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If you've decided to try hydroponics gardening to grow plants indoors, you may be uncertain exactly how to begin, but don't worry, you're not alone. Many of the questions that we get at our grow shop are from new gardeners who need a little help getting started. To help get your vegetable or herb garden underway, just follow these simple steps.

1. Make sure you have all of the essential components for your hydroponics environment. You'll need grow lights and a ballast, a grow room or grow box and a hydroponics system with water filters.

2. Decide what you're going to grow! If you're not sure what to place in your hydro grow environment, check out our earlier blog post on selecting vegetables and plants for hydroponic gardening. You'll also need to decide if you intend to buy starter plants or germinate seeds. If you're going to start with seeds, continue on. For plants, skip to step 11.

3. To get your seeds started, add 1 quart of water to a large container. Be careful not to make it too hot or too cold.

4. Check the pH level of the water with a tester. You want the pH to between 5.5 and 6.5. You can use water treatment products to alter the pH, but a simple, organic way is to add drops of lemon juice gradually. If you end up with a pH below 5, add a little more water in until you're in the perfect range.

5. Soak rock wool cubes in the water for at least 1 hour. Make sure that you wear protection over your face like a surgical mask to protect your lungs from the small fibers in the cubes.

6. Shake the cubes off when you take them out of the water. Wringing them will damage them.

7. Place the seeds inside the cubes. Typically, you should put just one or two seeds for vegetables in each cube. For an herb garden, 7 to 8 seeds can be placed in each cube.

8. Use a plastic planter tray to hold the cubes. Cover with a lid and let them stay in an environment that is 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use plant lights.

9. Each day check on your seeds and give them a spritz with water.

10. Once your plants are at least 2 inches tall and have at least 3 leaves, they are ready for transplanting.

11. Set up your grow room or grow box with your growing lights, the nutrients delivery system and the other components. Follow the instructions provided with your growing environment.

12. Place your seedlings or plants in perlite in growing pots.

13. Fill the hydroponics system with the liquid for nutrition, according to the directions.

14.Congratulate yourself! You're on your way to organic, hydro gardening indoors!

You can purchase many of the growing supplies that you need for your hydroponics herb garden or vegetable garden right here at the iHidroUSA grow shop.

0 Comments | Posted in News Hydroponics Details Indoor Gardening By Charles R. Sword

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Gardening outdoors isn’t your only option. You can use plants indoors, whether it’s in your bedroom, bathroom or living room for your guests to see. The problem with indoor gardening is they need extra care and attention. They don’t get the natural light or water your outdoor plants get on a daily basis. Here are some tips on growing beautiful plants inside your home.

Watch Out for the Lifespan

Plants don’t live forever—they’re organic material just like humans. Instead of trying to revive a dying plant that’s been in your home for years, consider getting a new one. You can put the dying one to some use by adding it to your compost heap for your outdoor plants. Some plants, like chrysanthemums, will only flower once.

Get Right Type of Soil

You need soil that is specific for the type of plant you are growing. This allows the plants to get the right nourishment and plant roots to be able to grow well. If you are in doubt, you could check with your local garden store for soil types for different plants. It will also depend on the state of growing. Seedlings need light mixtures that retain moisture while older plants can deal with heavier soil.

Try to Follow the Outdoor Climates

This can be hard indoors but plants need a certain temperature during the day and night. They can cope with the sudden drops and thrive when they get this, but it isn’t always possible in a home. The plants also need resting periods, especially those that flower during the summer. In the autumn and winter periods, you need to cut back on the fertilising and watering. This gives the plants a similar experience to the outdoors.

Offer Good Humidity Levels

50% humidity is the optimum level for the majority of plants but 30%-40% is acceptable. Try to keep the area for your plants at this level. This is why the bathroom is often a great option for plants—the humidity from the shower or bath can really help a plant to thrive. When out of the bathroom, invest in a humidifier to help grow beautiful indoor plants.

Try to create a natural environment for your indoor plants. This is the best way to make them look beautiful and as they would if they were in your garden.

2 Comments | Posted in Indoor Gardening By Florence B. Harrell

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