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We’ve been talking about coco coir, which is one of the most popular growing media in hydroponics. If you’ve read Part One and Part Two of this series, you’ve discovered what coir is, how it is processed, that it offloads potassium and locks up calcium and magnesium and is a more neutral (alkaline) medium than peat. Now let’s go on to other important topics regarding hydroponics coir.

In the previous article in this series on hydroponics coco coir, we talked about how coir is made, and discussed details of how coir is used in hydroponics. Unfortunately, there are few controls or regulations that ensure the quality and performance of hydroponics coco coir. This is a matter of concern for you.

Monkeys are very smart, and they are our close relatives. As you know, they love coconuts. Is it possible that monkeys long ago discovered that coconuts can be used as root zone media in hydroponics? I guess we will have to wait until the monkey experts do more research on that question, but one thing is for sure: coco coir made from coconuts is among the top three soilless root zone media, with rockwool as number one.

I love growing outdoors but I live in a place where temperatures and humidity from May through October are too extreme for high-value hydroponics plants. And yeah, I was one of those growers who doubted that conditions could get too hot for my plants…until I saw twisted, brown leaves and zero growth from “tropical” strains growing outdoors in July. Later on, these same plants produced light, airy buds, and not much weight, because of excess heat.

In the previous outdoor growing article in this series, we talked about site security and plant security. You found out how to use security cameras, fences, predator repellent, sprays, foggers and other tactics so you protect your valuable outdoor plants.

Outdoor growing offers you many benefits, including the blazing sun, oceans of CO2-laden fresh air, cost savings, and the potential for your plants to grow as big as trees! But you also have to fight outdoor pests and predators that want to harm your plants. So read this article and its follow-up articles so you get the most from the great outdoors this year and every year.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the mother’s milk for your hydroponics plants…even though CO2 can kill you, your plants crave it for photosynthesis that keeps all their life processes going. If you’re doing everything else right in your hydroponics room but you aren’t adding CO2, you’re missing out on an easy way to boost your growth rate and yields.

Large, succulent and bushy…that’s what turns hydroponics growers on more and more lately. In the ebb and flow of what’s popular with growers who want to keep plant numbers down, less is more. Bigger is better.

Have you ever wondered how hydroponics nutrients first came into existence? It’s not just a question of history, it’s very relevant for you today in your hydroponics grow room, and here’s why:

In Part 1 of The Hydroponics of Health Care and Doctors, we talked about how you can go about finding the right doctor, and the importance of educating yourself on you ailments before you visit a medical professional. As hydroponics growers, we’re careful to cultivate healthy and fruitful plants. It’s important to take the same approach to cultivating your own well-being. With that in mind, here are some tips on what to do when you’re ready to head to the doctor’s office:

One of the most interesting questions I’m asked is what does Rosebud Magazine’s “Cultivate You” motto mean. Simply put, it embraces a hydroponics approach to growing yourself as a spiritual, intellectual and physical person…

Hydroponics indoor growers try hard to get the largest and most valuable harvests, and you know how it feels to wonder if there are things you could be doing, or should not be doing, so that you can get maximum yield. Here are some of the easiest and most important ways to improve your hydroponics plants’ health so you get more of what you want…

One of the biggest costs of your hydroponics indoor garden is electricity, air conditioning and hydroponics lighting equipment. Now here comes some great ways to get more hydroponics light with lower electricity costs.

Your hydroponics plants experience stress just like we all do, and some of it is good for them: Air movement forces plants to channel energy into strengthening their stems. Thirst and hunger force plants to dig deeper for hydroponics nutrients, which translates into more and stronger roots. Low-stress training (LST) manipulates your hydroponics plants using bending and other techniques that shape plants to create maximum yield.

Most of us hydroponics growers have one major goal: increase maximum yield and efficiency so we see the largest and most valuable hydroponics harvests possible. Here are some surefire ways to make your bigger yields dreams come true…

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