Grow Tips

Gardening tips from 45 years of combined gardening experience.

We know what it takes to grow hearty and healthy plants that produce.

Some of our best gardening tips have been gathered here to help you get the most out of your indoor and outdoor garden.

Need help or advice?

Give us a call or come by our fully stocked Campbell River gardening store, we have all the supplies needed to achieve the optimal growing environment for all your plants.

Helpful Tips for FloraFlex

Take a look at how FloraFlex works! Following this link will take you to Floraflex’s site – they offer great tutorial videos of these products in action.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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