Thicker Stems – Techniques for Hydroponics

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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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2 Responses to Thicker Stems – Techniques for Hydroponics

  1. Saundra February 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    If you reduce the difference between your night and daytime temperatures that also promotes thicker stem development.

  2. Trial July 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Damn, that sound’s so easy if you think about it.

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