Choose a Growing Medium

Here at Gator Hydroponics we carry the finest organic soil and hydroponic mixes from the industries top companies. All of our media is stored indoors to ensure quality and freshness. Growing mediums act as the anchor for the plants root system. Some add nutritional value to your plants while others simply give the roots something to hold on to. Some mediums to consider are soil, soil-less mixes, coco, hydroton, and rockwool. http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-vegetable-hydroponics-image7549802

Soil and soilless mixes for containers need to be well aerated and well drained while still being able to retain enough moisture for plant growth. We always have in stock organic Fox Farm Ocean Forrest soil and Roots Organics soil, both of which are excellent indoor/outdoor mixes packed with all the ingredients your plants need for success.

If complete control is what you are after then a soilless mix such as ProMix HP is a great choice. Container soils are often referred to as soilless or artificial media, when they contain no soil at all. ProMix HP is composed of quality Canadian sphagnum, vermiculite, mycorrhizae, and perlite. This fast draining mix works as a containerized hydroponic medium that lets the grower add the fertilizers they choose.

Coco is another great medium. Coco is available in both a loose and compressed form. We always stock Canna loose coco coir and Botanicare Cocogro bricks. Coco is made from the husks of a coconut, and it is very pH stable and provides good moisture retention and natural aeration qualities.

Our Gold Label Hydroton (hydrocorn) is made from expanded, pH neutral clay. The clay pebbles tend to hold water well and have great oxygen to water ratio; this makes hydroton suitable for hydroponic and soil gardens. With proper sterilization techniques, hydroton can be reused over and over again. Infact it’s one of the only mediums that have this great characteristics; which can save you money over the long term.

If a versatile hydroponic medium is what you are in seach of then our top quality Grodan Rockwool is the product you need. Grodan Rockwool is made from stone that is heated then spun into fibers. It is then compressed into starter cubes, grow blocks, or slabs. This medium has excellent oxygen to water ratio. Rockwool tends to have a higher pH, so flushing with 5.5- 6.0 pH balanced water or a rockwool conditioning solution is recommended. Rockwool works best in an ebb & flow and drip hydroponic systems.

What is growing Medium?

In hydroponics, we use growing medium to provide root support to the plants. Growing medium is an inert substance like, rock wool or expanded clay pebbles. Because, in most systems all you’re looking for in hydroponics is for root support when it comes to choosing growing mediumwhich growing medium to use. To help you pick the best growing medium for your plant, ask one of our expert associates at our incredible hydroponic wholesale store in Gainesville Florida. Soil is very different from growing medium, why? Because soil has nutrients in it and it retains moister. Growing medium has no nutrient content, it acts as an inert medium and usually holds very little moister. There are many types of growing medium that would give great support to your plants roots. Only our hydroponic wholesale store in Gainesville Florida sells them all. Please come by for a free lesson in hydroponics.