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Glossary of Hydroponics Terms (the lingo)

 

 

Hydroponics Growing of plants in water instead of soil. To do this successfully, the water must be enriched with nutrients and sometimes oxygenated. Also, the plants must be placed in some type of inert medium like sand or Perlite to anchor the roots. NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: Growing in water is designed to give you complete control over quality of flowers, nutrient levels and other factors. It is however designed for experienced/commercial growers. Growing in SOIL-LESS MIX (as Happy Girl recommends) is much easier, takes less time to set up and take down, is far more forgiving when it comes to nutrient levels and requires no Ph balancing. Also, you can get same results with Soil as with Hydroponics. The major advantage of Hydroponics systems is the fact that they are much less involving and labour intensive when used for commercial purposes. If you're growing in your closet you do not need a Hydroponics table. If you have a bit of $$$ and are interested in a top-of-the-line hydroponics table with little maintenance we can show you some interesting ideas. 

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Pro-Mix Hydroponics Growing Medium, looks, feels and behaves just like soil. Benefits of using Pro-mix: No need to adjust Ph levels of your tap water.  

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HID (High Intensity Discharge Lights) Lights designed to simulated the spectrum and intensity of sunlight, i.e.. the hydroponics type of light

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Inline Fan Air Blower rated for continuous operation and wet environments, those made for hydroponics purposes are compact, quiet and easy to install. 

see more pictures of Inline fan installation

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Fluorescent Lights This type of light is perfect for starts and seedlings but is a poor light source for growth and budding primarily because of low lumen output.

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MH (Metal Halide) This type of light is blue-orientated in the spectrum. It's the best type of light to be used as a primary light source. This type of lamp promotes plant growth.

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HPS (High Pressure Sodium) These lamps are red/orange in the spectrum. They are the best lamps available for secondary or supplemental lighting (used in conjunction with MH or by themselves). This type of light is good for vegetative/grow cycle but is used best for flowering and/or budding (bloom cycle). 

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Grow (Cycle) The period of time where the plants are exposed to 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness. This cycle is to be used before bloom cycle (explained below) for however long the grower desires the plants to keep growing bigger and bigger. Once the plants reach the desired height the cycle should be switched to Bloom (see below). 

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Bloom (Cycle) The period of time where the plants are exposed to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. This will tell your plants to produce flowers and/or buds. This cycle will end in harvest. NOTE: 12 hrs. of darkness means complete darkness (for better flower production)

 

 

                                       

 

 

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