Erik Biksa

Erik Biksa holds a diploma in agriculture with majors in fertilizer sciences and crop production. Erik has amassed over 18 years of indoor gardening experience and intensive research. Since first appearing in Maximum Yield in 1999, the “Ask Erik” column and numerous articles have reached growers throughout the world.

Articles by Erik Biksa


In the Land of Giants In the Land of Giants In the Land of Giants In the Land of Giants


Way, way back in the prehistoric days of living giants, plants were huge. Today, Erik Biksa offers tips on how you can bring that...

The Results: LEDs Three and a Half Years Later The Results: LEDs Three and a Half Years Later The Results: LEDs Three and a Half Years Later The Results: LEDs Three and a Half Years Later


LED grow lighting has come a long way since it was introduced to the hydroponics scene not too long ago. The advancing technology is...

Super Starts: Healthier Transplants for Happier Harvests Super Starts: Healthier Transplants for Happier Harvests Super Starts: Healthier Transplants for Happier Harvests Super Starts: Healthier Transplants for Happier Harvests


If you are going to keep growing indoors, which is advisable, you will want to do what savvy indoor growers do. That’s to pre-veg your...

The Original Greenhouse Effect: How Greenhouses Can Change the Way You Grow The Original Greenhouse Effect: How Greenhouses Can Change the Way You Grow The Original Greenhouse Effect: How Greenhouses Can Change the Way You Grow The Original Greenhouse Effect: How Greenhouses Can Change the Way You Grow


The term ‘greenhouse effect’ doesn’t have to be a bad thing—it can describe the enjoyment that growers will feel when they discover a way...

Q&A by Erik Biksa



Saffron requires just a general purpose, complete hydroponic nutrient. For the first few weeks after the dormant bulbs are planted the...


I am not entirely sure what you are referring to as primary mold but I do know how to battle molds, mildews and fungi. The best solution,...

What is the best way to manicure my plants; bushy or tall? What is the best way to manicure my plants; bushy or tall? What is the best way to manicure my plants; bushy or tall? What is the best way to manicure my plants; bushy or tall?


I have to say there are many different opinions surrounding this issue. I personally do not like trimming any healthy leaves even if it...

Should I consider companion plants for optimal pest control and nutrient balance? Should I consider companion plants for optimal pest control and nutrient balance? Should I consider companion plants for optimal pest control and nutrient balance? Should I consider companion plants for optimal pest control and nutrient balance?


That is a great question. There are a few companion planting options that can improve the health of your plants, as well as prevent harmful...


Thank you for your great question. PPFD (expressed in umol/m2/s) is currently the best measurement horticulturists have to determine how...


Standard practice when making up hydroponic nutrient concentrates, which are stock solutions that you then further dilute with water to...

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