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Thicker Stems – Techniques for Hydroponics

One of the most important anatomical features of your plants is the stem. If you have nice, thick, strong stems, it is usually a good indicator that you will enjoy a fairly large yield. On the other hand, if your stems are a little thin or weak, then they just will not be capable to producing larger fruits.

However, if you have suffered with thicker stems in the past, that does not mean that, you have to deal with in it in the future. In fact, there are number of methods that hydroponics users employ to get the kind of hardy, thicker stems that produce massive yields.

Here are some of the most popular ways to get thicker stems on your plants:

Grow Room Fan – If you do not have one already, you should definitely have an oscillating fan in your grow room. It helps circulate the air, helping ensure a much more even distribution of the gasses that that help you plant grow in your grow room.

If you place the fan in the right place, however, it has the secondary benefit of helping to create thicker stems. Your stems will actually react to the gentle stress of being pushed by the fan by growing larger, much like a muscle can get larger through exercise. However, there is really no reason for this fan to be too intense. There is no benefit to have to contend with gale force wind every time you step into your grow room.

Potassium Silicate – One of the most effective hydroponics supplements for getting thicker stems is potassium silicate. This material actually increases cell mass within your plants, resulting in larger, thicker stems.

Another primary advantage of this kind of product is that it actually strengthens your plants against the kinds of diseases and infestations that can cause serious crop losses. By using a potassium silicate product, you are much less likely to walk into your grow room to discover that your plants have been overrun by a harmful pathogen.

Root Booster – If you have long had to deal with insufficient stems, the problem may very well lie in your root zone. Every hydroponic grower knows that all of your nutrient absorption happens at the root level. If your roots do not have the proper amount of mass, or they simply just are not complex enough, they are not going to make optimal use of your nutrient solution.

The most effective root boosters typically contain plant growth promoting bacteria. These are bacteria that are known to work symbiotically with plant roots, increasing root density and actually helping your plants make superior use of various nutrients, most notably nitrogen.

Light Intensity – This is another measure that goes back to basics, but can be tremendously effective for getting thicker stems. Something as simple as taking the time to reposition the lights might generate enough new carbohydrates within the plant to create the thicker stems that create large yields.

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Bigger Plants – Mistakes that Sabotage Your Hydroponics Plants Growth

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.

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