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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 In fact, it is now known that this ratio of phosphorus to potassium is actually based upon old, out of date research.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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2 Responses to Bigger Plants – Mistakes that Sabotage Your Hydroponics Plants Growth

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    phil July 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    none of the information is useful unless complete….like room temp, you claim ALOT of growers ignore this yet dont know what an average room temp should be…do you know? I ask cause you say this and that but dont add in the required information……if you are trying to get money for an answer ANYONE can EMAIL me and I will help them along with there grows if they need help…..ya wanna mke money, grow a good product and you wont have to nickle and dime everyone that may NEED to grow meds for themselves……for a non profit type new biz there are ALOT of peeps making cash hand over fist, and these people will WRECK this new outlook on medical maryjane

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    shaun October 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm #


    First off, Phil, whenever someone whines about money as you do I can only wonder why? I mean we live in a market based economy which means if you want something, you pay for it. If you cannot afford it and need it for health, there are more than enough people around that give away bud and trim, if you are truly indigent. Otherwise, my ass wants to be paid for my knowledge and the time spent learning it, which for me involved going back to college at 40. My second bitch, Phil, is how I get sick and tired of people attacking Big Mike and Advanced Nutrients company when they are the only company that knows nutrient science. Botanicare, General Hydro, House and Garden, Old Age….etc. are not even in the same league as AN. Advanced Nutrients is a bit expensive but, if you are not too slow and can follow directions it will pay for itself.

    I personally have paid my dues with five years of nothing but 14 hour days. 6 hours of school and 8 hours of running a grow show for a dispensary. I am very good at what I do and I do make people pay for my advice and time. Commercial gardening is difficult enough, but when you throw in the enormous variables associated with growing a medicine you have no idea the difficulties that can arise and how there are no secret “average temperatures”. It’s a whole lot of hard learned little secrets that add up to growing meds that you can be proud of.

    So the point, which I thought the writer put across very plainly, is that there is not average temp….or an average humidity, an average nutrient solution temp, soil temp. It’s a no brainer if you have ever grown.

    When you get to the expert level you even start recording and adjusting little things like a thing called a Vapor Pressure Deficit which affects stoma opening/closing. I mean you convey your limited knowledge by even thinking there is an average temperature so I don’t get why someone that’s obviously grow challenged would bitch about an article that is very clear and concise.

    To quote you: “none of the information is useful unless complete….like room temp…..” blah blah. You claim the writer contributes nothing intelligible, damn man read your own writing.

    Did it occur to you that you were not understanding the writer’s intent? Which was to convey the fact that environment is a major factor with many variances during the day and night. Are you running CO2? Temps need to be higher just like nutrients. Soil grows inside with saucers on concrete are going to want to monitor soil temperature as microbial action is affected and soild temperature effects cannabigerol production. Cannabigerol has been found to act as a high affinity α2-adrenergic receptor agonist, a moderate affinity 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, and low affinity CB1 receptor antagonist. It also binds to the CB2 receptor, but whether it acts as an agonist or antagonist at this site is unknown. I include this not to tech this response out but what all that means is that cannabigerol is a high affinity a2adrenergic agonist which results in sedation without opiates, and many other effects especially exciting is recent research that show the substance also facilitates enhance cognitive functions associated with the prefrontal cortex (PFC; working memory, attention, executive functioning, etc.)[

    Gene–environment interaction (or genotype–environment interaction or G×E) is the phenotypic effect of interactions between genes and the environment. Gene–environment interaction is exploited by plant and animal breeders to benefit agriculture.

    As to a more important effect from the environmental affect, a six year study was done on different hemp cultivars and I will let you use your immense analytical skills to see for yourself how even soil temperature can increase or decrease Cannabigerol.

    Here’s the link: http://www.doiserbia.nb.rs/img/doi/0534-0012/2011/0534-00121103449S.pdf

    I really don’t care about your response but I do wish you would show a little respect for a man that knows more about growing and is trying to share some of it with others in a way that beginners and even professionals can benefit.

    All you have done is whine and piss my dog off. He likes Big Mike’s videos.

    Shaun Clark.

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