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Hydroponics Roots, Part 1: Out of Sight But In Your Mind

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Hydroponics roots are the unseen foundation for your plants but too many hydroponics growers neglect them. You’ll see hydroponics growers paying attention to hydroponics nutrients, grow room climate control, pH, ppm, hydroponics lighting, plant genetics and so many other factors…but not paying attention to hydroponics roots at all.

I learned early on not to neglect roots when I had a crop that was growing slowly, with weak, spindly stems, leaf problems, and overall lack of vigor.

It was almost as if that crop was meant to teach me all about hydroponics troubleshooting because I spent hours analyzing and attempting to remedy the many problems my hydroponics plants were showing. I also spent a lot of money on new equipment.

And yet, the problems continued and got worse. As I got into the third week of bloom phase, and saw that my flower development was pathetic. I became very angry, so I impulsively yanked the plants out of their three-gallon pots and was shocked by what I saw.

What had happened was that the plants’ roots were tightly wound throughout the grow media and pushing up against the margins of the pots. In other words, my hydroponics plants were rootbound.

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For some reason, I had always assumed that my plants’ roots would grow to fill the space I provided for them, and then stop growing and enjoy the nutrients and water I provided in ample quantities.

But when I told a more experienced grower about my roots cramming the inside of the pots and my plants having problems, he immediately said the pots were too small and that I had ruined the plants because of it.

With his help I developed a system that works great for me now, and it’s simple. I have a series of pot sizes and I start my plants in Jiffy Preforma, whether they are clones or seeds.

When they’ve developed ample roots (which is amazingly fast in the Jiffy Preforma), I transplant them to a quart-sized container. Every two weeks during grow phase, I upgrade to the next container in my series, but I sometimes adjust that timing depending on visual examination of my roots to see how much space is left in the pots.

My ideal is to get my hydroponics plants into a pot that has about 25% or more capacity in it than the previous pot as a final transplant about a week before I flip my lights to 12-12.

Your hydroponics plants don’t like to be transplanted during bloom phase (although you may be forced to do that if they’re rootbound during bloom phase). And anytime I transplant, I feed my plants a Vitamin B hydroponics formula that helps them overcome transplant shock.

There are details about this transplanting method coming up in Part 2 of my series on hydroponics roots, so stay dialed to RosebudMag.com. You’ll get information about transplanting, root zone media, and root zone health that can save your hydroponics crops, and propel them to give you the bigger yields you desire and deserve. Talk to you soon, and happy growing.

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