How do I prevent powdery mildew from ruining my plants?

Powdery mildew is horrible and we feel for anyone dealing with an outbreak! Thankfully, there’s a lot of options to help prevent powdery mildew and treat it if you happen to see some sneak into your grow room. Our most trusted and 1st choice for prevention is a sulfur burner. They’re specifically to prevent pests and …

How often should plants be watered?

Great question! Many plants don’t like to be over or under watered and they’ll let you know if this is happening. The best rule of thumb is to go by the weight of the pot. You can also stick your finger into the soil, if it’s dry a couple of inches below the soil then …

Can I control fungus gnats and thrips with nematodes?

Yes, we have been seeing customers have a lot of success using nematodes. Nematodes are a multi-cellular beneficial parasitic round worm that targets pest insect larvae of mainly Sciarid flies (fungus gnats) and Thrips. The soft bodied pest insect larvae serve as a host for the beneficial nematode. The nematodes hunt down the harmful larvae …

What are the benefits from use of seaweed in the garden?

Consuming food grown with seaweed used as a fertilizer helps give you important minerals that are more frequently deficient from land-based diets. Seaweed contains all major and minor plant nutrients, and all trace elements; alginic acid; vitamins; auxins; at least two gibberellins; and antibiotics. For those who cannot gather fresh seaweed, it is available in …

Why should I think about pH in my garden?

Correct pH is a critical but often overlooked aspect when growing in hydroponics, coco coir, or Sunshine/Pro Mix. Put simply, the pH of your fertilizer determines how much of the mineral elements are available and accessible for the plants. Acid loving plants like rhododendrons and hydrangeas require lower pH. Tomatoes require slightly acid conditions, while peonies …

Can I bring some of my favourite geraniums inside to overwinter?

Yes! Unlike most annual bedding plants, geraniums are easily propagated by cuttings. Kept on a warm windowsill over winter, or in a tray with a T 5 fl orescent light, your cuttings will quickly develop roots and leaves. How to do it: Select healthy, squat and fat shoots. Remove them from the parent plant by …

Any Suggestions For Gifts for the Gardener?

Yes, and we have a great in-stock selection! T5 lighting Trays Clear greenhouse domes Inserts and sterile media types Indoor herbs or greens through the winter For the more serious grower The latest 400 watt ballast and bulb kits With a nice little reflector, this kit will be perfect for a 3 to 4 foot sq. area, allowing you to grow …

How Important Are Indoor Grow Room Temperatures?

The Temperature of the grow room should be adjusted according to the types of plants you are raising. For example, summer vegetables and most flowers grow best between 60º and 80º F. Winter vegetables like spinach and lettuce prefer temperatures of between 50º and 70º. Also, keep in mind that many crops prefer a lower temperature at night, often as much as …

Have you got any tips for overwintering plants?

You can bring sensitive plants like geraniums and some herbs in for the winter. Wash plants and pots with insecticidal soap before bringing them indoors. Find a sunny spot in the window, and better yet supplement them with a daylight fluorescent like a T5 on a timer. In mid-winter decrease heat slightly and water less. Avoid fertilizing during the winter as this encourages …

When is a good time to apply Nematodes for Rhodos?

One of the most persistent outdoor garden pests is the Rhodo Weevil, which is part of the root weevil family. Larvas are whitish grubs with black heads. In the larval stage, the weevil grubs chew on roots and soft tissue of plants along soil surface. As adults, weevils chew on leaves and new growth. Leaves attacked …

I am considering a new greenhouse. Would a glass house be a good choice?

Glass is the highest-quality option for greenhouses. It is the heaviest material and so can be the most difficult to install, but if installed properly and protected from shattering, glass will outlast any other plastic option in terms of useful life. We now have available for purchase the popular Halls Greenhouse. We also provide service …

What are B Vitamins used for?

B vitamins are designed to promote rooting, maintain health and vigour of your plants, and prevent shock from transplanting and pruning. We at Hygro highly recommend Ultimate B Plus. It contains B-1, natural humates, natural hormones, enzymes, carbohydrates, and amino acids. It is also a great source for natural auxins and cytokinins. This formula is …

What is Cal-Mag’s Key Role in the Garden?

Calcium, an essential part of the plant’s cell wall structure, improves the absorption of other nutrients by the roots and their translocation within the plant, and contributes to improved disease resistance. Calcium deficiencies Calcium deficiency symptoms appear initially as generally stunted plant growth. Cupping of mature leaves is a tell tale sign of a calcium …

Why is Humic Acid so good to use in the garden?

It enhances nutrient uptake, meaning you save money by spending less on fertilizers. It enhances soils depleted in nutrients and organic matter. Humic Acids promote proliferation of soil microorganics like beneficial algae, bacteria and fungi. Improves soil structure and prevents soil compaction. Increases water capacity in soil. Humic acid is allowed for use on certified …