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Hey, it sure is an exciting time to be a hydroponics grower, and nowhere is the excitement more justified than in the area of indoor hydroponics lighting technology.

From the days of growing outdoors in sunlight, to low-output fluorescents, and then on to High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs and beyond, hydroponics gardeners have driven innovation and effectiveness, because your plants want lots of light and you want the best lighting gear.

Until I talked to a grand master grower who set me right, I did what most growers do when they switch their plants to 12 hour lighting to trigger bloom phase:  one day I’d be using Grow fertilizer and 18-24 hours of light, and then the next day I switched to 12 hours of light and started using Bloom base nutrients fertilizer.

A few weeks into bloom phase I added a bloom booster to my base nutrients. When the flowers were ready, I harvested.  That’s how many growers do it.

Hydroponic gardening is really a fun and healthy way to grow vegetables and fruits. An example of a vegetable that can be successfully grown in hydroponics is squash. Squash comes in many varieties, but the method for each type is basically the same. Squash requires a fairly warm temperature and a lot of light to produce adequately. Rather than a daily feeding of hydroponic nutrients, irrigating the crop every two days will help keep roots moist without being drowned. You will also need some types of support for the vine structure of your squash.

Hydroponics cloning is a fundamental skill when you want to get more serious about your hydroponics gardening.

Cloning gives you the ability to duplicate your favorite genetics by making smaller but identical copies of a larger female plant, known as the motherplant.

Of course, you want a motherplant that has the qualities you most desire in your hydroponics gardening. Selecting and maintaining motherplants is an art and a science, and you can use the search function on Rosebudmag.com, as well as look at Rosebud print magazine, to see articles on selecting and maintaining motherplants.

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