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Introducing the The Brain™ - For Craft & Commercial Cultivators

The Brain Newsletter

We're pleased to introduce the premier issue of  The Brain - Resources, Tools & Learning for Craft & Commercial Cultivators.

Pour yourself a cup 'o joe, pull up a chair, and  enjoy!

As always, your comments are welcome! Got an idea for a future issue?  Write us!


Mark Your Calendar - 4.20 Party In Auburn!

                                                       

Come and mark the day with some like-minded folks! 


Join Us In Framingham On Friday, April 6 For A New England Hydroponics Expert Day - Microbe Life Hydroponics!

You're invited to join us for a free New England Hydroponics' Expert Day, featuring Microbe Life Hydroponics!

Framingham, 855 Worcester Rd, Trolley Square 

Friday, April 6, Noon - 4 PM.

Tom from Microbe Life Hydroponics will be here with information and expertise you can use immediately to help produce higher quality yields, and healthy vibrant plants. 

One of the indoor gardening experts™, our Assistant Store Manager in Auburn, calls Microbe Life Hydroponic's Photosynthesis Plus (an nutrient uptake enhancer and photosynthesis catalyst) "... a key nutrient - there's no other product like it" in our Best of Show Nutrient Guideclick to check it out!   

Tom will have free samples too!

We'll also be taking an extra 20% off our everyday low prices on all Microbe Life Hydroponics products!

Stop in and say hello!


Join The Indoor Gardening Experts™ For Our Spring Party & Customer Appreciation Day In Southampton on Saturday, April 7!

It says Spring is here on the calendar, and the remaining snow notwithstanding, we're throwing our Spring '18 Party & Customer Appreciation Day in Southampton on Saturday, April 7 to make sure it happens!

Grab a friend and come on by, 10-4, for free food, free product samples & giveaways, and free raffles featuring some prizes you'll use. And, meet the indoor gardening experts™ from our Southampton shop along with many of our industry partners, who'll be there to help, and to answer your questions about what's new & true in soil, coco, and hydroponic cultivation.

So stop on by and enjoy the company of like-minded people ready for the growing season ahead. It's all free, and we'd love to see you!


​Best in Show - A Guide to Nutrients For Successful Indoor Growing

This nutrient list and process has been compiled by one of the indoor gardening experts™ at New England Hydroponics. It is tried (many times), and true. 

It focuses on his favorite nutrients (“nutes”) for each phase: Vegetative/Veg (grow) and Flower (bloom). There are more additives that can be helpful but aren’t included here because they weren’t considered critical.

bluelab-new-england-hydroponics.jpgFor best results, use the whole line, always checking and adjusting pH after mixing nutrients: 5.9 – 6.5 is target pH. (Ask about our easy-to-use pH testers.)

Add nutrients per manufacturer’s instructions, but as a rule of thumb, always start with approximately HALF of recommended dosage until you see how your plants react. When plants are under 12” use only one-quarter of the dose.

As with watering, less is more. Plants can rebound from too little water and food; they struggle mightily when over-watered or over-fed.

Note: there are perhaps as many approaches to nutrients as there are growers – each develops his/her own method as they become more experienced and start to 'dial-in' their crops. But follow this recipe with the right lights and climate, and you're sure to enjoy some success. 

Please speak with any of our indoor gardening experts for other ideas and products, and further learning.

Vegetative Stage (18 Hours On -- 6 Hours Off Light Cycle)

General Hydroponics MaxiGro: Base Nutrient. Loaded with NPK and Micro Nutrients. Easy to use powder form. Very cheap and still one of the best base line nutrient on the market. Don’t use with pumps unless you filter out the inert grit by-product.

General Hydroponics CaliMagic: Calcium/Magnesium additive. There are few differences between Cal/Mags: there is no reason to use a more expensive one.

Microbe Life Hydroponics (ML) Photosynthesis Plus: Uptake Enhancer/Photosynthesis Catalyst. This is in a category of its own, and is a KEY nutrient; there’s no other product like it.

General Hydroponics Rapid Start : Root Enhancer. Makes the roots grow faster. While there are many root enhancers, GH provides the best result versus cost. This can also be used in cloning water and foliar spray on clones at half concentration.

Canna Rhizotonic is an excellent product for Air Pruning Pots (fabric or air pots). Rhizo has an added benefit of breaking down dead roots into sugars, which prevents them from releasing ammonia.

Great White: Mycorrhizae. Used in soil and coco, it makes the roots heathy and able to uptake more water/nutrient. The hydroponic equivalent is Orca. Great White is favorite because of its of solubility in water. Its shaker bottle makes it easy to sprinkle on soil during transplanting.

Buddha’s Tree Solar Green Power : Silica Additive. Most silica additives are marginally effective and wouldn’t normally be used except during the summer for heat resilience. Buddha Tree produces almost instant results in your leaves: they become dark green and shiny, and the plant trunk will increase in diameter.

Primordial Solutions Sea Green: Humic Acid. This helps with cell development and plant Immunity. Microbe Life Nurish L is also a good humic acid for vegetative stage. While there are many humic acid choices, all of which are decent, these two products have additional properties enhancing the process.

Recharge Organic Microbial: Growth Stimulant. Use this every 7-10 days to boost the beneficial microbes in your soil. This product will also help keep Mycorrhizae, Photosynthesis Plus, and Mammoth P microbes alive.

Bloom Stage (12 Hours On -- 12 Hours Off Light Cycle)

Start using the nutrients below 2 weeks after “sending” plants into bloom lighting. Use when pistils (hairs on flower node) show when running auto-flowering (AF/Autos) strains.

General Hydroponics MaxiBloom : Base Nutrient. Loaded with nitrogen (chemical symbol N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and micro-nutrients. Easy to use powder form. Very inexpensive and still one of the best base line nutrients on the market. Don’t use with pumps unless you filter out the inert grit byproduct (i.e. pump filter bag).

General Hydroponics CaliMagic : Calcium/Magnesium additive. There are few differences between Cal/Mags: there is no reason to use a more expensive one. Microbe Life Hydroponics (ML) Photosynthesis Plus:Uptake Enhancer/Photosynthesis Catalyst. This is in a category of its own and is a key nute; there’s no other product like it.

Reduce dose every week so by the last 2 weeks of Bloom its use has reduced to zero.

Primordial Solutions Sea Green: Humic Acid. This helps with cell development and plant Immunity. Microbe Life Nurish L is also a good humic acid for bloom stage. While there are many humic acid choices, all of which are decent, these two products have additional properties enhancing the process.

Buddha’s Tree PK 9-18 : PK Booster. PK Boosters are the most critical additive you can use in bloom. It greatly determines yield and aroma and flavor, and trichome concentration. We believe Buddha’s Tree is the best PK Booster on the market; and because it’s high in potassium it can also double as a hardener. If you want an Organic PK booster, we recommend Primordial Solutions PaleoBloom.

Mammoth P: Microbial Inoculant. Strengthens stems to hold up the 10%-16% yield increase. Can also be used in vegetative phase to boost stem strength.

Buddha’s Tree Solar Green Power : Silica Additive. Most silica additives are marginally effective and wouldn’t normally be used except during the summer for heat resilience. Buddha Tree produces almost instant results in your leaves: they become dark green and shiny, and the plant trunk will increase in diameter.

Recharge Organic Microbial: Growth Stimulant. Use this every 7-10 days to boost the beneficial microbes in your soil. This product will also help keep Mycorrhizae, Photosynthesis Plus, and Mammoth P microbes alive.

Other Notable Nutrients for Bloom Phase

Buddha’s Tree Flower Burst : Node condenser. Develops a tighter node per inch for more compact flowers. Only used for the first 2-3 weeks into bloom.

Buddha’s Tree Advanced Meta Boost: PK uptake Catalyst. Use in conjunction with Buddha’s Tree PK 9-18.

Primordial Solutions True Blooms : Microbial Flower Accelerator. Best if used as Foliar (leaf spray) but can be used water feeding.

Questions? Please come into any of our three stores and speak with one of our gardening experts, who’ll be glad to help.

Also ask for one our new grow guides – it has an overview of everything you need to get started, and can help take out some of the mystery we all felt when we started. It’s FREE, and yours for the asking.

Happy growing!


Join Us in Auburn on Feb. 16 For A New England Hydroponics Expert Day - FOXFARM!

You're invited to join us for a free New England Hydroponics' Expert Day, featuring FOXFARM™ Soil & Fertilizer Company at our store in: 

Auburn, 6 Johnson Street 

Friday, February 16th, Noon - 4 PM.

Donnie from FOXFARM will be here with information and expertise you can use immediately to help produce higher quality yields, and healthy vibrant plants. Samples too!

We'll also be taking an extra 20% off our everyday low prices on all FOXFARM products!

Stop in and say hello!


Join Us Saturday 1.20 For Our Winter Party 2018 in Auburn!

Looking for ideas and inspiration for your indoor garden? 

Or, just need a destination to get out of the house, and meet some interesting people with shared interests? 

Check it out!


Holiday Hours 2017

The New England Hydroponics Retail Store Holiday Hours for 2017:

Sunday, Dec. 24th - Open 12pm to 5pm

Monday, Dec. 25th - Closed

Tuesday, Dec. 26th - Open 10am to 6pm

Sunday, Dec. 31st - Open 12pm to 5pm

Monday, Jan.1st - Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 2nd - Open 10am to 6pm

Happy Holidays!!!


Labor Day Weekend Hours at New England Hydroponics

The New England Hydroponics Retail Stores Labor Day Weekend Hours for 2017 will be as follows:

Saturday, September 2nd: 10am to 6pm

Sunday, September 3rd: 12noon to 5pm

Monday, September 4th: 10am to 4pm


Annual Fall Party - Saturday, September 30th in Framingham!

Fall Party September 30th, 2017!

Help us Celebrate Fall in Framingham!


Join us Saturday, Sep 30th from 10 to 4
There will be snacks, prize giveaways throughout the day, and a FREE raffle at 4pm to win over $2000 in products.

Mike Hsu and WAAF will be here from 2-4 with some great Prizes!!
Product Representatives will be on site to answer all your Gardening Questions.


See You on Saturday!!!