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Enter to win a Phantom II ballast

Enter To Win A Phantom II Ballast! Enter to win a Phantom II Ballast when you sign up for The Blog at Hydrofarm. The blog is full of useful information about growing tip and tricks, the latest Hydrofarm news and what's going on in the world of gardening. It's a must read. The brand new Phantom II ballast is the latest offering from Hydrofarm and comes well-equipped with all sorts of cutting-edge technology including a 32 Mhz, fully-integrated microprocessor with multiple alert codes ...

Terrariums and the Polar Vortex

Polar vortex is a term that most of us had never heard until this winter. I live in the Midwest, and at this point, we’re sick of hearing about it! The swirling snow and cutting wind are brutal, and every aspect of our lives has to be adjusted to deal with the intense cold. Indoor plants are no exception, and my way of handling them during the freezing winter months is to scale down my operation. I’m thinking small. Terrariums are a great way to add plant life to your indoor environment on a ...

Eight Things You Can Do To Help Your House Plants Survive The Winter

By Jennifer Ruisch We all know that seasonal changes affect plants outside, but did you realize that your indoor exotic plants can get the winter blues, too? From temperature to humidity to photoperiod, your indoor environment fluctuates, and the effects can be downright shriveling! Since nobody likes shriveling, here we go: Use this checklist to troubleshoot your floundering ficus; it might perk up your poor pothos, or explain that old browning begonia. If you can keep your plants ...

Got cold feet?

With a local temperature of −18°F, Hydrofarm's Jason Trubey found that his customers at Midwest Hydro in Minnesota have discovered a new and creative use for a Hydrofarm Heat Mat. Store managers Darrin and Darrin, their feet and their new anti-frostbite system:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

On this last day of 2013, we want to wish everyone a Happy Hydrofarm New Year! We're looking forward to a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2014.  As many are thinking about taking their holiday lights down,  the new LED lights in the warehouse at our Petaluma headquarters will continue to illuminate. The 152 fixture LED system was installed earlier this year, and has resulted in an energy reduction of a whopping 90% while doubling the level of light! The reduced CO2 levels will save the ...

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." Steve Martin

This time of year, it’s easy to catch a case of the SADs. Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a common mental condition, and in its classic form, is thought to be caused by shortened days and fewer hours of sunshine. Indoor gardeners rejoice, though. Those grow lights that you thoughtfully provide for your plants all year round can do you and your wintertime grumpiness a world of good, since light therapy is considered to be #1 on the charts for treating the wintertime blahs. The ...

Mad About Saffron!

Growing Saffron Hydroponically, by Peyam Barghassa Being of Iranian background, I use saffron in practically every dish; let’s just say we are addicted to the stuff. So the thought of growing my own saffron,  a spice that costs more by weight than gold, exhilarated me! I was inspired to embark on this journey by reading an article in Maximum Yield, entitled “Strands of Gold—Growing Saffron,” written by Dr. Lynette Morgan. The article explained  that there is no one way to grow ...

Xtrasun Variable Watt

Our new Variable Watt E-ballasts are really taking off. They are available in both 600W and 1000W versions. Learn More> Control & Versatility Power a multitude of different wattage lamps on the same ballast. Variable Watt Optimum performance for each lamp. Dual Receptacle Works with all common reflectors. Five-mode Adjustable Output 400W, 600W, 750W, 1000W, and 1000W Boost • Completely silent • Internal resin coating protects against dust and moisture • Internal RF ...

Travis Miles wins the Maximum Yield 2013 Wholesale Sales Rep of the Year award

Congrats to Hydrofarm’s Travis Miles, winner of Maximum Yield’s 2013 Wholesale Sales Rep of the Year award! Travis joined Hydrofarm in 2006 and is Territory Manager, Northeast.

DO IT YOURSELF NFT (Nutrient film technique) SYSTEM

Nutrient film technique (NFT) is a hydroponic technique wherein a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is recirculated past the bare roots of plants in a watertight gully, also known as a channel. In an ideal system, the depth of the recirculating stream should be very shallow, little more than a film of water, hence the name ‘nutrient film’. This ensures that the thick root mat, which develops in the bottom of the channel, has an ...

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