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Hydrofarm Announces Exclusive Partnership with SANANBIO to Launch PHOTOBIO LED Product Line

PHOTOBIO fixtures incorporate both UV and far-red light to elicit specific photomorphogenic responses in crops and flowers. The PHOTOBIO•T Duo's 3-position articulating design allows LED bars to be angled outward to independently adjust coverage and intensity. The PHOTOBIO•T is an LED ...

10 Useful New Year's Resolutions For Growers (with video)

By Hydrofarm's Casey Jones Fraser It's nearly the end of January. Did you make any resolutions? Have you broken them already? Those of us who make New Year's resolutions can find it really tough to maintain them. You can read a little bit about why that might be here. But if bigger yields and healthier plants are the inspiration you need to help stick with the program, here's a list of ideas to make the most of your garden: Dedication! 1. Dedicate an area of the garden for experimenting ...

Five Great Gift Ideas For The Gardener In Your Life

If you’re the kind of person who might dread the holidays just a little bit because finding the right gifts seems impossible, here are a few ideas: The Salad Box hydroponic garden makes a great gift for anyone who eats. You want to give a gift that will be a constant reminder of your thoughtfulness and generosity? Every time your giftee picks some fresh lettuce or herbs that they’ve grown in this cool little unit, they’ll think of you with love and endless admiration for your genius ...

Some Hydro History: What is Hydroponics and Who Started It All?

Let's start with the always entertaining and informative Farmer Tyler to add some intel on the subject:    “Last week a new science was given a new name. Hydroponics, by its foremost U. S. practitioner, Dr. William Frederick Gericke of the University of California.” Time Magazine, March 1, 1937 Time wasn’t entirely accurate in their reporting. The roots of hydroponics actually reach back long before 1937, so it was not ...

pH Balance and Plants in Hydroponics

By Hydrofarm's Kelley Ryan       There's a lot of talk about pH and your garden. Your local hydro store offers an array of test kits  and gear to measure, adjust and control the pH of our reservoirs. But what is pH? In the simplest terms, pH is how acidic or alkaline the water in your reservoir is. It is measured on a scale of 1-14, 1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. pH is important to your plants' ability to uptake the nutrients essential to health ...

SPIDER MITES: Are They Haunting Your Garden?

By Hydrofarm's Kelley Ryan It's Not That They Mite, They Will! Spider mites can and will have a devastating effect on your garden. They can show up in both indoor and outdoor gardens, but in my opinion, having an infestation indoors is the worst. If you are new to gardening, you could find it hard to spot the telltale signs of early spider mite damage. Often, a beginner gardener will only see the signs once it is too late, when the spider mite webs are prevalent in the ...

A Succulent Garden in a Pot

Mary Goebel’s Aardvark Plant Leasing has been caring for indoor plants at business offices in Marin and Sonoma Counties for 33 years. Mary came up with a great project using an Air-Pot. In her own words, Mary explains: When I first saw this odd-looking plastic container full of holes at Hydrofarm's HQ in Petaluma, I didn’t know what it was, but I had an instant mental picture of what it could look like filled with succulents. I found out that it’s a SuperRoots Air-Pot, made from recycled ...

CONTROLLER CHAOS: Avoid the Confusion

I’m about to lose control and I think I like it. By Hydrofarm's Kelley Ryan Hands free gardening? Could it be true? What’s up with all of these controllers on the market? Can I buy one of those Master Greenhouse controllers, walk away and things will take care of themselves? Can I set up my garden, take a two-week vacation, and come back to find everything flourishing? The answer, unfortunately, is no. I have always been planted firmly in the “an involved gardener is a successful ...

A Pallet-able Earth Day

Looking for a creative and useful project in recognition of Earth Day? Building a planter box from a discarded wooden pallet is a great way to re-use the wood, add beauty to your yard, deck or balcony, and create a daily reminder to treat our planet with love and respect. You can grow fresh herbs right outside your kitchen door, heirloom tomatoes or strawberries in the summertime; even garlic, onions and potatoes can make attractive and useful container plants. The multi-colored flowers ...

Cloning your mother. No, really.

Hydrofarm's Kelley Ryan shares with us how best to play The Game of Clones. And win. I’m sure you’ve heard experienced growers refer to their “mother plants.” This term relates to cloning (making cuttings), and you might be interested in the whys and hows of it all. Mother WHAT? A mother plant is a plant grown for the purpose of propagation—the taking of cuttings in order to grow genetically identical “copies” (clones) of the same plant. So, let’s say you have the healthiest of ...

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