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Hydroponic Seeds

Hydroponic System DiagramWhen your hydroponic system is built, your pumps and timers have been tested and are functioning properly and the nutrient solutions are mixed and tested, you are ready to plant your garden.

Plants that have been raised in soil can be transplanted in a hydroponic garden if the roots are thoroughly rinsed of all soil and organic material but there is always a risk of introducing pests and disease from the nursery where the plants were propagated. There is also a strong possibility that the plants have been overcrowded, over or under watered and generally stressed.

By starting your plants from seed, you have the most control over the initial development of your crop. As a general rule, seeds are free of pests and disease. If you start your seeds in a hydroponic system, there is no transplant stress or shock and minimal chance of disease.

A seed needs moisture and warm temperatures to germinate, which can be provided in your hydroponic garden, or in a system designed for propagation.

Direct seeding into the hydroponic garden is a common method of propagation. Direct seeding works well in perlite, rockwool or any other medium that is fine enough not to loose the seed in. It is important to thoroughly moisten your growing medium prior to seeding.

To seed directly into perlite (or a similar medium) sprinkle the seeds on the moistened perlite and cover with a thin layer of perlite to keep the seeds from drying out. Follow the directions on the seed packet for planting depth.

Rockwool is most often used in the form of cubes for seed propagation. To plant seeds in rockwool, soak the cube in water or nutrient solution and drop the seed into the hole in the center of the rockwool cube. Many growers seed into rockwool cubes and, when the seedling develops, move the whole cube with the plant in it, into the hydroponic garden. A seedling in a rockwool cube can easily be transplanted into an NFT, ebb and flow or drip system.

Hydroponic System DiagramOnce seeded the growing medium will need to be flushed on a regular basis to keep it moist. You can initially use water for germination, right up to the point that the seed coat cracks open and the radical root is exposed. At that point you have a seedling rather than a seed, which will need water, nutrients, light and warmth. The frequency of flushing your growing medium depends on the type of medium you choose. If you are using perlite or rockwool, it will probably need to be flushed every 2 or 3 hours. The medium and the seeds need to be moist.

Controlling temperature is important for good seed germination. Some growers will start their seeds in an incubator, propagation table or similar device to maintain the ideal temperature throughout the germination process. If proper temperatures are not maintained, germination will be delayed or may not happen at all. If you are using an incubator or propagation table, you can seed directly into the growing medium.

When you plant seed for your hydroponic garden, you should over seed by 25 % -50 %. Once your seeds have developed into seedlings, you can select the strongest plants and keep them. The weaker plants can be removed by pinching the plant off at the base. Pulling the plant out will disturb the roots of the plant that you are keeping.

Listed below are some seeds, kits and germinating equipment for you to get started with.

iPower 4 ft Jump Start Seed T5 Fluorescent 4' Grow Light System Stand Rack Lamp picture
iPower 4 ft Jump Start Seed T5 Fluorescent 4' Grow Light System Stand Rack Lamp
$999.99

Xtreme Gardening Giant Pumpkin Kit Seeds Nutrients Mykos Azos Calcarb  picture
Xtreme Gardening Giant Pumpkin Kit Seeds Nutrients Mykos Azos Calcarb
$963.99

350W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Medical Plant Seed picture
350W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Medical Plant Seed
$645.04

HYDROPONIC GROWING PADS- ORGANIC- 500 PK- MICRO MATS SEED GROW STARTER - 20
HYDROPONIC GROWING PADS- ORGANIC- 500 PK- MICRO MATS SEED GROW STARTER - 20"x10"
$549.95

280W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Plant Fruits Seeds picture
280W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Plant Fruits Seeds
$542.44

Miracle Gro Aero Garden ULTRA with Seed Starting System - Brand New Item picture
Miracle Gro Aero Garden ULTRA with Seed Starting System - Brand New Item
$493.99

210W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Medical Plant seed picture
210W LED Grow Light Panel CREE LED Grow Greenhouse Hydroponic Medical Plant seed
$485.44

Palram  Snap and Grow 8 x 4 Extension Kit Green House Seed Starter picture
Palram Snap and Grow 8 x 4 Extension Kit Green House Seed Starter
$449.97

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA with Pod Seed Starting System Herbs Vegetables Grow picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA with Pod Seed Starting System Herbs Vegetables Grow
$415.77

Greenhouse Kit Raised Garden Stand Plant Seeds Flowers Veggies Water System NEW picture
Greenhouse Kit Raised Garden Stand Plant Seeds Flowers Veggies Water System NEW
$388.95

Herb Seed AeroGarden Indoor Garden Gourmet  Pod Kit + Bonus Seed Starter System  picture
Herb Seed AeroGarden Indoor Garden Gourmet Pod Kit + Bonus Seed Starter System
$362.49

Kessil LED Grow Light Lamp Bulb 350 W Magenta Hydroponic Indoor Grow Plant Seed picture
Kessil LED Grow Light Lamp Bulb 350 W Magenta Hydroponic Indoor Grow Plant Seed
$359.95

Lamp Pro Timer Hydroponic Grow Light 120v 15A Propagate Garden Seeds Cuttings  picture
Lamp Pro Timer Hydroponic Grow Light 120v 15A Propagate Garden Seeds Cuttings
$352.0

Hydroponic Indoor Garden Organic Growing System Seed Starter Herb Gardening New picture
Hydroponic Indoor Garden Organic Growing System Seed Starter Herb Gardening New
$349.99

12 Germination Station Seed Starter Kits Hydrofarm CK64050 humidity dome picture
12 Germination Station Seed Starter Kits Hydrofarm CK64050 humidity dome
$329.99

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, home  picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, home
$325.0

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