Growing plants in your own hydroponic garden is hard enough as it is…
After all, you have to pick the right nutrients.
You have to get your water right.
And you might even have to build your entire grow room from scratch.
After all that hard work, when your plants finally start growing you may think you’ve made it because it looks like it’s all downhill from here.
That’s when “disaster” can strike.
You are now in a war against an army of insurgents struggling for dominion over your grow room.
Pests & Diseases.
Hey, we’ve all been there.
No matter how well you try to follow the best sanitation practices in your grow room, pests and diseases are just a part of indoor hydroponic gardening.
Remember, we don’t just produce the best hydroponics nutrients here at Advanced Nutrients.
We pride ourselves on being a part of this community. We grew up in it, so it brings us mountains of joy and satisfaction to help other growers with tips, strategies, techniques and tactics for growing because we truly care about your success.
After all, you could be using the best nutrients in the world (Advanced Nutrients) and still see your harvest fail if you can’t get rid of these common plant pests and diseases.
So let’s get started…
In order to win this war, you have to know your enemy.
That means being an expert at indoor plant pests identification.
Now that you’ve learned a little about these hydroponic pests, let’s talk about how to get rid of them.
There are quite a few methods to hydroponic pest control you can employ.
It’s important to try out different strategies to see which ones work for you and your plants.
One thing to remember is that you can combine these strategies. For example, you can setup sticky traps while you apply Rhino Skin to help strengthen them against attack for a double-power preventative strategy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain populations of these pests have grown resistant to various pest control methods in various parts of the country. To make sure your pest-fighting strategy is as effective as possible, you should talk to your local hydroponics store about what is working best on the pests in your area.
To help you with indoor plant disease identification and diagnosis, here are some of the most common problems that occur …
Now that you know a little bit about hydroponics plant diseases, let’s talk about how to heal your crops.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and that’s exactly right.
The best way to fight back against pests & diseases is to try to prevent them in the first place.
Make sure you’re following these tips …
Hopefully, by now, you’ve realized the pattern here?
In short, cleaner is better!
It may seem like common sense, but the healthier your plants are the less disease and pests you’ll have to deal with.
That’s why we recommend using Advanced Nutrients plant-specific nutrients for your indoor garden.
For example, keeping your pH in the hydroponics the optimal range (called the ‘sweet spot’) of pH 5.5-6.3 by using pH Perfect Base Nutrients will help prevent your plants from becoming weak and will help them fight off foreign invaders.
If you are growing in coco coir, then you need coco-specific base nutrients. That’s because coco coir binds with iron & magnesium, which means your plants can become starved of these important nutrients if your base nutes don’t contain optimal amounts of it.
That’s why Advanced Nutrients has developed a full line of coco-specific base nutrients like pH Perfect Sensi Coco Grow A&B and pH Perfect Sensi Coco Bloom A&B that are specifically designed to contain extra (and exact) amounts of varied forms of iron for growing in coco coir.
Also, you should consider giving your plants supplements to keep them healthy…
As discussed, Rhino Skin is a soluble potassium silicate formulation that strengthens plants physically. It fortifies plant cell walls and protects crops from heat, drought, disease, and other stresses.
(A nice bonus is that this silicon also increases production of trichomes and essential oils for more potent, higher-quality harvests with greater market value.)
How does Rhino Skin shield your crops? Silicon mortars up the spaces between cell walls—and even coats plant cell walls themselves—thickening them and hardening them against attacks and other external stresses.
It also defends plants, increasing crop viability, and reduces the incidence and severity of powdery mildew, gray mold, and other pathogens, large and small.
If you’re not using Advanced Nutrients base nutrients—with their dialed in calcium and magnesium levels—Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra is a necessity. Use it at the first sign of a Ca and Mg deficiency such as stunted growth and yellowing leaves.
And when your plants really get in trouble, reach for Revive. This concentrated combination of proprietary ingredients can turn around wilted, unhealthy plants fast. It contains rejuvenating substances that race into your plant’s roots and leaves, get rapidly distributed throughout its vascular system and flood the plant with healing nutrition.
The bottom line is that dealing with pests and diseases is just something that every indoor grower will encounter.
You will eventually be attacked, even if you’ve done everything right.
That’s because fighting these foreign invaders is just a part of growing.
But knowledge is power and if you use these tips to prepare, you and your plants will be fine.
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