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A Review Of Technaflora Rootech Cloning Gel

A Hydroponics Review of Rootech Cloning Gel

There are many reasons to use clones in your hydroponic garden. With time and the right condition, plants can start roots without additives, but using cloning gel increases your success rate and reduces the time until roots start to show.

There are many different types of rooting hormone on the market; here’s our Technaflora Rootech cloning[...]

How To Harvest Basil To Increase Yields

Many people wait to harvest their basil plants until they are large. Waiting to harvest will give you more at one time, but harvesting early and often increases growth and allows your plant to produce much more overall.

When Should Basil Be Harvested?

Basil can be harvested at just about any time. Instead of harvesting a whole basil plant at one time, it’s best to harvest[...]

How To Use Rapid Rooter Plugs To A Clone Plant

In addition to using Rapid Rooter plugs for seed germination, they are also great to use for starting clones. Rapid Rooter plugs provide the great water/ air ratio to promote rooting from the cutting. Rapid Rooter is versatile, they can be transplanted both in hydroponic[...]

How To Transplant A Plant From Dirt To Hydroponics

I am not a patient person, it’s something I’m working on. I don’t always like to wait on germinating seeds and growing seedlings to start my hydroponic garden. To cut down the time I have to wait, I often purchase plans from the garden store then transplant them into my hydroponic system. It’s an easy process that cuts down[...]

How To Use Rapid Rooter Plugs To Germinate Seeds

Rapid Rooter Plugs and Tray

I’ve tried several different methods of germinating seeds for my hydroponic gardens. My preferred method is using rapid rooter plugs made by General Hydroponics. They are easy to use, have a great germination success rate and can be used in all of my different types of systems.

What Are Rapid Rooter Plugs Made Of?

Rapid Rooter cubes are derived from composted materials. I’ve[...]

How To Use A Seedling Heat Mat For Germination & Cloning

Warmth is a requirement when it comes to germinating seeds. When gardening indoors or out of season, it is often outside of the desired temperature range needed to start the germination process. Using a seedling heat mat, you can replicate the warming of spring that sends seeds popping to the sky.

What Is A Seedling Heat Mat?

A seedling heat mat is an electric mat that is[...]

Cut And Come Again Hydroponic Lettuce Harvesting

Cut And Come Again Hydroponic Lettuce Harvesting

When it comes to harvesting lettuce, there are a few different methods you can use. One of the more popular methods of harvesting lettuce for the at home hydroponic gardener is the cut and come again method.

About The Cut And Come Again Method

Instead of harvesting the whole plant, larger leaves of the lettuce are harvested while the smaller leaves are allowed to grow longer. The[...]

3 Basics Of Hydroponic Algae Growth

hydroponic algae growth

Algae growth is actually made up of several different types of plant-like organisms.  Since there are many different types of algae growth, its appearance in your hydroponic system can take a few different forms. Algae may be slimy, bubbly, fury or stringy and may appear as different colors including green, brown, red, and black. Since algae[...]

The Best pH Level For Your Hydroponic Garden

Best ph level for garden

It’s important to measure the pH of your hydroponic garden on a regular basis. Plants are not able to take in nutrients when your nutrient water falls out of a certain pH level. Most plants prefer a pH level that is slightly acidic, around 5.0 to 6.5. To get the most out of your plants its best to tailor the pH to the plant your growing.

Recommended Ph Level By Plant

Fruit Crop pH Vegetable Crop pH
Apple 5.0-6.5 Asparagus 6.0-7.0
Banana 5.5-6.5 Basil 5.5-6.5
Blackberry 5.5-6.5 Beans 6
Blueberry 4.0-5.0 Broccoli 6.0-6.5
Cantaloupe 6 Cabbage 6.5-7.0
Cherry 6.0-7.5 Carrots 6.3
Grape 6.0-7.5 Cauliflower 6.0-7.0
Mango 5.5-6.5 Celery 6.5
Melon 5.5-6.0 Chives 6.0-7.0
Peach 6.0-7.5 Cucumber 5.5-6.0
Pineapple 5.5-6.0 Eggplant 5.5-6.5
Plum 6.0-7.5 Fodder 6
Raspberries 5.8-6.5 Garlic 6
Strawberries 5.5-6.5 Kale 6.0-7.5
Watermelon 5.5-6.0 Lettuce 5.5-6.5
Mint 7.0-8.0
Onions 6.0-6.7
Pea 6.0-7.0
Peppermint 6.0-7.5
Peppers 5.5-6.5
Potato 5.0-6.0
Pumpkin 5.5-7.5
Spinach 5.5-6.6
Squash 5.0-6.5
Tomato 5.5-6.5
Zucchini  6.0

If[...]

How To Clone A Plant Using Hydroponics

Have you ever wished you could replicate that one perfect plant in your garden? Then you need to know how to clone a plant.  A plant clone is a shoot that is cut off a plant that is then used to grow a new plant. The plant clone grows with the exact same characteristics of the mother plant, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

I wanted[...]