Basics of Hydroponics

How to Set Up a Hydroponics System: The Fundamentals

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Many people have either just started with a Hydroponic garden or are looking into starting one. Although there are vast amounts of information available, many sources don’t cater to new growers when it comes down to the fundamentals of running or building a hydroponic system. There are many types of systems users can use, but these core fundamentals remain the …

Brief History of Hydroponics

A Brief History of Hydroponics

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Our ideas of modern hydroponics vary greatly, depending on how you ask. For a lot of people however, they’re thinking of hydroponics as a modern technology (likely thanks in part, to NASA’s use of it to test growing in space). The truth of the matter is though, that hydroponics is no new player to the game. Yes, we’ve done a …

How to germinate seeds

How To Germinate Seeds For Hydroponics: Step-By-Step

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One of the most crucial steps in a hydroponic garden that is often overlooked is getting the plants in the first place. There is lots of talk on pH levels and nutrients, but these are only suitable for existing gardens. An up and running system is very different from a germination area, and with the speed that some plants will …

How hydroponics Can Solve World Hunger

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Our current global situation is quickly emphasizing the vast issues of food shortages around the world, especially in impoverished areas. We’re more connected than ever due to technology, and with the influx of media and social groups focusing on the issues surrounding these areas, scientists and philosophers alike are looking for new solutions. Currently, at least 1 in 7 people …

Testing EC of water

How to Test EC in Water – Complete Guide to Electrical Conductivity

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Hydroponic growers are faced with many challenges when it comes to monitoring their nutrient solutions and pH levels. We know this can affect how plants grow because some plants require very different ratios to grow to their full potential. If these two factors were challenging enough, there is one more element in nutrient solutions that needs constant monitoring and adjusting …

Top Do's and Don'ts

The Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Hydroponics

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Hydroponics can either be fairly simple or implicitly complex depending on how you choose to grow your plants and set up your system. That being said, there are some basic tenets that every hydroponic gardener needs to follow. Without these basic do’s and don’ts, no hydroponic system will be able to thrive, regardless of how it’s arranged. So without further …

Testing water pH

How to Test The pH Of Water (Complete Guide)

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When hydroponic growers first begin running their systems, there is one aspect that is so very often overlooked. This is the importance of the pH level of the water and nutrient solution. If this isn’t around the ideal levels, it can have a dramatic impact on your plants. The most significant thing with a solution pH is it can go …

How to Prevent and Treat Root Rot in Hydroponics

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Many problems face hydroponic growers at different stages, and one of the most common can go undetected for a while and can cause severe amounts of damage to plants. Root rot is a disease that can affect every single grower, and the symptoms can lead us all to think it is a deficiency in another area. Plants can begin wilting …

Differences between aeroponics and hydroponics

The Critical Differences Between Aeroponics and Hydroponics

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New trends have risen among innovative gardeners, hydroponics and aeroponics having been some of the biggest uptakes in the industry. Like many uninitiated, you’re probably wondering what each involves and what the critical differences between aeroponics and hydroponics are. Many of the differences come from the method of delivering nutrients, applications, and growing medium (or lack thereof). It gets more …

Best fertilizer

What is the Best Fertilizer for Hydroponics?

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As hydroponics grows without soil, plants miss out on a vast number of nutrients that are contained in the ground. This is where hydroponic nutrients come into play and are replacements for all of the micro and macronutrients that are found in soil. There are two types of fertilizers you can use, liquid or powdered, and these can come in …