Hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil, has been growing in popularity for its efficiency and environmental friendliness. As the UK’s #1 Hydroponics specialist, Acorn Horticulture is dedicated to providing quality equipment and supplies to gardeners and growers of all skill levels. This comprehensive guide will take you through the world of hydroponics, highlighting the variety of products available from Acorn Horticulture, and helping you master this innovative method of gardening.

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1. Introduction to Hydroponics: The Future of Gardening

Hydroponics is a revolutionary method of plant cultivation where plants are grown in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil. This method allows for precise control over the nutrients your plants receive, leading to faster growth and higher yields. It also eliminates many of the challenges associated with soil-based gardening such as pests, diseases, and the need for weeding. From commercial greenhouses to home gardeners, hydroponics has reshaped the way we think about growing plants.

2. Choosing the Right Grow Kit: Coco, Hydroponic, Propagation, and Soil

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Acorn Horticulture offers a variety of complete grow kits, each tailored to a different style of growing. Whether you’re interested in coco growing, hydroponics, propagation, or traditional soil-based growing, there’s a kit for you.

The Coco Growing Kit is perfect for those who want the benefits of hydroponics but prefer a more natural, soil-like medium. Coco coir, made from the husks of coconuts, holds water well and has excellent air capacity, making it an ideal medium for hydroponics.

The Hydroponic Growing Kit offers everything you need for a classic water-based hydroponic system. This method uses no soil, instead, plants are grown directly in a nutrient-rich water solution.

The Propagation Kit, on the other hand, is designed for growers who want to start their plants from seeds or cuttings. This kit includes everything needed to create the ideal conditions for young plants to establish strong roots and healthy growth.

Lastly, the Soil Growing Kit is for those who prefer a more traditional method of growing. While soil-based growing requires more maintenance than other methods, many gardeners appreciate the familiarity and natural feel of growing in soil.

View our full range of Grow kits here.

3. Understanding Fans, Filters, and Environment Control in Hydroponics

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Maintaining the right environment is crucial in hydroponics. Acorn Horticulture offers a range of fans, filters, and environmental control solutions to help you create the perfect growing conditions for your plants.

Air circulation is critical in a hydroponic setup. Proper airflow helps to regulate temperature, control humidity, and provide your plants with the carbon dioxide they need for photosynthesis. From air circulation fans to extractor fans and fan controllers, you’ll find everything you need to maintain optimal air movement in your grow room.

Filters, particularly carbon filters, are key to managing odours in your hydroponic garden. Odour control is especially important for indoor gardens, and a good carbon filter can help keep your garden smelling fresh.

Environmental control goes beyond just air movement and odour control. It also includes maintaining the right temperature and humidity levels, managing light cycles with timers and contactors, and ensuring proper CO2 levels for photosynthesis. Acorn Horticulture offers a range of tools and equipment to help you manage all these aspects.

View our Fans, Filters, and Environment Controls here.

4. Illuminate Your Growth: An Overview of Hydroponic Grow Lights

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Light is a vital component of plant growth. In hydroponics, where plants are often grown indoors, providing the right lighting is crucial. At Acorn Horticulture, you’ll find a range of grow lights to suit any hydroponicsetup.

Our 600w Light Kits offer high-intensity illumination perfect for larger hydroponic systems. For those interested in energy efficiency, we also offer LED Grow Lights that provide ample light for plant growth while using less electricity.

For advanced growers, our Gavita Lighting Kits offer top-of-the-line performance, while our CDM Lighting Kits offer excellent colour rendition, helping your plants to look their best. Light Movers, Hangers & Accessories are also available to allow for even light distribution across your plants.

Don’t forget about timers and contactors – these tools help you regulate your light cycles, ensuring your plants get the right amount of light and darkness for optimal growth.

View our Grow Lights here.

5. Essential Tools for Maintaining Your Hydroponic Grow Room

Just like a traditional garden, a hydroponic system requires regular maintenance. Acorn Horticulture offers a selection of tools designed specifically for hydroponic systems.

From Pots & Trays to Measuring Tools, and Other Tools & Hardware, we have what you need to keep your system running smoothly. Measuring tools, in particular, are essential for monitoring nutrient levels, pH, temperature, and other critical factors in your hydroponic system.

View Grow Room Tools here.

6. Exploring Different Hydroponic Grow Systems

Hydroponic systems come in many shapes and sizes. At Acorn Horticulture, we offer a variety of grow systems to meet your specific needs.

Autopot Systems are self-watering and incredibly user-friendly, perfect for beginners. IWS Systems, on the other hand, are versatile and efficient, suitable for both hobbyist and commercial growers.

For those interested in more advanced methods, we also offer NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) Systems, which provide a thin film of nutrient-rich water to plant roots, and Drip Feed Systems, which deliver nutrients directly to each plant.

7. Grow Tents and Sheeting: Creating an Ideal Environment for Your Plants

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Grow tents are an essential component of any indoor hydroponic system. These enclosed spaces provide a controlled environment for your plants, keeping them safe from external factors and allowing for precise control over light, temperature, and humidity.

At Acorn Horticulture, we offer a wide variety of grow tents, from Small Grow Tents perfect for hobbyist growers to Large Grow Tents suited for more expansive hydroponic systems. We also offer specialized Loft Grow Tents designed to fit into attic spaces, making efficient use of all available space.

Reflective Sheeting is another important element in your hydroponic setup. This material helps to maximize light efficiency by reflecting light back towards your plants, ensuring they receive as much light as possible.

View Grow Tents & Sheeting products here.

8. Choosing the Right Growing Media: From Coco to Soil

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Choosing the right growing media is an essential part of successful indoor gardening. The kind of media you select will significantly influence your plants’ health and yield potential. At Acorn Horticulture, we offer a broad range of high-quality coco products that cater to the varying needs of growers. Here are a few examples:

  • Bioponic HydroTops Coco Grow A&B (Green Top) – Soft Water: This product is ideal for the vegetative stage of the cultivation cycle, when plants build the necessary foundations for a bountiful harvest. The nutrient solution maintains a stable pH level throughout its life, providing your plants with the right nutritional balance. As you transition from grow to bloom, you can mix this product with Hydrotops Bioponic Coco Bloom​.
  • Nano.10-9 Coco Base+ A&B: This coco base is formulated with optimal ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the essential macronutrients that your plants need for growth. It also includes calcium and magnesium in a super-available, nano particle form, reducing the risk of deficiencies and enhancing photosynthesis rates. This product is suitable for systems prone to blockages, as it helps keep pH readings stable and prevents nutrient dropout and lockout​​.
  • Canna Coco Professional Plus+ 50L: This coco-based growing medium offers many advantages. It’s a pure, organic product with a homogeneous structure and has had a full buffering, which eliminates the side effects of growing on coir. It is free of harmful viruses and soil diseases, thanks to CANNA’s unique production process. This product ensures the ideal conditions for growing plants with a complex water/air system. It can be used multiple times and is an excellent potting mix improver after use​​.
  • Buddhas Tree Coco A&B: This high-quality nutrient is formulated for growing plants in Coco. It’s a 2-part nutrient that contains all the essential elements for optimal growth and flowering. It’s ideal for growing in all watering systems as it dissolves instantly and is simple and easy to use​.
  • SHOGUN Samurai Coco A&B Nutrients: This product is a complete feed for use throughout vegetative and flowering growth. It includes the revolutionary SmartZen Yield Maximiser and AquaZen Slow Water ingredients. These unique enhancements slow the progress of your nutrient solution through the growing media, resulting in enhanced water distribution and nutrient uptake potential​.
  • Canna Coco A&B Set: This complete professional nutrient is suitable for growing plants in coco. It contains all the elements for optimal growth and flowering and is extremely suitable for growing in all watering systems. The product dissolves directly, making it easy to use​.

Each of these products offers unique benefits, so the right choice will depend on your specific needs and growing conditions. Remember, providing your plants with the right nutrition is the key to a successful harvest.

9. Nutrients and Boosters: Fuel for Your Plants

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In a hydroponic system, plants receive their nutrients directly from the water rather than from soil. This means that it’s up to you to ensure your plants get the nutrients they need. Acorn Horticulture offers a range of Nutrients & Boosters to ensure your plants have the proper nourishment to thrive.

Our selection includes everything from All Nutrients & Boosters to specific products like Enzymes & Beneficial Products, Flower / Bloom Boosters, and Veg Boosters. Additionally, we offer solutions for Nutrient & PH Management, which are vital for maintaining a balanced and healthy hydroponic system.

View our range of Nutrients & Booster here.

10. Keeping Your Plants Healthy: Pest Control and Disease Management in Hydroponics

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Despite the controlled environment of hydroponics, pests and diseases can still pose a challenge. At Acorn Horticulture, we offer a range of solutions for Pest Control & Plant Health.

For Disease Control, we offer a variety of products designed to keep your plants healthy and free from common plant diseases. Pest Control products are also available to manage common pests that can damage your plants.

To ensure overall Plant Health, we offer a selection of products designed to bolster your plants’ natural defenses and promote vigorous growth.

View our Pest Control and Disease Management products here.

11. The Art of Propagation in Hydroponics

Propagation, the process of starting new plants from seeds or cuttings, is an essential skill for any grower. Acorn Horticulture offers a range of tools and equipment to make propagation in hydroponics a breeze.

From Propagation Lighting to ensure your young plants get the light they need, to Propagation Nutrients that provide the essential nourishment for young plant growth, we have everything you need. Our selection also includes Propagators to create the ideal environment for seed germination and rooting cuttings, and a variety of Rooting Media to support your young plants as they establish their root systems.

In conclusion, mastering hydroponics may seem daunting at first, but with the right tools and knowledge, anyone can become a successful hydroponic gardener. Acorn Horticulture is proud to be your partner in this journey, providing quality equipment and supplies, as well as the information you need to get the most out of your hydroponic system.

Embrace the future of gardening with Acorn Horticulture, and experience the satisfaction and rewards that come from growing plants in a hydroponic system. Happy growing!

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