Our Blog

  • 12 Oct Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Powdery Mildew image

    Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Powdery Mildew

    One of the most common plant diseases, powdery mildew is easily recognisable. These fungal diseases remove plants’ nutrients and cause them to become weaker and to bloom less. With hydroponic plants it’s vital to keep the environment carefully controlled and clean, as powdery mildew thrives with high relative humidity and warmth. There...

    Read More
  • 9 Oct Importance of Nitrogen Nutrition in Plants image

    Importance of Nitrogen Nutrition in Plants

    Soil, hydroponics, Seedlings,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Nitrogen is a macronutrient needed by plants for healthy growth, with uptake generally increasing as plants grow. A nitrogen deficiency is often the most common and most damaging to crop growers due to being a core component for a wide variety of plants. It ensures proper plant structure and efficient external and internal metabolic processes.   The...

    Read More
  • 5 Oct Pests and Diseases That Affect Carrots image

    Pests and Diseases That Affect Carrots

    Nutrients, Pests and Diseases, Soil,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Alongside aphid infestations, a common pest that affects most plants, carrots are also susceptible to a wide range of pests and diseases. Hydroponic nutrients provide everything plants need to be healthy and to provide bigger yields. Knowing how to grow carrots is essential so that any issues that arise are addressed as soon as possible and any...

    Read More
  • 1 Oct Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiency in Plants  image

    Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiency in Plants

    Nutrients, Soil, hydroponics,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    A deficiency in hydroponic nutrients will present with very specific symptoms and symptom combinations, with a wide range of severity levels. Plants are more impacted the longer they are left without the nutrients being balanced to needed levels. Providing your crops with Plant Magic nutrients will guarantee healthy and strong plants, which will...

    Read More
  • 25 Sep Does Foliar Feeding Work? image

    Does Foliar Feeding Work?

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Foliar feeding allows for direct plant fertilisation by spraying nutrients on the leaves and the stems. The nutrients are subsequently absorbed and utilised by the plants, which is why foliar feeding is thought to be an extremely quick method. Providing plants with plant food through foliar feeding can help nutrients to supercharge plants, improving...

    Read More
  • 18 Sep Diseases That Affect Garlic: Leek Rust and Onion White Rot image

    Diseases That Affect Garlic: Leek Rust and Onion White Rot

    Pests and Diseases, Nutrient, hydroponics,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Garlic is a heavy feeder, which means that plants require hydroponic nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium. Knowing how to grow garlic efficiently will require you to keep an eye on your plants to make sure they are free of pests and diseases - and that new plants don’t contaminate existing ones. Leek rust and onion white rot are two...

    Read More
  • 11 Sep Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Leaf Blight image

    Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Leaf Blight

    Soil, Pests and Diseases, Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Certain plant pests and diseases like Pythium are very common with hydroponic growth and easily treated with products such as Pyth. Leaf blight affects crops such as tomato, rice, corn carrot, pepper, and beans. Leaf blight can be a bacterial or a fungal disease, with several pathogens capable of causing leaf blight and with plants presenting similar...

    Read More
  • 7 Sep Understanding How Soil pH Affects Plant Nutrients image

    Understanding How Soil pH Affects Plant Nutrients

    Nutrients, Soil, hydroponics,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Soils require more than hydroponic nutrients to ensure plants grow as healthy as they should. Plant Magic soil solutions help your crops develop strong and healthy, with high yields. Your soil’s pH level is something you need to keep in mind when growing crops, as certain plants can’t withstand either extreme. The ideal soil pH levels...

    Read More
  • 28 Aug Pests and Diseases That Affect Potatoes image

    Pests and Diseases That Affect Potatoes

    Soil, Pests and Diseases, Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Potatoes are an extremely versatile vegetable that can be grown from spring to autumn outdoors and given hydroponic nutrients for the best possible growing conditions. Certain pests and diseases can affect these vegetables and kill the plants, spreading to other healthy plants if not found on time. Knowing how to grow potatoes is more than simply...

    Read More
  • 24 Aug Importance of Potassium Nutrition in Plants image

    Importance of Potassium Nutrition in Plants

    Nutrients, Soil, hydroponics,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Hydroponic nutrients are vital for plants to develop healthily and to effectively conduct their processes. As a primary nutrient needed by plants, potassium (K) is required for all living cells to work properly. A PK booster, such as the Platinum - Premium PK 9-18, is a great way of addressing potassium needs in plants. From growing tomato plants...

    Read More
  • 21 Aug The DWC Nutrient Guide image

    The DWC Nutrient Guide

    Nutrients, Soil, Pests and Diseases,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    A Deep Water Culture (DWC) growing method involves suspending your plants’ roots in a highly oxygenated and nutrient-rich water solution. This allows you to grow healthier and stronger crops in an extremely convenient and easy way. We understand it may be difficult to know exactly what nutrients and how much to provide your plants - and at...

    Read More
  • 16 Aug What Nutrients Help Plants After a Heatwave? image

    What Nutrients Help Plants After a Heatwave?

    Nutrients, hydroponics, plant health,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Hydroponic nutrients are needed for plants to grow healthy and strong all year around. All plant nutrients belong to three main categories of primary nutrients, macronutrients, and micronutrients. These are required for plants to carry out crucial roles in their development and growth. With the high temperatures that the UK has been experiencing...

    Read More
  • 6 Aug Common Soil Problems…Soil Types and Texture image

    Common Soil Problems…Soil Types and Texture

    Soil, Nutrients, Planting,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Soil texture seriously affects your plants’ growth, interrupting the natural processes needed for cell growth and photosynthesis. If your soil isn’t properly maintained, or your nutrients aren’t at their best, then you won’t be able to grow a successful crop. Make sure to test your soil and make the necessary adjustments...

    Read More
  • 27 Jul Growing a Fruit Garden image

    Growing a Fruit Garden

    Nutrients, Pests and Diseases, Soil,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Taking some time to think about how to organise a fruit garden will provide healthy and happy plants. When growing fruit,such as hydroponic strawberries, there are a few things to keep in mind, such as how to plant the shrubs and trees and what diseases to watch out for. Planting Fruits The first step to plant fruits is to prepare the soil and...

    Read More
  • 17 Jul Common Soil Problems…Wet and Dry Soils image

    Common Soil Problems…Wet and Dry Soils

    Soil, Organic, Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Wet and dry soils are as common an issue as alkaline and acidic soils in gardens. With the British climate deriving widely from Atlantic influences and making the weather go from one extreme to another. Gardens need the best hydroponic nutrients to help the soil and to promote plant growth. If the soil stays wet or waterlogged with the formation...

    Read More
  • 12 Jul Which Plants are Safe for Pets? image

    Which Plants are Safe for Pets?

    Soil, Beneficials, Planting,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Cats and dogs often chew on anything they can find, which can prove to be difficult when you’re growing a garden. Also make sure to only use bugicide that is safe for birds and bees. Some plants aren’t just harmful to your pets – they can cause fatal issues. Flowers can be very fragrant and attractive to your pets and must be kept...

    Read More
  • 6 Jul Growing a Herb Garden image

    Growing a Herb Garden

    Flushing, plant health, Seedlings,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Easy to grow and lovely to have in your home or outdoors, a herb garden is a great choice for hydroponics beginners and professionals alike. Whether you’d like to grow herbs from seeds or simply transplant cuttings for an indoor herb garden, you’ll need a few simple things like an adequate spot with plenty of sunlight. Make sure to feed...

    Read More
  • 25 Jun How to Grow…Roses? image

    How to Grow…Roses?

    Soil, Pests and Diseases, Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Perfect to plant throughout the entire year, growing roses in the garden creates a colourful and delightful atmosphere. Selecting the ideal roses to plant depends on what environment can be provided. Some roses can grow as tall as 30 feet (such as climbers) and some as short as 36 inches (such as miniature roses). There are also rose pests to consider...

    Read More
  • 18 Jun Growing a Vegetable Garden image

    Growing a Vegetable Garden

    Nutrients, hydroponics, Planting,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Growing your own vegetable garden can be very rewarding, as you’ll have delicious and fresh vegetables at hand for your meals. To ensure the best possible crops, you can use hydroponics to grow practically any vegetable, with vegetable boosts and other nutrients capable of being added for ultimate growth. Whether you need chilli feed or other...

    Read More
  • 12 Jun How to Grow…Tomato Plants image

    How to Grow…Tomato Plants

    Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    There’s nothing like having fresh tomatoes to use in meals, particularly if the tomato plants are just a few feet away. These plants can be easily grown outside or in a greenhouse, and it’s never too late or too early to start planning your garden and what to plant. A few tomato plant problems happen quite often and specialised products...

    Read More
  • 4 Jun Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Aphids image

    Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Aphids

    Pests and Diseases,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Having strong plants always makes for a beautiful garden, filled with delicious vegetables and sweet-smelling flowers. You always hope to never have any issues with your plants, but that is rarely the case. Plant disease and plant pests can often transform what was once a healthy and thriving garden into an unhealthy one that needs to be fixed immediately. Aphids,...

    Read More
  • 30 May How to Grow…Strawberries in Pots? image

    How to Grow…Strawberries in Pots?

    Nutrients,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    With the British strawberry season having started approximately at the end of April, according to the British Summer Fruits association, you may be starting to think about growing strawberries instead of waiting for them to hit the shelves. Who can resist the flavour of a delicious and fresh strawberry around spring and summertime? Relatively easy...

    Read More
  • 24 May Common Soil Problems…Alkaline and Acidic Soils image

    Common Soil Problems…Alkaline and Acidic Soils

    Organic, Soil, hydroponics,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Are you trying to grow your plants? Have you noticed a lack of nutrients? Are your plants underdeveloped? Should you notice that your plants aren’t growing as well as they should be, it is worth checking the pH levels of your soil. pH levels range on a scale of 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral, values below 7 being acidic, and values above...

    Read More
  • 19 Sep Preventing Pests and Diseases image

    Preventing Pests and Diseases

    Pests and Diseases, Microbes, watering,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    The idiom goes ‘prevention is better than cure’ and is touted by professionals across the board from dentists to mechanics, and gardening is no different. As with all things health related, prevention far outweighs cure, as by the time a cure is needed, damage has already happened. So when it comes to gardening, how can you prevent pests...

    Read More
  • 19 Jul DWC - Aerate those roots! image

    DWC - Aerate those roots!

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Deep Water Culture (DWC) is one of the simplest methods of growing hydroponically because there’s no timer to set and no chance of under or overwatering, as long as you don’t let the grow system run out of nutrient solution you can be pretty certain of a huge crop! DWC Systems include an air pump and air stone which mix the nutrient...

    Read More
  • 20 Jun Foliar Feeding - a simple tool for every gardener image

    Foliar Feeding - a simple tool for every gardener

    pH, watering, Additives,

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Foliar feeding is often talked about by all types of gardeners, and nutrient companies will give instructions for using certain products in a foliar feed. What is so different about foliar feeds and why should they be an important part of your gardening regime? What are foliar feeds? Foliar feeds are liquid fertiliser solutions designed to be...

    Read More
  • 18 May Why are plants green? image

    Why are plants green?

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Why are Plants Green? A plant needs sunlight, carbon dioxide, minerals and water to make food for the plant, through the process of photosynthesis. A green substance in plants called chlorophyll traps the energy from the sun needed to make food whilst also giving plants their green colour. Chlorophyll is mostly...

    Read More
  • 25 Apr NutricultureDGS Job Vacancy Alert! image

    NutricultureDGS Job Vacancy Alert!

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Job Title Product Manager  The Company We’ve been leaders in hydroponics and advanced gardening since 1976 and we continue to have ambitious growth plans. We’re looking to expand the Product Department to help us to achieve business growth by developing new products. The Role The focus is hydroponic products but you...

    Read More
  • 21 Apr Care for your roots – Get more shoots image

    Care for your roots – Get more shoots

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Roots are the most crucial element of a plants health and growth. Healthy roots encourage exceptional growth. They are the part often forgotten about as they are not visible, but should be at the forefront of every growers priorities. Treat your roots right and growing can become a much easier task, damaging your roots (e.g. by overwatering) can lead...

    Read More
  • 4 Apr UK Retailer Competition Alert! image

    UK Retailer Competition Alert!

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    From now until 28th April we will be running a weekly prize draw for UK retailers who order box quantities of Plant Magic base nutrients. These lucky retailers will be entered into a weekly draw to win an experience day for up to 4 store members. Sounds good right? They will get to choose from go karting, paint balling, beer school and more!  So...

    Read More
  • 15 Mar Flush - For the perfect finish image

    Flush - For the perfect finish

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    When your crop enters the last two weeks before harvest, it enters a critical phase, especially with regards to flavour. Some growers keep feeding until the last few days, some flush with plain water, some reduce feeding dramatically. We recommend using a specific flush product for the last week or two to give the crop the ideal finish with a great...

    Read More
  • 17 Feb The importance of base nutrients image

    The importance of base nutrients

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    Base nutrients – complex, yet undervalued? Whether you’re growing in soil, coco or hydro, we often take base nutrients for granted and mostly concentrate on fancy products like PKs, boosters, stimulants and additives. But the base nutrient is the key nutrient your plant requires in the early stages of its life -  so it probably...

    Read More
  • 9 Jan PK's, Boosts and PK Boosts image

    PK's, Boosts and PK Boosts

    Posted By: Plant Magic

    PKs, Boosters and PK Boosters During flowering plants change how they use energy and therefore the nutrients that are needed. The plant switches their focus from growing towards light, to creating fruits and flowers. The change in growth focus brings with it a switch in nutrient requirement. Changing the nutrients provided to the plant can dramatically...

    Read More
  • 16 Dec A basic guide to pH and EC and how they affect plants image

    A basic guide to pH and EC and how they affect plants

    Science, EC, pH,

    Posted By: Tom

    When growing in soil, all the microbes (as well as the soil itself) help to make nutrients available to the plant. But when you take out the soil by growing hydroponically, all that unseen hard work by nature is now controlled by the grower. This can prove tricky, but when mastered can be extremely rewarding. What is pH? To explain pH, I’ll...

    Read More
  • 3 Feb Magnesium Nutrition in Plants image

    Magnesium Nutrition in Plants

    When it comes to plant nutrition, you have three main nutrients (primary macronutrients), Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (the N, P & K on the label). After that comes the secondary macronutrients, Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur (Ca, Mg & S). Finally the trace elements of Copper, Zinc, Iron, Boron, Chlorine, Manganese, Molybdenum and Nickel...

    Read More
  • 21 May Vegetative Boosters image

    Vegetative Boosters

    When you mention the word booster to many growers the first things they think of are flowering boosters, but just as important are boosters for the vegetative stage of growth. These help the plant to reach maturity faster, can increase the size of the root system and increase the number of new shoots on the plant. All of these things, along...

    Read More
  • 25 Apr Helpful tips for sowing seeds and watering your garden plants in soil image

    Helpful tips for sowing seeds and watering your garden plants in soil

    Microbes, Planting, watering,

    Posted By: Tom

    Plants have been growing in soil long before humans started gardening. Plants had a myriad of ways to spread their seed, using animals, insects or even the wind. During this time seeds grew with no human interference and a balance of species thrived. So why now does it seem tricky to grow from seed? Why do we sometimes struggle with growing our plants?...

    Read More
  • 3 Apr Microbes - A gardeners best friend image

    Microbes - A gardeners best friend

    Microbes, Nutrients, Organic,

    Posted By: Tom

    What are Microbes? Microorganisms are the smallest, oldest and most numerous organisms in the world. They do so much for us, yet struggle to be understood. They help to bake our bread and make our cheese, they (for the most part) stop us from becoming ill and make up to half the oxygen we breathe. We cannot see them with the naked eye, so for a...

    Read More
  • 27 Mar Pythium- The hydroponic plague image

    Pythium- The hydroponic plague

    Pythium is a big problem when growing using hydroponic methods, especially when the summer approaches and grow room temperatures rise. But what is it, what causes it and how can it be stopped? Pythium infection of a rockwool cube in an NFT hydroponic tank…   What is Pythium? Pythium is name of a family of fungus-like...

    Read More
  • 18 Mar Flushing nutrients image

    Flushing nutrients

      When your crop enters the last two weeks before harvest, it enters a critical phase. But amongst many growers an increasing sense of hesitancy creeps in as to what to give your plants. Some keep feeding up till the last few days, some flush with plain water, some reduce feed to minimal levels. An increasing number of growers are turning to...

    Read More
  • 12 Mar Propagating with Peat Plugs image

    Propagating with Peat Plugs

    Soil, Seedlings, Peat Plugs,

    Posted By: Tom

    Propagation is the step every gardener goes through to get their crop ready for the coming year. The winter preparations have held back the frost and things are just starting to look up again as the days slowly get longer. Most of us reach for our trusty seed tray and sow even spaced seeds in a light compost. The seed tray is placed in the greenhouse,...

    Read More

Our Blog: Hydroponic Tips & Tricks

Whether you are an expert who already has a thriving crop of healthy plants, or you are trying to grow your very first hydroponic yield, we can help you to grow the strong and healthy crops you have always wanted.

Here at Plant Magic Plus, our team of gardening experts work very hard behind the scenes to provide you with the high quality nutrients, additives and growing media that will help you to get the most out of your growing plants.

But we understand that successful horticulture is about more than just having good quality chemicals, nutrients or fetilisers, that's why we have written this blog to provide you with the insights, tips and techniques you will need to give your garden that extra magic touch.

From helpful advice about watering your plants in soil and a guide to magnesium nutrients, to top tips about growing hydroponic vegetables and a comprehensive overview of microbes, we’ve got everything covered.

Archives

Search through our previous blog posts by month.

View All

More

If you have a question or query about a product of ours, or you want to know more about the fascinating plant growing cycle, why not contact us via our contact form or reach out to us on our Facebook page? Or do you want to suggest a new blog topic for to us to write about? If we haven’t covered a topic that you want to learn more about, we want to know!

Alternatively, you can read through our extensive list of the most frequently asked questions in our FAQ section.

Plant Magic horticulture nutrients promoting healthy plant growth logo

Feel free to contact us for any advice you may need.

Paddock Road
Skelmersdale WN8 9PL

Tel: 01695 554 080
Company No. 06745959
VAT No. GB 942806906



Copyright ©2018 Plant Magic Plus Ltd.
PrivacyCookiesTermsSite