• Does Air-Pruning Benefit My Plants?

    Does Air-Pruning Benefit My Plants?

    Date: 01-07-2021
    You may have heard the saying "less is more", but when it comes to plant roots, the opposite is true. More really is more! When you think about it, this concept makes a lot of sense. Your plant's rots are the middle man between nutrients and plant growth, so it follows that the healthier and more abundant roots are, the more nutrient your plants will be able to uptake.
  • 5 Natural Plant Hormones You Could Be Using for Exponential Growth!

    5 Natural Plant Hormones You Could Be Using for Exponential Growth!

    Date: 01-06-2021
    At some point or another, we've all wished our plants would grow a little differently (the grass is always greener, after all). When growing, it's important to utilise all our resources effectively to produce the biggest and best yield we can, in the shortest amount of time possible. Plant hormones make this happen, so we're here to explain them.
  • 3 Water Quality Issues You Could be Facing

    3 Water Quality Issues You Could be Facing

    Date: 01-05-2021
    Setting up a new hydroponic system is really exciting, and when you've spent days or even weeks considering potential problems like pests, disease and nutrient ratios, water quality can be easily forgotten.
  • It's All About the Birds and the Bees

    It's All About the Birds and the Bees

    Date: 01-04-2021
    There are approximately 400,000 flowering plant species worldwide and 75% of these rely on cross-pollination as a means of genetic survival. This is why it is so important that gardeners understand - for lack of a better term - the birds and the bees.
  • Seed Biology 101

    Seed Biology 101

    Date: 01-03-2021
    In February, we saw the release of the Woolworths Discovery Garden promotion, which is a great way to encourage kids to get their hands dirty in the garden. In today's newsletter, we will give you (and your kids) the rundown on how to germinate your seedlings in hydroponics and how to care for them afterwards.
  • Why Silica Should be Considered an Essential Macronutrient

    Why Silica Should be Considered an Essential Macronutrient

    Date: 01-02-2021
    Growing in a hydroponic medium is akin to growing on a blank canvas, meaning you must add macronutrients if your crop is going to survive. Typically, horticulturalists will recommend three essential nutrients; potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. Today, we would like to argue the importance of one more; silica.
  • Hydroponic Troubleshooting: Coco Coir

    Hydroponic Troubleshooting: Coco Coir

    Date: 01-01-2021
    Plant deficiencies can be a result of so many things. In previous articles, we have talked about how deficiencies are usually because of a pH or an EC reading that is too high, or too low, but this isn’t always the case.
  • Why Testing Your pH and EC is as Important as They Say it is

    Why Testing Your pH and EC is as Important as They Say it is

    Date: 01-12-2020
    Your hydroponic investment is worth protecting. Regular checks of your system’s EC and pH will dictate whether your crop is successful or not, so it’s worth reading up on why and how you need to do this.
  • Training Your Crop: Our Top Manipulation Tip to Improve Your Yield!

    Training Your Crop: Our Top Manipulation Tip to Improve Your Yield!

    Date: 01-11-2020
    Apical dominance: a phenomenon within horticulture whereby the main, central stem of a plant is dominant over its side stems. By funnelling energy into the central branch only, plants can grow upwards faster, maximising light intake and expediting photosynthesis. In nature, this is the best way for a plant to survive. In your greenhouse, the opposite is true.
  • 5 Alternatives to Manual Pest Control

    5 Alternatives to Manual Pest Control

    Date: 01-10-2020
    Recently, we have had a number of enquires about how we like to control pests like aphids and caterpillars in our hydroponic and aquaponic systems. The short answer is that we do it by hand. While this is possible for us in a commercial environment, we know that spending hours checking each of your plants for caterpillars is not realistic for the average at-home gardener. With this in mind, we thought we would share 5 of our favourite at-home methods for getting rid of those garden nasties, and why they stand out to us as alternatives to manual pest control.
  • Potting Mix: Is it Helping or Hindering your Garden

    Potting Mix: Is it Helping or Hindering your Garden

    Date: 01-08-2020
    Generic potting mixes are full of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; all the nutrients essential to plant survival. Although plant life cannot survive without these nutrients, soil mixes fail to provide adequate aeration to plant roots, and when used alone, they significantly increase the chances of inborn pests like fungus gnats.