It is always a sad day for the hydroponics industry when a well-established retailer closes the doors of their business and, as you may or may not be aware, Charlie’s Hydro, a leading eBay hydroponics retailer, has recently gone into liquidation. What does this mean for existing Charlie’s Hydro customers? Whilst a lot of customers will obviously be a bit worried about warranties on products that they purchased from Charlies in the last year or so, with regards to anything that came from Maxigrow there is no need to stress.
Pythium (also called root rot, damping off, or water mould) can be absolutely devastating in a hydroponic application because the pathogens’ spores are well-adapted to survive in water. These fungus-like organisms threaten hydroponic crops worldwide and even pose problems for botanical experiments in space vehicles orbiting the Earth. Extraordinary sanitation measures are not always sufficient to exclude contagion, and once a pythium epidemic gets underway in a greenhouse, it’s difficult to entirely get rid of it.
Superthrive and Supervit are liquid concentrations of a range of vitamins and hormones designed to promote growth, with Superthrive also claiming it can relieve plants from numerous stress factors, from transplanting to heat stress. Both are widely used in the horticultural industry and both have gained plenty of positive feedback. Superthrive Superthrive is often seen as the original vitamin and hormone solution.
Hydroculture is a form of passive hydroponics and a way of growing plants without soil. Passive hydroponics systems often use an inert growing medium such as clay pebbles instead of soil. If you haven't experimented with hydroponics before, then passive hydroponics and hydroculture is a great way to get started.
There’s a fascinating and complex ecosystem in garden soil. An interdependent host of bacteria, fungi, crustaceans, earthworms, insects, and other organisms not only support each other, but all plant life as well. It’s called the soil food web.
There’s an app for pretty much anything nowadays and the world of horticulture is no exception. If you love gardening and own a smartphone then these great gardening apps will help you get the most out of your plants. From documenting your growing efforts to spotting diseases; there’s an app that can help.
Over the years we’ve heard a fair share of ballast disaster stories. Practically all of these stories have the same underlying theme; the ballast has burned a wooden floor, a carpet, a grow tent, or any other material that isn’t fireproof. Nearly all of these disasters could’ve been avoided with a bit of prior preparation.
Canna PK 13/14 is a “PK booster” designed to increase plant performance during the flowering and fruiting stage of the growth cycle. Like all other PK boosters, Canna PK 13/14 uses a specific blend of nutritional minerals that help plants flourish during the flowering and fruiting stage. PK boosters are essential if you want to get the best results from your plants.
What do vertical vegetable patches and farm kitchens have to do with contemporary, forward thinking design? Well, it all comes down to micro-agriculture and making the most of limited spaces. Many of us are currently living in increasingly cramped urban environments where making the most of the little space we have is becoming ever more important.
Starting out your new indoor gardening hobby can be an exciting time. You’re probably keen to get going and start carefully raising those plants like they were your own children. You’ve bought a grow tent and all the kit you need to get you off to a flying start but there’s one slight problem; you have no idea where to begin.