Problem Solving

React fast to pests, diseases, and other challenges in your indoor garden with information that helps you recognize symptoms, identify causes, and choose solutions. Most of all, learn how to prevent problems and keep your crops healthy and productive.

Safer Brand Hydro FAQ

Your Hydroponics Questions Answered Safer Brand aims to be your source for information on hydroponic and organic gardening. If you have a question that you would like to see answered, visit our Contact Us page to pose it. We'll be sure to...

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Kick-Start Slow Growers

You can’t actually watch your plants grow (at least not without time-lapse photography), but you can tell when they’re not growing. From the beginning, you can observe that they stretch a few inches taller and add new leaves each week. When you don’t...

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Identify and Solve Hydroponic Plant Problems

1. Your plants’ stems are thin and weak, and the leaves have yellow or white spots. The cause: a) Lack of nutrients b) Too much light c) Insect pests d) Cold temperatures Answer: c. Insect pests—such as whiteflies, aphids, and...

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How to Control Hydroponic Pests

Whiteflies Description and damage: The tiny, powdery white insects suck plant juices in both their nymph (wingless) and adult (winged) stages. As they feed, they excrete a sweet fluid, referred to as honeydew, that breeds sooty mold, a fungus as...

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Prevent Hydroponic Plant Problems

Water Choice Threat: Additives and other unnatural compounds in tap water can contaminate nutrient solutions. Know: Water from municipal treatment plants often has chlorine and other chemicals. Do: Install a reverse osmosis...

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Eliminate Mildew on Hydroponic Plants

The warm, damp conditions in an indoor grow room are a breeding ground for fungus and slime. Mold, mildew, and other fungi are not only ugly and foul-smelling, they can ruin your harvest literally overnight. You might be tempted to reach for noxious...

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Cures for Plant Nutrient Deficiencies

Yellow Lower Leaves Symptoms: Lower leaves turn yellow, shrivel, and may eventually fall off. Plants, especially big ones, normally lose leaves off the bottom as they approach the end of the flowering cycle, but yellowing that moves steadily up the...

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5 Hidden Menaces of Indoor Gardens

The most destructive pests in an indoor garden may be the least noticeable. Spider mites, mealybugs, scale, and other insects do their damage in the root zone or under the cover of the leafy canopy. Here’s a guide to help you identify and eliminate them...

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Stop the Big 4 Destructive Indoor Garden Pests

An indoor garden might seem secure from outside pests, but four-winged insects often find their way into grow rooms and can do significant damage to your crops. These little destructive bugs suck sap from plant stems, dehydrate leaves, disfigure flower...

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