One of the first decisions to make before setting up There’s lots of decisions to make before starting your first grow, and one of those is how you are going to get your first plants. Either you can start fresh plants off from seed, or you can obtain cuttings from a plant. There are pros … Continue reading Seeds or cuttings? Which is best?
Deep Water Culture / Bubble-buckets There are several methods of growing hydroponically. The main ones are: Flood & Drain (aka Ebb and Flow/Flood), NFT (Nutrient Film Technology) and finally DWC (Deep Water Culture, or Bubble-Buckets). The Flood and Drain method is one of the oldest and most traditional of hydroponics grow methods. However, it uses … Continue reading DWC Hydroponics – The Bubbletastic way to grow!
We’ve all heard about organic gardening and the crops it produces such as organic vegetables and fruit. We’re told that it is more natural and healthier for us to eat as much of our food that has been grown organically as possible. But what exactly is organic gardening? What does “Organic” mean? Before we go any … Continue reading What is Organic Gardening?
“How high should my light be above my plants?” is a very common question that we get in the shop. It depends a lot on the type of light that you are using. An array of fluorescent tubes or a CFL should only be about 6 inches or so above the tops of the plants. … Continue reading Light Height – How low can you go?
Plants and air temperature Plants like their air to be kept reasonably temperate. As the colder weather begins to draw in, it can be difficult to keep the air around your plants in the sweet-spot of 23C – 28C (28C being the absolute maximum temp you ever want at the tips of the plant without … Continue reading Keeping your grow going sweetly during cold weather
Hydroponics vs Pot Culture One of the first things that a grower new to the whole indoor gardening scene, or looking into starting, always needs to decide is whether to go with pot-culture or to go with a hydroponics set-up. Pot culture involves growing plants in normal plant-pots and involves manual hand-watering. This type of … Continue reading Hydroponics vs Pot Culture
Learning to grow Ok, no one is going to dispute this. Learning to grow has a very steep initial learning curve. There’s all sorts of things that a newbie needs to learn during his/her first grow. Here is a list of the top 10 most common mistakes that we find that new growers will make. … Continue reading Avoid the top 10 mistakes that growers make!
Following on from our article about controlling nutrient solution strength in your hydroponics system, this part will deal with the other main aspect of nutrient solution creation and maintenance i.e. pH. pH is simply the measurement of how acidic or how alkaline a liquid is. A pH below 7 is an acid. A pH … Continue reading pH Control in Hydroponics
Growing in hydroponics generally involves the use of a reservoir of water into which plant food has been added. The water is then fed periodically or constantly to the plants and then returned to the reservoir to be reused or sent to waste. The main exception to this is DWC (Deep Water Culture) or “Bubblers”. … Continue reading Control of nutrient strength levels in hydroponics
Every single hobby or endeavor has a wide variety of people taking part and whilst it’s impossible to put people into clean, well defined boxes, we can always look at those common traits that seem to fit well into hydroponic growing. 1. Patient It’s no shock to most people reading this blog that a plant … Continue reading 4 Common Character Traits of a Hydroponic Grower