Every hydroponics grower wants bigger plants in their grow room. The bigger your plants, the bigger your yield, and the more you can enjoy your hydroponics garden.
Unfortunately, too many growers do lots of little things that can sabotage just how big their plants get. Plants grown hydroponically can grow large, and in fact can grow much larger that they could in soil. But only if the proper measures are taken.
If you want to ensure that you enjoy bigger plants in your garden, do not make these simple mistakes that can hurt your progress severely.
Not Trimming Weak Branches – Not every method of getting bigger plants has to be high tech. In fact, one of the most important things that you can do is make liberal use of your pruning shears. If you notice any branches that are sickly or otherwise under-performing, make sure to lop them off.
Any branch that is on your plant but does not provide any real benefit is just sucking up nutrients uselessly. By making your plants very “clean” and free from these kinds of parasitic branches, you can help concentrate your nutrients where they are bound to do the most good.
Ignoring Room Temperature – It can unfortunately be very easy to ignore the temperature of your grow room, especially if you are a hobby grower. But if you are not getting the bigger plants that you were hoping for, this can be a major culprit. Sometimes, even when people think that they know what the average temperature of their grow room is, they really do not.
This is because they only check their grow room during the day, such as in the morning of when they get home from work. But really, their grow room probably gets its chilliest in the middle of the night. Be sure to check the temperature during this time at least once to ensure that it does not get too cold.
Using PK 13/14 – This product is very popular with hydroponics growers, but it is unfortunately not as effective as what was once thought. In fact, it is now known that this ratio of phosphorus to potassium is actually based upon old, out of date research. More up to date studies and reports indicate that hydroponically grown plants actually benefit from a 2 to 1 ratio of these nutrients, such as what you can get with a PK 9/18 product.
This ratio of nutrients can be a huge boon for your plants growth, especially during the late vegetative and flowering stage. A healthy shot of potassium means a bigger plant, and in turn a bigger yield.
Ignoring Sanitation – Things as basic as regularly cleaning out your water pump can have an extraordinary effect on your plants. If your water pumps get clogged up with too many salts from the nutrients, it can cause your plants to get less moisture and nutrients than you intended. Checking on this regularly, before it gets totally clogged, can help give you bigger plants.