We all know you turn your grow lights on for 18 hours on/6 hours off during the vegging cycle and 12 hours on/12 hours off during the flowering cycle (and if you didn’t, you know now). But have you ever wondered why you have to give plants that specific amount of light? And what about people … Read moreWhat Really Makes Your Plants Flower and Veg?: PR and PFR Explained
With all the plants you grow hydroponically, you’ve probably gotten used to the ease of cloning by clipping and using root stimulants. But what if you want to expand your garden outside of the plants you’re growing indoors? Say, for example, you want to start growing citrus trees. Cloning a citrus tree isn’t as easy … Read moreMicropropagation, Grafting, and Layering: Cloning Your Plants a Different Way
In the past we’ve focused on grow tents: different brands, various sizes, looking at tents critically to help your garden thrive. But one big question we have to ask is, “Do you even need a grow tent to grow?” As growers we know sometimes you don’t need to buy a more expensive tent for a … Read moreHousing Your Plants the Right Way: What’s Best For Your Plants?
Adding a few simple cover crops to your outdoor grow can benefit your plants in so many ways. Cover Crops are known to: Slow soil erosion, Improve the health of your soil Enhance your plants’ water availability Control weeds and pests Increase root production Increase your overall yield How? By sewing a cover crop into the … Read moreCover Crops: The Natural Way to Improve the Quality of Your Plants
Mushrooms: the interesting fungus among us. Recently we’ve had a few growers ask us why and how mushrooms could end up in their grow. Some growers see these little buggers pop out of the side of their fabric pots, others see them popping up near your plants. If you’re not trying to grow mushrooms you … Read moreMushrooms: Why They’re a Sign of Healthy Soil
Even if you haven’t heard of Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s) you’ve probably used them in your garden. Except they’re called by different names: boosters, rooting agents, stimulants, etc… PGR’s are hormones that help manipulate certain aspects of a plant’s natural growth, whether it’s by stimulating the growth of roots or by making sure a plant … Read morePlant Growth Regulators: Friend or Foe in the Garden?
Ah, pollination: plants wouldn’t be around if they didn’t know how to reproduce. That’s a given, but when you’re growing it may sometimes seem like the garden’s doing everything it can to work against you- especially when it’s time to grow new plants. Given all the natural conditions it takes to make sure pollen gets … Read morePollination: What is it? How does it happen? And can it be controlled?
We talk a lot about yields and harvests, but if your plants grow heavy fruit it’ll take a lot more than big flowers to get you what you want- you’ll need strong branches, too. A good yield can only be achieved if your plant is physically strong, and if your plants aren’t strong enough to … Read morePlant Strength and What You Can Do to Grow a Stronger Plant
Outdoor grower Carson in Maine asks us, “Should I move my plants inside for winter?” Great question! Well, that depends on how old the plants are. Depending on how far along your plants are in their grow cycle it’s possible to bring them inside to keep them safe from winter’s wrath. Light Deprivation: Keeping Your … Read moreGrower Q&A: “Should I move my plants inside for winter?”
If you’ve done a few grows then you know how important it is to dial in your nutrient cycles, make sure there’s fresh air in your grow, and how to keep pests down to a minimum. It’s strange, then, that all of a sudden your grow starts to wilt, show signs of burning, or completely … Read moreRoot Rot: Prevention, Detection and Elimination