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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.

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12 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Timer with LED Grow Light Indoor Herb Garden picture

12 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Timer with LED Grow Light Indoor Herb Garden

$55.00



DTR Hand Crank Dump Truck Trailer Tarp Roller System - No Tarp Included picture

DTR Hand Crank Dump Truck Trailer Tarp Roller System - No Tarp Included

$141.99



Hydroponic-Garden System Seed-Pods Kit - 15 Grow Domes,15 Pod Labels,15 Grow Bla picture

Hydroponic-Garden System Seed-Pods Kit - 15 Grow Domes,15 Pod Labels,15 Grow Bla

$8.99



7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit picture

7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit

$37.49



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 90 Plant Sites 3 Layers 10 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 90 Plant Sites 3 Layers 10 Pipes

$85.99



VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 8 Buckets picture

VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 8 Buckets

$159.99



AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden (100744-BLK) 2017 Miracle-Gro WORKING SYSTEM picture

AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden (100744-BLK) 2017 Miracle-Gro WORKING SYSTEM

$150.00



Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn System - Grow Grass Where You Spray It - Made in USA picture

Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn System - Grow Grass Where You Spray It - Made in USA

$38.04



27pc -DIY 2inch net pot Holder for Vertical Growing System Soilless Device Farm picture

27pc -DIY 2inch net pot Holder for Vertical Growing System Soilless Device Farm

$39.99



Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 108 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool  picture

Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 108 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool

$60.99



VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 5 Buckets picture

VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 5 Buckets

$127.99



Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening picture

Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening

$449.99



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 36 Plant Sites 1 Layer 4 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 36 Plant Sites 1 Layer 4 Pipes

$72.99



Advance Grow Tent System 4x4, 4-Plant Kit, WiFi-Integrated Controls, 48x48x80

Advance Grow Tent System 4x4, 4-Plant Kit, WiFi-Integrated Controls, 48x48x80"

$999.00



12 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden w/ Grow Light Plants Home picture

12 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden w/ Grow Light Plants Home

$60.90



Lenorar Indoor Hydroponics Growing System 8 Pods 24watt OPEN BOX picture

Lenorar Indoor Hydroponics Growing System 8 Pods 24watt OPEN BOX

$36.90



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 72 Plant Sites 4 Layers 8 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 72 Plant Sites 4 Layers 8 Pipes

$79.99



VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 4 Buckets picture

VEVOR Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System 5 Gallon 4 Buckets

$99.99



AeroGarden In Home Garden System

AeroGarden In Home Garden System "Sprout" with 3 Pods - Cool Gray - Ships Today

$47.95



FAFAGRASS Hydroponics Growing System 12 Pods Stackable Indoor Garden. picture

FAFAGRASS Hydroponics Growing System 12 Pods Stackable Indoor Garden.

$118.00