blog

6 MONTH Money-Back Guarantee

10% off $250+, 15% off $1000+

Free Shipping on US Domestic orders $75+

Get Exclusive Gardening Tips
Receive helpful gardening tips to make perfect gardens!
What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
 
by Grow Team
,  
What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
Magnesium is a mineral that is often overlooked, but it is an important element for plant life. Magnesium helps to regulate the uptake of other essential nutrients and aids in photosynthesis.
Continue Reading
White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
 
by Grow Team
,  
White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
Has your plant been having some trouble lately? Are you seeing white spots on the leaves? If so, you may be dealing with a case of powdery mildew. 
Continue Reading
Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
 
by Grow Team
,  
Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
When it comes to plant care, there are a number of different things that you can do to make them thrive. From watering to fertilizing, each plant is unique and requires specific care.
Continue Reading
The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans
The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans
 
by Grow Team
,  
The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans

Raised beds and garden boxes are a favorite among gardeners and for good reason. They offer an inexpensive means to improve the productivity of your backyard, especially if you live in an area with low soil fertility.

Continue Reading
4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
 
by Grow Team
,  
4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)

Plants require proper exposure to sunlight for growth, development, flowering, reproduction, survival, and production. While it is impossible to grow favorite plants and vegetables all year round due to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Continue Reading
Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
 
by Grow Team
,  
Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
Growing plants is something that you try once and absolutely fall in love with. There's just something about bringing a plant home, setting up the perfect environment for it, and watching that plant blossom into its best self.
Continue Reading
The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
 
by Grow Team
,  
The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
Pothos is a popular houseplant, hardy enough for novice gardeners to grow with ease. Discover some of the most beautiful pothos types to grow at home.
Continue Reading
Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
 
by Grow Team
,  
Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
Houseplants and indoor plants need proper care, management, and fertilization for best growth, development, and survival. Unlike other plants, houseplants are completely dependent on fertilization and the right management.
Continue Reading
This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
 
by Grow Team
,  
This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
If you're interested in hydroponic gardens, the ebb and flow system is one of the favorite methods to consider. It's simple and effective, making it popular among both commercial growers and home gardeners.
Continue Reading
Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
Hydroponics has taken the sustainable gardening world by storm. It has grown immensely in popularity in the past ten years and has become a favorite of people from kitchen gardeners to full-scale commercial farmers.
Continue Reading
How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants
How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants
 
by Grow Team
,  
How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants

Why Do Plants Need Fertilizer?

Pretty much like humans, plants require nutrients for proper growth and health. They take nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in the highest quantities. These three nutrients are called macronutrients.

Other than the macronutrients, plants also take in several micronutrients. Though micronutrients are just as important to plant growth as macronutrients, they are required in much smaller quantities. Boron (B), Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), and Iron (Fe) are some important micronutrients. There are others too.

Continue Reading
Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth
Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth
 
by Grow Team
,  
Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth

Why do plants need vitamins and minerals?

Plants require various vitamins and minerals as well as energy derived from sunlight to conduct basic functions. This includes respiration, photosynthesis, cell development, enzyme and hormone production, water, and nutrient absorption/distribution, as well as other things.

Plants also require vitamins and minerals in order to grow. Even with access to sunshine, plants will not thrive unless they are supplied with vitamins and minerals.

Continue Reading
All About LECA
All About LECA
 
by Grow Team
,  
All About LECA

LECA helps you provide the correct amount of water for your plants. The plant's roots will readily absorb the water from the clay balls. The LECA quickly absorbs water and starts to expand.

Each ball holds the water for an extended time, slowly releasing it over time as the plant requires. You don’t have to worry about the plant quickly drying out or becoming overly water-logged when you use clay pellets. 

Continue Reading
How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
Let’s learn how to create the best hydroponic setup to grow your favorite fruits and vegetables. Harvest loads of fresh produce without the hassle of soil and diseases.
Continue Reading
Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar
Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar
 
by Grow Team
,  
Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar

Coconut coir has taken over the gardening world by storm. But the question is, what makes it so great? In this definitive guide, that is the question we will address, let’s dive in.

Continue Reading
What are Hydroponic Towers?
What are Hydroponic Towers?
 
by Grow Team
,  
What are Hydroponic Towers?
A vertical grow tower is a type of hydroponic grow system that uses motorized pumps, coupled with water and nutrient solutions to effectively grow any type of plant. The system is sometimes called ‘residential units.’  Within each slot of the tower are holes that house a single plant. The towers stand in an upright position. They are remarkably compact and portable. You can move them around an apartment with ease and, best of all, they take up extraordinarily little space. 
Continue Reading
Hydroponic Problems and Solutions
Hydroponic Problems and Solutions
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponic Problems and Solutions

Below are a few common hydroponic problems:

Hydroponic System Leaks

Even a new system can develop a leak. The leak might occur in the joints or valves. Also, if the hydroponic system becomes blocked from a root mass, then the water will back up and overflow. Perform checks regularly to ensure that roots are not clogging the drains or outlets. 

If you design your own hydroponic system, then you’ll need to ensure that the reservoir is large enough to hold the water and nutrient solution or it could easily overflow if a power cut or pump failure causes a backup. 

Continue Reading
How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
 
by Grow Team
,  
How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
Did you know that there is a tiny little creature that can make your gardening experience a nightmare? No, we are not talking about spiders or snakes. We're talking about fungus gnats. These small, dark insects are biological pests that can invade your garden and wreak havoc on your plants. They feed off of the decaying organic matter at the bottom of your potting soil. They tend to swarm around your indoor plants and can be a real nuisance. But don't worry, there are ways to get rid of them. In this blog post How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, we'll discuss some of the best tips and tricks that will help you say goodbye to those black flies for good!
Continue Reading
Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces
Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces

Below are just a few tips on hydroponic gardening:

  • Keep your hydroponic water clean and make sure you are using adequate nutrients. 
  • Grow your plants indoors near a south-facing window. Ensure that the plants receive at least six hours of sunlight per day. If you do not have a window that provides sufficient sunlight, then consider using a grow lamp. 
  • Check the water pH. Ideally, it should hover around 5.8 to 6.2.
Continue Reading
The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)
The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)
 
by Yousef Benhamida
,  
The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)

Introduction

Growing plants is one of the healthiest, satisfying, and rewarding hobbies a person could have. Connecting with nature, spending hours in your garden weeding, watering, raking, harvesting, or just looking at the spring blooms is a fulfilling experience only gardeners can relate to. Outdoor gardening isn’t the only way to connect with plants. Gardening is a multi-faceted area, encompassing indoor gardening and hydroponics among others.

Continue Reading
Top Hydroponic Systems
Top Hydroponic Systems
 
by Grow Team
,  
Top Hydroponic Systems

The hydroponic wick system is remarkably basic and simple. In fact, the system has been used for thousands of years to cultivate plants. 

With the wick system, nutrients and water are transported directly to the plant’s root system using a simple wick such as a piece of felt or rope. You suspend the plant’s agave the grow medium. Under the grow medium is a water reservoir filled with nutrients. One end of the wick is placed in the reservoir and the other within the growing media. The wick effectively transports water and nutrients slowly to the plant’s roots via a natural wicking system. 

Known as ‘passive hydroponics,’ a wicking system requires no expensive air or water pumps. It is low cost and easy to maintain.

Continue Reading
Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices
Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices

Hydroponics uses approximately 99 percent less water than traditional farming practices. The water and nutrients are delivered directly to the plant’s root systems and then recycled, unlike soil gardening where the water disappears due to runoff, evaporation. Hydroponics is an effective option in areas experiencing severe drought. 

Continue Reading
Top Benefits of Hydroponics 
Top Benefits of Hydroponics 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Top Benefits of Hydroponics 

One of the best things about hydroponic gardening is that it requires truly little space. You can even create a tiny hydroponic garden in your kitchen for fresh herbs and tasty veggies when you need them the most. 

The main reason why hydroponics requires less space is that the roots do not need to spread out through the soil in search of nutrients and moisture.

Instead, everything the plant needs for growth is delivered directly to the roots either in a constant flow or intermittently. The plant’s roots assume less space so you can garden in a smaller area. 

When you combine hydroponics with vertical stacking methods, the area needed for cultivation is reduced even further. You can easily combine hydroponics with vertical farming technologies which can use 99 percent less land than standard farming.

Continue Reading
Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?
Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?

Farming hydroponically uses water and liquid nutrients to meet the plant’s needs instead of soil. Basically, it does not matter if plants are grown in water or soil, as long as they receive the nutrients they need. 

With hydroponics, a plant’s roots are exposed to water and nutrients either via full submersion or partial submersion. In some situations, the moisture mixture is sprayed directly on the plant’s roots at timed intervals. 

Plants grown hydroponically are grown indoors, usually under grow lights. Vertical farms, which are wonderfully space-saving, are extremely popular for hydroponics. 

Continue Reading
Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System
Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System
 
by Grow Team
,  
Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System

Deep water culture is affordable and can even be built as an easy and rewarding  DIY project. You simply need a container that holds water such as a plastic storage bin or five-gallon bucket.

Think about what you plan on growing when picking the container size. A tomato plant grown hydroponically can be grown in a large five-gallon bucket but if you want to grow several heads of lettuce then you’ll need a wider container to accommodate the plant. 

Fill the container with water and nutrients. 

Continue Reading
Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics
Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics

How does a hydroponic system work?

Hydroponic systems are completely self-contained and remarkably simple. You can enjoy a tabletop hydroponic garden in your kitchen or opt to undertake a huge commercial hydroponic greenhouse project. Either way, all hydroponic systems share the same basics:

Continue Reading
Care of the Norfolk Pine
Care of the Norfolk Pine
 
by Grow Team
,  
Care of the Norfolk Pine

You’ll want to pick a planting location outdoors that is in full sun. The tree prefers moderately moist and porous sandy soil. When planting add peat moss to the soil to help improve its porosity and increase acidity, if needed. Keep the soil moist but not overly waterlogged until the plant establishes itself. 

Light 

As mentioned, the Norfolk pine prefers full sun, but it can withstand dimmer conditions. If you live in a location that suffers from cold winters, then you can keep the Norfolk indoors in a sunny location and then move the potted plant outdoors during the summer months. 

Continue Reading
How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round
How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round

Many people mistakenly believe that poinsettias are only available in red but the plants actually boast a great deal of color bracket variation. The brackets can range from pink to white, orange, or green, with red being the most common hue. 

Growing Poinsettias

One of the things that make poinsettias so appealing is that they are remarkably easy to grow as an indoor houseplant. 

Continue Reading
Winter Garden Protection 
Winter Garden Protection 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Winter Garden Protection 
You might mistakenly believe that you do not have to water plants during the winter because they are dormant. However, there are actually many reasons to continue irrigating, even in the winter months. During the cold, dry winter, evergreens, and shrubs often lose a great deal of water, especially if it’s windy. Plants often need supplement watering at least once per month in the winter to help keep the soil moist.
Continue Reading
How to Grow Amaryllis  
How to Grow Amaryllis  
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Grow Amaryllis  
For many families, growing an amaryllis every day for the holidays is a tradition. Usually, shortly before Thanksgiving, stores will start to sell amaryllis kits and bulbs to grow in time for Christmas. The tropical flowering plant produces large trumpet-like flowers that have become synonymous with the season. The plants are easy to grow and often given as gifts for young and old alike. 
Continue Reading
Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
Plant chrysanthemums in the early spring when all danger of freezing weather has passed. You’ll notice that in the fall months, garden centers offer a wide assortment of dazzling mums in full bloom but when you plant the chrysanthemums so late in the season, you risk the plants not becoming fully established before the cold weather hits. 
Continue Reading
Companion Plant Choices
Companion Plant Choices
 
by Grow Team
,  
Companion Plant Choices
Many people are surprised to learn that certain plants truly complement each other in the garden and actually work together to help one another survive. Many plants form a symbiotic relationship supplying nutrients, shelter, support, and repelling harmful insects so that both plants varieties can better survive and meet the challenges of growth.
Continue Reading
Growing Winter Vegetables 
Growing Winter Vegetables 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Growing Winter Vegetables 
Some vegetables will continue to grow well when the mercury starts to fall, especially in regions where the winters are mild. The sudden shift in temperature seems to bring out the veggies’ delectable flavors so you can enjoy them with your holiday feasts. You simply need to learn which winter vegetables grow best in your region and then start them in time for a winter harvest.
Continue Reading
Planting Fall Bulbs
Planting Fall Bulbs
 
by Grow Team
,  
Planting Fall Bulbs

Tulips, crocus, daffodils, scilla, snowdrops, hyacinths, and grape hyacinths are just a few bulbs that you should plant in the autumn for spring flowers. They are easy to grow and ideal for beginners. 

Planting fall bulbs is a necessity because the bulbs require a cooling period before they bloom in the spring. The wintry weather sparks a unique biochemical reaction in the bulbs that causes them to flower. It is especially important to plant fall bulbs before the ground freezes. 

Continue Reading
Top Tips for October Gardening
Top Tips for October Gardening
 
by Grow Team
,  
Top Tips for October Gardening

If you are lucky enough to live in USDA plant hardiness zone eight, then October is not the end of gardening opportunities but just the beginning. It’s time to consider planting a bevy of veggies for a robust winter harvest. If you have a cold frame, prepare the area for the new seedlings or seeds. 

Known as ‘cold season’ vegetables, the following plants thrive even if the temperature dips to 10-15 degrees F. (-12/-9 C). The cooler temperatures help contribute to the flavor and growth because the heat and humidity of summer have waned. 

Continue Reading
Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 
Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 

Why is Fall a Bad Time to Prune? 

When you prune a tree or shrub, the fresh wounds send a message to the plant to stimulate new growth. However, in the fall you want trees to go dormant and not develop new growth.  New growth on a tree or shrub is delicate and highly susceptible to freezing. The first frost of winter will kill the new growth and traumatize the plant so severely that it might die. 

Any time you prune on a worm day, sap rises upward so help heal the pruning wound. If the temperature drops to freezing, then the sap will freeze and damage the cells of the plant severe.

Continue Reading
The Basics of Worm Composting 
The Basics of Worm Composting 
 
by Grow Team
,  
The Basics of Worm Composting 

Worms naturally break down organic materials and return them to the oil. However, you can have a worm bin in your backyard, patio, or kitchen to regularly harvest the compost. The worm bin mimics the natural environment. You can purchase vermiculture bins online and from a variety of garden supply storms. The bins come in various sizes and shapes. 

A five-to-10-gallon worm box is ideal for most households. The box is devices so that it is rather shallow because the worms prefer dwelling in the top layers (only about six inches deep). Worm bins are made from glass, plastic, or wood. Some people even fashion worm boxes from old aquariums or plastic containers instead of purchasing a commercial worm bin. 

Continue Reading
Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 
Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 

Autumn is the time of year when color comes alive. The trees and shrubs start to boast brilliant hues of burgundy, orange, yellow, and rust. To complement the changing season, you’ll want to add your own splashes of color to the landscape. 

Consider planting the following flowers to spruce up your landscape and provide seasonal cheer:

  • Black-Eyed Susan’s
  • Aster
  • Kale
  • Cabbages
  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Violas
Continue Reading
Fall Garden Planting Guide 
Fall Garden Planting Guide 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Fall Garden Planting Guide 

Planting in the Fall

Yes, you can still plant new plants in the garden during the fall. It’s a great time to buy because most garden centers offer cheaper prices to move their garden stock before winter. However, you’ll need to choose wisely when picking plants. Consider your area’s winters. If you live in a place with harsh weather, then you’ll want to pick hardy varieties such as Oriental poppies or peonies which will withstand sudden temperature swings even if they are not fully established in the garden when the cold strikes. 

Fall is a great time to plant evergreen, and deciduous trees and shrubs. Japanese maples, cut leaf weepers, weeping cherries, hardy boxwood, and Sargent crabapples are all ideal choices for areas that suffer cold winters. You can even plant birds’ nest spruce or Hinoki cypress in containers for the patio. 

Continue Reading
Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 
Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 

Tomatoes have the reputation of being heavy feeders, which means they enjoy having access to ample nutrients to thrive. 

When you first plant young tomato transplants into the soil, give them a chance to adjust before you start a fertilizer routine. Wait for three or four weeks before the first application of the fertilizer. For optimum success pick a liquid nutrient solution to meet the plant foliar and root needs. Follow the directions on the nutrient’s label for application instructions. 

Continue Reading
Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 
Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 

Flower Nutrient Basics: A Juggling Act

Plants require the correct combination of nutrients and minerals to bloom. In some regions, your soil might have almost all of what your plants need but lack just one or two elements to create truly outstanding bloom success.

Some plants might achieve ample green vegetation but never bloom because there is too much nitrogen in the soil. The high amount impedes the plant’s ability to make flower buds. Yes, nitrogen is necessary for your plant’s chlorophyll production, but your plant also needs potassium and phosphorus to balance things out and create bud and flower formation. It all becomes a juggling act. 

Continue Reading
Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 
Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 

Hydroponics Grow Systems for Areas of Drought 

With much of the globe facing water shortages and unprecedented heat waves, meeting the irrigation needs of food crops has become difficult in many regions. A stressed plant will simply not produce a bountiful harvest because it wastes its energy on other processes. 

A hydroponic system provides ample water and nutrients to your plants so they can flourish even under stressful conditions such as low humidity or excessive temperatures. 

Continue Reading
August Garden Chores
August Garden Chores
 
by Grow Team
,  
August Garden Chores

Preparing for Autumn

August is the perfect month to start preparing for the fall.

You should:

  1. Tidy up the garden so that the fall clean-up is quicker and easier. 
  2. Take the time to check your garden for worms and borers in plants such as broccoli, cabbages, and cauliflower.
  3. Treat for grumps in your lawn to prevent future problems.
  4. Prune away diseased, dying, and dead stems on perennials, trees, and shrubs - especially on azaleas and rhododendrons 
  5. Remove any dead or yellow leaves
Continue Reading
Water Conservation and Hydroponics
Water Conservation and Hydroponics
 
by Grow Team
,  
Water Conservation and Hydroponics

Growing with sustainable hydroponics is a great way to conserve water and you can even garden hydroponically indoors! 

Garden Hydroponically to Conserve Water

In areas of severe drought, you can no longer hope for rainfall to water your garden. However, hydroponic gardening is a great way to cultivate a garden (often indoors or in limited space areas) while using truly little water.

Continue Reading
Hydroponics for Houseplants
Hydroponics for Houseplants
 
by Grow Team
,  
Hydroponics for Houseplants

One of the leading causes of houseplant death is overwatering. The wet, soggy soil leads to rot and fungal infections. However, a houseplant’s roots can thrive when fully submerged in water, so you do not have to worry about killing your plants with too much water as you do when they are growing in soil.

Another perk about growing houseplants hydroponically is that they truly do grow faster and look amazing. Most develop outstanding foliage which looks very eye-catching in your home.  

Continue Reading
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
 
by Grow Team
,  
Attracting Birds to Your Garden

One of the best ways you can attract birds to the garden is to grow the plants they love.  Here are a few top choices:

  • Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.): Coneflowers produce beautiful blooms that attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators. The plant creates seeds that are favored by a variety of birds such as goldfinches. 
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.): Sunflowers are cheerful and robust. They are adored by birds who use the fat-rich needs as a valued food source. Best of all, they are easy to grow. 
  • Milkweed (Asclepias spp.):Milkweed is the food of choice for monarch butterfly caterpillars. The plant attracts insects which serve as a valuable food source for birds too. Many birds also use the downy part of the seeds as nest lining. 
  • Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens):This vining honeysuckle produces an abundance of red tubular flowers that hummingbirds adore. The vines also attract Purple Finches, Orioles and Thrushes. 
Continue Reading
Gardening Vertically to Save Space 
Gardening Vertically to Save Space 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Gardening Vertically to Save Space 

Benefits of Vertical Gardening 

Vertical gardening looks fantastic. It creates a wall of lush greenery. In addition, you have ample access to the plants for cultivation care. However, there are other benefits to vertical gardening. Let’s look at why you should consider vertical gardening:

Saves Space

Yes, vertical gardening saves space. You can grow vining plants with vertical supports instead of letting the vines sprawl across the ground.

Continue Reading
Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest
Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest
 
by Grow Team
,  
Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest

Best Time to Sow Fall Crops

When determining the best time to sow fall crops, remember that you'll want to add three weeks to the length of time it takes the plant to reach maturity, which is always printed on the seed pack label. Most seed maturity dates are figured based on spring and summer sunlight. However, as autumn approaches, the days grow shorter, so it will take longer for the seedlings to grow without as much sunlight. However, cool-season plants do grow during the night, even when the temperature turns chilly. 

Plant cabbage and broccoli seedlings at least eight weeks before the first projected fall frost. Keep their roots moist during the late summer heat to encourage good root growth before fall and the inevitable growth slow down. 

Continue Reading
How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather
How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather

Shading devices are another option to cool plants in a summertime heatwave. You can run snow fencing, or you can use pre-assembled sections of picket fence along the south or west side of plants to provide them with shade during the height of the afternoon. 

The use of lightweight cloth to create shade covers also works well to keep plants cool. You can buy shade material at most garden supply retailers or online.

Use old sheets to make our garden shade covers. Position them so they are several inches above the plants and can successfully start retaining heat. The old screen also makes a great shade cover.

Continue Reading
Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
 
by Grow Team
,  
Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
Knowing how to water your landscape is essential. Remember, water of little value to the plant if it simply runs off the soil and away from the root system. Water runoff can happen if you apply too much water at once. Ideally, long, slow, and deep watering is the best way to soak the plant's root zone. The soil should become moist to a depth of six to 12 inches. 
Continue Reading
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
 
by Grow Team
,  
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically

Who doesn’t enjoy a crisp green salad or a few leaves of lettuce on their sandwich? The leafy green is bursting with flavor and highly nutritious. In addition, it is a straightforward plant to grow hydroponically because it has a shallow root system and requires no support to guide the plant’s growth. Lettuce grows well in any hydroponic system, and all you have to do is regularly change the nutrient solution to promote robust growth.  

Typically it takes only 30 days from seed to harvest. Maintain a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 for best growth results. You’ll want to stagger the plants, so you have a continuous supply of the leafy greens. Try Bibb, Romaine, Boston, Buttercrunch, and Iceberg. 

Continue Reading
May Gardening: Time to Plant 
May Gardening: Time to Plant 
 
by Grow Team
,  
May Gardening: Time to Plant 

Chores are an enjoyable part of gardening because your hard work clearly pays off. May is the perfect time to buckle down and take care of much needed garden tasks. 

  • Start Weeding: The April showers do more than bring May flowers. They also bring weeds. If you keep up on weeding in May then you won't’ be overran in June. It's easier to battle weeds in the early months when they are tiny then when they start to establish themselves with a deep root system. 
Continue Reading
How to Grow Impatiens
How to Grow Impatiens
 
by Grow Team
,  
  Don’t let size fool you, the diminutive impatiens brings a great deal of beauty and grace to any garden. The shade loving annual is easy to take ...
How to Grow Impatiens
Continue Reading
6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
 
by Grow Team
,  
6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
When you visit your garden center you might be overlooking annuals because they don’t come back year after year. It may feel like you don’t get much bang for our buck when they perish during the first hard frost. However, if you have a shady location in your yard then annuals might be your perfect salvation.
Continue Reading
Planting a Lavender Hedge
Planting a Lavender Hedge
 
by Grow Team
,  
Planting a Lavender Hedge
Lavender plants require full sun to flourish. Ideally, they should receive at least 12 hours of sun per day. The plants are not overly picky about soil. They grow well in either poor or rich soil. The robust plants prefer a soil pH of 6.4 to 8.3. Test your soil prior to planting and if it is too acidic or alkaline then be sure to supplement as needed to attain an acceptable pH range. 
Continue Reading
How to Create A Butterfly Garden
How to Create A Butterfly Garden
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Create A Butterfly Garden

Make your yard a mecca for the fluttering insects during all stages of life, from caterpillar to butterfly. Butterflies have basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and shade. 

Choosing a Location

Pick a partially sunny location in your yard. Ideally, it should have some shelter from the wind. A spot with a few trees and shrubs is ideal because butterflies roost at night so they like a secluded spot where they feel safe. Also, having ample foliage in the butterfly garden provides much-needed shade during the sweltering hot afternoons. 

Continue Reading
Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden
Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden
 
by Grow Team
,  
Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden

Top Purple Perennials for the Garden

With the arrival of spring, most gardeners are chomping at the bit in anticipation of planting new and interesting perennials in the garden. The following five purple flowers are an ideal addition to any garden. They are easy to care for and exceptionally hardy in a wide range of USDA plant hardiness zones. 

  1. Alliums

A member of the onion family the allium might not smell great, but it makes up for the odor problem by producing outstanding purple globe-shaped flowers. They grow well in USDA zones 3 to 4 and require minimal care once established. A bed of alliums can last for years before they need dividing. 

Continue Reading
Spring Garden Preparations 
Spring Garden Preparations 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Spring Garden Preparations 

Carrying Out Spring Inspections

It’s time to carry out a spring inspection of the yard. Grab a notepad and pencil so you can make notations. 

  • Inspect garden plants for damage from snow, cold, or ice.
  • Note all the beds that need cleaned out and if they require additional mulch.
  • Peruse over the garden’s hardscaping such as sheds, trellises, walkways, fences, and more to make sure that nothing has cracked, shifted, or fallen into disarray.
  • Check for evidence of animal burrows which can wreak havoc on your garden. 
  • Look over any plants, shrubs, or trees that will require spring pruning. 
Continue Reading
The Spring Garden Checklist
The Spring Garden Checklist
 
by Grow Team
,  
The Spring Garden Checklist

Warm Weather Bulbs

Have you ordered your warm weather bulbs yet? Get your online orders in because the most popular types sell out quickly. Many people start their warm weather bulbs indoors (especially in areas that suffer long cold springs). Sprout the bulbs in nursery pots in a sunny window or sunroom. 

Compost

Are you ready with compost? One of the first spring garden chores you’ll need to complete is to add two to three inches of mulch around your plants. The compost helps keep the roots warm during spring temperature fluctuations, helps the soil hold moisture, and prevents unwanted weed growth.

Continue Reading
Growing Mushrooms in Coffee Grounds
Growing Mushrooms in Coffee Grounds
 
by Grow Team
,  
Growing Mushrooms in Coffee Grounds
If you are like most Americans, you start your day out with a piping hot cup of coffee. Do you normally throw away your used coffee grounds? After you have enjoyed your pot of java, you probably discard the coffee grounds without a second thought. Instead of tossing the sodden grounds, save them to grow mushrooms!  
Continue Reading
All About Micro-Farming
All About Micro-Farming
 
by Grow Team
,  
All About Micro-Farming
One of the main appeals of micro-farming is the low initial cost. The small plot of land is far thriftier than hundreds of acres. You can even use your current house and yard if the zoning allows you to farm the land. There is no need to invest a sizable amount of money in farming equipment. In fact, some micro-farmers still opt to till the soil the old-fashioned way- by hand. Remember, one of the main things about micro-farming is that it is a return to the basics. It’s a way of embracing the farming practices of a century ago and saying ‘no’ to high tech/high dollar farming equipment. 
Continue Reading
Understanding What Is Photosynthesis
Understanding What Is Photosynthesis
 
by Grow Team
,  
Understanding What Is Photosynthesis
A plant can harness the sun’s energy and then use it to create oxygen and glucose for growth. Animals then eat the plants for energy. It is a basic circle of life. A plant absorbs carbon dioxide and water. The plant then relies on its vast cellular system to kick off an oxidation process on the water which causes it to release its electrons. The carbon dioxide is then processed so it can gain electrons. The entire amazing process converts water into oxygen and carbon dioxide into glucose.
Continue Reading
Learning When to Prune Hydrangeas
Learning When to Prune Hydrangeas
 
by Grow Team
,  
Learning When to Prune Hydrangeas
You must wait to prune any hydrangea that blooms on old-growth wood until it has finished its flower process. A hydrangea that forms blooms on old growth starts to develop the buds during the fall months. The shrub then enters a state of dormancy until spring. Once spring arrives, the canes start to wake up and the buds again start to complete their formation cycle before flowering. The only safe window of time to prune such a shrub is right after the flowerheads are spent. If you do not heed these directions then the bush will produce very few if any flowers. In fact, some hydrangea shrubs will take two years to recover if you prune away the shrub’s old growth canes. 
Continue Reading
Best Fruits to Grow in the Winter
Best Fruits to Grow in the Winter
 
by Grow Team
,  
Best Fruits to Grow in the Winter

Thorn-covered raspberry bushes adore the cold weather. The shrubs will grow on the side of a mountain as far north as the Canadian border. The hardiest varieties produce red or yellow berries. Avoid planning thornless raspberries shrubs in areas that suffer extreme weather because they are not as cold hardy 

Choose a planting location in full sunlight. Raspberry bushes prefer well-draining soil that is somewhat sandy. The planting location should provide some protection from extreme winds. Often a slope is the best area to plant the bushes because they will have some protection.

Continue Reading
The Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
The Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
 
by Grow Team
,  
The Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers

Flowers Are an Allergy Sufferers Worst Nightmare

Flowers look amazing and they smell wonderful, but they also carry pollen which can trigger an allergic avalanche of physical symptoms. Modern, hybridized plants are less likely to contain exceedingly high levels of pollen, but most gardens contain the old-fashioned plant varieties that have flourished for generations. 

Pollen in Big and Small Flowers 

Luckily, the most outstanding flowers do not always have the most pollen. In fact, Mother Nature designed brilliant blooms to attract honeybees and other pollinators to evenly disperse the plant’s pollen because the blooms contain very heavy pollen which is not transferred easily via the wind. The worst flowers for allergies are usually very nondescript and tiny. They have dust-like pollen that is easily dispersed via the wind.

Continue Reading
Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors During the Winter 
Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors During the Winter 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors During the Winter 

Understanding Microgreens and Sprouts

 

Nowadays, it seems like everyone banters the words microgreens and sprouts interchangeably but they are really two unique stages. Sprouts are germinated seeds. The small plant bursts out of the seed, pushing the seed shell up and out of the soil. The shell usually hangs precariously on the top of the sprout. Currently, you harvest the sprout, and you enjoy the tender plant and the seed. The combination of crunchy goodness is loaded with nutrition.  

 

A microgreen is the next stage of the plant’s life right after it sheds the seed shell. Most people think of the microgreen phase as the toddler stage of a plant’s life and the sprout phase as a baby stage. 

Continue Reading
Composter or Tumbler for the Holidays? 
Composter or Tumbler for the Holidays? 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Composter or Tumbler for the Holidays? 

The Importance of Composting 

Composting is an important part of gardening. A rich compost combined with a nutrient-rich fertilizer such as one of Humboldts products is a great way to successfully grow a thriving garden. For centuries backyard compost piles have been an indispensable tool for gardeners, but nowadays you have options that provide greater efficiency and ease to create black gold compost for the garden. In this article, we will explore the differences between composters and tumblers. 

Continue Reading
How to Grow a Bamboo Garden
How to Grow a Bamboo Garden
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Grow a Bamboo Garden

Types of Bamboo

The diversity of bamboo is truly mind-boggling. Bamboo grows on five continents and there are 1718 species that are divided into 128 genera. At your local nursery, you will encounter around 100 species. Many can reach staggering heights of 30 feet and others will barely stand five feet tall when fully grown. You will see that bamboo is divided into two categories: clumping and running. Clumping bamboo grows in an easy-to-maintain clump and is not invasive. Running bamboo travels everywhere and can quickly overtake a landscape if not maintained. However, running bamboo is ideal for creating a privacy hedge or fence.

Continue Reading
All About Air Plants
All About Air Plants
 
by Grow Team
,  
All About Air Plants

Air plants are easy to maintain but they are not completely ‘care-free’. Like any plant, they require light, air circulation, water, and nutrients. They are incredibly happy with only minimal watering and nutrients though. You can easily keep these plants alive by using a hydroponic nutrient solution and water. Simply lightly mist the plant daily with the formula and it will thrive. Some people take the air plants and submerge them in a water and nutrient bath once a week to abstain from the daily misting. 

All air plants adore light so make sure you put them in an area of high light that replicates where they would be growing outdoors on a tree. Many people like to pair the Tillandsia with orchids because they both require similar care and light and will easily complement each other

Continue Reading
Grow Microgreens Hydroponically
Grow Microgreens Hydroponically
 
by Grow Team
,  
Grow Microgreens Hydroponically
Microgreens are not a specific species of plant but a collection of plants that must be harvested as a very specific stage during the growth process. Depending on the microgreens, you’ll either harvest when their cotyledons are present or wait until their true leaves appear. Microgreens are terribly like baby greens. They are highly nutritious, and you can dine on the stem and leaves. Some common types of microgreens include buckwheat, arugula, sunflower, cress, amaranth, and broccoli. 
Continue Reading
The Benefits of Hydroponic Gardening 
The Benefits of Hydroponic Gardening 
 
by Grow Team
,  
The Benefits of Hydroponic Gardening 

During the dark and gloomy winter months, you might think that the growth of your plants will slow but plants that are grown using hydroponic systems grow up to 50 percent faster than those cultivated in soil. With no environmentally induced stress factors like weather and pests, optimum nutrients such as Humboldts solutions, and ample water, the plants grow quickly and produce well. You’ll be amazed at how well leafy greens and thirsty fruits like tomatoes do in a hydroponic environment. 

Continue Reading
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
 
by Grow Team
,  
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
Whether you like a crisp salad or fresh lettuce on your sandwich, the plants are easy to grow in any hydroponic system. Pick butter crunch, big, or Romaine for continued production of non-stop leaves. You can pick a few leaves every day and the plant will continue to produce. Also, it only takes three to four weeks from seed to first harvest. If you prefer head lettuce varieties like iceberg, then remember that it can take up to eight weeks to achieve results. You can harvest the outside leaves of the head and continue the yield for several weeks if you opt to hydroponically grow head lettuce varieties.  
Continue Reading
This Winter, Why Not Grow Hydroponically Indoors? 
This Winter, Why Not Grow Hydroponically Indoors? 
 
by Grow Team
,  
This Winter, Why Not Grow Hydroponically Indoors? 
Hydroponically grown foods are nutritious and taste fantastic. In addition, you need far less space to grow hydroponically then you do with a garden or using soil mediums. You can increase production three to ten times using the same amount of space when you decide to grow hydroponically. You’ll also decrease the harvest time and the plants typically grow twice as fast. 
Continue Reading
Autumn Gardening Preparations 
Autumn Gardening Preparations 
 
by Grow Team
,  
Autumn Gardening Preparations 
It is also a great time to plant some shrubs and trees. The winter will give them a dormant period before they start growing again which can minimize shock. In the spring, when they start to spring to life, be sure to fertilize using Humboldts Golden Tree to increase growth. 
Continue Reading
How to Grow Kale This Autumn
How to Grow Kale This Autumn
 
by Grow Team
,  
How to Grow Kale This Autumn
Kale is basically a type of cabbage. It grows in a loose head fashion that is visually pleasing. Many refer to kale as a ‘cute and come again’ garden veggie. The center of the plant will send out new leaves if you cut a few off for a quick meal. You will harvest the oldest leaves when they are around three to four inches tall. The small size of the leaves means they are continually bursting with flavor and tender. They never taste bitter. Enjoy the kale leaves in a salad, cooked, or simply add as a decorative garnishment. Regularly harvesting the leaves means that the plant won’t mature or go to seed so you can continue growing it until winter. 
Continue Reading
Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing the Garden for Winter
 
by Grow Team
,  
Preparing the Garden for Winter
The first step towards preparing the garden for winter is simple cleanup You’ll want to remove all old and dead plant material that might harbor diseases, funguses, and pests throughout the winter. Sometimes, unwanted insects use the decaying plant debris to lay their eggs which will emerge in the spring to feed on the young, tender shoots of your garden. You’ll want to remove all spent plants or work them deep into the soil. Digging and burying the old plants in the dirt helps create rich organic soil for the following season. 
Continue Reading
Powdery Mildew in Your Garden
Powdery Mildew in Your Garden
 
by Grow Team
,  
Powdery Mildew in Your Garden
A plant that is covered in powdery mildew will start to feel stressed and may weaken which makes it susceptible to insect attack and other diseases. The powdery mildew also effectively leeches the nutrients from the plant which causes the foliage to yellow and wither. If the entire surface of the leaf is covered with powdery mildew, then the fungus will hinder the plant’s ability to photosynthesize sunlight. Without successful photosynthesis, a plant cannot produce enough sugars which will have a dramatic impact on how fruit and vegetables taste. Buds that are attacked by powdery mildew will also not open into flowers or the blossoms will have a deformed appearance. 
Continue Reading
Carbs to Boost Plant Structure and Growth
Carbs to Boost Plant Structure and Growth
 
by Grow Team
,  
Carbs to Boost Plant Structure and Growth
Carbohydrates help a plant form a strong cellular structure. Cellulose develops around the plant’s cells giving them structure and fortifying them with strength. During the metabolism of carbohydrates, chemicals are released which fortify the structure.
Continue Reading
The Importance of Sturdy Plant Stems
The Importance of Sturdy Plant Stems
 
by Grow Team
,  
The Importance of Sturdy Plant Stems

When planting, very few would-be gardeners give much thought to the strength of their plant stems. However, sturdy plant stems are vital to the plant’s overall health. They must hold up during a storm plus support buds and flowers. In many ways, they are the plant’s lifeline to reach valuable sunlight. Ideally, you should focus on fertilizing your plant to encourage healthy stem growth. Humboldts Tree Trunk holds all the valuable nutrients a plant needs to create thick stalks with ample branch strength. 

 

Continue Reading
Give Your Buds and Blooms a Boost with Phosphorus and Potassium
Give Your Buds and Blooms a Boost with Phosphorus and Potassium
 
by kimberly sharpe
,  
Give Your Buds and Blooms a Boost with Phosphorus and Potassium

With Humboldts Flower Stacker you can increase your plant’s flowering ability by 30 percent!  You’ll be able to enjoy ample blooms all summer and even clip the flowers to make fragrant bouquets. Also, everyone will be amazed at the size of your buds. If you are cultivating a garden for produce, then you also depend on proficient flower production for an impressive harvest, so you’ll be astonished at your yield.

Continue Reading
The Benefits of Kelp
The Benefits of Kelp
 
by kimberly sharpe
,  
The Benefits of Kelp

Many growers consider kelp a superfood for their plants. Basically, kelp is a type of algae seaweed that can be found throughout the Earth’s oceans. The plant filters water in a quest for nutrients to fuel its own massive growth requirements.

Continue Reading
The Basics: Starting a Hydroponic Garden 
The Basics: Starting a Hydroponic Garden 
 
by kimberly sharpe
,  
The Basics: Starting a Hydroponic Garden 

So, you want to start a hydroponic garden? You have probably heard the hype on hydroponic gardening and how it can substantially increase your plant’s yields. Yes, plants do grow larger and more robust with less space, plus you can garden year-round! Without a doubt, hydroponic gardening is great if you have a limited area to garden - such as a small apartment - because you do not have to garden outdoors for a successful harvest. 

Continue Reading
Hydroponic Equipment
Hydroponic Equipment
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
Choosing hydroponic equipment and finding the best hydroponic system for your grow needs: There are a couple of paths you can take on setting up sh...
Hydroponic Equipment
Continue Reading
How to Make an Aeroponic System
How to Make an Aeroponic System
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
How to Make A Simple, Economical DIY Home Aeroponic System: We're all about equipping our customers with helpful information related to any aspect ...
How to Make an Aeroponic System
Continue Reading
Hydroponic Supplies
Hydroponic Supplies
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
Humboldts Secret Golden Tree Nutrient Is A Superior Product in the World of Hydroponic Supplies. Are you tired of all of the confusion from visitin...
Hydroponic Supplies
Continue Reading
Hydroponic Gardening
Hydroponic Gardening
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
New Growers101 - What is a hydroponic garden? Okay, so you are new to the growing game and maybe a little embarrassed to ask some of the most basic...
Hydroponic Gardening
Continue Reading
Hydroponics & Soil
Hydroponics & Soil
 
by Manoj Kumar
,  
Whether you are using hydroponics or traditional soil growing methods, Humboldts Secret, Golden Tree nutrient additive is the way to go. Most of my...
Hydroponics & Soil
Continue Reading
How to Make Organic Hydroponic Fertilizer
How to Make Organic Hydroponic Fertilizer
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
How To Make Your Own Organic Hydroponic Fertilizer: You can easily make hydroponic fertilizer, if you have the time and wherewithal to put in a bit...
How to Make Organic Hydroponic Fertilizer
Continue Reading
How to Grow Plants Using Hydroponics
How to Grow Plants Using Hydroponics
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
How to Grow Plants Successfully Using Hydroponics Successful hydroponics growing is about first learning the ropes and familiarizing yourself wit...
How to Grow Plants Using Hydroponics
Continue Reading
Hydroponic Nutrients
Hydroponic Nutrients
 
by Anshika Harjani
,  
Hydroponic Nutrients and Developing An Eye for Major Nutrient Deficiencies: Over the years in growing, I´ve certainly developed a good eye and hone...
Hydroponic Nutrients
Continue Reading
Load More