Posts by Kim

Hydroponic Home Systems, New Trends for 2018

Trends in Hydroponic Growing Compared to any high- tech field, the hydroponic industry is constantly evolving. Knowledge of plant biology is increasing and this affects the ‘hardware’ used for indoor growing. We will continue to see advancements in all aspects of hydroponic growing, including lighting, nutrition, systems used and the applications. Hydroponic Lighting Over the…

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Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions, Getting the Right Concentration.

Hydroponic Nutrients and Concentrations When starting out with hydroponics, the fertilizer of choice is the liquid kind. Most hydroponic nutrient/fertilizer companies will include application directions on their product labels. Plants require different concentrations of nutrients for various stages of development. Here are three of the many different kinds of liquid nutrients and fertilizers available for…

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Hydroponics and Cloning Plants

CLONING Cloning is a great way to reproduce a tasty tomato or pepper plant. When you have a plant that is superior in taste and better-than-average-yield, most want to keep it forever. Cloning allows you to do this. So, what is cloning? It is when you cut a stem or branch off a ‘mother’ plant…

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Hydroponic Microgreens, How to Grow Sprouts

NUTRITIONAL MICROGREENS Hydroponic microgreens, sprouts and baby leaf lettuces are not only easy to grow, they are full of nutrients and vitamins. HOW TO GROW SPROUTS          I have a parrot, Cody, and one of the foods he isn’t picky about is sprouts. (He enjoys eating them, although his beak gets somewhat messy)…

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Hydroponics Making Headlines

HEADLINES From Tokyo to the Netherlands to Arizona, California and Boston, hydroponics is gaining in recognition and popularity.    Look at these headlines: ” Visit Tokyo’s Farm of the Future: Pasona 02.“ (I love the tomatoes growing from the ceiling) “Netherlands: Symposium Hydroponics during Seed meets Technology.”   “Some of Arizona’s best restaurants are clamoring for tomatoes…

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Hydroponic Systems, Common Systems Part 2

COMMON HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS This is Part 2 of our blog series in discussing common hydroponic systems used by commercial growers in producing vegetables. Every hydroponic system out there operates on the same principal of gardening without soil. Many commercial growers use various types of hydroponic systems and the following 3 systems are used regularly in growing vegetables.…

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Indoor Drip Irrigation, Hydroponics

Indoor Drip Irrigation Systems.    A basic definition of a drip watering system is to ‘ provide a slow stream of water to plants, allowing the moisture to seep into the roots steadily, but slow enough so the substrate you are using, ie clay pellets,  grow plugs or rockwool, can thoroughly absorb the moisture.’ A…

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Leggy Seedlings

Preventing Leggy Seedlings. The Lettuce Ladder has everything you need to get growing hydroponically, however, sometimes if you are starting from seed, you may have leggy seedlings. Here are some tips to reduce or prevent your new plants from flopping over. Seed starting is always an exciting time for gardeners. It’s magical to place a…

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Hydroponic Tomatoes

Many of us are familiar with the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Fortunately, by taking advantage of the technology used in hydroponics, we can all enjoy high quality produce year-round. Cherry tomato being grown hydroponically in a Lettuce Ladder System. Growing Hydroponically? Most of the population has a fair idea of the concept behind hydroponics-…

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Hydroponic Lighting Tips

Have you ever thought of Hydroponic Gardening? Basically, Hydroponics is about growing vegetables without soil. Instead of soil, hydroponics uses a water based nutrient solution and a planting medium to get vegetables to grow. And one of the easiest ways to grow vegetables is vertically. The Lettuce Ladder is a personal, self-contained growing system that…

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