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Old 07-26-2009, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondring i will have aolt of bananas that will be in my house this winter all of bananas mature i have some mornig sun about 2 hours i will need some lighting my wife says no 600w bulbs cant spend that much i have 3 spot grow ligts 125w any help i would be graetful.
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How tall are the plaNTS? If they are small. You can use a vanity light with multiple sockets and install CFLs in them.

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They are 6-8 foot sdc will also becoming in for the winter.
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I have found that HTG(High Tech Garden Supply) to be reasonable, if you can't find a small wattage unit close by. If your good at wiring, you can put together your little own set up cheap using their Ballast Kits. 175-1,000 MH and 250-1,000 for HPS.
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I was wondring i will have aolt of bananas that will be in my house this winter all of bananas mature i have some mornig sun about 2 hours i will need some lighting my wife says no 600w bulbs cant spend that much i have 3 spot grow ligts 125w any help i would be graetful.
Grow Lights, Advanced Nutrients, Hydroponic Supplies and more at Hydroempire

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I have a 600W HPS. it wasnt that expensive. you can maybe find a setup around 250 bucks or so. i think mine was around 240 bucks at hydroempire. i run it at 16hrs and my power bill only went up 40 bucks.

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If $250 for an HPS set-up is considered cheap, then I guess I should start selling them. The profit would be ... well, embarrassing!
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thats just for lights. throw in the cost of a pH meter, PPM, hyroponic media and nutes, pots, etc...and we're talking some serious bucks!

If i knew how to grow hydroponically for cheaper i would and i am always on the lookout for the cheaper alternative. without sacrificing growth, naturally.


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If $250 for an HPS set-up is considered cheap, then I guess I should start selling them. The profit would be ... well, embarrassing!
Retail markup on almost everything is at least 5-10 times the cost by the time its in the store.
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I have found that HTG(High Tech Garden Supply) to be reasonable, if you can't find a small wattage unit close by. If your good at wiring, you can put together your little own set up cheap using their Ballast Kits. 175-1,000 MH and 250-1,000 for HPS.
This is where I go! I find their price are sometimes REALLY high on some things, where other stuff is a great deal. They have a retail store here in Melbourne, I love walking in and checking out what they have growing now. They had the Bonsai Wheel setup at one time. That thing is awesome!!!
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thats kewl worm that you got that store close by.
i have to order all my stuff cause they dont have very much locally. sux!

i bought the cheapest light setup i could find. there is just no way to go much cheaper. the retail of these lights is indeed a little pricey. i am not complaining though cause my plants are growing very well.


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It is rare to find "reasonable" prices for garden supplies online, and even rarer in a retail store. Start buying direct from a real agricultural supplier near you. Don't expect them to have online sales, and don't expect the clerical and order-takers to know much. Ask to speak to a sales person.
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hey ewitte,
how long did ur sugar baby melons take?
i sprouted some seeds and have em in a top-drip hydro bucket. they are growing pretty good so far. the seed bag said they take about 80 days. thanks.

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thanks dude. thats kewl. there is a really good nursery around here and they are ordering me some hydroton for real cheap. if i would order it online, the shipping price would be hella high.

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there is a really good nursery around here and they are ordering me some hydroton for real cheap.
If you ordered it yourself it would be even cheaper. You can get a wholesale license (seller's permit) from your county government for free.
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This is where I go! I find their price are sometimes REALLY high on some things, where other stuff is a great deal. They have a retail store here in Melbourne, I love walking in and checking out what they have growing now. They had the Bonsai Wheel setup at one time. That thing is awesome!!!
The Coliseum is nice too. You can build all systems yourself though, for pennies on the dollar.
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Could someone point me in the right the way where to buy this stuff i would be so thankful.
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what are u specifically looking for? how many plants?
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Isn't there a minimum order amount? I think it is made in Germany.
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What I need to find out is a new supplier of water soluble nutrients, so I can make my own blends again.
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Isn't there a minimum order amount? I think it is made in Germany.
maybe not chris, cause it comes from distributors, so you may be able to buy it in single bag amounts. but, i dont know for sure. even then, if i were to order this on my own, the shipping would cost a grip of money. the nursery has to pay for that.

i am having the local nursery order me 4 50L bags for around 35 bucks a pop. i am throwing my plants into 20 gallon smart pots with a rockwool minicubes and hydroton mixture.


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