you out immensely. The best way to have a steady supply of cuttings is to grow a donor or ‘mother’ plant that is kept in a vegetative state. You want your donor plant to be as healthy as possible with many nodes from which to cut clones to minimize stress as you shear off pieces of … [Read more...] about Taking Clones: Methods and Products for Success
*UPDATE 9/20 – Hydroton is, thankfully, still on the market! You can read on for some alternatives to Hydroton, or you can still purchase Hydroton as your preferred growing medium. The announcement, “dried-up” went through the gardening industry like a sandstorm. Hydroton, the ultimate grow media for hydroponics, will soon be extinct. The mined clay aggregate was kilned exclusively in Germany. The plants involved in the process are ceasing production. Why the outcry? What’s the big … [Read more...] about Et Tu, Hydroton?
A successful clone can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a grower. Essentially, a gardener-turned-cloner steps into the triad role of surgeon, scientist, and anal retentive clean freak. Preparation is key (consult, "A Cut Above: Act I" for cloning mise en place) as well as a sanitary environment. Ready? 1) Once the prized plant has been selected, take a sharp clean blade and make a 45 degree cut across branches two to four inches long. Before putting the clone into the grow … [Read more...] about A Cut Above: Act Two.