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General Hydroponics Maximum Yield: Urban Garden Terminology

Understanding hydroponics urban garden terminology gives you maximum yield. Understanding hydroponics urban garden terminology gives you maximum yield.

When you’re a hobbyist or expert hydroponics gardener, perhaps running a hydroponics urban garden in a small room but still wanting to get maximum yield, you might sometimes be puzzled by general hydroponics terminology that you hear growers use or see in magazines.

So I decided to provide a general hydroponics guide to some of the more frequently used words and phrases that have special meaning in the hydroponics urban garden world:

Base Nutrients: These are your foundational nutrients that contain all 14 essential elements your plants have to get through their roots. Of course base nutrients contain nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK), but they also contain calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and other elements. For base nutrients to be effective at providing the foundation for everything else you feed your hydroponics urban garden plants and for vigorous growth and maximum yield, your hydroponics nutrients have to be designed and tested for your plants and contain the proper range of elements in the right ratios.

Chelates: A chelate is a compound that binds with an element in your hydroponics nutrients and helps that element cross from your root zone into your plants’ roots. There are various types of chelates and some of them are far more effective and expensive than others. Most nutrient manufacturers don’t use the right kinds or adequate range of chelates. This means it’s harder for your plants to intake nutrients from those products.

Beneficial Microbes: In fertile outdoor grow environments there are microbes living in the root zone that help roots take in nutrients and water while protecting them from disease, temperature extremes and drought. You can install beneficial microbes (liquid beneficial fungi and liquid beneficial bacteria) in your root zone to bring the boosting benefits of these microbes into your hydroponics indoor urban garden.

Medium – This is not just how you might want the to cook your steak. Often referred to as hydroponics “media,” this means whatever solid material your plants’ roots are growing in. Note that this does not apply when your plants are growing in media-free root zones such as aeroponics. Common types of hydroponics root zone media include rockwool, sphagnum moss, Sunshine Mix #4, Pro-Mix, hydroton, coco coir and soil. Each of these types has its own plusses and minuses when it comes to whether or not you should choose it as your root zone media.

Photoperiod – Your hydroponics plants are lovers of light, and one root word for light is “photo.” So you can see that a photoperiod is a way of describing the hours of light your plants get per day. In general, you use 18 hours of light during grow phase and 12 hours of light during bloom phase (during every 24 hour cycle).

Flushing: Not just what you do after you’ve visited the bathroom. It’s actually a way of using Final Phase crop cleanser during the last 7-10 days of bloom phase before you harvest so your crops eat up all the excess fertilizer salts and other material stored in them. The result is cleaner, safer, better-tasting, more aromatic hydroponics crops that command higher prices and respect.

Grower Levels: Hydroponics growers can be seen as having four ascending levels of hydroponics experience, goals and success. The Hobbyist grower is just starting out, or has a very small set-up with one or two plants. The Expert grower has started to invest in a larger grow room set-up, experimented with cloning, and is running 600 watts of light or more. The professional hydroponics grower has been at it full time for one or more years and has committed to hydroponics growing as a full-time or part-time career. The Grand Master grower is a wise wizard of the hydroponics urban garden who can run a large-scale commercial operation using 10,000 or more watts of lighting, and who is able to get reliably huge and valuable yields time after time in a variety of indoor and outdoor urban garden conditions.


Erik Biksa is the hydroponics grand master teacher who gives you maximum yield hydroponics urban garden information

If you’ve read my list of general hydroponics lingo words and you knew all of them, you’re probably at least an expert grower if not a professional or even a grand master.

The bottom line is that as you progress up the ladder to greater and greater hydroponics urban garden success, you will be able to recognize general hydroponics terminology as well as specialized insider knowledge that result in your getting massive maximum yield.

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