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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.

Hydroponic Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit Growing Basil Parsley LED Light No Soil picture
Hydroponic Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit Growing Basil Parsley LED Light No Soil
$391.94

Indoor Grow Tent Kit: Including, Everything Needed Excl' Seed & Water - 50%OFF  picture
Indoor Grow Tent Kit: Including, Everything Needed Excl' Seed & Water - 50%OFF 
$389.95

AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit picture
AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$388.24

AeroGarden Smart Countertop Garden Bounty Elite w/Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, NEW picture
AeroGarden Smart Countertop Garden Bounty Elite w/Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, NEW
$384.42

AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit  picture
AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$382.17

Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed 9-Pod Kit 45-Watt LED Red Stainless Steel picture
Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed 9-Pod Kit 45-Watt LED Red Stainless Steel
$381.46

AeroGarden Hydroponic ULTRA LED System + Herb Seed Kit And Seed Starting System picture
AeroGarden Hydroponic ULTRA LED System + Herb Seed Kit And Seed Starting System
$379.0

4 PCS 1000W LED Grow Light Lamp Panel Full Spectrum for Indoor Plant Seed Veg picture
4 PCS 1000W LED Grow Light Lamp Panel Full Spectrum for Indoor Plant Seed Veg
$374.3

Rapid Rooter Plugs Bulk QTY - Propagation Seed Starting Roots PER CUBE picture
Rapid Rooter Plugs Bulk QTY - Propagation Seed Starting Roots PER CUBE
$374.0

AeroGarden Indoor Gardening & Hydroponics Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed picture
AeroGarden Indoor Gardening & Hydroponics Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed
$368.99

AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit picture
AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$366.99

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$366.96

AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Red Red Stainless picture
AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Red Red Stainless
$363.91

Herb Seed Pod Kit AeroGarden Bounty Wi-Fi with Gourmet  picture
Herb Seed Pod Kit AeroGarden Bounty Wi-Fi with Gourmet
$363.48

AeroGarden Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed 9-Pod Kit Hydroponic Germination picture
AeroGarden Bounty Elite With Gourmet Herb Seed 9-Pod Kit Hydroponic Germination
$362.15

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty  LED W/Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit Black Great Gift! picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty LED W/Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit Black Great Gift!
$359.49

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