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.
We have been in contact with Maxigrow and come to an arranagement whereby Greens will honour any product warranty that a customer may have on one of their Maxigrow products brought from Charlie’s Hydro.
What products does this include?
Under our agreement with Maxigrow, we are able to help customers who have an in date product warranty on the following products brought from Charlie’s Hydro:
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
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 is often seen as the original vitamin and hormone solution. It has been widely used by horticulturalists since it hit the market back in the 1940s.
Hesi Supervit is a much more recent product than Superthrive, but it is by no means inferior. In fact, in Europe, Hesi Supervit has quickly made its way up the ranks past Superthrive to being the number one plant stimulator.
Which one is better?
With both products getting positive feedback and significant use in the industry, most growers are le
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!
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.
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On top of this, there’s a growing demand for nutritious home-grown produce that’s free from pesticides and genetic modification; something that’s unfortunately becoming a rarity in a society where pollution, chemical treatments, and food additives are par for the course nowadays.
Introducing the Farm Kitchen
So, as part of this year’s London Design Festival and the forward thinking event 100% design, the organisers decided to address this need and call on innovative designers to create a “farm kitchen.” This kitchen was to be designed with the aim of providing a variety of novel solutions to the problem o