HYDROPONICS DEFICIENCIES AND TOXICITY

by gtadmin August 3, 2015

DEFICIENCIES AND TOXICITY NITROGEN Deficiency: Plants will exhibit lack of vigor as older leaves become yellow (chlorotic) from lack of chlorophyll. Chlorosis will eventually spread throughout the plant. Stems, petioles and lower leaf surfaces may turn purple. Toxicity: Leaves are often dark green and in the early states abundant with foliage. If excess is severe, leaves will […]

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HYDROPONIC GUIDELINES FOR ROCKWOOL USE

by gtadmin August 2, 2015

General Guidelines for Rockwool Use Prepare rockwool by thoroughly soaking it to capacity with the proper nutrient solution.  Always apply  nutrients to the rockwool before handling the product.  If handling rockwool in a dry state, and working in confined spaces, use a nuisance mask.  (These precautions should also be applied to perlite and vermiculite horticultural products.)  […]

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HYDROPONICS: GET THE GREATEST YIELD WITH GROW LIGHTS

by gtadmin August 1, 2015

Get The Greatest Yield with Grow Lights METAL HALIDE?      HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM?            FLUORESCENTS?   METAL HALIDE and HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM full spectrum lights are the best indoor grow lights.  They create the most intense, broad-spectrum light for excellent plant growth, budding and flowering.     METAL HALIDE SYSTEMS Ideal for good, rapid plant growth. […]

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HYDROPONICS: HOURS OF LIGHT

by gtadmin July 31, 2015

HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I KEEP THE LIGHTS ON IN MY GARDEN? It depends on what you are growing.  Plants that produce fruits and flowers when they receive minimum hours of darkness are LONG DAY PLANTS.  A few examples of long day plants are coleus, bromeliads and gloxinia.  These, and all other long day plants, […]

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MINOR ELEMENTS IN HYDROPONIC GARDENING

by gtadmin July 30, 2015

MINOR ELEMENTS This minor elements section discusses elements typically found in water and often added as additions in nutrient solutions. These values will normally be very low. Consider the accumulated concentration of these elements in the media, fertilizer and water.   BORON biochemical functions are yet uncertain, but evidence suggests it is involved in the synthesis […]

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HYDROPONIC GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS

by gtadmin July 29, 2015

The History of Hydroponics The word hydroponics comes from two Greek words, “Hydro” meaning water and “ponics” meaning labor.  The concept of soil less gardening or hydroponics has been around for thousands of years.  He hanging Gardens of Babylon and The Floating Gardens of China are two of the earliest examples of hydroponics.  Scientists started […]

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BASICS ON HYDROPONIC CLONING

by gtadmin July 28, 2015

BASIC CLONING Many people ask us the procedures involved in producing cuttings for propagation. All of the articles they have read are too involved, too detailed and end up sounding like a test on brain surgery. There are many methods for taking cuttings, but if you adhere to the basics, growing cuttings is a simple, […]

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NUTRIENT PROPERTIES IN HYDROPONICS

by gtadmin July 27, 2015

NUTRIENT PROPERTIES Each of the elements essential for plant growth perform a distinct function in the metabolism process. Their fundamental properties will be described in the following paragraphs. Nitrate-Ammonium: These ions provide nitrogen and are usually found in low concentrations in ground water. Levels above 10 ppm are undesirable for drinking water. Most plants can […]

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TIPS FOR USING HIGH INTENSITY DISCHARGE LIGHTS IN HYDROPONICS

by gtadmin July 26, 2015

High Intensity Discharge Lights are the most efficient lighting made for plant growth.  They are used for supplemental lighting in greenhouses during low-light or short light conditions as well as for indoor gardens. There are two types used: Metal Halide.  These produce light in a blue-white light spectrum and are good for vegetative growth, non-flowering plants, […]

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HYDRO 101: AN 8-STEP GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL INDOOR GARDENING

by gtadmin July 25, 2015

1) The right environment Having the right environment is critical for your garden. Key elements to a successful garden room include relative humidity, temperature, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and air circulation/exchange. The ideal humidity for a garden room falls between 40 & 60 percent. Some plants like higher humidity, but know that higher humidity can lead […]

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