We already know that growing indoors comes with great advantages. Lighting, water system, and air flow is what it takes to create the best environment for your plants.
There are several things that a grower like myself has always in mind when it comes to hydroponic systems; plants need the best light, an outstanding pH-balanced water, and the highest quality nutrients I can find to grow and flower. The better you take care of your plants, the more they will reward you with great and beautiful yields.
Believe it or not, there are some tips and recommendations that if followed correctly, they will grant you with extraordinary results. I am going to mention some of them:
- Hydroponic fertilizer should be used for general purposes in the vegetative stage. When flowering starts, you have to switch to a blooming nutrient mix with low nitrogen like Complete Hydroponic, General Hydroponics, or Botanicare to name a few. Start using good nutrients when the buds start forming. While potassium increases, the weight of buds and phosphorus increases the number of flowers.
It will work as expected and you would be able to see the change right away:
Remember! Too much nitrogen will decrease the bud development as well as add a strange taste. So, whenever you start flowering, you have to decrease the amount of nutrients with high concentrations of Nitrogen.
- Secondary nutrients like sulfur, calcium, magnesium, trace minerals or micro nutrients must be added. When growing hydroponics make sure to add those since they are normally provided by the soil.
If you are growing in soil, and you are looking for a stunning production of tasteful, aromatic, and highly potent buds, use these soil amendments. These nutrients are rich, harmless, and very effective.
- You have to be careful with the premise “More is better.” Every time you start out a new hydroponic nutrient, try with a little bit less of the recommended dosage. Just to make sure nutrients are tuned with the company’s feed chart and other recommendations.
PPM (parts per million) is a term you have to be familiar with. PPM describes the concentration of minerals and nutrients in your water. So, get a PPM meter and make sure to keep your PPM level between 1000 and 2800
- Going hydroponic and setting up the right system for water and nutrients is what differentiates the novice from the master. A hydroponic grow system is the key to obtain a neat and professional harvest.
- The vegging stage starts once the plants have developed enough root structure to take in water. Give your plants 5 to 10 days of transition. Slowly start increasing lighting and air flow.
- In the vegetative stage, you will want about 18 hours of light for your plants. Use full spectrum lights like Green Gear. More Light equals Faster Growth. Keep the humidity at 45% to 65% with temperatures between 72 and 85 degrees. Keep fresh air moving within your room using your exhaust and oscillating fan. You will want to use a nutrient solution with high nitrogen and potassium and medium to high phosphorus.
- Give your plants some time for a strong vegetative phase. Grow it up to 18’’ inches tall, with at least 3 to 6 leaf branches, before switching to flowering phase. this will work with tomatoes, cannabis, and other of the same nature. The factor that will limit or help your plant’s growth is totally related to light. Don’t let them search for light while sitting in a dark. Also, don’t let your plants get burnt by the lamps if they’re too tall.
There are so much to learn about growing the perfect buds. These are some of the 101 things that every grower must know. You are very welcome to add some of your tips and recommendations as well and help others to achieve a very successful harvest.