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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.

Miracle-Gro Aerogarden Seed Starting System Bounty Ultra & Extra Models Plant Ge picture
Miracle-Gro Aerogarden Seed Starting System Bounty Ultra & Extra Models Plant Ge
$329.95

Indoor Herb Garden Kit Grow Box LED Grow Lights Gourmet Seeds Included Fresh New picture
Indoor Herb Garden Kit Grow Box LED Grow Lights Gourmet Seeds Included Fresh New
$329.0

LED Indoor Aero Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit NASA Tested No Soil Hydroponics  picture
LED Indoor Aero Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit NASA Tested No Soil Hydroponics
$325.99

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$323.75

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
$323.75

Hydroponic Indoor Gardening LED Herb Seed Kit Grow Plant Vegetable Soil Flower picture
Hydroponic Indoor Gardening LED Herb Seed Kit Grow Plant Vegetable Soil Flower
$323.19

5 Pack Of 72 Cell Plug Trays Starting Seeds And Cuttings Made In Reusable Recycl picture
5 Pack Of 72 Cell Plug Trays Starting Seeds And Cuttings Made In Reusable Recycl
$321.89

100Pct Recycled Seed Starting Trays Made In 1020 Trays Solid Bottom Premium Qual picture
100Pct Recycled Seed Starting Trays Made In 1020 Trays Solid Bottom Premium Qual
$321.12

Bavicchi Tomato Set of 5 variety of Italian Seeds Italian Import picture
Bavicchi Tomato Set of 5 variety of Italian Seeds Italian Import
$320.0

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit & BONUS Seed Start System picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit & BONUS Seed Start System
$319.99

Love Blooms Seed Kit Aerogarden 6-Pod Plant Germination Kits picture
Love Blooms Seed Kit Aerogarden 6-Pod Plant Germination Kits
$315.79

Hydrofarm 72 Square Plug Flat Insert Fits all standard seed flats. Single Tray picture
Hydrofarm 72 Square Plug Flat Insert Fits all standard seed flats. Single Tray
$315.21

Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED NEW picture
Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED NEW
$314.85

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$313.69

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Home Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Plant picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Home Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Plant
$312.99

JIFFY Peat Pots Biodegradable Planters Nursery Seed Plant Starter Herb Grow picture
JIFFY Peat Pots Biodegradable Planters Nursery Seed Plant Starter Herb Grow
$311.35

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