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Reverse Osmosis Water and pH Monitoring Tips

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“Don’t fill-up on junk food because we’re having dinner soon.”

This is one of those multi-cultural and multi-generational expressions we’ve all heard at some stage in our lives. If I could interpret this age old wisdom into solid advice for my hydroponic plants, the translation would be: use pure reverse osmosis water in your reservoir – give your plants the best chance to take-in a rich and balanced plant nutrient, without filling up on contaminants from ordinary tap water.

Reverse Osmosis Water – A Pure Water Source is the Foundation of every Plant Nutrition Program

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Assuming you are a serious indoor grower who is investing thousands of dollars every year into your favorite plant nutrition program it is likely you are determined to make sure that those nutrients and additives are delivered in a way that is most effectively absorbed by your plants. No doubt you are also aware that pure water is the most important part of your formula – this fact is consistently illustrated by the fact that all nutrient feed charts begin with a 0 ppm (parts per million) water source. In order to ensure the highest levels of purity, companies such as HydroLogic Purification systems from Santa Cruz, CA manufacture top-caliber reverse osmosis water purification systems for indoor gardening. Their hand-built EvolutionRO 1000 System can process between 700 – 1500 GPD (Gallons Per day).

Water Control of the Hydroponic Plant Nutrient Solution – Monitor pH, PPMs and Temperature

Knowing that “you get out of it, what you put into it”, isn’t enough in indoor gardening. Assuming the plant nutrient formula is precisely balanced with a perfect mix of macro (NPKs) and micro nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and naturally occurring plant hormones, the challenge is to make all this available to your plants in the most consistently effective way. After implementing a suitable reverse osmosis water purification system for your plant nutrient solution, one of your main obstacles on the road to harvesting glory is water control: pH, conductivity and temperature.

You can give your plants the greatest plant nutrient in the world, but if the conductivity of the nutrient formula is wrong, plants will die. You can give your plants the ultimate balance of nutrition and root-zone aeration, but if the pH is wrong, plants will die. You can set up the most sophisticated hydroponic nutrient delivery system on the planet, but if the temperature is wrong, plants will die. If this is beginning to sound a bit repetitive, that is the point – plants will die.

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It is clear that monitoring pH, conductivity and temperature of the nutrient solution and growing media are essential in order react if levels elevate or drop into danger zones. Bearing in mind the warnings above, it is essential to purchase reliable pH, TDS and temperature monitors and check solutions and media very regularly. In terms of reliability, Bluelab’s Truncheon has become the industry standard in measuring the strength of the plant nutrient solution. (Conductivity) For pH, Bluelab also has a highly reliable pH Meter with replaceable probe. If you prefer the two in one, Bluelab also has a Combo Meter. To cover all your bases, Bluelab’s Guardian monitors pH, PPM and temperature in one unit with three probes.

In a nut shell – With RO water and tight water control, your indoor garden is well on its way to thrive!

-Web Hydroponics

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Best Hydroponic Grow Room Tips for Increasing Yield

Hydroponic growers know that to produce a bigger yield it is important to make sure plant nutrients and health are well taken into consideration. Producing bigger and better quality crops with shorter harvesting cycles can be challenging, but, with the best hydroponic tips at your disposal, any grower can achieve increased yields for improved harvests. Hopefully these grow room tips helps you become a better grower or if you already know all this stuff, it helps reinforce that you’re doing things the right way!

Hydroponic Gardening Tips #1
Keep A Growers Journal

To improve your chances of successful crop, it can be beneficial to write in a grower’s journal. When you apply changes or try new plant nutrients to a weak or unhealthy crop it is important to record the results to make sure they are not re-used if unsuccessful. This journal can also be used to track any changes of watering, nutrients, lights, pH levels, and plant health on a day to day basis. Using this as a guide, a grower may be able to pin-point certain methods that may increase plant health and in-corporate these into their hydroponic gardening system.

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Keeping Water Levels in Check

Water is another deciding factor when it comes to plant growth. Water is needed to help the plants grow, although if too much water is used a plant’s root system may become susceptible to rotting – causing plant death. To ensure the right amount of water is used, a grower may need to check the plant after watering. A plant that becomes more vibrant in the leaves may require additional watering, while a plant that wilts soon after would require less watering. Plants that are over watered in hydroponic gardening systems tend to not respond as well as others when additional plant nutrients and plant stimulants are given. The healthiest water to give a plant is Reverse Osmosis (RO) water. RO water allows your plants to take in nutrients more efficiently when compared to tap or filtered water.

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Use Your Pruning Shears

To help growers successfully produce a bigger yield it can also be important to prune your plants. Plants that have leaves or stems that are rotting, withered, or useless, tend to use more energy and plant nutrients to try and increase growth to these areas. This wasted energy can cause a decrease in plant health overall, thus causing slow growth. Pruning additional leaves and stems that are dead, weak, or rotting can help to increase and promote healthy growth, resulting in an increase in crop yields.

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Choose the Right Plant Nutrient Program for Hydroponic Gardening

Another hydroponic gardening tip that can help to produce a bigger yield is choosing the right plant nutrients. Conventional garden fertilizer may not include the proper ratio for hydroponic setups. Purchasing a plant nutrient program that is optimized for hydroponic growing can dramatically increase your chances of a bigger yield. These fertilizers can usually be purchased from a reputable hydroponic retailer, and are important to help promote plant growth. Maintaining the correct nutrient strength (EC or PPMs), the correct pH and the correct temperature (65 to 75 degrees) and humidity levels are equally critical in making the most of your high quality hydroponic plant nutrient. It is highly recommended to get a trusted and reliable controller set to monitor all of these variables in your hydroponic grow room.

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Use CO2 Generators Carefully

CO2 generators are amazing tools for boosting plant growth, but, when used by inexperienced growers, the dangers are very real. If in-correctly used crop death and severe fires or explosions can set-back your garden and your own safety as well as the structure of the house. The condition of your hydroponic system could be the least of your worries! When a CO2 generator is in use, it is recommended that a grower should increase plant nutrients and light within the system. Measuring the conditions within your hydroponic system is also advisable. Plants exposed to CO2 levels can usually handle up to 1500 parts per million if conditions are optimized. Before using these generators, it is important to know the risks involved, and have a vast understanding of how they work to minimize plant damage.

-Web Hydroponics

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