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This entry was posted on April 4, 2011 by Michael DiPaolo.
Most hydroponic applications recommend complete changes of nutrient solution every week! At AeroGrow, we spent years testing and designed our gardens to grow wonderfully even if you NEVER do a full nutrient change. That's a pretty big deal!
Siphon In Use
But that doesn't mean it can't grow even better. Through testing in our labs, we've seen significantly better growth with what we call a "rinse and refill". Here's how to do it:
Once a month when the nutrient light comes on, use our specially sized siphon to quickly drain all the nutrient solution in the AeroGarden into the sink or a bucket ( see picture to the right). Add nutrients and water as usual then press the reset button. That's it! Nutrients perfectly balanced! It's easy and takes less than 5 minutes, and you can do it without spilling a drop of water or disturbing your plants. Best of all, you'll see a difference in the health, vitality, and lifespan of your plants.
This entry was posted in Indoor Gardening Tips and tagged Rinse and Refill on April 4, 2011 by Michael DiPaolo.
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I AM HAVING TROUBLE , MY TOMATO PLANT HAS BLOOSOMS ALREADY
BUT THE LEAVES ARE TURNING UNDER AND I DON'T WANT TO LOOSE IT AFTER I HAVE WATCHED IT GROW ALL THIS TIME.COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT MIGHT BE WRONG WITH THIS PLANT,BEFORE IT S TOO LATE AND IT DIES
Dorothy the best thing to do at this point is frequent water/nutrient changes. Some foilage loss at the bottom of the plant is going to happen as the light stops reaching that low in the canopy. But some of the curling/browning can be avoided by doing complete "rinse and refill" with every nutrient change. When the add nutrient light comes on, just siphon out the old nutrient and add in fresh water (distilled is best, but most tap waters are fine) and fresh nutrients. You should see a quick pick up in the health of the plant. Thanks!
Tomatoes love water! By the time the tomato plant has started blooming, it has established a massive root system and the reservoir needs to be filled at least every other day. I grow full size plants and top the reservoir off daily. Also cutting off curling/browning leaves reserves water for healthy branches.
I am growing plants from seed using the plugs. I am having problems getting the plants out of the aero garden without losing quite a lot of the roots. any suggestions on how I can get plants/roots out of aero garden without damaging the roots? Thanks
I usually use a pencil (eraser side) to push up from the bottom. This works better than something larger (like a finger) because it doesn't shear off the roots in passing. I find that even with some root loss, the plants transplant well (as long as you've hardened them off).
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