hydroponics

Product Spotlight: EcoPlus Water Chillers

Articles, Gardening

Whether your garden is an ebb and flow, top-feed drip, aeroponic, nutrient film technique (NFT), or deep water culture (DWC) system, maintaining your reservoir temperature is crucial for getting the best results. Your plants will benefit most by maintaining a consistent temperature of 60-70ºF. Large fluctuations in water temperature can cause stunted growth and lower yields. Temperatures that are too high will most likely lead to pythium or other unwanted root pathogens. Temperatures that are too cold will lead to decreased nutrient uptake.

Recirculating vs. Drain to Waste Systems

Articles, Gardening

There are two forms of hydroponic systems – there are re-circulating and drain-to-waste systems. In a recirculating system, the runoff from the nutrient solution is collected, replenished and reapplied to the substrate. In a drain to waste system, the runoff is drained into the ground or routed to a holding reservoir. Many gardeners choose to use the drain to waste system because this method offers more control over the composition of the nutrient solution being applied. In a recirculating system the solution will gradually become unbalanced, unless the solution is tested for each nutrient. A rapidly growing vine crop such as tomato can remove a considerable amount of nutrients in a day. In a “drain to waste” system the grower can increase the feeding time and be confident a balanced solution is reaching the crop.

Deep Water Culture (DWC)

Gardening

by Sunny Datko What is Deep Water Culture (DWC)? Deep Water Culture (DWC) is a hydroponic method of plant production by means of suspending the plant roots in a solution of nutrient rich, oxygenated water. With this system, the roots of the plants are submerged in the nutrient solution. The plant is then held in […]

5 Benefits of Fulvic Acid

Gardening

Fulvic Acid offers many physical, chemical and biological benefits to your garden. It gets its name from the Latin fulvus, meaning yellow, describing its color.  Its natural buffering, chelating and extremely high ion-exchange properties make mineral elements easier for plants to absorb. This results in increased plant vitality, resistance to environmental stress and improved crop […]

Why have the NPK numbers changed on House & Garden products?

Articles, Gardening, Grow Tips

Why are we not seeing a guaranteed analysis on the new bottles? A guaranteed analysis numbers are representative of the amount or percentage of a certain element per unit of volume. These percentages are obtained through certifying agencies that do not always use the same instrumentation, the same scale, and the same procedure. To complicate things […]

5 Tips to Prevent Pythium

Articles, Gardening, Grow Tips

Pythium (or “root rot”) is a destructive root-parasitic pathogen that directly attacks the root system of the plant, causing normally healthy white roots to turn brown and mushy. When the infection is severe, the lower portion of the stem can become slimy and black. In recirculating systems, this infected root mass will also contaminate the other plants that reside in that system.