Resources

Indoor Garden Pests: Lifestyles of the Creepy and Crawly

10 Jan , 2017  

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Bugs are kind of like “The Transformers” alien-robots that star in the popular sci-fi movies. They change so dramatically, you may not even realize when they have gone from innocuous to destructive. Insects’ feeding habits, hiding places and even appearance are so different as they grow and mature that you almost wouldn’t think they were […]

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Protein Power: What this Essential Nutrient Can Do for Your Indoor Crops

30 Dec , 2016  

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You probably know how important protein is for people, but it is just as critical for plants to stay healthy and vigorous. Athletes and others who exercise hard often amp up their protein intake with supplements. You can do the same for your plants. Here’s why it’s worth doing and the details you need to […]

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7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO COMPOST

23 Dec , 2016  

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Compost is an outdoor gardener’s most valuable asset. The product of decomposing organic matter, such as dead plants and kitchen scraps, compost is a nutrient-rich soil conditioner that helps crops grow up healthy and problem-free. Making compost is just as important for indoor gardeners, whether you grow in soil or in a hydroponic system. Here are […]

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Safer Hydro FAQ: What Does the Term “Chelated” Mean?

19 Dec , 2016  

Chelated fertilizer definition

Chelated fertilizers help plants to absorb critical nutrients, especially in less than ideal conditions, such as a pH greater than 6.5 or when few micronutrients are available. But just what does “chelated” mean? When used in gardening, the term first surfaced in the 1920s and it uses  chelé, the Greek word for “lobster claw,” to describe […]

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Safer Hydro FAQ: How long does nutrient solution stay fresh?

12 Dec , 2016  

nutrient solution tips

When you mix up a batch of fertilizer and water for your plants, you should test the pH to be sure it’s in the healthy range for your system and crops. Within a few hours of mixing, the solids in the nutrient solution begin to separate from the fluids. Further, as the solution is exposed to […]

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Safer Hydro FAQ: Is dish soap the same as insecticidal soap?

6 Dec , 2016  

Dish soap or insecticidal soap

Soaps of all kinds are cleaning agents made from natural oils and salts. Many products you might think of as “soap” are actually detergents, made with synthetic chemicals called surfactants, as well as phosphates, bleach, dyes, fragrances and rinsing aids. Detergents can be harmful to plants and are not formulated to kill pests. True soaps […]

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Block that Smell: Fighting the Grow Room Stink

29 Nov , 2016  

Grow Room Smells Grow Room Stinks

Outdoors, the natural aromas of plants wafting by on a breeze can be very pleasing. They can be an antidote to the many manufactured fragrances we’re hit with throughout the day. But what about when those smells are concentrated in an indoor grow room and combined with the odors of nutrient solutions and a variety […]

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Low-Stress Training: How to Increase Your Bud Production

16 Nov , 2016  

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Plants in an indoor garden tend to grow straight toward the lights, almost in a single file. With a technique known as “low-stress training” you can help your plants become bushier, with more leaves to gather energy from the lights. At the same time, you can dramatically increase the number of flower buds they produce. […]

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Safer Hydro FAQ: What is a plant’s vegetative stage?

16 Nov , 2016  

Vegetative growth stage

Plants that flower and reproduce by seeds go through different phases in their life cycle. After germination, these plants – including many of the familiar food and medicinal crops grown indoors –  quickly begin putting out more and bigger leaves. The stems become noticeably thicker, too. It’s the peak of the photosynthesis process, as plants gather […]

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Safer Hydro FAQ: How can I fix nutrient solution that is too acidic?

8 Nov , 2016  

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Getting the pH of your nutrient solution right for your plants and system is crucial because when it is too high (alkaline) or too low (acidic) the roots may not be able to take up all of the essential minerals you are providing. For instance, calcium – a crucial nutrient for healthy bud development – […]

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