Hydroponics - Indoor Horticulture
Hydroponics - Indoor Horticulture represents an educational, in-depth, up-to-date, indoor horticultural growers guide that covers all principles of indoor hydroponic horticulture and gardening. This book contains 110,000 words, with over 300 diagrams, pictures, illustrations, graphs, tables, 3 dimensional CAD renderings, and is printed in full colour.
Hydroponics - Indoor Horticulture examines, explores, dissects and
presents a fully comprehensive step by step growers guide, relating
to all and every aspect of indoor hydroponic horticulture, with complete
chapters on plant biology, propagation, hydroponic systems, nutrients,
oxygen, carbon dioxide enrichment, pH, biological pest control, fungi/disease,
cuttings/clones, pruning/training, breeding, harvesting, equipment,
grow rooms, a full history of hydroponics, and more.
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Plants - A Basic OverviewBefore you dive in at the deep end of this book, it is advisable that you gain a basic understanding of what a plant is and what a plant does. The most competent indoor gardeners can learn a lot from the next few pages so don’t skip past thinking that you know about this bit, because most probably you don’t.
Plants can be divided into 3 classes: Cam – which covers most succulent plants; these tend to be low light-loving and high humidity plants. C4 – which covers most grasses; these tend to be medium light-loving and good CO2 using plants. C3 – which covers most high energy plants; these are the flower and fruit bearers of the plant kingdom. High light-loving and excellent CO2 using plants. This book is based around the knowledge of C3 cultivation, which is indeed the most popular type of cultivated plant in hydroponics systems to date. A C3 plant consists of two joined 3-carbon atoms to manufacture sugar. Sugar is 6-carbons, 6- hydrogens and 6-oxygens fused as one.
C3 plants manufacture energy through photosynthesis, which in simple terms is the way plants breathe and grow. The plant uses light, water, nutrient, and CO2 in the atmosphere, then absorbs it and converts it into
sugar, and in so doing, releases
oxygen. The plant then moves around sugars, water and nutrients within
its structure to create growth. The leaves suck up water from the roots
through tubular cells called xylem. The leaves are constantly respiring,
evaporating water supplied via the roots and this creates the water tension
or pressure that keeps the plant rigid and strong. Leaves then send sugars
via photosynthesis down to supply the roots through a tubular cell called
the phloem. This creates a perpetual cycle with the roots supplying the
leaves with the water they need so that the leaves can supply the roots
with the sugars they require and a simple symbiosis is formed. The liquid,
being in constant motion, maintains the strength and structure of the
plant. A C3 plant can be broken down into 3 main sections: - the roots
- the stems - the leaves These three things are the battery, engine and
fuel of the plant. If you develop a problem in any one these three areas,
the plant will be in quite serious trouble. The alchemy of this truth
is “As Above So Below”. Always remember this.
Example of a Typical Plant