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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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DWC hydroponic system Kit 3.5 G 2 Pk Indoor/outdoor, Stay Home And Grow Ur Own picture

DWC hydroponic system Kit 3.5 G 2 Pk Indoor/outdoor, Stay Home And Grow Ur Own

$86.98



Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit With LED Grow Light US picture

Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit With LED Grow Light US

$45.99



Vertical Hydroponic System Tower Garden 6 LED Grow Lights Masterblend Fertilizer picture

Vertical Hydroponic System Tower Garden 6 LED Grow Lights Masterblend Fertilizer

$580.00



AeroGarden Sprout with Bonus 15 Seed Starting System *New* picture

AeroGarden Sprout with Bonus 15 Seed Starting System *New*

$54.95



RDWC 4 Automated System Hydroponic Growing Kit Recirculating Deep Water Culture picture

RDWC 4 Automated System Hydroponic Growing Kit Recirculating Deep Water Culture

$320.00



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8" Round Basket Lid Net Pot with Wide Lip - Fits 3-5 Gallon Buckets - DWC System

$39.95



AeroGarden Harvest In-Home Garden System 100690-CGY picture

AeroGarden Harvest In-Home Garden System 100690-CGY

$65.55



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

$45.97



XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon [Set of 2] picture

XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon [Set of 2]

$85.00



Co2 for Hydroponic grow kits system bubble tub DWC bubbler hydro garden clones picture

Co2 for Hydroponic grow kits system bubble tub DWC bubbler hydro garden clones

$34.49



Hydroponic System Growing Kit,8 Sites DIY Self Watering Indoor Hydroponic System picture

Hydroponic System Growing Kit,8 Sites DIY Self Watering Indoor Hydroponic System

$16.14



Vanquish 630w CMH system indoor grow light Professional  picture

Vanquish 630w CMH system indoor grow light Professional

$289.99



AeroGarden Sprout with Bonus 15 Seed Starting System New  picture

AeroGarden Sprout with Bonus 15 Seed Starting System New

$59.00



Hydro Designs Hydroponic Garden Tower With Lighting System. Grow up to 36 plants picture

Hydro Designs Hydroponic Garden Tower With Lighting System. Grow up to 36 plants

$480.00



Sun System Yield Master 6 in Air-Cooled Reflector - ETL Listed picture

Sun System Yield Master 6 in Air-Cooled Reflector - ETL Listed

$126.18



NEW AEROGARDEN SPROUT IN-HOME GARDEN SYSTEM w/ GROW TRAY & SEED STARTING SYSTEM picture

NEW AEROGARDEN SPROUT IN-HOME GARDEN SYSTEM w/ GROW TRAY & SEED STARTING SYSTEM

$69.95



VIVOSUN 600 Watt HPS MH Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Air Cooled Set picture

VIVOSUN 600 Watt HPS MH Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Air Cooled Set

$151.99



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9" ULTRA 3.5 5 Gallon DWC Hydroponic System Air Stone Diffuser Aerator 1/4" OD

$14.00



iPower 600 Watt HPS Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Wing Reflector Set picture

iPower 600 Watt HPS Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Wing Reflector Set

$109.47



iPower 1000W HPS MH Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube Hood Wing Reflector Set picture

iPower 1000W HPS MH Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube Hood Wing Reflector Set

$174.79