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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.

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Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn System - Grow Grass Where You Spray It - Made in USA picture

Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn System - Grow Grass Where You Spray It - Made in USA

$31.99



6 Plant Sites Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Garden Cabinet Box Complete Set picture

6 Plant Sites Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Garden Cabinet Box Complete Set

$28.19



Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 108 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool  picture

Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 108 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool

$62.99



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 108 Plant Sites 3 Layers 12 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 108 Plant Sites 3 Layers 12 Pipes

$92.99



AeroGarden Bounty Elite Bundle With Seed Starting System Stainless Steel picture

AeroGarden Bounty Elite Bundle With Seed Starting System Stainless Steel

$249.00



50 Aerogarden Compatible Sponges Seed Pod Hydroponic Grower Indoor Garden System picture

50 Aerogarden Compatible Sponges Seed Pod Hydroponic Grower Indoor Garden System

$16.97



50 Aerogarden Compatible Sponges Seed Pod Hydroponic Grower Indoor Garden System picture

50 Aerogarden Compatible Sponges Seed Pod Hydroponic Grower Indoor Garden System

$17.09



7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit picture

7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit

$41.95



DWC hydroponic system Kit 3.5 G 2 Pk Indoor/outdoor, Stay Home And Grow Ur Own picture

DWC hydroponic system Kit 3.5 G 2 Pk Indoor/outdoor, Stay Home And Grow Ur Own

$89.98



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 90 Plant Sites 3 Layers 10 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 90 Plant Sites 3 Layers 10 Pipes

$82.99



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2" INCH NET POTS (50 count) HYDROPONIC SYSTEM GROW KIT CLONE CUP 50 COUNT

$12.95



AeroGarden Seed Starting System picture

AeroGarden Seed Starting System

$19.99



14 Site Indoor Plant Growing Aeroponics Cloner - Complete Cutting Rooting System picture

14 Site Indoor Plant Growing Aeroponics Cloner - Complete Cutting Rooting System

$53.95



XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon  picture

XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon

$64.99



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 72 Plant Sites 4 Layers 8 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 72 Plant Sites 4 Layers 8 Pipes

$78.99



Indoor Herb Garden Grow Light Kits Hydroponics Growing System Plant Germination picture

Indoor Herb Garden Grow Light Kits Hydroponics Growing System Plant Germination

$69.00



General Hydroponics pH Control Test Kit  - GH 8 oz Up Down Adjustment Combo picture

General Hydroponics pH Control Test Kit - GH 8 oz Up Down Adjustment Combo

$20.99



Hydroponics Growing Kit System Smart Indoor Garden Starter with LED Grow Light picture

Hydroponics Growing Kit System Smart Indoor Garden Starter with LED Grow Light

$64.32



CRZDEAL Brand New Hydroponics Growing System (Adjustable 5.9-12inchs)  ZWD-03 picture

CRZDEAL Brand New Hydroponics Growing System (Adjustable 5.9-12inchs) ZWD-03

$49.95



Hydroponic Grow Cubes - Rockwool medium, 1/3 Cubic Foot for Grow Box, System Kit picture

Hydroponic Grow Cubes - Rockwool medium, 1/3 Cubic Foot for Grow Box, System Kit

$14.99