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We’ve been discussing hydroponics systems and there are plenty more details to discuss before we’re all fully briefed on hydroponics systems, but because I have gotten so many questions about using hydroponics coco coir, I will take a brief excursion into coconutville.

For several weeks we’ve been discussing hydroponics systems and learning huge amounts of hydroponics wisdom together. Last time I started to tell you why the ability of rockwool, coco coir, Pro-Mix and other solid root zone media is a big factor in how and why people choose their hydroponics systems.

In our previous excursions into hydroponicsville, we’ve been looking at hydroponics systems such as aeroponics, drip irrigation, NFT, etc. Why so? Because there are so darned many types, and it’s hard to find a hydroponics store that has all the systems set up and running so you can eyeball them in person. That’s why we’ve been talking about them and will continue to until you have all the data you need to grow easy and grow big!

Greetings hydroponics growers and welcome back to yet another in our fascinating and useful series on hydroponics systems. This is episode number five, and this series will go on as long as we need it to so that you get your biggest yields using the hydroponics system that works best for you.

The nights are getting longer and the temperatures are getting colder. That’s why we’re taking a brief interlude away from my series on hydroponics gardening systems to help our brothers and sisters who are gardening in the great outdoors.

In our last episode, we talked about how both open and closed water-nutrients systems must be carefully managed to ensure that harmful pathogens, algae and other plagues stay out of your hydroponics nutrients water, reservoirs and root zone. Your interventions include properly aerating, filtering, temperature-controlling and cleansing your hydroponics nutrients water.

In our previous discussions on hydroponics systems, we noted that systems can be categorized based on what happens to the hydroponics nutrients water after it has been first applied to the hydroponics root zone. In some circumstances, the nutrients water enters the root zone, leaves the root zone and is then discarded. This is an “open” system. In other circumstances, nutrients water enters the root zone, leaves the root zone, and is recaptured. This is a “closed” system.

In our previous article in this series, we noted that hydroponics growing is superior to soil growing and that there are many types of hydroponics systems. We introduced a major division in categories of hydroponics systems - systems that use solid root zone media such as rockwool versus systems that use no root zone media. The example we used is a system that has rockwool in the root zone compared to an aeroponics system that has no solid media.

Hydroponics is the word we use for the gardening we do, but literally speaking, it isn’t an accurate word for our type of growing. The word hydroponics literally means “water working,” and was coined in the early 1900’s to describe systems in which plants grew with their roots dangling in water laced with chemical hydroponics nutrients.

The best way to max the yield and quality potential of your hydroponics plants is to pour on as much hydroponics nutrients as they can handle without burning, right?

Have you ever experienced hydroponics retail hell? It’s a hydroponics store that doesn’t have the equipment you wanted, even though you called ahead to make sure the equipment was there, and they said it was. Or the people who work at the store don’t know enough about hydroponics gardening to help you get the best hydroponics nutrients and equipment.

A young hydroponics grower wrote me saying his generation isn’t into reading. He wants me to put more videos in my articles. I wrote him back saying I would look for the maximum yield hydroponics videos and embed them here on RosebudMag.com.

Wouldn’t it be great if everything in life was simple? Especially hydroponics growing. If growing was simple, we could just plug and play and watch our hydroponics plants grow on autopilot.

When comedian/activist/actor Joe Rogan said on his recent podcast (Joe Rogan Experience, #132) that dedicated gardeners personally bond with their plants, he and his podcast posse were hilariously funny, and accurate, about the wild and crazy world of hydroponics gardening.

Rogan really nailed it when it comes to how we look at our hydroponics plants in much the same way people look at their pets, or even their children. Consider the parallels between raising children and growing high-value hydroponics plants...

I’ve grown with almost every root zone system in the universe, including in the ground out in the woods, in aeroponics, rockwool, ebb and flow and NFT indoors, and in pots. I have to say that one of the things I hate is hydroponics pots, the plastic or clay kind, and here’s why:

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