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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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Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening picture

Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening

$399.99



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

$39.97



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

$86.98



Dual Grow Bed Aquaponics System- Grow organic food efficiently picture

Dual Grow Bed Aquaponics System- Grow organic food efficiently

$499.99



Recirculating Deep Water Culture RDWC Hydroponic System,5 Gallon [Set of 2] picture

Recirculating Deep Water Culture RDWC Hydroponic System,5 Gallon [Set of 2]

$149.99



Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 36 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool picture

Hydroponic Site Grow Kit 36 Planting Sites Garden Plant System Vegetable Tool

$55.97



VEVOR Grow Light Mover Light Track System Mover Kit 10.8ft Motor 0-120 sec 10RPM picture

VEVOR Grow Light Mover Light Track System Mover Kit 10.8ft Motor 0-120 sec 10RPM

$84.99



iPower 1000W HPS MH Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube Hood Wing Reflector Set picture

iPower 1000W HPS MH Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube Hood Wing Reflector Set

$186.99



Hydro Mousse Professional Seeding System Liquid Spray Seed Lawn Care Grass Shot picture

Hydro Mousse Professional Seeding System Liquid Spray Seed Lawn Care Grass Shot

$49.99



RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins. picture

RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins.

$295.00



TurboKlone T48 System with Humidy Dome Turbo Clone Machine 48 Site Kloners picture

TurboKlone T48 System with Humidy Dome Turbo Clone Machine 48 Site Kloners

$269.99



Recirculating Deep Water Culture RDWC Hydroponic System,5 Gallon [Set of 4] picture

Recirculating Deep Water Culture RDWC Hydroponic System,5 Gallon [Set of 4]

$299.00



Hydro Mousse Household Seeding System Liquid Spray Seed Lawn Care Grass Shot New picture

Hydro Mousse Household Seeding System Liquid Spray Seed Lawn Care Grass Shot New

$25.87



Vertical Hydroponic System Tower Garden 6 LED Grow Lights Masterblend Fertilizer picture

Vertical Hydroponic System Tower Garden 6 LED Grow Lights Masterblend Fertilizer

$580.00



Marijuana Growing Kit Weed Grow System Room Complete Set Tent Equipment Plant picture

Marijuana Growing Kit Weed Grow System Room Complete Set Tent Equipment Plant

$57.99



11 Holes Plant Site Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Cabinet Box Home Garden picture

11 Holes Plant Site Hydroponic System Grow Kit Indoor Cabinet Box Home Garden

$27.39



Aerogarden Hydroponic Garden Starter System Tray 800290-0208 NEW  picture

Aerogarden Hydroponic Garden Starter System Tray 800290-0208 NEW

$39.99



OxyCLONE OX20SYS 20 Site Hydroponics Compact Recirculating Cloning System Kit picture

OxyCLONE OX20SYS 20 Site Hydroponics Compact Recirculating Cloning System Kit

$69.19



Active Aqua RS5GAL8SYS Root Spa 5-Gallon 8-Bucket Deep Water Culture System picture

Active Aqua RS5GAL8SYS Root Spa 5-Gallon 8-Bucket Deep Water Culture System

$169.95



Octopot Soil Hydro Hybrid Grow System 6 Gallon Size picture

Octopot Soil Hydro Hybrid Grow System 6 Gallon Size

$74.95