Welcome to our new newsletter format!
The UK Summer is here at last! (Kinda..!!) The main concern for most indoor gardeners will currently be temperature within the grow room. Due to the recent hot snap in the UK we have received hundreds of phone calls from desperate gardeners asking what can be done to lower temperature in their grow room, and for lowering the nutrient temperature within a nutrient/water tank. Below is a list of options to help maintain a better temperature for healthy plant growth until the outside temperature begins to drop and then in turn drops inside temperature.
*Note: The indoor gardener should always be realistic about what can be achieved when attempting to reduce temperature in a grow room in the summer months, especially when using multiple grow lights!
Things to consider:
All of the above will at least give you alternatives to consider to help maintain a better temperature within the grow room and grow tank(s) without having to consider completely shutting down your grow room for the summer months!
We have recently developed a professional NFT Growing System which we are currently testing in our Secret Jardin DR300W Grow Tent. This growing system will suit novice and expert Hydroponic growers alike. We are all very excited about this system as we have personal experience with using the commercial grade Suregrow NFT channelling utilised in this system. The channelling has a proven track record for vigorous plant growth and high yield potential. Check our blog regularly for updates and the release date of this system!
10% Online discount code
As with every previous news letter, we offer you a discount code for use when shopping on our website, this offer is now also open to our blog readers! To receive 10% off of any online order simply enter the code SOMHYDRO7 at the checkout when placing an order through our website. This offer is open only to UK customers and is valid from 31/7/2013 until the 14/08/2013 (Discount does not include delivery charge). This code can be used as many times as you wish throughout the valid period.
That’s it for this quarterly newsletter folks! We hope our regular newsletter followers prefer the Blog format ..we certainly do!!
Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you all at the store soon ..Best regards Lee
Nine days forward from our previous blog; the Golden Crown tomato plants vegetative growth is extremely vigorous and the plants are noticeably bigger as you can see from the images below! Although our Wilma10 system with a DS120 Grow Tent package comes complete with a 600w High Pressure Sodium Grow Light (primarily red spectrum to maximize flowering output in this size tent), for the purpose of our in-store demo we are utilising a 400w Sunmaster Metal Halide (primarily blue spectrum output) lamp/grow light to maximize vegetative growth. The plants in general are responding extremely well to the DutchPro range of nutrients and enhancers and we will keep you updated over the coming weeks.
You will also notice that we have placed a couple of young Dorset Naga Chilli Plants in the grow tent, which will be transplanted into an AutoPot Growing System and then these will soon be placed into our main in-store growing tent, the Secret Jardin DR300W.
We have recently added a new in-store demonstration growing tent utilising our Wilma10 System with a DS120 Grow Tent Hydroponic Grow Kit. Our chosen plants for this demonstration growing kit are Golden Crown tomatoes (Solanum Lycopersicum) which are a relatively vigorous cherry tomato from Eastern Europe, where it is known as Goldkrone. The roundish golden yellow fruit are early to mature and measure about 30mm in diameter. They have both a sweet taste and a juicy texture that come together in a serendipitous combination that makes them a delectable treat.
As supplied with the growing kit, we are using coco (Coir) growing medium and Dutch Pro Coco nutrients combined with Dutch Pro Take Root rooting stimulator and Dutch Pro Multi Total growing medium conditioner/growth enhancer. The tomato plants are just over three weeks old from seed; and as you can see from the images below, they are extremely healthy, and overall growth is vigorous!
We will update progress weekly with images and relevant growing information.
With the recent seasonal increase in temperature and unfortunately the continuing wet weather, gardeners will be experiencing a rise in numbers of the most common indoor/greenhouse pests. The general temperature increase combined with grow-room heat and higher than seasonally average humidity, makes ideal living and egg-laying conditions for our most troublesome grow room pests. This means that you should be paying particular attention to temperature and humidity control within the grow room.
Red Spotted Spider Mite
Red Spotted Spider Mites thrive at this time of year, and numbers can increase explosively if not spotted early enough or are left untreated. For killing the your number one enemy, we recommend Plant Vitality+ Plus. Not only will this product kill the adult Spider Mite, it will also kill the egg, and the larvae. Another benefit of this product is that it is formulated with a stress-relieving growth enhancer that will help your plants recover from the stress of the Spider Mite’s attack.
Blown up image of a Red Spotted Spidermite
Fungus Gnat (Sciarid Fly)
Also at this time of year, Fungus Gnats (Sciarid Fly) numbers can also increase explosively for the same reasons as above. This is a particular concern to you if you are using soil or coco (coir) as the chosen growing medium. Initially the adult Fungus Gnat causes little problem in the grow room until they lay their eggs. This is when the problem starts! Once the Fungus Gnat larvae have left it’s egg, it will then make it’s way through your growing medium eating your plant-roots which the damage can then cause rapid root rot (Pythium). To combat the adult Fungus Gnat, we recommend sticky traps; and to kill the Fungus Gnat larvae, we recommend Gnat Off. If Fungus Gnats have already caused damage to the root system (tell tale sign – a nasty rotting smell from the base of the pot) of your favourite plants, we also recommend Guard’n'Aid Rot Stop (Roots).
Blown up image of a Fungus Gnat
Dutch Pro are one of the pioneers of nutrient formulation in Europe, and is still the sole company & supplier from nutrients founded and based in Amsterdam 30 years ago. Dutch Pro have limited the products in the range so that the grower has everything he/she needs in the smallest amount of bottle’s as possible, and have formulated each product to have the highest concentration possible. This makes the Dutch Pro range of nutrients extremely cost effective and simple to use.
With this in mind, we have decided to stock some of their nutrients! These include but aren’t limited to Dutch Pro Explode which is a nutrient used for delivering precious nutrients to your plants and giving them a boost during the flowering stage. This solution contains micro-nutrients, vitamins, acids and it does exactly as the name suggests – explosively driving flowering growth and bigger yields in addition to increasing your plants resistance against diseases. This product is suited for every irrigation system we sell; as well as most of our soil, hydro and coco kits.
Dutch Pro Nutrients also includes the unique Auto Flowering Hydro Grow & Bloom, or Auto Flowering Soil Grow & Bloom range of plant nutrients. This nutrient range has been specifically formulated for Auto Flowering varieties of plant which have a much shorter life cycle than a general, standard flowering plant.
Springtime in our Secret Jardin DR300 demo grow tent! Our demo tent contains two air-cooled lighting systems, full carbon filter ventilation, an NFT growing system and the Wilma Dripper growing system. Twilight chilli’s have begun to set fruit in the Wilma Dripper system under HPS lighting (Red spectrum= fruiting/flowering) and the Lavender Basil plants are bedded into the GT NFT system under Metal Halide lighting (Blue spectrum = vegative growth). Soon to be joined by Dorset Naga chilies. All our plants are grown using the Plant Magic Nutrients range.
A little about us…
Somerset Hydroponics was established in 1999 but the idea began much earlier when product choices were few and retailers were even fewer. At the time, we recognised a need for quality Hydroponics and organic gardening products, but more importantly, an honest approach to the information to back them up.
Since 1999 we have had a retail store which has been staffed by experienced gardeners. We pride ourselves on our proven record to provide quality pre’ and after sales service. Our high level of customer service is equaled by our speed of service when you place an order with us. We hope that you soon become part of our happy community of gardeners!
We have a combined forty years plus of growing experience which covers an ever growing range of techniques and plant knowledge. Over the years we have been proud to participate in educational Hydroponic projects and to work with a division of the Royal Horticultural Society. We have advised and instructed small holding farmers on the viability of setting up hydro/organic projects, but we are better known for our trusted personal service within the domestic hobby market.
Somerset Hydroponics was established by gardeners for gardeners and as such we are committed to your needs. We hope that you find our site and blog informative and competitive for all your online shopping needs.
We value our customer’s opinions, so please feel free to make suggestions or comments about our website or business in general by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Gardening and See You Soon … Lee @Somhydro
Unit 4 Technine,
Houndstone Business Park,
Tel: 01935 420720