Hydroponics

  • How to Prepare Growstones Before Use!

    Growstones, manufactured in the USA from 100% recycled glass, are not only environmentally friendly, but have many benefits for your plants! They can be used in any hydroponic setup and will grow well with fruits, veggies, herbs and flowering plants.

    Before getting started, you will want to take the proper steps to prep your Growstones. Making sure they are free of dust and making them pH balanced is extremely important, especially when using them solely in a hydroponic system. Continue reading


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  • Indoor Hydroponics Gardening

    Indoor hydroponics gardening is fun and rewarding! When a person first becomes interested in hydroponics the thing that strikes them most is just how diverse it is. Hydroponic is the one form of agriculture with no set of uniform practices that guide it.

    It can be anything from a very primitive wick system where nutrient solution is drawn to the roots through a cloth or gauze wicking system or something as complicated as an aeroponics setup.

    There is no one set methodology that every grower must adhere to. This is what makes for its broad appeal to every level of grower.

    The only common thread throughout is that hydroponics is consistently a soilless method of cultivating plants.

    That is the whole concept of hydroponics in a nutshell. Continue reading


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  • Grow Trays & Stands

    Seedling vs. Hydroponic trays

    As a general rule, conventional growing and sales trays are almost alway a uniform size of 11” X 21.37” with just over a 2” depth. These trays also have to drain well and most styles come with pre-drilled drainage holes.

    Conventional greenhousing also uses a consistent growing medium, overall, so these trays would be designed for that weight capacity.

    In hydroponics the size and style depends a lot on what type of hydroponic garden you’re engaged in. If it’s deep water culture then you’re not going with a tray at all but a five gallon bucket.

    Because of all these variables there isn’t just a standardized size grow tray a grower can purchase.

    The growing medium also varies because one grower may use a lighter material like perlite and the next prefers the much heavier river rock. All this has to be considered when you’re selecting grow trays for any specific use.

    This in mind, on average a hydroponic grow tray is deeper which makes sense considering a grower doesn’t need the nutrient solution sloshing all over the grow room. A typical depth would be right around 6” for this reason.

    Hydroponic gardens also don’t require drainage but do need the nutrient solution to be recirculated and these trays are designed to allow maximum flowage.

    Seedling/propagation trays

    A seedling or propagation tray is designed specifically for just this purpose in mind. Because these are temporary use trays, meaning, they are used only for seedling or propagation seedling trays are deep trays.

    Most often these are a non-cell tray that are no more than 2” deep on average. seedling trays are designed for easy spread of seed with an intended use of germination and preliminary root growth.

    seedling trays are not designed for growing plants to maturity, but rather provide seedlings with a good start to be later transplanted as the plants begin to develop.

    Hydroponic Trays

    These are deep trays that normally measure 5” to 6” deep and are intended for hydroponic growing. Hydroponic trays are used for mass-planting crops such as lettuce, spinach or kale which don’t mind being a little crowded.

    Hydroponic trays are not generally used for crops that require individual space such as tomatoes or related crops.

    Growing stands vary greatly and are all designed for a specific use

    Here’s a topic that gets a little sticky.

    There are literally hundreds of stand designs and styles to choose from and it would be difficult, if not impossible to try to discuss the pros and cons of all of them. This can be narrowed down significantly when you consider that grow tray stands come in two styles.

     

    • Vertical
    • Horizontal

     

    All tray stands are subcategories of these two basic concepts.

    A modern grower most often utilizes both styles.

    Vertical stands are great space savers for seedling development, propagation stations and for cloning machine cultivation. Conventional horizontal stands are used for growing out stock as the plants mature, large plants or for display purposes.

    This is true of traditional and hydroponic growers alike.

    Given the great diversity of tray stands on the market a grower can carefully lay out their growing facilities to maximize efficiency and growing space.

    There are exceptions to this, however. A person engaged in strictly vertical farming has little use for a horizontal stand except for propagation purposes. Almost all vertical stand systems are stackable units ranging from three to usually five tray shelves.

    Stackable units are all set up for the installation of growing lights or are sold complete with a growing light setup.

    Tray stands can also be broken down into further classifications depending on the intended use.

    • Propagation/growing
    • Hydroponic grow stands
    • Conventional cultivation

    About all that needs to be kept in mind here is that remember that with propagation you’re going to be doing a lot of bending. A person will get pretty sore fairly quickly bending down to a propagation stand that is too low.

    It is a good idea to keep these stands at waist height.

    Horizontal stands come in many different styles all based on separate factors.

    Selecting the right horizontal stand is largely a matter of personal preference, the type of hydroponic growing you’re engaged with or propagation/cultivation vs. retail display.

    For this reason, it is difficult for us recommend one style over another because there really isn’t one type of stand that is the industry ideal.

    How to Build the Ebb & Glow Complete System

    Ebb and flow is a flood and drain technique of hydroponic growing which is more advanced than the deep water culture method and will cost somewhat more for a complete system.

    The nice part is that this is a starter pack that you can easily build up from.

    Here’s what you get with a complete package from Current Under Current.

    • 55 Gallon reservoir
    • 12 – Four-gallon sites
    • 12 – Three-gallon 360-degree mesh aeration inserts
    • 1 – controller
    • 2 – Maxi Jet 1200 pumps

    For the approximately the $600.00 you can expect to pay for this complete system it has everything you need except the grow lights to get you up and running well on your way to becoming a professional hydroponic grower.


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  • Hydroponics 101 - What is Hydroponics?

    A Brief Hydroponics Overview

    When a person first becomes interested in hydroponics the thing that strikes them most is just how diverse it is. Hydroponic is the one form of agriculture with no set of uniform practices that guide it.

    It can be anything from a very primitive wick system where nutrient solution is drawn to the roots through a cloth or gauze wicking system or something as complicated as an aeroponics setup.

    There is no one set methodology that every grower must adhere to. This is what makes for its broad appeal to every level of grower.

    The only common thread throughout is that hydroponics is consistently a soilless method of cultivating plants.

    That is the whole concept of hydroponics in a nutshell.

    There are six known methods of hydroponics.

    • Wicking
    • Nutrient Flow Technique (NFT)
    • Deep water culture (DW)
    • Drip system
    • Aeroponics
    • Ebb and flow (flood and drain)

    The wick system we already touched upon and is the oldest method of hydroponic system and years ago the standard to strive for. As simple and primitive as it is, wicking was for the pioneers of hydroponics who eventually brought us every technique of hydroponic gardening we now have.

    These early growers broke new ground with every step they took and for that we are all grateful.

    Some argue that aquaponics should be included but it differs in how the nutrients are formulated which sets it uniquely apart from true hydroponics and into its own classification of agriculture.

    The simplicity of NFT.

    Nutrient Film Technique or NFT was the next development in hydroponics and it remains a popular system to this day.

    It simply pumps a nutrient solution from a reservoir tank up to a shallow growing tray which is slightly slanted towards back toward the tank. The nutrient solution is recycled continually throughout the entire system so that the roots receive constant nutrients.

    The only drawback to NFT is situation where the power goes out for any reason. Deprived of the moisture of the nutrient solution the plants can quickly wilt.

    Deep Water Culture is perfect for your favorite plant.

    The concept of Deep Water Culture is circulating nutrient solution through a system of large, usually, 5-gallon pails where the plants are cultivated. This is a useful system for large plants that require a little room. Tomatoes and related plants are often grown with this method, along with cannabis.

    This too, Is a simple and very effective form of hydroponic farming.

    The Drip System method

    Just as the name implies, the drip system doesn’t utilize a heavily flowing water, but rather continuously feeds the plants through a drip system. Like all forms of hydroponics, however, it does use a nutrient recycling system.

    This is a popular system for vegetable growers and is widely favored for the efficiency of the system.

    Aeroponics utilizes an injection technique.

    Besides being really cool to pronounce, the aeroponic method of hydroponic growing moves nutrient solution through an air injection system. This system is favored for its high efficiency, higher yields and better overall plant health.

    The Ebb and Flow system uses a flood and drain method of hydroponics.

    The Ebb and Flow System is a fairly easy method to explain to the novice. It works by flooding and then draining the plant roots continually through a recycled system. This method is attractive because it works well for many types or species of plants.

    For this reason, it is favored by vegetable to cannabis growers alike.

    Hydroponic kits simply complicated systems through an easy to use format.

    The good news is that complete kits for more complicated hydroponic systems are inexpensive, practical and time saving.

    It takes considerable knowledge and effort to assemble something like an Ebb and Flow or aeroponic hydroponic system on your own. There are many components that need to work together in a uniform way to make the systems work effectively.

    Therefore, purchasing a kit is definitely the better route to go.

    There is no guesswork and no errors to make along the way. These hydroponic kits include absolutely everything you will need for any specific system. There is no concern of not having the proper size tank to an adequate pumping system.

    Hydroponic grow kits are carefully planned and assembled with all the right components and materials.


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  • Guide to Hydro Parts & Accessories

    While both soil and hydroponic gardening each have various pros and cons there is no denying that there is more equipment required when going the hydro route. Whether you’re diving straight into hydroponics with your first garden, or making the switch to hydro from soil, you may find yourself overwhelmed when trying to piece together a hydroponic setup. Rest assured, it is actually quite simple, and we are here to guide you through the process! Continue reading


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  • Guide to Essential Hydro Components

    Putting together your own hydroponic grow system can feel like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. There are a variety of options for each part that you need, and it can be hard to know which is best for your particular setup. Luckily, once you know what purpose each part serves it becomes incredibly easy to piece together a system that is correctly sized for your garden. Continue reading


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  • Water Filter Buying Guide

    Reverse osmosis benefits any garden. Filtered water eliminates contaminants, maintains pH, and prevents mineral build-up in pumps, tubes, and spray heads


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  • How To Stabilize The pH Of Growstones

    How To Stabilize The pH of Growstones. pH stabilization is necessary since growstones naturally come from the manufacturer with a high pH.


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  • How To Measure And Adjust pH For Gardening

    How to measure and adjust pH for soil and hydroponic gardening using Bluelab's pH pen and General Hydroponics pH Up and pH Down solutions.


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  • How To Calibrate A pH Pen

    Learn how to correctly calibrate a Bluelab pH pen. pH pen calibration is fast and easy and the steps are similar among many pens. pH calibration is critical for the health of hydroponic gardens.


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