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

Vertical Hydroponic System Tower Garden 6 LED Grow Lights Masterblend Fertilizer

$450.00



RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins. picture

RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins.

$299.98



72 Holes 2 Layers 8 Pipes Hydroponic Grow Kit , PVC Hydroponics Growing System picture

72 Holes 2 Layers 8 Pipes Hydroponic Grow Kit , PVC Hydroponics Growing System

$69.99



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

$119.99



AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim In-Home Garden System with Pods ~NOB~ picture

AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim In-Home Garden System with Pods ~NOB~

$69.99



Ladbrooke Soil Blocker 5-Pc.

Ladbrooke Soil Blocker 5-Pc. "Essentials" Nesting System. Authorized Reseller

$88.99



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

$399.99



Sun System 906217 630W Indoor Grow Light Fixture USED picture

Sun System 906217 630W Indoor Grow Light Fixture USED

$350.00



Aerogarden Sprout LED Hydroponic Growing System 5001783 picture

Aerogarden Sprout LED Hydroponic Growing System 5001783

$28.99



In Home Garden System, Control Panel, LED Lights, Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture

In Home Garden System, Control Panel, LED Lights, Gourmet Herb Seed Kit

$90.00



Hydro Logic Stealth RO 150 Reverse Osmosis System Water Filter RO100 RO150 picture

Hydro Logic Stealth RO 150 Reverse Osmosis System Water Filter RO100 RO150

$183.89



Dual Grow Bed Aquaponics System- Grow organic food efficiently picture

Dual Grow Bed Aquaponics System- Grow organic food efficiently

$499.99



NEW AeroGarden Harvest 360 In Home Garden System Grow Fresh Year Round 6 Pods  picture

NEW AeroGarden Harvest 360 In Home Garden System Grow Fresh Year Round 6 Pods

$146.99



TurboKlone Turbo Cloning System Site T24 with Humidity Dome picture

TurboKlone Turbo Cloning System Site T24 with Humidity Dome

$143.99



General Hydroponic FloraMicro 5-0-1..... 6 Gallons...  Advanced Nutrient System picture

General Hydroponic FloraMicro 5-0-1..... 6 Gallons... Advanced Nutrient System

$134.99



New Grow Anything AeroGarden (Seed Starting System) For Aero garden Sprout Model picture

New Grow Anything AeroGarden (Seed Starting System) For Aero garden Sprout Model

$22.99



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

$89.98



11 Holes Plant Site Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Cabinet Box Home Garden picture

11 Holes Plant Site Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Cabinet Box Home Garden

$27.39



1200W LED Plant Grow Light Full Spectrum Hydroponic Growing System For Flower  picture

1200W LED Plant Grow Light Full Spectrum Hydroponic Growing System For Flower

$49.48



Greenjoy Hydroponics Growing System, Plant Germination Kits 8L Water Tank  picture

Greenjoy Hydroponics Growing System, Plant Germination Kits 8L Water Tank

$89.99