Newsletter 31/07/13

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!

SomHydro News

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!

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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 :)

Setup and use of a Wilma Dripper System

Further to our previous blog; we think it is time to give you a little more in-depth information regarding the set-up and use of the Atami Wilma range of Dripper growing systems. Wilma Dripper systems work simply via a water pump supplying nutrient/water to the growing pots which then drains through the growing medium/pot with the excess nutrient/water draining back into the nutrient tank below the growing tray to repeat the process. Any growing medium can be used in a dripper growing system but generally either coco (coir), expanded clay pebbles or soils are used. Obviously if using soil as the growing medium, you will not be growing Hydroponic plants!

Set up and use of a Wilma Dripper system is very simple (we will assume at this point that you have already cultivated your seedlings or cuttings in a suitable growing medium and to a size ready for transplanting):

1)     Choose your growing medium type and fill the Wilma pots (if using soil or coco we recommend placing an inch of clay pebbles at the base of pot to aide with drainage)

2)     Transplant your seedlings or cuttings into the Wilma pots full of relevant growing medium.

3)     Connect dripper stakes (two types are supplied: 4mm Blue stakes for clay pebbles and Black stakes for coco or soil) to the 4mm dripper line and then connect the supply water pump to the grey plastic delivery tube. Plug your pump into an analogue or digital timer;  but do not turn the pump on just yet!

4)     Now fill the tank with water and add your chosen liquid plant feed at the correct dilution stated on the bottle, or for the size or age of plants to be transplanted into your Wilma system. We recommend using an EC meter for accurate monitoring/dosing of your nutrient strength.

5)     When nutrients have been added to the tank, ensure that you have mixed the solution thoroughly by hand or by using a secondary pump in the tank as a circulation/mixing pump.

6)     Now check the pH of your solution. We recommend using a pH meter for monitoring and dosing of pH acids to maintain as neutral a pH solution as possible, but this can also be done using a simple pH liquid test kit. Please see our FAQ section on our website for more information regarding general recommended nutrient strengths and pH levels in Hydroponics. Monitoring and adjusting of nutrient strength and pH should ideally be a daily task but this will obviously be a personal decision for some gardeners depending on how often they can access, or want to access, the grow room! As an experienced recommendation; if you want maximum results from your Hydroponic plants then make nutrient and pH monitoring/dosing a daily task.

7)     Now it is time to set the timer for your supply water pump. We recommend setting the timer to switch on the supply pump for fifteen minutes every two or three hours. Although this does not seem as if your plants will be receiving much water/nutrient, this is the ideal watering/feeding schedule to encourage your plants to produce new roots and a larger root mass.

8)     That’s it! ..plug your pump and timer into the socket and switch on! Your Wilma Dripper growing system is now operational and now only requires you to top-up the nutrient tank when necessary and monitor nutrient strength and pH!

There are many growing tips I have learnt over the years for the Wilma growing systems, but I wanted to keep this blog short enough to cover the set-up and use basics..so please leave a comment or a question if you would like me to continue adding information for this type of growing system!

~Lee@SomHydro

Somerset Hydroponics Growing Update

Further to our previous blog regarding the release of our new DutchPro Nutrient range; we are currently propagating small leaf basil seeds in the X-stream 20 Site Aeroponic propagator which will then be transplanted into the SureGrow4 SG70 NFT Growing System; the basil will then be fed the complete range of DutchPro Nutrients. This will be our first in-store test of this highly requested nutrient brand. We have chosen small leaf basil as our test plants due to the low, yet precise feeding requirements of the plant which will very quickly show us how well formulated the DutchPro Nutrient range is (We are expecting to see nothing but good things!) We have chosen the SureGrow4 SG70 NFT system as it is ideally suited to small/medium vigorously growing plants. We will keep you updated weekly!

Propagating small-leaf Basil seeds.

Basil seeds propagating in the (clear-display) X-Stream 20 site Aeroponic Propagator within the Secret Jardin DP90 propagation grow tent. Lighting used: Maxibright PL2 Propagation grow light.

 We will also be further testing this excellent nutrient range by growing tomato plants in Coco growing medium within a Wilma 10-pot Dripper growing system. This will be a growing test utilizing all of the equipment supplied with our Wilma10 System + DS120 Grow Tent Hydroponic Grow Kit

The 10plant wilma dripper_DS120 grow kit is our most popular growing kit sold in-store and online. Retailing at £490.00

The 10plant wilma dripper_DS120 grow kit is our most popular growing kit sold in-store and online. Retailing at £490.00