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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.

SuperCloset | SuperRoom Smart 5′ x 5′ Grow Tent Kit picture
SuperCloset | SuperRoom Smart 5′ x 5′ Grow Tent Kit
$2925.95

Microgreens System Hydroponics  picture
Microgreens System Hydroponics
$2400.0

GrowoniX EX1000 FlowBox Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System picture
GrowoniX EX1000 FlowBox Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
$2335.83

Fractal Water Vortex Magnetic Systems Ultra Imploder Stainless Steel 1
Fractal Water Vortex Magnetic Systems Ultra Imploder Stainless Steel 1"
$2250.0

Autopot 25L  XL 48 Pot System picture
Autopot 25L XL 48 Pot System
$2114.55

Autopot Spring Pot 24 Pot Xl System With 105 Gallon Flexi Tank (5 Gal Spring Pot picture
Autopot Spring Pot 24 Pot Xl System With 105 Gallon Flexi Tank (5 Gal Spring Pot
$2113.99

Current Culture UC System 8 gallon  picture
Current Culture UC System 8 gallon
$2000.0

Smartbee AIO Smart Hydroponic Ultimate Starter System (Brand New) picture
Smartbee AIO Smart Hydroponic Ultimate Starter System (Brand New)
$2000.0

Indoor Garden 8 Tray Hydroponic System picture
Indoor Garden 8 Tray Hydroponic System
$1995.0

California Lightworks Solar System 1100 + (2) UVB LED Grow Lights + CONTROLLER picture
California Lightworks Solar System 1100 + (2) UVB LED Grow Lights + CONTROLLER
$1978.0

GrowoniX EX600 Tall Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System picture
GrowoniX EX600 Tall Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
$1957.05

DAB E.SYBOX Electronic Water Pressure System picture
DAB E.SYBOX Electronic Water Pressure System
$1938.33

GrowoniX EX600 Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System picture
GrowoniX EX600 Deluxe - Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
$1876.68

Energized Water Treatment System - Increases Vegetable/ Cannabis/ Harvest  picture
Energized Water Treatment System - Increases Vegetable/ Cannabis/ Harvest
$1800.0

6 sets Sun System Magnum XXXL 8
6 sets Sun System Magnum XXXL 8" with Bulbs + Galaxy Amps Turbo 1000W - $1800.00
$1800.0

California Lightworks Solar System 1100 with (2) UVB LED Grow Lights SolarSystem picture
California Lightworks Solar System 1100 with (2) UVB LED Grow Lights SolarSystem
$1799.0

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