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Hydroponic Growing

Hydroponic System DiagramWhen growing plants in a hydroponic garden, we must consider these factors

  • the amount of water the plants need; proper drainage of growing medium
  • the optimum temperature and light for the plant
  • fresh air
  • shelter and support
  • pest and disease control
  • the water-soluble minerals the plant needs
  • the proper pH of the nutrient solution

Water
As with all plant needs, the amount of water required depends on the species and the needs of that particular plant. A plant that suffers from lack of water will extend a huge, but not very effective root system, and will develop a very small plant above the ground. Many roots are sent out in search of water and when an inadequate amount is found, the plant will not grow to its potential.
In the other extreme, if a plant is over watered the roots can drown because they are not receiving the proper amount of fresh oxygen. This makes proper drainage of a hydroponic growing medium crucial to your plant's health.

The last consideration concerning the water you feed your plants is purity. In a hydroponic garden, you should use as pure of water as possible. Water that has possible toxic contaminants or salt build ups may stunt or kill your plants.

Temperature and Light
The ideal temperature depends on the crops you choose to grow. Most of the common garden crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans and peas will do well with an average daytime temperature of 78 F and an aver- age nighttime temperature of 64 F. Winter vegetables, such as cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli should be grown in slightly cooler temperatures.

A minimum/maximum thermometer will allow you to track the low and high temperatures in your growing environment. This is important for monitoring overall progress of your hydroponic garden and diagnosing plant growth problems.

For optimum production, heating the root zone is important. For most garden crops 72 F is the ideal root zone temperature. Some growers achieve a heated root area by using heated grow mats placed under the growing medium. Another option is to heat your nutrient solution to the desired temperature and then when your system feeds the plants, the roots are bathed in warm water. Listed below are some complete hydroponic growing systems to get started with.

Light System Bundle G-Lux 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW picture
Light System Bundle G-Lux 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW
$3270.99

AutoPot - 80Pot System picture
AutoPot - 80Pot System
$3100.0

Light System Bundle Kit HPS Bulb 1000w Digital Ballast 277v Blue Star Reflector picture
Light System Bundle Kit HPS Bulb 1000w Digital Ballast 277v Blue Star Reflector
$3091.99

Lot of 6 Sun System LEC 630 Grow Lights With Extras! picture
Lot of 6 Sun System LEC 630 Grow Lights With Extras!
$3050.0

Light System Bundle Kit HPS Xtrasun750w Digital Ballast 240v Blue Star Reflector picture
Light System Bundle Kit HPS Xtrasun750w Digital Ballast 240v Blue Star Reflector
$3024.0

GrowoniX GX1000 FlowBox Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System picture
GrowoniX GX1000 FlowBox Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
$2958.2

E-Lux System 1000w Double Ended 208-277v Grow Light Hood Reflector Kit Large  picture
E-Lux System 1000w Double Ended 208-277v Grow Light Hood Reflector Kit Large
$2949.99

Light System Bundle G Plus 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW picture
Light System Bundle G Plus 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW
$2845.99

Light System Bundle G-Lux 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW picture
Light System Bundle G-Lux 1000w Bulb Double Ended DE Reflector 277v Ballast NEW
$2833.99

Light System Bundle Kit Blue Star Reflector 1000w HPS Bulb Ballast 120/240v  picture
Light System Bundle Kit Blue Star Reflector 1000w HPS Bulb Ballast 120/240v
$2831.99

AutoPot - 60Pot XL System picture
AutoPot - 60Pot XL System
$2800.0

AutoPot - Smart Pot 60 XL System picture
AutoPot - Smart Pot 60 XL System
$2800.0

Light System Bundle Kit HPS Bulb 1000w Digital Ballast 277v Blue Star Reflector picture
Light System Bundle Kit HPS Bulb 1000w Digital Ballast 277v Blue Star Reflector
$2678.99

Light System Bundle Kit HPS Xtrasun750w Digital Ballast 240v Blue Star Reflector picture
Light System Bundle Kit HPS Xtrasun750w Digital Ballast 240v Blue Star Reflector
$2675.4

E-Lux System 1000w Double Ended 208-277v Grow Light Hood Reflector Kit Large  picture
E-Lux System 1000w Double Ended 208-277v Grow Light Hood Reflector Kit Large
$2638.99

AutoPot - 60Pot System picture
AutoPot - 60Pot System
$2500.0

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