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Your ticket to gaining bigger yields may be just a plane ride away. Europe, with all of its different countries, is a hydroponics Mecca, especially with stops like Holland and Spain leading the way. However, you don’t have to just hit the biggest hydro hubs. France, Germany, Austria and even the Czech Republic can offer the North American grower who thinks they have seen it all an eye-popping experience that can improve your growing game and help to expand your horizons.


Gene Nalbandian is as far from being a newbie to horticultural crop production as they come. However, taking on the global hydroponics market is a new challenge, which the veteran grower has come to embrace with open arms.


In every issue of Rosebud Magazine, we check out some awesome new grow gear and share our finds with you. If you’re growing indoors, outdoors, in soil, or hydroponically, these pieces of gardening equipment can help you get the job done right.


In 2011, U.S. biodiesel producers passed a milestone: the 1-billion-gallon annual production marker. This is significant, and for those of us thinking in metric, the total sounds even grander at over 3.75 billion liters produced in one year!

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The outdoor growing season offers a lot of promise. Unlimited planting space, a free source of intense light, lots of air circulation, and, best of all, Mother Nature can help you achieve the garden you’ve always dreamed of. While this time of year offers great potential, it doesn’t automatically guarantee success. When growing outdoors, your crop is at the mercy of the natural elements, predators, and a whole host of other beasties that want to destroy your crop just as much as you want to harvest it.


There are many methods and approaches to developing a successful outdoor grow, but one of the best ways is to raise your own plants from seed. The idea is that you control the environment for these young plants right from the beginning so that you know exactly what you can expect when you transfer them outdoors.

 Check out these great gift ideas for your fellow growers. Or maybe treat yourself to something special!

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Q: I’ve heard lots of different schools of thought on pruning my production plants for bigger yields under lights. I like to just let my plants go during veg because I have other work elsewhere. In bloom I can spend more time in the garden. So how much should I take off, where, when and how often? My plants are usually about two feet tall and a couple of feet around by the end of veg, and I get about another foot of growth early on in the bloom phase.


Having highly reflective surfaces in the grow room contributes to bigger yields and more even growth patterns in your crop. For decades, growers have used reflective films and sheeting to meet these important objectives, but they have often missed one important consideration: infrared protection. With IR detecting drones soon to be swarming the skies above your home, here are a couple of materials that will help provide your garden some privacy.


Occasionally we’ll see pictures posted by a proud pet owner and grower showcasing their favorite living things together in the grow room. Like most growers, we love our pets. Unfortunately, allowing man’s best friend inside your grow op isn’t such a hot idea for the health and safety of your dog or your garden. Don’t believe us? Here’s the truth, direct from the source:


Being a hydroponic grower means more than mastering the art of horticulture. It almost always means knowing your way around a toolbox to construct the ideal environment for your crop. Here are some tools every grower should have handy.


Imagine never having to pay for another drop of water again, while keeping your drain-to-waste indoor soil or soilless garden growing lush and healthy.

What if that water was even more pure than what comes from your reverse-osmosis filtration system, without creating three to four times the wastewater typical of R.O. systems, and it was delivered from totally biological sources with the help of some growing gear you probably already have? Think of all the benefits for your garden, your planet and your wallet.


They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. There’s also more than one way to dry a crop. Here is some food for thought when debating how to handle your prized harvest:


More growers than ever before are trying LED lighting in their grow rooms, as this once experimental technology becomes proven in the eyes of horticulturists. Apache Tech LEDs are made specifically for growers who demand high production from their crop, as well as big savings on electricity and heat in the grow room.


Q: My indoor crop isn’t quite done yet, but I need it to ripen because my transplants are getting too big to keep in my clone box any longer. What can I do? I don’t want my future crop to suffer from lack of light and space, but I also don’t want to hurt the yield in my main garden. The clone box is in a spare closet, and my crop is in a grow tent in a spare room.

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