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PLANTS DIDN'T GET WATER FOR TWO DAYS "What type of water will a ivy leaf root in best?"
Does soft water have negative effects on plants
what's in your half bottles to hold the plants?
is calcium nitrate still needed for hydro food.
How much fluorescent lighting would I need?
Date:
24 Aug 2002
Time:
17:18:13

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Aeroponic cloning on a budget...

If you want to make an aeroponic setup but do not have much cash an easy way to generate mist is with a "Patio Mister". This is simply an outdoor misting/cooling unit that usually comes pre-assembled on 1/4 or 1/2" poly hose. These units require low pressure - 40-90 psi and have 6 adjustable composite or brass nozzles. You can pick up a patio mister on ebay for less than 20 bucks and rig it up to a pump inside a Rubbermaid container. Seeing as how nozzles can run $2-4 bucks apiece this really isn't a bad option.

Another way is to make a mock rainforest 36 and just epoxy some sort of steel mesh or plastic container with fine holes to the inside of the lid to act as a spray diffuser. Place a riser and sprinkler head on the pump outlet and position the head inside the diffuser in order to mist the cuttings as it rotates and sprays. An aerator and stone can be used in place of a powerhead pump but extra oxygen is beneficial.

One of Many

 

Date:
26 Aug 2002
Time:
02:05:49
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Hi Ron, I am currently commencing building a cheap / simple Aeroponics Setup, but require some additional information.

1.)I am using a 32" x 20" container with a height of 32" 2.)I will have 6 smallish pots neatly placed in precut holes in the container suspended, with holes in allowing the roots to delicately hang down. 3.) Below in the center I have 1 mister attached to a hose and then out to a small fish tank pump , on reverse to allow for spraying water not oxygen.

Do you think the one mister is sufficient for the whole kit. and what should the mainly water solution that is sprayed upon the roots up of beside just the water.

Any help would be of greatly appreciated.

Thanks Tristan

 

As long as each unit get a sufficient supply of nutrients it should be fine.

Date:
26 Aug 2002
Time:
03:52:53
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Dear Ron, I'm planting tomatoes hydroponically but using soil fertilizer because hydroponic fertilized is not yet available in our place. I've followed your instruction to add micronutrients, calcium nitrate & magnesium. Everything is ok (plant healthy & growth rate is fine). However, when flower start to bloom, fruit will not develop & my plant starts to die starting w/ the upper leaves curling up. Hope you can help me w/ this.

 

Maybe it's the type of plants you are using. I am having the same problem with a particular type of plant I am trying.

 

Date:
26 Aug 2002
Time:
18:05:50
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PLEASE HELP ME.MY PLANTS DIDN'T GET WATER FOR TWO DAYS THEY ALL LOOK DEAD.THIS IS INDOOR HYDROPONIC SYSTEM.I'VE BEEN TOLD THEY WILL BOUNCE BACK.THEY HAVE BEEN WATERING AGAIN NOW FOR 19 HOURS BUT I DON'T SEE MY MIRACLE RECOVERY YET.WILL THEY BOUNCE BACK OR AM I SCREWED.

GIRL IN DISTRESS

2 days is a little long they may be toast. Start over.

 

Date:
28 Aug 2002
Time:
18:06:04
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Does soft water have negative effects on plants even if the PH is adjusted?

 

No as long as you add all the nutrients your plant needs.

 

Date:
28 Aug 2002
Time:
21:36:52
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Ron, you said recently on the bulletin board that you were waiting for someone to construct an inexpensive cycle timer. I think the question asked was if it was okay to leave the plant roots in the solution for 15 min at a time. ie, 15 min pump on, 15 min pump off. I have constructed a cycle timer that will turn on the pump every 15 min for any duration required. So you could have it set to come on at 15 min intervals but only run for 5 min. Drop me a line if you are interested. thesteeds@telus.net

OK send me a prototype and your best wholesale price.

 

Date:
29 Aug 2002
Time:
07:30:52
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how can i get a converter so i can measure the relationship in ferts between 'ppm' and the percentage number (eg the N:P:K %)???

my ahem tomatoes are suffering from lack of the right ammounts of NPK and the trace elements, but the grow guide i have tells me the right ammounts in ppm, and the plant food states itself in percentages.

any ideas???

 

Date:
29 Aug 2002
Time:
15:57:57
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Hi, I was wondering about your 11 plant pvc garden. what do you have in your half bottles to hold the plants? Is it only water in the bottles?

Grow Rocks

 

Date:
30 Aug 2002
Time:
21:13:03

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dear ron, i've just ordered your "hydroponic plant food" online my question is calcium nitrate still needed to make it complete or is it really a complete plant food to be added to water for plant feeding? otik

Yes It says just to add a little Epson Salt

 

Date:
31 Aug 2002
Time:
10:35:47

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I want to put a small grow area in one of our small rooms. There is one window 24" X 36" facing the west. I plan to put a white twin sheet over the window, and over my grow area which would be 48" X 28" supported by a PVC frame.

How much fluorescent lighting would I need?

Thanks in advance for your help pastorlloy

 

A lot. You would have to line the hole room with fluorescents to get any growing benefit and then the cost to run them all would be way more than if you bought a 175 or 250 watt Metal Halide. 

Date:
08 Sep 2002
Time:
17:52:48

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i was just wondering if someone had plans for a small aeroponics system. Any help would be appreiciated. thanks

 

Date:
11 Sep 2002
Time:
08:11:56

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i am after buying a pipe dream pd200 system has any one ever used these are they any good and does any one know the best/cheapest place to get one

 

Date:
12 Sep 2002
Time:
20:24:49

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WHERE CAN I BUY A HYDRO SYSTEM THAT I ONLY HAVE TO PLUG IN. i SAW ONE ADVERTISED ON THE NET. A BOX THAT YOU PLUGGED IN AND IT MONITORED EVERYTHING FOR YOU. PLEASE EMAIL RESPONSE TO BIGGREGINMD@HOTMAIL.COM

Get real

 

Date:
13 Sep 2002
Time:
15:38:51

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I'm participating in a science fair in my local city. My topic is, "What type of water will a ivy leaf root in best?" If you have any comments regarding my research I would greatly appreciate it.

 

regular water

 

Date:
14 Sep 2002
Time:
14:38:57

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Has anyone seen pictures of a home made aeroponic propagation unit?

 

Date:
14 Sep 2002
Time:
19:51:46

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what size pots should be on my system for 4 to 5 foot plants when they mature

2 quart would service.

 

Date:
16 Sep 2002
Time:
00:27:18
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How come you don't show any instructions on using solo cups in making the 11-plant system? Where can I find step by step instructions and what the final product looks like? Also, when using a drip emmitter, what gph is the best to use? Can a fogger sprayer be used and if so, how long should the pump run on for a 2 gph fogger with 32 units to water

Solo cups are only used to hold the medium that sit in the two liter bottles

 

Date:
23 Sep 2002
Time:
17:20:22
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i have a flood system and i have started growing inside first time. out doors i have between 15 to 25 foot plants, now i have cloned, and was told my plants should only grow 24 inches. i am 5 weeks into this and now my clones are 30 to 40 inches tall. i have cut light from 24 7 to 6 hrs per day. 4 days and theyare starting to bloom. very little. are my plants too big???? if so how do i shorten? if not, why are they so big when all my freinds say no way are they that big? please help me. e-mail at mthomp7427@aol.com thanks

 

Date:
25 Sep 2002
Time:
12:56:21
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I have just recently purchased one of your four plant systems. This is my first system and i have a few questions. I am growing cabbage. 1.I read on the info provided with the system that I should add a teaspoon per gallon but how often do I add another teaspoon? 2.How often should I set the timer to activate the pump.

 

When ever you need to add water to your system add one teaspoon of fertilizer also.

 

Date:
25 Sep 2002
Time:
19:57:18
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Is there anyone out there interesred in digital electronic ballasts? switchable wattage, such as--->150w --- 1000w-- dual output--such as mh or hps???? BOX IS 6X6X4 INHCES!!!!

all in the same 4 pound box!!!! and---all inside the box--digital remote control --digital real time clock inside the box too---digital display---!!!!rf@iepc.cc 714-892-4443 USA

 

Date:
26 Sep 2002
Time:
10:05:29
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how do you get the seed to stay in place

 

Date:
28 Sep 2002
Time:
11:47:59
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anybody using water cooled lights

 

Date:
29 Sep 2002
Time:
11:32:56
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Ron. First I want to say "WHAT A WEBSITE, YOU ARE THE MAN." I just built your 11 plant system and plan to grow tomatoes. The medium I bought was some clay pellets that look like coco-puffs. The lady in the store said to water 2-3 times a day. I want to know if this is true or should I do 15on/15off. I trust your opinion more than some clerks. Thanks

 

Date:
30 Sep 2002
Time:
13:48:28
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Hi my name is newguy I have tried Hydro 2 times and have lost my crop both times.I do everything I am to do but my plants grow good the first week then start yellowing.After a few weeks they are totally yellow and then they die.Some will live but with a small yield.I have no Idea of what to do?

 

Date:
30 Sep 2002
Time:
19:11:08
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Ron and anyone else who could provide useful input:

I realize that there is no one "perfect timer" for all aero/hydroponics setups, but I believe I'm on the right track. I've drawn up a schematic for a programmable timer (yes - it can be programmed by just about anyone!) that will have programmable ON and OFF times. The ranges for both are 1-255 seconds, or 10-2550 seconds (in 10 second intervals), or 1-255 minutes (in 1 minute intervals), or 10-2550 minutes (in 10-minute intervals). The On and OFF times do NOT have to be the same, as both will be programmed separately.

I realize that the upper range of this timer is a bit ridiculous; however, should anyone want to use it as a light timer ON for 16 hours and OFF for 8 hours, it would work for that, as well as for an aeroponics setup, where it might be required to come on for one minute, and off for four minutes. My 11-plant system that I built from Ron's plans requires 3.5 minutes to hit the overflow, so I can set the timer for that application to 210 seconds of ON time, and 20 minutes OFF time.

The timer is in the construction phase now (prototype), and I still have to program the microcontroller. Programming the timer will be an easy task - just look the required time up on the chart and flip the switchs for the ON and OFF times. Just to make sure I had an easy to use system, I showed it to my 12yr. old daughter and asked her how would it have to be set for various times. She aced the test every time, so I know it wil be easy to understand & use.

If this were to be the perfect timer for aero/hydroponics, would it require any other features? The reason I ask, is if I take this thing to a commercial level, I'd want to include all the features I could in it. I've already heard someone mention multiple outlets on it so as to use one outlet for the pumps & one for lights. Would there be an interest in this timer when finished?

Ron - I am looking for info here. If this qualifies as someone selling a product, I apologize. This isn't a product - at least not yet. I'm just trying to find out some info so that the final version could be pretty much universal as far as useability in the hydroponics/aeroponics world.

I thank you for your input.

Jim

 

Date:
01 Oct 2002
Time:
12:03:38
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i need blue prints to make a good cheap system

 

Date:
02 Oct 2002
Time:
16:07:58
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I am fixing to buy a hydroponic system and I have a question about two systems I am in between. Eve's Garden 6, or the Waterfarm 6. I was thinking about the waterfarm because I wanted to separate three on one side (under 24 Hr. light) and the other three under in the other side of my cabinets (under 12/12 light). Could you help me with my problems? If you could send me your answer to tha_chronic_1@yahoo.com

 

Date:

04 Oct 2002
Time:
21:58:37
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Ron, thanks for all the information. I have finally perfected my controller unit, it monitors pH, 3 temperatures, light level, Co2, and Humidity. As well it gives you a nice clear color graph on your computer or printer to view all of the above variables. The real nice thing is you can program it to display all of this information on a web site on the internet or log into it via a LAN network. So you could be at your day job and view how your plants are doing. I am working on an integrated PPM meter as well. The controller controls the lights, solution pumps, Co2 regulation, air pumps, and fans. This is done by a single module, and not a series of individual timers. All of these functions can be programmed easily to come on for any duration over any length of time required. Right now my lights are set for 18hrs on/6hrs off, solution pump 1.5min on/15min off, and the ventilation fan comes on when the temperature in the grow area reaches 21C. I have installed the whole apparatus in a nice neat box, all you do is hook up your computer, plug in your lights, pumps, and fans, place your sensors, and drop your pH probe into the solution tank, and you are off and running. I have a sample graph that I can email to anyone that is interested in the system, It is the graph from an overnight test I did with the system. The unit was set to sample all of the parameters every 5 min. But this can be changed to whatever you like. Anyone can drop me a line at hydrofast@hotmail.com if they are interested. Hydrotec

 

Date:
05 Oct 2002
Time:
19:52:41
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I can't seem to find any info on this, so if someone could direct me...

I get the concept of hydroponics, but what do you do when the plant becomes too big for the system? Or does it? The roots have to expand, but does this sytem "keep them in check" or do you just have to eventually transplant to normal soil?

-DJ YoYoBLitZ

 

Water more often if the roots tend to want to grow down the pipes.

 

Date:
07 Oct 2002
Time:
01:24:13
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What does the future hold for hydroponic produce?

 

Unlimited

 

Date:
07 Oct 2002
Time:
12:20:47
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OK, heres whats up, i just started an aeroponic garden and all of my seeds were doing pretty good under a fluorescent bank of lights i had set up 4 feet overhead. I just got a metal halide 400 watt light and set it up and it seems like everything but the oregon snap peas died, I had lettuce, chives, onions and some other stuff started but I think the heat croaked them. I am now running a fan on the system and trying to maintain the 60 to 80 degree temperature that you recommended between day and night. I also let the nutrient solution go 2 weeks without changing it. I think between the heat from the halide and the same nutrient solution I cooked the starters.

Should I just trash everything and start all over with fresh seed????? or let it go and see if they germinate???? How long do I go before I say "Ooooops, I killed everything!!!!!!" ????

Thanks

eddie

 

Start over.

 

Date:
07 Oct 2002
Time:
12:51:13
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just a quick question, can I use a calcium supplement, (calcium carbonate) rather than having to buy a big box of calcium nitrate from you??? i ahven't been able to find any calcium nitrate locally but have a calcium supplement that I take on a regular basis. Will that work???

another i have is calcium carbonate and calcium citrate with a mix of vitamin c, vitamin d magnesium, copper and manganese with boron and bioperine

will this work or kill my plants????

eddie

 

Probably kill your plants.

 

Date:
07 Oct 2002
Time:
22:19:19
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Hi, recently I have watched a TV program about world news and that was this segment on hydroponics research in UK (Dr David a famous scientist with TV program on nature discovery) They claimed that they use very little water. Can I have most info on this new hydroponics. Pls. advise, Thanks Eric Khoo

 

No

 

Date:
09 Oct 2002
Time:
06:46:07
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I run 3 600wt hps on 60 plants. the clones come in rockwool cubes which I putt into coco gro balls in a drip system. I run the pump for 6 minutes every hour just during the day. They seem happy. Will this be enough for the whole cycle as long as there is no wilting? Any danger of root rot from the wool? thanks!!!!!

 

don't know

 

Date:
09 Oct 2002
Time:
12:52:03
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could hydroponics be used in an extremely large-scale basis?

 

Hydroponics is use exclusively for large scale growing. It is only in the 70's that the home growing market took off.

 

Date:
09 Oct 2002
Time:
18:59:20
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Hydroponics is currently used on an extremely large scale on the west coast of Canada, you should see the size of some of these greenhouses. Some of them are over 5 acres. They grow awesome tomatoes, as the plant grows they keep hoisting it up to the roof of the building. The plants grow to 10 feet tall.

 

They are also subsidized by their government if they have a loss up to $100,000 which we can't compete here in in the US with our free market system.

 

Date:
11 Oct 2002
Time:
19:54:05
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The high pressure sodium they sell at the hardware store. Is it capable of just taking a 400 watt bulb. It currently has a 100 watt. thanks for any help

 

No! Can you say fire!

 

Date:
12 Oct 2002
Time:
12:07:14
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i would like to purchase some shark oil, i believe it's called "squalene". can i order it from you?

no

 

Date:
12 Oct 2002
Time:
16:58:52
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how do u support the upper half of the plant

Small Bamboo stakes and bread ties work.

 

Date:
13 Oct 2002
Time:
23:01:26
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Hi Ron, I was wondering if you knew where I could get a 20% recycle timer (1 min on/4 min off)? Please advise: weirdweviewong@yahoo.com Thanks

 

Date:
14 Oct 2002
Time:
06:17:46
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i am growing in perlite only and i have noticed that the roots have a hundreds tiny little eggs,or bug on them.and it has stop the growth of the plant,can help me

 

Date:
15 Oct 2002
Time:
14:46:51
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how do i take a clone?

 

From the lower braches before the plant is moved into the bud room.

 

Date:
16 Oct 2002
Time:
07:40:55
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Can I get a good size plant using a 8 inch net pot?...ebb and flow 1000 watt H

 

That would be one happy mother fing plant. You could have 16 happy plants under a 1000 W light. 36 with a circular mover.

 

Date:
16 Oct 2002
Time:
08:40:41
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i live in the greater Daytona beach area and i was wonder if anyone knew where i could find a new or used grow light?? hps 150 or 250 watt any help would be nice

 

Date:
16 Oct 2002
Time:
08:45:01
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this may sound like a dumb question, but when starting off your hydroponics garden, i am wishing just to start the seeds off from the get go n the rockwool cubes, do i just put them in the cube hole and germinate, ,do i have to cover the hole with another substance, , how do i go about it? also i am using the 11 plant system, but i think i am going to make it with 3 liter bottles instead of 2 liter bottles, how much rockwool should i put in there? should i use the small bag of cubes, or should i intermix it with the slab? thanks for all your help:)

 

Don't use rockwool in the 11 plant garden except for the small clone cubes. Use grow rocks.

 

Date:
16 Oct 2002
Time:
17:46:10
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Yo!! What kind of material can I use to keep the light from an inferred light from detecting heat from a hydro kit in the closet? Contact me @ syn757@yahoo.com with reply ASAP!! P.S. Does black and white mylar help?

 

Date:
17 Oct 2002
Time:
10:51:33
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I would like to grow tomatoes using Ron's system. But how do I set it up for 1 gal water jugs?

Could someone please help me? pastorlloyd

 

Date:
19 Oct 2002
Time:
11:21:19
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Hi, do you know where I can access the growth requirement info needed to grow strawberries indoors in an ebb flow. Also am looking for info on how to clone softwood trees now and growing them thru winter in the hydro room to plant outside in spring.

 

Date:
21 Oct 2002
Time:
08:20:17
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is this process cost effective, it sounds as though it takes a lot money to get setup and then to run atmosphere control. what i actually mean is can hydroponics be cheaper to run than normal outdoors soil grown farms?

 

Here in Florida it is cost effective but in a hot or cold climate the cost of building a climate controlled greenhouse would have to be considered.

 

Date:
22 Oct 2002
Time:
03:26:13
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I live in south africa, and want to plant strawberries, i'm looking for a site that could give me some useful tips!

 

Date:
22 Oct 2002
Time:
22:16:07
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is this a good hydro nutrient new to this, is this a good nute to use Super VEG A & B Formula Super Veg A - N.P.K. 1.5-0-2.6

Super Veg B - N.P.K. 0.5-0.5-5.0

The Super Veg A & B formula was designed as a two part nutrient to ensure maximum results

All essential trace elements (micros) are included in the "A" formula to promote healthy, lush vegetative growth. Mixed in conjuction with Super Veg "B", you're getting optimum results from your nutrient!

pH balanced

Super BLOOM A & B Formula

Super Bloom A - N.P.K. 2.0-0-2.0

Super Bloom B - N.P.K. 1.0-0.6-2.0

Super Bloom A & B delivers an instant source of nutrient uptake, as well as the proper trace elements (micros) to gain large multiple bloom sets

When used as directed, Super Bloom will not burn plants and will increase your yields dramatically

pH balanced

 

Date:
23 Oct 2002
Time:
17:04:23
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what are the dynamics are using rockwool and seeds

take seed, a wet cube and put it in dark humid place. hmm then when it sprouts move the cube into the hydro system?

wet cube, does it need the hydro nutrients then? i was thinking of putting a seed into a wet cube and spraying water into the air every now and then to have some good humidity for the seed. should i also add nutrients then too.

 

Very weak solution can be use after the seed sprouts but wait until you see a root pop out the cube before you put in in the garden.

 

Date:
23 Oct 2002
Time:
18:10:07
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Ron, I think the site is great. I have it bookmarked and come back often. I have built my own 2 plant system based off of the 11 plant system you sell. I have run into a few problems and have over come them.

Now I need some advice. I am still learning this stuff and I am only growing one tomato plant...well it was growing.

It looks half dead. I think I may have over feed it. I have a 10 gallon tank. I added 5 gallons of distilled water, with a tablespoon of Miracle-Grow for plants and tablespoon of Miracle-Grow for tomatoes for each gallon. I let it run a couple of days and then thought that it should have been 1/2 tablespoon for each gallon and added 5 gallons of distilled water to even it out. So I have 10 gallons of water, 5 tablespoons Miracle-Grow for plants and 5 tablespoons of Micacle-Grow for tomatoes. The tips started to brown and curl under. I then added 5 tablespons of Epson Salt. Any words of wisdom?

 

Yes don't use Miracle-grow. I am sorry I ever mention it. It is a dirt fertilizer and doesn't work for hydroponics. Only use fertilizer that says can be use for hydroponics or you will have problems.

 

Date:
23 Oct 2002
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18:11:44
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Hi Ron, A ? or 2. Has anyone heard of new light Fluorex Tech. Full Spectrum Light 500w. If so how does it compare to MH in practical use. Priced at around $50

I am always skeptical of grow light makers claims of a better product. My advice is go ahead and try them if you can afford it. With the price of tomatoes going higher and higher maybe you can try experimenting with new equipment.

 

Date:
24 Oct 2002
Time:
10:13:22
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WHEN DOES AGRICULTURE BECOME A PROBLEM?

When you use dirt.

 

Date:
24 Oct 2002
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15:09:20
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i don't get it, yet...

i am new to this site and i have a question: first of all, please don't mind my bad english. i am from holland, you know. if i build, let's say the 11 bottle hydroponic system, and i turn on the pump and fill the system with water/nutrients, then what happens? does the water drain off just like an ebb & flow system, or does the waterlevel drop because the plants absorb it? i can imagine the water running back through the pump after it is switshed off. anybody! please answer my question! if i can figure out how this thing exactly works, i might even try to build this system myself. greetings, reynold

 

Yes the pump shuts off and the water drains back through the pump. It is an ebb and flow garden.

 

Date:
25 Oct 2002
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17:00:41
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Hay Ron Great web site. Finding alot of information on my new hobby. I Did the eleven plant system and it works great. Now I need to Know if you have made a home made, lighting system.

 

I have bought MH lights at flea markets cheap and with a little modifications like removed the ballast from top of the hood, I got a couple of good 400 watt lights for $60.

 

Date:
26 Oct 2002
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12:12:55
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Your site is probably one of the finest sites on the net. Keep up the good work. Whenever I need to buy something I will definitely support you as a thank you.

Wynus Marais South Africa

 

Date:
26 Oct 2002
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12:53:54
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yes i have one question, what keeps the seed's from falling down the hole, how do you keep the seed's from falling down the 1/2 inch hole what hold's them up, is there something ai need to put in between the 1/2 inch hole on the bottle cap.... i really need they question answer in order to grow my plants..... thank you very much if you can help me with this... frank e-mail rican1_69@yahoo.com

 

Date:
27 Oct 2002
Time:
23:57:17
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Each crop of my plants is plagued with rust, I've tried fungicide and cutting off the afflicted leaves, but the plants keep getting it. How do I get rid of it.

 

Fans, lots of fans. Stagnate air causes mold. If that doesn't work try rust remover.

 

Date:
29 Oct 2002
Time:
08:54:02
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I was wondering what exactly you ment by Growing medium? Does that mean Dirt or fertilized soil or something?

 

Dirt, grow rocks, rockwool, coconut fiber, pea gravel, wood chips are some examples of grow mediums. You add fertilizer to the medium. That is where the plants gets the nutrients to grow and not from the medium.

 

Date:
30 Oct 2002
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I have bought a high bay 400 watt Metal Halide with a reflector. Should I remove reflector since it is a high bay (the same type hanging at Wal-mart when you look up)

 

The only sure way to check is to use a light meter with the reflector and without to see if it cuts down the lumens. They don't cost much.

 

Date:
30 Oct 2002
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16:47:45
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what is a small gearmotor? and how does it work?

 

Date:
31 Oct 2002
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04:46:10
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i want to find pictures of spinach that is planted hydroponicly

 

Date:
01 Nov 2002
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19:09:32
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What is the spacing for growing beefsteak/cluster tomatoes? What is the spacing between the rows and the distance between the plants? And what is spacing of the twine - is it straight up or do you use a V shape? And finally is twine and clips enough support or do you need some mesh/screen as well?

 

Date:
03 Nov 2002
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07:44:41
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does the masquito magnet work?

 

Date:
03 Nov 2002
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09:45:35
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FOR ALL YOU POT GROWERS!!!

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Alley/5906/mjhandbook.txt

 

Date:
04 Nov 2002
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09:53:46
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Hi am sort of new to this. I just moved a few plants, and while in the process a few of the leaves got a little water dripped on them. The leaves are a bit discolored..whitish, light grey spots.. Is that mildew or mold...? or is it the water discoloring it?

 

Date:
05 Nov 2002
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21:47:26
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MY QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH HYDROPONICS WHAT ARE THE BEST TECHIQUES FOR HYDROPONICS

 

Date:
06 Nov 2002
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13:36:41
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We are considering applying for a grant for a small hydroponics project for our kindergarten-1st grade classroom. I know this is great science learning, but I've no idea what we might be able to grow. Most importantly, I'm not sure what essential questions we should explore/generate or what daily activities we could pursue.

We would appreciate any responses or suggestions. I might add that we are in rural, remote Alaska with winters down to minus 50 below, so a successful hydroponics class would have implications for a much larger community project.

I look forward to any and all responses. Sincerely, Thomas Brock and the Aniak K-1 Class

 

Date:
07 Nov 2002
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09:24:18
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How do start a plant in a hydro tank or any other plant? to reply back e-mail me at crazymofo6903@aol.com

 

Date:
08 Nov 2002
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07:57:51
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what are the avantages and disavantages of ebb and flow irrigation ?

 

Date:
10 Nov 2002
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07:48:07
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doe's anyone have plans to make a butcher block, my father in-law has a small wood shop at home but we can't find the plans to make me a butcher's block thank you wldflwr63@hotmail.com

 

Date:
10 Nov 2002
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15:40:47
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does ionic go of out of date

 

Date:
12 Nov 2002
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00:22:05
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I would like to get some info about coco peat and its use in bel pepers growing. many thanks in advance.

 

Date:
12 Nov 2002
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03:16:21
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Hi all,

where can I get Epsom Salt in Australia - Victoria?

 

Date:
13 Nov 2002
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01:23:02
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Date:
13 Nov 2002
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18:08:32
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I'm growing flowers and wonder if anyone know anything about change the light cycle to 12 hours off and 36 hours on and back to 12 off. I'm wondering if increasing the day light duration will harm plants ? I hoping that this is possible to increase over all flowing rates.

 

Date:
17 Nov 2002
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09:07:24
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How do you raise the EC levels ?

For instance I am using CK Hydrogrow. I have a 100 gallon sump.

I've added the 3/4 teaspoon Hydrogrow and 3/4 teaspoon of Calcimum Nitrate and am coming up with a PH 5.9, ms 0014, ppm 90

My plants are about 3-5 inches tall.

What am I doing wrong ?

 

Date:
17 Nov 2002
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20:09:38
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Ron- Where can I find one of those Hanna PH Testers you were selling this summer? Will you ever carry those units again? I am really in a bad situation about my PH and need to find a PH tester that is cheap and efficient. It Sucks checking the PH using a cheap fish tank kit. Thanks, J-rod

 

No they were unreliable. Only lasted a couple months.

 

 

Date:
18 Nov 2002
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dear ron, i am new to hydroponics and im on a budget. recently i was looking for timers or my pump, but i could only find a 24 pin one. i was wondering if i could do an hour on hour off cycle to water my plants Thnx smalls

 

Date:
18 Nov 2002
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12:33:43
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I just finished constructing my 11 unit and need to transplant plants in soil to the hydro set up .... what's the best way to do it?

Thanks

 

Date:
18 Nov 2002
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14:03:18
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The lower leaves on my two tomatoe plants are culling like a tube up and in with tiney spots look kind of clear from the top, bottom they are little green or white bumps. The plants are only 1-2 feet with only the lower set of branches doing this. They are in an Ebb and Flow that goes on every two hours on a 15min timer, the ph is around 6.5 and TDS 1300. What causes this?

 

Date:
18 Nov 2002
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21:42:50
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Ok. Im new to this and m just trying to grow a couple of plants for the fun of it. WOuld someone be able to reply to me of how to start growing. Im an idiot when it comes to this shit so talk to me like a 8 year old. Or if someone has a cheap system they want to sell. M email is wrightj16@hotmail.com

 

Date:
19 Nov 2002
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08:36:05
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Date:
19 Nov 2002
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14:46:05
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Where Can I find a bottom resivor for the 11 plant system, let me know please

 

Date:
19 Nov 2002
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16:05:05
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cAN YOU GUYS GIVE ME SOME BASIC INFO ON HOW PLANTS GROW?????

 

Date:
21 Nov 2002
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16:49:56
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I would like to know if the hydroponics System would work on a tropical isalnd like Puerto Rico. And what types of plants would work here. Also waht would be the best design to use for a Hydroponics system. Does anybody have a design that I can use down here, it should be simple and cost effective? Thanks.

 

Date:
22 Nov 2002
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10:33:08
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Date:
22 Nov 2002
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10:34:00
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well this is one great web site let me tell you, i love this soo much it is my favorite

 

Date:
23 Nov 2002
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14:46:53
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I WOULD LIKE TO START A HYDROPONICS COMMERCIAL FARM IN THE NEAR FUTURE. MY QUESTION TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME DECIDING WHAT KIND OF GREENHOUSE AND SYSTEM TO USE TO USE IN A TROPICAL CARIBBEAN CLIMATE ( LOW 75 degrees/high 85to 90's). MY BDGET IS NOT A LARGE ONE

 

Date:
23 Nov 2002
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17:14:32
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WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF ALGEA IN IN WATER,ON ROOTS? WHAT CAUSES ALGEA? WHY DO GREEN STEMS TURN MAROON?

 

Date:
24 Nov 2002
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16:41:32
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We have tomato plants with plenty of blossoms which have fallen off and no tomatos have produced. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

 

Date:
25 Nov 2002
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06:04:59
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Re: Blossom Drop on Tomatos

How about a little more info. Growing outside or inside. Nighttime temperature? Using calcium nitrate and magnesium? What part of the world are you in?

 

Date:
25 Nov 2002
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11:55:08
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Date:
25 Nov 2002
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12:52:31
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Why don't yall show pot plants?

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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08:58:52
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I am building a hydroponic garden for a science project, and i came up with a problem. I built a Ebb and Flow garden with pvc pipe, and i cut a long slot instead of separate holes. Now i am wondering what would be the best way to insert my groing medium, and how to do it. Thank you.

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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08:59:17
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I am building a hydroponic garden for a science project, and i came up with a problem. I built a Ebb and Flow garden with pvc pipe, and i cut a long slot instead of separate holes. Now i am wondering what would be the best way to insert my growing medium, and how to do it. Thank you.

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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09:05:45
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Ya im building a Flood and Drain garden (this is my first time), and I dont know if I have to continously let the water run, or let it for a while and stop it with a timer. And if a timer is needed where can i get o thats not 24 hrs. Thanks Alot.

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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09:06:11
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Ya im building a Flood and Drain garden (this is my first time), and I dont know if I have to continously let the water run, or let it for a while and stop it with a timer. And if a timer is needed where can i get o thats not 24 hrs. Thanks Alot.

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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09:09:26
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I am building a hydroponic garden for a science project, and i came up with a problem. I built a Ebb and Flow garden with pvc pipe, and i cut a long slot instead of separate holes. Now i am wondering what would be the best way to insert my growing medium, and how to do it. Thank you.

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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10:15:28
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(Q From Eddie)just a quick question, can I use a calcium supplement, (calcium carbonate) rather than having to buy a big box of calcium nitrate from you??? i ahven't been able to find any calcium nitrate locally but have a calcium supplement that I take on a regular basis. Will that work???

(A From Free Flyer) Go to your local feed shop or farming co-op and they will have it. In fact, they can also get greenhouse grade calcium-N for little cost to you my friend.....However, at any rate the product you buy must be food-grade product; or you will grow horns and a tail and start mooing (some person out in net-land will belive that, HE HE; and ask "Ron is it true? How many horns will I grow? How often should I H20 my shiney new horns?")

Happy growing and blue skies, Free Flyer

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
Time:
10:15:51
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(Q From Eddie)just a quick question, can I use a calcium supplement, (calcium carbonate) rather than having to buy a big box of calcium nitrate from you??? i ahven't been able to find any calcium nitrate locally but have a calcium supplement that I take on a regular basis. Will that work???

(A From Free Flyer) Go to your local feed shop or farming co-op and they will have it. In fact, they can also get greenhouse grade calcium-N for little cost to you my friend.....However, at any rate the product you buy must be food-grade product; or you will grow horns and a tail and start mooing (some person out in net-land will belive that, HE HE; and ask "Ron is it true? How many horns will I grow? How often should I H20 my shiney new horns?")

Happy growing and blue skies, Free Flyer

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
Time:
10:16:13
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(Q From Eddie)just a quick question, can I use a calcium supplement, (calcium carbonate) rather than having to buy a big box of calcium nitrate from you??? i ahven't been able to find any calcium nitrate locally but have a calcium supplement that I take on a regular basis. Will that work???

(A From Free Flyer) Go to your local feed shop or farming co-op and they will have it. In fact, they can also get greenhouse grade calcium-N for little cost to you my friend.....However, at any rate the product you buy must be food-grade product; or you will grow horns and a tail and start mooing (some person out in net-land will belive that, HE HE; and ask "Ron is it true? How many horns will I grow? How often should I H20 my shiney new horns?")

Happy growing and blue skies, Free Flyer

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
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14:57:13
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are phototronics systems any good

 

Date:
26 Nov 2002
Time:
17:52:05
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what kind of lights do I use with the 11 plant garden?

 

Date:
27 Nov 2002
Time:
16:38:16
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Once you have glued two pieces of pvc pipe together can they be separated without breaking them?

 

Date:
29 Nov 2002
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07:04:17
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can rice husks be used for medium? If yes, how is the rice husks prepared? thanks.

 

Date:
29 Nov 2002
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07:05:06
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can rice husks be used for medium? If yes, how is the rice husks prepared? thanks.

 

Date:
29 Nov 2002
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16:54:00
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Date:

01 Dec 2002
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19:50:14
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How much does a simple hydroponic garden cost to set up? I'm thinking about using hydroponic growing as a science project experiment.

 

Date:
02 Dec 2002
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15:09:55
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Aeroponics: should the nutrient solution be sprayed continuously or intermittently? NFT: should the nutrient solution flow continuouly or intermittently?. Raft system: how to reduce the heat in the nutrinet solution?.and how to aerate the nutrient solution? Subagyo(eska38@yahoo.com)

 

Date:
02 Dec 2002
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19:35:41
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Hey Ron, I live in N. Va and can't find thin walled, schedule 26 pvc. Can you contact me and let me purchase some from you? I have you 11 plant system built and have plants ready to be installed but I can't find anything to get the 2 ltr. bottles to insert to. Thanks, Jay, N.Va.

 

Date:
03 Dec 2002
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06:42:30
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Dear Ron. I am a student at Warwickshire college in England and i am trying to research a project on growing trees using hydroponics. So far i have only found information regarding herbaceous plants and tropical plants like banana trees. Have you any links/information that may be of use at all. -Thanks- Richard Johnson . e-mail. PIGLET1969@hotmail.com

 

Date:
04 Dec 2002
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this site is really nice. I'm going to build the 11 plant ebb/flow system that ron created, good job ron .Well i'll write back exclaiming my results

 

Date:
05 Dec 2002
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21:23:51
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I get tired of pulling weeds so I am building three 11 plant systems per your website's design. My questions are - 1)If I added dishwashing soap to the circulating brew to reduce surface tension, would that increase the plant uptake of nutrients or could it cause problems. Also I saw your banana plant picture 'Wow"! 2) Can Hydroponicly grown plants or trees be transplanted to soil without any problems?. Florida Fred -first timer at hydroponics

 

Date:
06 Dec 2002
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23:59:50
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hi i want make a greenhouse that grown vegtable in speed time priod please help me

 

Date:
08 Dec 2002
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06:36:30
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what would u suggest that i could feed my plant ive only just planted it and its in a plant pot plz help

 

Date:
08 Dec 2002
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06:36:55
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what would u suggest that i could feed my plant ive only just planted it and its in a plant pot plz help

 

Date:
09 Dec 2002
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17:02:00
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I invite you all to take a look at a new revolutionary hydroponic growing machine called the Wonder Grower. Go to www.ebay.com and search for Wonder Grower or Wonder Herb Grower to learn more about it. It saves you space, has a low energy consumption, and has a maximum yield of 6 weeks. There is nothing like it out there. My e-mail address is imionline2@hotmail.com.

 

Date:
10 Dec 2002
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00:37:42
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What are the different methods of cultivationin hydoponics?explain.What can it do to the millions of hungry people?cite details

 

Date:
10 Dec 2002
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16:52:02
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wut size of bucket do i use to hold the water?

 

Date:
11 Dec 2002
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13:38:04
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Ron, Am building the 11 plant setup...a tad modified of course...would like to know the depth pf the bottles after cutting, and how you folded over the edge... Also, I will be using a ceramic medium, and rooting the seeds in Rockwool cubes (1 1/2") so I would like to know the approximate height of the water.... Many folks have different opinions on the timing of the feed/water cycle...15min on/45 off..???

 

Date:
11 Dec 2002
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19:14:35
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Hi. I am doing a science project on how different light sources affect the rate of plant growth, and I need to know if black lights help plants grow.

 

Date:
15 Dec 2002
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18:09:50
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If i want to just grow 2 tomato plants in a hydroponic machine, what kind of stuff do i need? Including everything that you would need to grow...

 

Date:
16 Dec 2002
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17:30:00
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I've just installed a couple of NFT lettuce channels and everything is set...except.

I haven't a clue as to what are idea "watering cycles are for Lettuce"?

 

Date:
23 Dec 2002
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06:25:18
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My hydrangias leaves are turn brown and dry on the edges, what is causing this. I am in west central florida

 

Date:
23 Dec 2002
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12:54:26
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Bored... Here's my lettuce crop (had the question about time intervals, a few posts above).

http://www.geocities.com/windshieldsbill

 

Date:
24 Dec 2002
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09:34:41
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE FRESH CUTTING OF CLONES AND ROOT UNDER THE 12/12. TO PROMOTE FLOWERING AND ROOTING AT THE SAME TIME, TO DETERMINE EARLY THE SEX OF THE PLANT. IF SO HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO ROOT AND FLOWER.

 

Date:
25 Dec 2002
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04:51:44
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ATTENTION: WINDSHIELDS BILL---Hydro NFT Lettuce

Go to: http://www.bee.cornell.edu/extension/CEA/LettuceHandbook/Lettuce%20Main.htm

Perhaps your answer is there. If not, contact me at tailwheel@asia.com

 

Date:

25 Dec 2002

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09:47:31
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RON,

IS IT POSSIBLE TO FLOWER FRESH CUTTING OF CLONES WHILE ROOTING UNDER THE 12/12 CYCLE? IF SO HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE PLANT TO GROW ROOTS AND FLOWER?




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