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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.

AutoPot 100 Pot XL System 25L pots 750L Flexi res hydroponics system grow room  picture
AutoPot 100 Pot XL System 25L pots 750L Flexi res hydroponics system grow room
$3145.31

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

BWGS GROWROOM EQUIP-ION,EYE,PREDATOR,PIONEER,SUNSPOT,KIND,CIRRUS,JARDIN,CAN-FAN picture
BWGS GROWROOM EQUIP-ION,EYE,PREDATOR,PIONEER,SUNSPOT,KIND,CIRRUS,JARDIN,CAN-FAN
$3100.0

Sun System Dominator XXXL Single-Ended Non AC Reflector (3 Pack) in Bulk picture
Sun System Dominator XXXL Single-Ended Non AC Reflector (3 Pack) in Bulk
$3035.94

Hydroponics Plant Growing System (DWC) Grow Kit picture
Hydroponics Plant Growing System (DWC) Grow Kit
$3000.0

LumiGrow Pro 325 325W LED Light System, 88-264V (auto-switching) { THREE UNITS}  picture
LumiGrow Pro 325 325W LED Light System, 88-264V (auto-switching) { THREE UNITS}
$2997.57

Current Culture Under Current Evolution 12XL 13 hydroponic system.  picture
Current Culture Under Current Evolution 12XL 13 hydroponic system.
$2978.44

Franklin Electric 5 HP DWC System Pump FBSEF-500-SCE picture
Franklin Electric 5 HP DWC System Pump FBSEF-500-SCE
$2975.15

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

IWS RUSH R-DWC HYDROPONICS SYSTEMS 4 LANE SYSTEMS 62CM POT CENTRES 40L CHAMBER picture
IWS RUSH R-DWC HYDROPONICS SYSTEMS 4 LANE SYSTEMS 62CM POT CENTRES 40L CHAMBER
$2951.46

Utopian Systems Split A/C 36,000 BTU *  * ! picture
Utopian Systems Split A/C 36,000 BTU * * !
$2941.26

IWS RUSH R-DWC HYDROPONICS SYSTEMS 4 LANE SYSTEMS 82 PLANT CENTRES 60L CHAMBER picture
IWS RUSH R-DWC HYDROPONICS SYSTEMS 4 LANE SYSTEMS 82 PLANT CENTRES 60L CHAMBER
$2939.9

Sun System Blazer DE Reflector in Bulk.   picture
Sun System Blazer DE Reflector in Bulk.
$2922.09

AutoPot 80 Pot Smart Pot System 18.9L pots hydroponics systems grow room   picture
AutoPot 80 Pot Smart Pot System 18.9L pots hydroponics systems grow room
$2901.39

Buffet Enhancements Hydroponic Aeroponic Grow System HHA3311-D5140 picture
Buffet Enhancements Hydroponic Aeroponic Grow System HHA3311-D5140
$2836.7

Buffet Enhancements Hydroponic Aeroponic Grow System HHA3311-D5140 picture
Buffet Enhancements Hydroponic Aeroponic Grow System HHA3311-D5140
$2836.7

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