Aeroponics, especially High-Pressure Aeroponics (HPA), is a relatively new growing method. In High-Pressure Aeroponics systems, roots are suspended in the air and sprayed with an atomized solution of nutrients at specific intervals, while the rest of the plant is left to grow up and above the root chamber. This allows the roots to be exposed to more oxygen than traditional soil or hydroponics methods.Continue reading
Managing Hydroponics Systems
Hypochlorous Acid, Keeping Drip Tables & Irrigation Systems Clean
What is Hypochlorous Acid?
Hypochlorous acid, also known as HClO and HOCl, is a weak acid solution, widely used in applications ranging from food processing facilities to hospital surgical units to keep things hygienic and kill pathogens and other harmful bacteria, etc.
HClO is the strongest oxidizing and anti-microbial agent generated when chlorine gas dissolves in water. Often used in a hypochlorous acid spray, HClO has been used since the first world war. It is a powerful non-toxic disinfectant and sanitizer. This proven formula has been shown to be much more effective than bleach as a biocide, fungicide, and viricide.
Aside from these industrial applications, It's also very well suited to keeping mineral salts and biofilms from collecting. This is especially important for growing surfaces such as irrigation systems and tanks. Fortunately, Hypochlorous acid (HOCl-) is available in stable concentrates specifically for drip applications that can be injected directly into fertigation systems or added into hydroponics reservoirs.
Substances such as biofilms and other naturally occurring residues, if left unchecked in hydroponics systems, can lead to crop failures. In extreme circumstances, it can require irrigation system removal and replacement. Both are expensive prospects and important considerations for the professional as well as a residential grower.Continue reading
If you’re unsure how often to change reverse osmosis filters or dechlorinator filters, then our RO filter replacement guide is a must-read - the quality & health of your plants depends on it!
Don’t risk your old, tainted water filters or membranes letting contaminants through - you paid good money for your water filtration system, so you might as well make sure it’s running smoothly at all times and doing its job!
The problem is that aside from commercial water filtration systems, there is usually no onboard indicator of when exactly it’s time to start replacing RO filters.
Your manufacturer may have provided an estimation, but because every feed water quality & conditions are different, you need a more accurate way to tell when it’s time to swap that old filter out.
And that’s what we’re going to do today - we'll explain the foolproof way to determine if its time to change your RO membrane, your pre-filters, and your carbon filters. Let’s start with the importance of water filter replacement.
TL;DR: RO membranes need to be replaced every six months, and other filter types will need to be changed once a year. But the only way to know for sure if it's time to replace your filter or membrane is by testing the filtered water and looking for a drop in efficiency or efficacy.Continue reading
Clean water is essential in hydroponics which is why the best RO system for growing plants is such an important topic for you to explore.
This is even true if you grow in soil - impurities in your tap water can be detrimental to your crop, whether you grow at home as a hobbyist or in a commercial warehouse professionally.
Don’t let something as simple as water quality affect your harvest - invest in the best reverse osmosis system for hydroponics and protect your plants.
As the experts in all things hydroponics, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to cover an option for every grower out there - our list will feature filters as small as 75 GPD all the way up to systems rated at 19,000 GPD & above!
By the end of this article, you’ll be well equipped to pick and size your water filter. You'll never have to worry about chlorine or sediments messing up your grow or not knowing what the actual PPM of your water is!Continue reading
Having the best hydroponic water pump can be the difference between a flawless system that produces prolific yields and a devastating crop failure.
By choosing cheap, low quality components for your system, you are choosing to take on the risk that comes with cutting corners.
We see growers invest in faulty pumps far too often, which is why we’ve decided to compile our list of the best water pumps for hydroponics currently on the market.
These will ensure your plants get the nutrients they need, when they need them. You won’t have to stress about whether your unit will fail when you leave the grow room or take a vacation - you can feel confident about investing in the best, and you’ll be rewarded come harvest time!
Whether you’re in the market for the best submersible water pump for hydroponics or you’re after an inline option, you’re a small-scale hobbyist or large-scale commercial cultivar, we’ll have a perfect pick for you!Continue reading
Something you need to learn about when you first get started with hydro is how to clean salt build up in hydroponics systems.
We’ll explain why cleaning your hydroponic system is so important, and explain what causes salt build up in the first place. Then, we’ll teach you the best way to clean a hydroponics system of salt buildup!Continue reading
Garden soil and nutrient testing will be your biggest responsibility on a day-to-day basis while growing. Plants are generally pretty resilient, but they can develop some pretty nasty issues if certain aspects of their nutrition are out of whack.
Some of the most common things you’ll need to test include pH, PPM, TDS, EC, Temperature, and moisture. You won’t need to test all of these, but there are a few that are definitely important to measure regularly.
We’ll break this post into two sections - testing your garden soil and testing your nutrient solution. If you’re growing hydroponically, you’ll just need to worry about testing your hydroponic reservoir.
But if you grow in soil, you may need to test not just your nutrients, but your soil, and sometimes even your runoff.
In this post, we are going to teach you everything you need to know about soil and nutrient testing!Continue reading
Water filtration is an essential process for any serious commercial hydroponics operation.
Plants, like humans, thrive when given high quality water. Many of the particulates in tap water will not harm us, but that doesn't hold true for our plants. To grow the biggest, most potent plants, we need to filter out these particulates before watering.
But in larger operations, such as a commercial grow, filtering high quantities of water can be both difficult and expensive.Continue reading
How To Stabilize The pH of Growstones. pH stabilization is necessary since growstones naturally come from the manufacturer with a high pH.
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.