Once you have your plants potted or in the ground, the real fun begins. As your plant starts to veg, there are a number of responsibilities you will have when it comes to garden care.
Some tasks will need to be done daily, others weekly, and some hopefully never. At Hydrobuilder, we carry all the garden care tools and devices you could ever need.
Monitoring and testing your garden or grow room
One of the most important things you will need to do in your garden is monitor. There are a number of conditions that you need to pay attention to, including:
- pH levels
- PPM, EC, TDS
Monitoring your pH with a pH meter is really important. In soil, keep your pH between 6-6.8. In a soilless garden, pH should be 5.5-6.5. Monitoring pH with a pH meter is easy, and a necessary daily task when you feed plants.
If you want to automate your garden, you can use a nutrient and pH doser. This will deliver the perfect ratio to your plants, without you doing a thing!
Temperature and humidity are very important, as these have an ideal range as well. Temperature should be kept between 70-80 degrees, and humidity between 40-50%. Using a hygrometer allows you to check both simultaneously!
Measuring for PPM, EC, and TDS ensures your nutrient solution is dosed correctly. Again, using a nutrient and pH doser will make this easier, but we also carry meters specifically for testing these!
To truly automate your garden and cut down on supplies and meters in the grow room, use a combination meter. These allow you to monitor everything at once!
If you want to learn more about these tests and monitors, stop by our full soil meters and pH testing category!
Insect and Disease control
The other aspect of your garden you will need to closely monitor for is pests and diseases. If you are growing outdoors, this will be especially difficult. Some pests you will commonly find in your garden include aphids, mites, gnats, and whiteflies.
You will also need to watch for diseases to form on or around your plants. The most common problems are powdery mildew, mold, bud rot, and root rot.
For more information on how to control insects and diseases, check out our full insect and disease category.
Pruning and trimming
As your plant grows, you need to prune and train it according to how you want it to grow. The cool thing about gardening is we have a level of control over how our plants shape.
There are techniques for growing tall, lanky plants, and for short, bushy plants. Your growing space will dictate how you want your plants to grow.
Pruning is also important to encourage more bud sites, and to prevent the dominant shoot from taking all the energy.
Regardless of how you want your plants to grow, you will need trimming scissors and pruning shears, and we have them both here at Hydrobuilder! To find scissors, hand shears, and other gardening tools, visit the full category.
Trellis support system
You also will need to use trellis netting to set up a support system for branches. This way, your plant has help supporting the big, heavy buds you hope to cultivate.
Using a trellis system also encourages a wider canopy, resulting in higher yields! If you want to learn more about trellis and why you should use it, check out our full trellis and plant support category.
There will likely come a time where you will need to spray the foliage of your plant, either to feed it or ward off insects or fungi. You do not want to be unprepared when you notice spider mites or powdery mildew have overrun your garden!
Foliar feeding is a great option when plants become root bound, or to increase moisture levels if you are experiencing humidity issues.
Regardless of the purpose, make sure you have a sprayer on hand. We carry a wide variety, ranging from manual hand sprayers to electric atomizer sprayers. If you want to learn more about spraying your garden, visit our full garden sprayers and foggers section.
Cleaning and disinfecting the grow room
If you are growing indoors, you need to regularly clean and disinfect your equipment and space. Cleaning consists of sweeping, dusting, removing dead plant material, and other simple tasks.
Disinfecting is a more serious chore. This involves a deep clean of hydroponic system components, clearing water lines, and ridding the entire room of any bacteria or unwanted growth. This is done less regularly, but is arguably more important than standard cleaning.
We carry all the disinfecting and cleaning supplies you may need for a grow room, including fungicides and algaecides specifically for hydroponic systems! Stop by the full category to learn more!
Irrigating your outdoor garden can be much more difficult than irrigating one indoors, believe it or not. If you only have a couple plants, hand feeding/watering is easy.
If you want to learn more about this, check out our outdoor irrigation category!
Don’t get caught unprepared this growing season. We carry everything you could need, including all grow room accessories, here at Hydrobuilder. Our garden care supplies will help take work off your plate while improving your plants health, and generating heavier yields!