Growing Tips

  1. Canna PK 13 14 How Does It Stimulate Flowering Blog

    Canna PK 13 14 How Does It Stimulate Flowering Blog

    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.

    So, how do Canna PK 13/14 and other PK boosters work?

    Well, it all comes down to two fundamental elements; phosphorus and potassium. Both are macro nutritional elements, which mean they are required in large amounts to ensure optimum plant growth. Potassium and phosphorus play a vital role during the generative phase when plants are flowering and fruiting.

    Canna PK 13/14 and other premium quality PK boosters contain high concentrations of both potassium and phosphorous, allowing for plants to

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  2. What you need to know about Pythium (Root Rot)

    What you need to know about Pythium (Root Rot)

    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. Here’s some basic information to arm yourself with in the battle against this microscopic invader, as well as two excellent treatment solutions from Green’s Hydroponics.

    General Symptoms of Pythium

    Within a few days of becoming infected with one of the pythium species, healthy white roots will become grey or brown. Soon afterward, the root structures will lose their firm texture and become mushy and slimy, eventually sloughing off entirely. The plant itself

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  3. What is Hydroculture?

    What is Hydroculture?

    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.


    A hydroculture system is often made up of five simple parts – clay pebbles (or a similar inert growing medium), culture pots, water level indicator, pot liners, and fertiliser.


    Clay pebbles

    Clay pebbles are the primary growing medium used in hydroculture systems. These expanded clay pellets take the place of soil. They are highly porous which means they are great for growing plants. Clay pebbles are effective at retaining moisture and nutrients, are fully inert, free from soil-borne pests and diseases, provide plenty of oxygenation at the root zone, and give your plants a sturdy support structure to grow and thrive.

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  4. The Soil Food Web And The Secret To Growing Healthy Plants

    The Soil Food Web And The Secret To Growing Healthy Plants

    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.

     

    Every part of the soil food web fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.  Bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and small nematodes (a kind of worm) feed on decomposing organic matter and plant root exudates; protozoa feed on bacteria; arthropods and nematodes feed on fungi; the nematodes also feed on protozoa; larger arthropods feed on smaller arthropods and small nematodes; and birds and mammals feed on the arthropods. The birds and mammals excrete the waste back into the soil as manure, which breaks down into organic matter, and the cycle begins again.

     

    And while all of this moving about, eating, and excreting happens, pockets are created in the soil through which water and air move, transporting the nutrients which nouris

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  5. 5 Great Gardening Apps Every Grower Should Own (For iPhone)

    5 Great Gardening Apps Every Grower Should Own (For iPhone)

    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. The best news – most apps in this list is won’t cost you a penny!

    HID Gardener

    This handy little application has been designed with the indoor gardener in mind. With HID Gardener, you can monitor practically every aspect of your growing environment (well, 20 to be exact), and document these for up to 120 days of growing. Many of the grow room aspects you document are also displayed in a handy graph so you can take a detailed look at your growing efforts as a whole. There’s also a function that allows you to make daily notes. Overall, HID Gardener is a worthy ally for any grower.

    Cost: FREE

    Download Link:

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  6. Why mounting your ballast matters

    Why mounting your ballast matters

    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. So, to keep you from becoming the next ballast casualty, here’s why mounting your ballast matters.

    Ballasts give out a lot of heat

    This is especially true for “traditional” analogue ballasts. These ballasts can easily run hot enough to melt the plastic of a grow tent, turn a wooden block into charcoal, or put an undesirable burn mark into your brand new carpet. Best case scenario you’ll spot the problem before it escalates. Worst case; you’ll be calling the fire brigade.


    Even though modern digital ballasts certainly have much cooler running temperatures than their anal

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