My First Hydroponics and Growing Experience

fizzleJanuary 23, 2013

Hello Everyone
I'm new here and new to gardening.
I recently just build myself a flow type of hydroponics.
Now I want to grow some lettuce, tomatoes, fruits etc. but I don't know anything about gardening or using the hydroponics for growing.
I was wondering what type of nutrients/frertilization I need to buy?
Basically I don't know what type of food to buy for the plants. I am going to start to grow lettuce and tomatoes first. Will this be okay?
Amazon.com: Jack's All Purpose 20-20-20 Water Soluble Fertilizer 8 Ounce Tub: Patio, Lawn & Garden
or should I buy something like this?
Amazon.com: General Hydroponics Flora Series QT - FloraGro, FloraBloom, and FloraMicro: Patio, Lawn & Garden
if you got any tips or recommendation please feel free to share it. Thanks

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grizzman

Go with the flora series. They're easy. Learn what you're doing and make sure you like it. (only buy small quantities) then if you want to expand you can look into mixing up your own nutrients.
Probably only grow a single kind of plant first. I recommend tomatoes or herbs. That way you're not trying to make everyone happy or trying to troubleshoot across three different kinds of plants. Of course, lets hope no trouble shooting is required.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:15PM
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eircsmith

I haven't tried out GH but I've used Advanced Nutrients line-up it's seemed to give me the same result, so I can't compare the two. But AN product it's easier, not expensive and help to solve pH problem.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 1:21AM
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grizzman

Nothing against their nutrients, but Advanced Nutrients used to spam the Heck out of this forum. For that reason alone, I encourage NOT using them. GH Flora series was pretty much the original hydro fertilizers and work just fine.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 9:22AM
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ethnobotany

I also recommend the Flora series nutrients by GH.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 2:09PM
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halfway(5a)

I use CNS17. Cheap. Effective. Efficient.

However, I do not have a big "bloom" or "flowering" cycle.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Indoor Adventure

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 10:41AM
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fizzle

Thanks everyone for your input.

I was wondering what ph meter you recommend me to buy from amazon?

I am planning to get these to start growing. Do I need anything else?

General Hydroponics Flora Series QT - FloraGro, FloraBloom, and FloraMicro

General HydroponicsGH3254 General Hydroponics Rapid Rooter Tray, Single Pack

Thanks

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 6:10PM
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eircsmith

Thanks for threads and reply to their related query about experience of growing hydroponically. Most of grower suggest botanicare, GH and Advanced nutrients product. Which one is highly workable in growing process?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:08AM
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halfway(5a)

Best of luck and shoot some pics of your results when you get a chance!

Here is a link that might be useful: My Indoor Growing Adventure

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 11:40AM
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grizzman

just use litmus paper for beginning. it's cheap and you can buy it locally at pet stores.
I'm not sure why you need rapid rooter, but otherwise you seem good to go.
Do you have any medium for your plants yet?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 3:49PM
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eircsmith

Hi âÂÂgrizzmanâÂÂ. I appreciate to the helpful reply you gave. I will suggest some tips of you to my grower friends and I hope, it will be beneficial for them.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:44PM
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