Hydroponic Expert Corner Blog

Fighting pests naturally with Neem oil

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st February 2018

With both indoor and outdoor gardening comes pests. These insects can cause significant damage to your crop in a short amount of time. It is important to stay on top of these pests before they have a chance to cause any problems. This generally involves spraying pesticides on the crop in an attempt to kill them. Many of these pesticides are made from toxic chemicals, while others are made by synthesizing natural chemicals in a lab...

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Controlling Odour In The Grow Room

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 02nd January 2018

With a clean, and well maintained grow room with adequate air circulation odour is not generally an issue. Some plants, however, especially those with volatile oil such as some herbs, can have a strong odour that can build up in the grow room. This is usually the greatest during the flowering stage...

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Mycorrhizal Fungi: A Plant's Best Friend

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st December 2017

Life below the soil is rich and diverse. Millions of different organisms call home in the root zone of a regular plant, from bacteria, to nematodes, to fungi. Many of these organisms aim to hurt the plant, while many others are neutral or aim to help it. Without a doubt, the most beneficial organism present, however, is the mycorrhizae fungi...

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All about aphids

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st November 2017

Aphids are one of the most common and destructive pests for growers worldwide. They can develop resistance to insecticides, and are not very picky when it comes to food sources which can make them tough to eliminate from the grow room completely.

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What Are NPK Ratios?

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th October 2017

We’ve all seen it on our nutrient bottles or on the ads for different nutrient additives. Most of these companies claim that their ratio is the best for maximizing yields and speeding plant growth. There are even different ones depending on the stage of life your plants are in. This can sure make choosing the right nutrient formula confusing...

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Common Plant Diseases And how to Treat Them

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st October 2017
Plant diseases can be the result of bacteria, fungi, or even viral infections. The treatment and prevention for these causes of plant illness can be difficult to identify and treat, but must be dealt with promptly in order to prevent the death of your plant, or from spreading to other areas of the hydroponic garden. Learn how with the following tips.Read More

Bugs eat bugs: Predatory Insects

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th September 2017

Predatory insects are one of the best natural methods of pest control for the garden. They are the only things meticulous enough to seek out and destroy the pests that are living in your garden individually. The goal of using predatory insects is not to wipe out a pest invasion, rather they reach a balance between the pest and the predator. This keeps the damage to a minimum and avoids the use of nasty chemicals or pesticides.

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What is Recirculating RDWC

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st September 2017

There are many different methods of growing with hydroponics, but nothing is quite as illustrious as recirculating deep water culture (RDWC). This method of hydroponics is an innovation on the classic deep water culture (DWC) method, whereby the roots are suspended directly in oxygenated and nutrient-rich water. Submersing the roots in water all day and all night without rest allows them to constantly enjoy a state of rapid growth and absorption. This differentiates it from other systems where oxygen is delivered through cycles of flooding and draining, aerated water streams, and trickling water over the roots.

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Using Beneficial Microbes In Your Hydroponic Garden

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th August 2017

There is a constant battle going on in your garden with massive casualties on both sides. On a regular basis, millions of microscopic organisms are at war with one another over the best real estate in your plants roots. They compete for food, water, and oxygen. If the bad microorganisms win and take over, they begin to eat and destroy your plants from the roots up. As with any war, the tables can be turned in favour if enough resources are given to one side over the other. In the case of your hydroponic garden, these additional resources should be given to the beneficial species over the pathogenic ones. Supporting them generally means adding more backup troops on a regular basis in the form of beneficial microbe additives. Let’s get into the details of what kind of troops you should be adding to your hydroponic garden...

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Commonly Found Pests And Diseases In Hydro Plants

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st August 2017

Hydroponics can be a rewarding and educational experience. The crop yields are generally much higher than conventional methods and require less space. One of the problems with gardening in general however is dealing with pests and disease.

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How To Start A Hydroponic System

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th July 2017

There are some very complicated hydroponic systems out there that take a lot of previous knowledge to run and maintain, but the concept of hydroponics itself is not very complicated at all. Some of the most popular systems out there are really simple setups using PVC piping, a water pump, or even just simply a 5 gallon bucket.

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How To Set Our System For Different Seasons

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st July 2017

Depending on where you live in the UK, the weather can be very different from the summer months to the winter. Plants generally prefer to have a constant environment in order to grow optimally. Keeping this temperature and humidity as stable as possible for most crops will give you the best results overall.

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Difference Between Hydroponics, Aquaponics, and Aeroponics

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th June 2017

Depending on what you read you may have heard the terms aquaponics, aeroponics, and hydroponics getting tossed around almost interchangeably. Is there a difference between the three, and if so what makes them different?

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What Measurements Do We Need To Handle In Hydroponics

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st June 2017

It is important to pay attention to the measurements for your garden because it will help you get the most out of your plants, and identify the best options available to you.

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Steps To Plan A Large Scale Hydroponics Farm

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th May 2017

Hydroponics is the future of farming. Whether growing herbs for medicinal use, or food for the general public to consume, hydroponics is one of the most significant improvements in horticulture since we invented irrigation.

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Steps For Seed Propagation

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st May 2017

Seed propagation is one of the central practices of any gardener, both indoor and outdoor, hydroponic and soil. It is by far one of the most important steps in starting and maintaining your crop, but is also one of the biggest sources of headache for novice and expert gardeners alike.

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Making A Hydroponic Farm For A School/University

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th April 2017

Hydroponics is the process of cultivating plants without the use of soil. The roots are immersed in a nutrient rich water solution which delivers the essential nutrients directly to the plants. Hydroponics saves considerable amounts of water compared to traditional methods. It uses less space, and can be easily grown out of direct contact with the sun by using indoor lighting.

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How To Choose Lighting For Your Project

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st April 2017

With indoor gardening, both hydroponics and soil culture, lighting is by far one of the biggest considerations you need to make with your grow. Your choice of lighting you is going to be directly related to your final yield, ability to induce or inhibit flowering, and the overall health of your plants.

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The Theory Behind Light Cycles

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th March 2017

Light cycles have always been a bit of a heated debate among indoor growers. Should I give my plants 18 hours of light and 6 hours off? Or should I leave them running 24 hours a day to get the most out of plants? What’s the deal with all this and why does any of it even matter? Here's why...

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Photosynthesis and the light spectrum

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st March 2017

We’ve all seen light bulb manufacturers talking about how the spectrums of their bulbs are better for plant growth and development. What is a light spectrum, and why does this matter for plant growth and development? Here's why...

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[Canna] All about enzymes

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th February 2017

In the world of plant nutrients and supplements, you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful liquids and powders scattered across the shelves of your local shop. It is most common for a grower to select nutrients and flowering supplements based on their nutritional content. Whether it is the base nutrients chosen directly on NPK values or additives supplementing p/k or cal/mag, these inputs easily translate to a grower in terms of what benefit they are directly going to see in their cherished plant. You’d be crazy not to buy these things right? you know your plant physically needs them.

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The Importance of keeping the reservoir clean

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 01st February 2017

Although organic options are available for hydroponic growing, it is usually preferred to keep the hydroponic water as near sterile as possible. The reservoir and hydroponic system in general provides your plants with the food and water needed for it to grow and thrive. Unfortunately this also means a perfect environment for pathogenic and undesirable organisms to grow and thrive as well...

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What is nutrient film technique (NFT)?

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 15th January 2017

Nutrient film technique (NFT) is a method of hydroponics that has been well accepted by large and small scale growers alike. It is a ...

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LED Lighting

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 20th December 2016

LED grow light developers have hit the indoor horticultural scene with a storm of new and innovative products.  They offer growers new benefits that they have not had access to before. They are small, highly efficient, emit perfectly customizable spectrums...

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A Rockwool user guide

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 08th November 2016

Rockwool is one of the most popular mediums for hydroponic growing. It is easy to use, cost effective, and inert which keeps it from going rancid. Rockwool also goes by the names mineral wool or stone wool as well because it is made using molten, superheated rock...

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Getting Rid of Fungus Gnats

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 08th November 2016

Have you ever noticed those little black flies that hang out near the base of your plants that come out in masses whenever you try to water your plants? Those are fungus gnats, and they are one of the most common and annoying pests in the indoor garden...

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Foliar Feeding: What is it?

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 08th November 2016

Foliar feeding is a cultivation technique that takes advantage of a plant's ability to absorb nutrients through its leaves. This technique offers a simple way to maximise yields, speed growth, and help your plants recover from disease or weakness...

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EBB and Flood for Beginners

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 08th November 2016

With so many different hydroponic systems around it's hard to know which one is best for you. One of the most popular methods, which has withstood the test of time better than many others in the past, and mimics the tides of the earth, is EBB and flood...

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Peat vs Coco

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 06th November 2016

Peat moss and coco are both popular choices when it comes to plant cultivation. Both have great moisture holding capacity, and both are readily available throughout the UK. Despite this, their are some fundamental differences between the two, and there has been a lot of debate lately among growers...

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How To Control Spider Mites

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 04th November 2016

Spider mites are one of the most destructive pests around when it comes to greenhouse and indoor cultivation. Their characteristic webbing can seem to appear all over your plants in a matter of just a few days. This webbing helps them form colonies...

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Thrip control: Controlling Thrips in Your Indoor Garden

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 02nd November 2016

Thrips are one of the most common and elusive pests in the indoor garden. They can often live on your plants for months before being noticed at all, and can be very hard to get rid of completely. The reason thrips are so elusive, is that they are incredibly fast moving...

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The Low Down On Lighting

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 02nd November 2016

Growing indoors offers many benefits, but with them come many challenges. The main problem with growing plants indoors, is the availability of light. The vast majority of grow rooms will not have sufficient natural lighting to grow strong, healthy plants with maximum yields...

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Aeroponic Gardening: The future of hydroponics

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 30th October 2016

Aeroponics is a subgroup of hydroponics that uses a nutrient-rich mist to feed and hydrate a plant's root system. This technique requires no additional growing mediums, leaving the bare roots to grow unrestricted throughout the ambient aeroponic mist...

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Air Circulation

Posted by Hydroponics Store, on 29th October 2016

There are many diseases and pest around that can find their way into your grow room and cause total havoc and destruction. Each has their own prevention and control options, but there is nothing more universal for nearly all disease and pest infestations as adequate air circulation...

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Making Clones of Your Plants

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 27th October 2016

Propagating plant is a crucial step to growing plants, and success with this step can make the difference between a successful grow, and an empty grow room. Propagation can be done from seed, or by cloning. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but generally, for indoor and greenhouse growers...

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Using Grow Room Controls

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 25th October 2016

One of the most important aspects of indoor (and outdoor) cultivation is establishing a climate for your plants to thrive in. Maintaining this temperature over long periods of time can be both time consuming and difficult. Fortunately, in the modern technological era, we have computers that can do all of this for us with optimal precision and accuracy...

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Choosing the Right Hydroponic Lights For Your Grow

Posted by Hydroponics Store , on 22nd October 2016

It can be difficult, especially for new growers, to decide on the right kind of lighting for your grow, yet it is one of the most important decisions you can make. With dozens of lighting options available, each with their own positives and negatives, it can be a daunting task to find the lights that suit your individual needs...

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