Category: Nutrients

Article 6-1 Growing Your Own Food In a Tub

In 1969 I was a 20 year old impoverished college student. I was living on a rundown houseboat in the Willamette slough in Portland Oregon. After a few months of trying to live on fast-food at the University, I realized I needed to reduce the $300 per month I was spending on food. My houseboat had a large back deck [ read more ]

Article 6-1 Bad Nutrients

Last year I purchased a set of hydro nutes made by the local hydroponic shop. After a couple months I noticed there was a strange, wispy precipitate in the bloom formula (kind of looks like pieces of torn up plastic grocery bags floating around). At first they were only here and there, now there are a couple for every few [ read more ]

Article 5-5 Do Organics Really Taste Better?

Hello there, I’m an avid reader of your magazine, and love all the articles. I was wondering if you guys could settle the age old question of whether organic fertilizers make your finished product taste better. I have to believe that if you properly leach, and then flush your plants, you will turn out just as fragrant and smooth as [ read more ]

Article 5-3 Growing for Maximum Yield

Growing for Maximum Yield By Robert Graves In every aspect of their lives, people love to tweak, tinker or tamper. If someone even suspects that whatever they are doing is not operating at peak efficiency, they will try to push that extra 5% out of their endeavors. Don’t think this is so? Well, if you are a woman, hand a [ read more ]

Article 5-3 Nutrient Solution Problems

Nutrient Solution Problems By Dr. Lynette Morgan Introduction Bad odors, furry growths, strings of jelly, slimes, algae of all colors and fungus gnat larvae are all problems that can affect the nutrient solution and media in hydroponic systems. Nutrients and media provide an ideal breeding ground for many fungi and bacteria since they contain mineral elements, usually some organic matter, [ read more ]

Article 5-3 Fungus Gnats

By Erik Biksa Love the web site and in particular the information on fungus gnats. I am in Australia. Was wondering what the control for fungus gnats is in newer growing mediums such as perlite. I have used scarid fly drench on continuous watering for 16 hours and two five minute waterings two hours apart. (Active constituents- Azadirachtrate 90% & [ read more ]

Article 5-3 The Evolution of Plant Nutrition

The Evolution of Plant Nutrition By Cindy Rea Hydroponic cultivation is well recognized as a superior method of agriculture. Plants are fed their exact nutritional requirements and are provided with absolutely ideal growing conditions. Consequently, plants thrive. Having witnessed the substantial improvements in plant quality and yield delivered by hydroponic cultivation, scientists have taken a keen interest in further developing [ read more ]

Article 5-1 Plant Nutrition

By Dr. Tahir Mahmood The success of any garden/crop begins with the soil. A fertile, biologically active soil provides plants with enough nutrients for good growth. Fertilizers supplement can renew these nutrients, but they should be added only when a soil test indicates the levels of available nutrients in the soil are inadequate. In the garden, whether you are growing [ read more ]

Article 5-1 Calcium

Calcium – A Transportation Problem By Dr. Lynette Morgan As hydroponic growers we like to think that by supplying our plants with all the nutrients they need in the right ratios, via a well balanced nutrient solution . . . the fruit and foliage won’t become deficient in any element and won’t show any deficiency symptoms. It would nice if [ read more ]

Article 5-1 Automated Cloning

By Erik Biksa Asexual propagation, or the process of taking cuttings or cloning, is one of the more labour intensive practices associated with plant production. Although there is little that can be done in the way of reducing the amount of work that arises from physically removing plant material for the rooting process, you need not spend all of your [ read more ]