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Author: Karen Lloyd   Date Posted: 12 September 2018  

Takeaway: A sure-fire way to quickly kill hydroponic plants is through pathogens in the water supply. By keeping water clean, growers can practice environmental responsibility while enjoying quality yields. Practised around the world, hydroponics is especially advantageous where climates restrict plant growth ...


Author: Eric Hopper   Date Posted: 7 September 2018  

Takeaway : The advantages of beneficial micro-organisms in the garden are multifaceted, and experts believe their use will continue to expand throughout the horticulture industry. For indoor growers, beneficial micro-organisms are one of the keys to unlocking a garden’s full potential. The most common types of beneficial mi ...


Author: Barbara H. Shaw from Maximum yield   Date Posted: 20 August 2018  

Takeaway: Before you throw your produce scraps into the compost, consider using them as starts for a garden by following a few simple steps. Barb Shaw explains how. Just think, you can take your kitchen scraps and start a garden. Instead of throwing away or composting unwanted fruits and vegetables, use them to create something you a ...


Author: Chris Bond from MaximumYield   Date Posted: 15 August 2018  

Takeaway: Just a few generations ago, cannabis was widely used as medicine in North America to treat numerous ailments. By the early 1930s a tax on cannabis made its use prohibitive, after which it became outright vilified. Now, of course, it’s making a comeback. In Part I of a ...


Author: JP Wood   Date Posted: 13 July 2018  

Takeaway : How does an aquaponics system work, and how can you make your own? Our friends at Crop King Seeds bring us this handy, introductory guide. Aquaponics is what we call a combination of fish farming and hydroponics. It also happens to be one of ...


Author: Peggy Bradley from Maximium Yield   Date Posted: 6 July 2018  

Takeaway: Used for hundreds of years by other cultures to sweeten food and drinks, stevia has still yet to catch on in the modern North American diet despite obvious health benefits. Recently, a tiny house project in Missouri showed stevia can help address both health and economic challenges. A tiny, prototype h ...


Author: ebmpapst   Date Posted: 5 June 2018  

What’s so special about an EC fan? EC fans are generally recognised as being the latest thing in energy efficient air movement technology, but what is an EC fan and what makes it so special? ...


Author: Rich Hamilton from Maxmium Yield   Date Posted: 2 June 2018  

Takeaway: Rich Hamilton explains how we can use the scientific concept of negative pressure to produce greater yields, while greatly decreasing the amount of fuss and stress for growers toiling in indoor gardens. We often use many scientific methods for indoor gardening, ...


Author: GWC   Date Posted: 28 May 2018  

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Author: Frank Rauscher from Maximum Yield   Date Posted: 18 May 2018  

Takeaway : Should you be watering your plants once a day? Different plants and different soils need different watering regimens. Here’s a general guide. Too much, not enough, too often or too seldom—these are concerns I hear from growers all the time regarding wat ...


Author: Shannon McKee from Maximum Yield   Date Posted: 9 May 2018  


Author: Lynette Morgan   Date Posted: 9 May 2018  

Takeaway : Just as hydroponics was once the tool of scientists until growers modified the technology for their own use, tissue culture is now being carried out in home kitchens, on spare countertops, or in modified indoor growing areas. Tissue culture, or ...


Author: Susan Patterson, Master Gardener   Date Posted: 4 May 2018  

Interestingly enough, flowering and bolting are the same thing. For some reason, when we don’t want vegetable plants to flower, such as lettuce or other greens, we call it bolting instead of flowering. “Bolting” conjures up a slightly negative thought, as opposed to the “flowering”. When our lettuce is flowering, for instance, we are unlikely to say that it is so pretty. We’re more likely to be aggravat ...


Author: Grubby cup from Maximum Yield   Date Posted: 19 December 2017  

Takeaway: Plants that use the duration of their dark periods to signal flowering are said to be subject to photoperiodism and are classified as either ‘short day’ or ‘long day’ plants . Grubbycup explains how using this knowledge allows for plant growth manipulation. In photoperiodistic plants, specialized photoreceptors ca ...


Author: Frank Rauscher from Maximum Yield   Date Posted: 18 December 2017  

Takeaway : The distance between nodes can tell us quite a bit about how a plant is doing. Here’s how to decipher it. Look at the stem of a plant and you will notice there are little junctions called nodes. Here, the older growth creates new ...


Author: Kent Gruetzmacher   Date Posted: 14 December 2017  

Takeaway: Though a bit less glamorous than lighting, mediums, and nutrients, your growroom’s air quality is vital to a successful crop. Here's how to find the perfect balance of your indoor garden’s air temperature and humidity levels. The primary factors that contribute to the success or failure of an indoor ...


Author: Guy Sela   Date Posted: 1 December 2017  

Takeaway : Certain nutrients are required for the growth of most plants. Guy Sela explains. There are 13 mineral nutrients that are essential for completion of a plant's life cycle. Macronutrients are required in large quantities: nitrogen, potassium, phosph ...


Author: Beth Garner   Date Posted: 29 November 2017  


Author: Reynard Loki   Date Posted: 25 November 2017  

A growing body of research proves that simply being around nature can improve human health and happiness. A month-long 2016 study conducted in the UK by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts found that connecting to nature resulted in a "scientifically significant increase" in health and happiness, the BBC r ...


Author: Jeremiah Robinson   Date Posted: 1 November 2017  

Takeaway : Plants need sunlight to grow, but it will turn your greenhouse into a solar oven if you’re not careful. Here’s h ...


Author: Jeb Gardener   Date Posted: 30 October 2017  

The Reason why we are sharing this funny video with you is mainly because Jeb reflected how easy it is to grow with proper Rockwool instead. Here are some Rockwools: https://www.hydroexperts.com.au/nutrients-meters/grow-medium/ ...


Author: Bright Agrotech   Date Posted: 18 October 2017  

If you’re building a farm, you’ll need to understand plumbing. Plumbing can seem hard to beginners, but so long as you can follow instructions and have the proper tools, anyone can le ...


Author: Chris Bond from MaximumYield   Date Posted: 17 October 2017  

Takeaway: After setting up the perfect environment for your crops and maintaining every growroom parameter to the letter, you’ll find that the most rewarding aspect of growing is yet to come: harvesting your crops. Prope ...


Author: CANNA   Date Posted: 10 October 2017  

When your growing your own plants, feeding your plants is complicated. The right mixture of nutrients is essential. Mixing the wrong nutrient solution may cause blockage. ...

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Author: E. Vinje from Planet Natural in Bozeman, Montana   Date Posted: 9 October 2017  

Gardeners have been saving seed ever since we settled into one place and started growing our own food. Thanks to seed saving, and passing them down from one generation to the next, we have the heirloom seeds and plant varieties that are so prized today. It’s only since the end of World War II that growers have had the option of buying affordable, high quality commercial seeds; before that saving your own seeds or trading with neighbors was the only way to procure prospective plants. Saving garden seeds at the end of each growing ...


Author: By Hydrofarm’s Kelley Ryan   Date Posted: 9 October 2017  

When setting up an indoor garden, air circulation and exhaust are just as important to your overall plant’s health as water and light. A successful gardener can use airflow to control temperature and humidity, which will help prevent disease and eliminate hot spots. So…what’s the best way to set up your exhaust? Keep in mind that hot air rises, so the best place to set up your outgoing air is at the top of your room, and intake should be closer to the floor where the air is cooler. It’s important to note that an intake fan is not alway ...


Author: MaximumYield   Date Posted: 27 September 2017  

Definition - What does Rockwool Cube mean? Rockwool cubes, also called stonewool cubes, are best used to germinate seeds and root cuttings. They are a form of Rockwool, a popular growing medium for hydroponic gardening. Manufacturers create Rockwool cubes by sp ...


Author: Dray Perkins   Date Posted: 27 September 2017  

Takeaway : Hop crops are in big demand these days, but can they be grown hydroponically? Let's take a look. W hile hops have lately garnered attention worldwide as a ...


Author: CANNA Research   Date Posted: 21 September 2017  

Temperature is a key factor in plant growth and development. Along with the levels of light, carbon dioxide, air humidity, water and nutrients, temperature influences plant growth and ultimately crop yields. All these factors should be in balance. Temperature influences the plant in the short term as well as the long term. ...


Author: Canna   Date Posted: 19 September 2017  

Coco substrate can act as a buffer, storing water and nutrients for the plant. Buffering can work in several ways. There are water buffers, ...


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