Basil is one of the most rewarding plants to plant as it grows massive volumes of delicious leafy goodness. Here are a few little things you should know that will help you grow the healthiest basil!
Basil grows quite slowly from seed and is often dwarfed by other seedlings in the first 3-4 weeks...
Having troubles germinating seeds in winter?
Even in temperate climates, the cold winter climate can really impact the growth of your plants. The affects all stages of growth, however, it has the biggest impact on plants during germination.
The best ways to boost your seeds chances of germinating are;
Keep them warm- seeds are less likely...
How does hydroponics grow without soil?
Plants require a few things to survive;
Nutrients - Soil simply holds the nutrients that plants need to grow. If you wash out the nutrients from the soil, then it becomes no more useful for growth than concrete. This is, in fact, an issue with modern agriculture as short-sighted crop rotation an...
How much of the plant can I harvest without killing it?
When most plants first sprout out of the ground they generally have a set of leaves that look nothing like what an actual basil or parsley leaf may look like. These are called "Seed leaves" and are just there to power the plant until it is large enough to grow "True leaves" (which look much more ...
Identifying plant health 101
It is often quite tricky to spot the difference between an unhealthy plant and an awkward teenage plant. Sometimes you may think your plant is growing poorly, when in reality its doing just fine! Here are a few tricks to help you diagnose your plant and ways to treat these issues;
I kill every plant, will I be able to keep these alive?
Yes! There are heaps of reasons why growing in a hydroponic smart garden is easy and hassle-free!
Plants like stable conditions, growing indoors means there are no major temperature, wind, or light intensity fluctuations.
Plants grown indoors are safe from common garden and soil pests
Is hydroponically grown food safe to eat?
Yes! Hydroponically grown food is perfectly safe to eat. The nutrients work just like the nutrients in soil, and there are no pesticides or chemicals used. As always we'd recommend that you wash your harvest before eating
Plant Germination Time
This varies from plant to plant and the temperature of your house. On average you will see some sort of germination between 3 and 7 days. But please lookup your plants expected germination time for more specific results.
Check out this handy table for a good reference of where to start!
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Why does my growth medium turn green? Algae!
The reason the rockwool turns green is because the nutrient solution contains nitrogen, which when exposed to light causes naturally occuring bacteria called algae to feed off the nutrients.
What is Algae?
Algae is a type of aquatic organism that photosynthesizes to convert nutrients into energy...
Why is my growth medium mouldy?
In the natural environment, UV radiation from the sun kills the mold before it grows, however, our Smart Gardens don't use UV lights (as UV light damages plants in the same way that it damages human skin) - which means mould can sometimes grow in our smart soil.
Most of the mould that we see in ...
Why is my plant growing really slowly?
Chances are you're doing everything right, but you're just growing a plant that takes a while to grow, or isnt in the best conditions. Here are some typical reasons why plant growth may be slow;
Some plants grow at a consistent speed but more often than not they have growth spurts. It might just...
Will I have to transplant my plant into soil?
You CAN use hydroponics as a seed starter to grow your plants up to a size where they can safely be planted outside. However, you do not NEED to do this. The main reason for transplanting a plant into soil would be to grow something that needs a large amount of space.
If you do want to transplant...