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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.

Seed Germination Tray for Hydroponics, Greenhouse, Garden, Nursery (126 Cells) picture
Seed Germination Tray for Hydroponics, Greenhouse, Garden, Nursery (126 Cells)
$225.0

Wise Long Term Garden Seeds- Fruits, Vegetables, Salsa, Medicine, Herbs Buckets picture
Wise Long Term Garden Seeds- Fruits, Vegetables, Salsa, Medicine, Herbs Buckets
$219.99

PVC Pipe Gardening Hydroponic Grow System Vegetable Seed Garden Solution Kit picture
PVC Pipe Gardening Hydroponic Grow System Vegetable Seed Garden Solution Kit
$219.99

Indoor Garden Kitchen Kit Seed Organic Food Growing Nutrient Herb Room Gardening picture
Indoor Garden Kitchen Kit Seed Organic Food Growing Nutrient Herb Room Gardening
$219.95

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$218.0

 AeroGarden Indoor Garden Starter Seed Grow Herbs Flowers Food Grower Hydroponic picture
AeroGarden Indoor Garden Starter Seed Grow Herbs Flowers Food Grower Hydroponic
$217.77

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden EXTRA LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden EXTRA LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$215.45

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden Grow Light Bundle Herb & Salad Seeds picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden Grow Light Bundle Herb & Salad Seeds
$213.97

Gourmet Indoor Garden Herb Seed Kit Grow System Compact Light Black Fresh Plants picture
Gourmet Indoor Garden Herb Seed Kit Grow System Compact Light Black Fresh Plants
$210.95

LED Indoor Garden How To With Gourmet Herb  Seed Kit Black 7 Pod Aerogarden Ultr picture
LED Indoor Garden How To With Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Black 7 Pod Aerogarden Ultr
$209.99

 LED Indoor Garden Zen Herb Seed Kit Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra picture
LED Indoor Garden Zen Herb Seed Kit Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra
$209.95

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 Pod LED Indoor Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 Pod LED Indoor Garden Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$209.95

AeroGarden 3 w/ Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Hydroponics Indoor Gardening Herbs Veggies picture
AeroGarden 3 w/ Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Hydroponics Indoor Gardening Herbs Veggies
$208.99

AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Flowers Vegies  picture
AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit Flowers Vegies
$208.14

NEW! Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit picture
NEW! Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
$208.02

Hydroponics LED Light Indoor Room Grow System Lamp Fluorescent Bulb Seeds Fast picture
Hydroponics LED Light Indoor Room Grow System Lamp Fluorescent Bulb Seeds Fast
$207.99

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