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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May
07
2014

Featured Product – HyperLogic Water Filtration System

For commercial growers, clean water is essential to a consistently stable healthy crop.  If you need a lot of water, you must check out the HyperLogic commercial reverse osmosis system. Innovative design, functionality and ease of use make the HyperLogic the number one choice in membrane filtration technology for master commercial growers. Built in the U.S., the HyperLogic is an expandable water filtration system with high flow rates of 2000-19,000 GPD (Gallons Per Day). The Hyper-Logic comes stock with one … Continue Reading




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May
06
2014

Drip System Problems and Maintenance

Drip systems are one of the biggest time savers in any garden. They are also easy to design and install and are relatively inexpensive. Once set up, plants are fed regularly and precisely on the schedule you choose. In my own gardens I have found that not only do drip systems save me a whole lot of time but they have also saved my garden from sure death when life gets busy and I don’t have time to spend with … 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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Mar
31
2014

Greenhouse Covering Materials

So Spring has sprung, and it is time to start thinking about getting your greenhouse or hoop-house set-up and covered. An important part of this process is to determine the type of greenhouse covering you are going to use. As greenhouse gardening becomes more prevalent across the US, the options for covering your garden continues to increase as well. While volumes can be written about the various styles of greenhouses, their designs and dynamics; the goal here is to just scratch the … Continue Reading




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Mar
31
2014

How to Prevent Early Spring Flowering

Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference, as well as the timing of when you decide to put your plants outside. But when is too early to plant your garden? This depends greatly on your geographic location and sun exposure of your garden location. The general consensus in planting zones north of Central California is to put your plants outside around memorial day weekend or … Continue Reading




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Mar
31
2014

The Gavita Pro 1000w Complete

We have an odd way of judging products here at Gardening Unlimited and eHydroponics, we listen to our customers. Product salespeople talk a great game but the customer always gives you the straight dirt. Gavita Horticultural Lighting has excellent salespeople, but that’s not why we think Gavita lights are the best grow light on the market right now. Let’s just say, the customer is always right. And these days the customers want Gavita. So what exactly makes the Gavita Pro … Continue Reading




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Jan
27
2014

Maximizing PAR output with a new double-ended system

So as with the introduction of any new technology, there is a slight learning curve that needs to be addressed to ensure optimum performance.  The first most noticeable difference is that the double ended bulbs look considerably different than standard HID bulbs. The bulbs no longer fit a mogul socket; they are in fact tapered at both ends and require a special fixture in order to operate. Gavita appears to have been the first on the scene, and are the … Continue Reading




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Jan
27
2014

Double-ended lamp technology and what it means to you

Plants have a different sensitivity response than humans to light of various wavelengths.  For green plants, the sensitivity to red light is the highest while it is lowest in the the green spectrum. For this reason, the “lumen” is not the most accurate measurement for the actual light being used by plants.  Light emissions may be regarded as bundles of energy particles which are called light quanta or photons, and to this point, most HID’s have been developed with humans … 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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Sep
06
2013

How to Prevent Plant Diseases

Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and he may have been referring to plant health and disease prevention. Rather than discussing the vast array of grey black fuzzy brown wilting diseases lets focus on prevention. It’s far easier. Light, air, and water are the most important factors to plant health. A healthy plant in prime conditions will be far less likely to fall victim to disease. Plant health depends on good light and … Continue Reading




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Sep
06
2013

What is Mycorrhizae and how does it help plants?

In gardening circles or stores you might hear someone talk about compost tea, mycorrhizae, or beneficials and wonder what’s the fuss? What is it and is it worth it? Is it actually beneficial? Recently the popularity of beneficial bacteria in yogurt and diet supplements has made us pretty familiar with the benefits of probiotics for our bodies. Probiotics, in other words, are bacterial organisms we consume to help regulate our digestive system and help boost our immune systems. Normally when … 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

Am I Over Watering My Plants?

Watering potted plants during the summer months can definitely be tricky. In high light and high temperature situations, with transpiration, evaporation, and water utilized during the photosynthetic processes taken into consideration, most plants need a healthy dose of fresh water daily. Although the leading cause of death among potted plants is under watering, symptoms of over watering can be similar and hard to distinguish as times. In both instances,  leaves curl, can yellow, and drop from the plant.  Usually an … 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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Jun
09
2013

Caring for Transplanted Plants

This is a continuation of How to Transplant Cuttings and Seedlings. Once your plants have been placed in their new home it is not uncommon, during the first week, for your plants to show signs of stress.  After about a week you should start to see them take to their new environment with thriving new growth.  A healthy vigorous vegetative growth phase is key to having a bountiful, successful harvest.  Here are a couple things that will assist in boosting … Continue Reading




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Jun
04
2013

Vitamin B1 and Your Garden

Anyone can improve upon nature by providing their garden with specific plant vitamins that assist in steady, healthy, and (most importantly) rapid growth rates. Researchers have demonstrated that plants naturally produce Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B-1, in the foliage and transport it to the root zone. There it is utilized by root tissues to assist in new growth or cell generation. Additionally, symbiotic organisms such as beneficial bacteria and fungi use Vitamin B-1 to regulate their metabolism. In this … Continue Reading




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Jun
04
2013

Roots Organics by Aurora Innovations

When I think about Aurora Innovations, the first thing that comes to mind is organics, Roots Organics. This easy to use, complete liquid organic nutrient line rivals any on the market. The Roots Organics line is bookended by Buddha Grow and Buddha Bloom, their grow and bloom base nutrients that are both one part so they’re easy to use, fully organic, and can be used with any potting soil or soilless media. Along with the solid foundation coming from the … Continue Reading




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Jun
04
2013

What Does P.A.R. Watts Mean To Your Garden

When indoor gardeners and horticulturists talk about indoor lighting or artificial lighting the term P.A.R., or P.A.R. watts, will inevitably come up. What is P.A.R. and what does it mean to my garden? Understanding what P.A.R and what P.A.R. watts are is not difficult to do.




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