Apr
09
2016

The Science Behind Pure Essentials Black Label Nutrients

By specifically designing the Black Label nutrient program for maximum uptake growers that use the line are finding lusher foliage, stronger stems, and more new growth tips thanks to its natural pH regulation and pure raw, mineral ingredients. Continue Reading




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Apr
08
2016

Link4 iPonic Garden Environment Controllers

Futuristic in design and loaded with features – yet still a breeze to install, and easy to operate – the Link4 iPonic Controllers are the most sophisticated solution to efficiently consolidate all environment controls into a single reliable unit.




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Dec
10
2015

Wipe Out Pests and Mildew with Green Cleaner

Green Cleaner is our favorite all-in-one natural insecticide, pesticide, miticide, and fungicide. Unlike many other pesticides, Green Cleaner works in a way that will kill adults and eggs with no way that the pests can build up a tolerance.
The answer to your pest and disease woes is actually very simple and made from common ingredients.




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Oct
30
2015

Vermicrop Dry Organic Fertilizers

Vermicrop Organics complete line of dry organic fertilizers releases steadily into your soil so that every stage of growth can be fine tuned without chemicals.




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Oct
02
2015

Extracting the Last Drop

Thousands of years ago Roman alchemists were distilling concentrated essential oils from plants using steam. Getting every ounce out of our harvest is an endeavor as old as farming itself. Technology is finally allowing us to reach the pinnacle of harvest efficiency. Through the use of chemical solvents the cleanest extracts ever available are creating a new market for growers to break into. We recently met with Across International, a 25+ year supplier of industrial grade degassing ovens for commercial applications. They … Continue Reading




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Aug
04
2014

Cloning – BEYOND the Basics for Heavier Harvests Faster

By Erik Biksa Contibutor (Editor, www.grozine.com) Why Cloning Rocks Cloning plants, or “asexual propagation”; the process where plants can be replicated without exchanging DNA, allows growers to replicate their favorite plant in the garden over and over again. This is a really powerful tool for growers for several reasons, including: plants grow uniform and finish at the same time know quality and characteristics can select for traits that suit the market or season faster cropping versus seeds While in terms … Continue Reading




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May
07
2014

Effects of Water Quality on Plants

It would be very sad if one day you turned on your hose, watered your plants and they died. It’s not science fiction. While that does not happen to most people in America, it does happen to some whose water supplies have been compromised. Livestock waste, heavy metals, fracking and industrial waste are just a few of the participants in contaminating our water supplies. Sadly it will only get worse. Water is one of the most precious commodities on earth. … Continue Reading




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Mar
31
2014

Maximizing Grow Light Output

 You think you’re getting the most out of your grow light? Think again. Indoor gardeners should always want to maximize grow light output. Plant yield and electrical cost savings are two pretty good reasons why. And while most growers want to get the most from their grow light, many are not. Why not? They have some pretty good excuses actually. Some people have no choice; maybe they can’t afford a better grow light or they don’t have 240V power available. Some … Continue Reading




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Jan
27
2014

ePapillon: an evolution in HID lighting

Every once in a while a new product comes to market that helps to change up the status-quo of the industry and helps to push things to the next level. Dutch Garden Supplies International has recently introduced such a product. Their recent release of the ePapillon ballast; a compact digital ballast, lamp and reflector system that utilizes the emerging double-ended bulb technology. This lamp technology focuses on the increase in Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) value, which is the light plants … Continue Reading




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Sep
06
2013

How Do I Clone My Plant?

Cloning is the process in which you take part of a plant and get it to grow roots and become another plant without having to grow it from seed. It’s a perfect copy of the plant it came from. This is great for when you have a unique plant that you’d like to grow over and over again. There are many ways to make clones of a plant. We’re going to step through one method that is simple, cheap, and … Continue Reading




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Jul
12
2013

5 Biggest Mistakes in the Vegetable Garden

Midsummer mistakes in the vegetable garden are easy to avoid yet something gardeners do year after year. Up to now you’ve worked your soil, cared for young plant starts, nursed them through the transplanting stage and overall spent a lot of time and care in getting your vegetable garden started. Now your garden is maturing and the fruits of your labor are starting to show. This is the point when a lot of gardeners, myself included, get busy with the … Continue Reading




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Jul
12
2013

What AC Unit Do I Need For My Grow Room?

When facing summer heat or just working with a lot of lights that are causing heat issues trying to find the right Air Conditioning unit can be very confusing and costly if you make the wrong choice. Thankfully all the units we carry fall into several categories and chances are one of these will fit your bill. When temps in the grow room gets too high the growth of the plant is affected. Some have said that high temps of … Continue Reading




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May
01
2013

Are LED Grow Lights Better than HPS?

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Growing plants with LED grow lights is currently one of the hottest topics in indoor gardening. Gardening with LEDs is fairly new and only done by a handful of gardeners so there are many questions surrounding them that the indoor garden community wants to know. Do LED’s really save electricity compared to an HID? Is the high cost of an LED made up in electrical savings? Can you successfully flower summer crops under an LED grow light? Personally I’m very … Continue Reading




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Apr
01
2013

How to Protect Spring Garden Plantings From the Frost

Now that spring has sprung, folks are itching to get their plants started for the outdoor season. An important thing to remember is to make sure to protect your young seedlings from that last unexpected frost. If it is still winter by you, some of these tips might help! Frost protection can be achieved a number of ways. The first, and often times easiest option, is to simply move the plants to a warmer place, either inside or otherwise. If … Continue Reading




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Mar
01
2013

Automating Your Grow Room

Automating a grow room will help keep a stable indoor growing environment reducing problems, saving time and increasing yields. Automation is defined as: the technique, method or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic or mechanical devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum. Some examples of common “highly automatic means” in the grow room are timers, temperature and/or humidity controllers and CO2 monitors. The most fundamental means of automation that every indoor gardener … Continue Reading




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Jan
30
2013

Fluorescent T-5 Grow Lights

T5 Lighting was originally designed in the 1950s and has grown to be the light choice of many indoor gardeners! In Hydroponics, T5 lights usually come in 2 foot and 4 foot lengths and appear in units ranging form single bulb to 16 bulb units. Fluorescent lighting is optimal for indoor gardening for a few reasons including kelvin rating (bulb spectrum) and lumens per watt output. Before we dive in and tell you what the best t5 out there is, … Continue Reading




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Jan
08
2013

Silicate: The overlooked additive

With the winter upon us, cool, humid night time temperatures are increasingly common.  Aside from having good ventilation system, and adhering to a good preventative spray regiment, there is an often overlooked additive that can help to increase the health of your plant especially during these times.  A lot of gardeners over the years have begun to incorporated silicate (Si) into their feeding programs.  Silicate helps to increase the strength of the cell walls, increases stalk strength, and there is … Continue Reading




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Jan
07
2013

Best practices for your hydroponic garden

Here are a couple of “best practices” that can help any hydroponic garden thrive. The first suggestion is to check the parts-per-million (ppm) of the water you will be using.  If your water is above 150 ppm, you  should consider using a filter, specifically a reverse osmosis (RO) filter. If you are one of the lucky few that have a good water source, this is not for you.  For the rest of us with hard water, some of the best … Continue Reading




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Dec
03
2012

EDTA: If you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate

Have you ever looked on the label of your plant nutrients and seen “EDTA” attached to one or more of its ingredients?  Ever wonder what it is? EDTA is Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a widely used compound in a number of industries, from the textile, soft drink, and detergent industries; to the medical, cosmetic, and even agricultural industries.  EDTA’s solubility in water makes it a great candidate for numerous industrial applications.  So how does EDTA apply to agriculture and plant nutrition?  First, … Continue Reading




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Dec
03
2012

How to choose a grow light reflector

How do you choose the appropriate HID reflector for your growing space? There are a number of factors to consider, from size and shape, to your wattage requirements. Reflectors come in a number of configurations, from simple bent aluminum wings, to engineered reflectors with air-cooling features, such as 4”, 6” or 8” ducting options. To get started, traditionally, a 1000W light accommodates a 4’ x 4’ square.  A 600W is used for a 3’ x 3’, and 250W would be … Continue Reading




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