Cultivate Hydroponic Plants with Hydroponic Growing
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Are you an enthusiast looking for new cutting edge methods of hydroponic growing? Do you wish to cultivate various vegetables and fruits hydroponically? Well, then you are just a few steps away from your dream coming true. Just by following a few simple instructions, you can be an expert in hydroponic gardening!
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. All the essential elements are provided to the plants through nutrient solutions which is water based. To cultivate plants with hydroponic growing you will have to follow these steps:
1. Select space to grow hydroponic plants:
Hydroponics, a soilless method of farming, helps in growing plants in minimal space. Depending on the size and desired yield of your crop, you can choose any container ranging from an unused fish tank to a big barrel of water. Remember that the container should be cleaned thoroughly before using to avoid fungal attack.
2. Select appropriate growing medium
Choosing the right nutrient media will help your plants grow and flourish. Choice of the growing media depends on the plant that you are growing. There are certain growing media used commonly in hydroponic gardening like rockwool, coconut fiber, perlite, clay pebbles and air (in case of aeroponics).
3. Maintain light, temperature and other physical factors:
If you are growing hydroponic plants outdoors, you are solely dependent on natural source for light. However, for indoor hydroponic gardens, the right source of light has to be selected. If you are not growing plants on a large scale then Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are the right choice for you. However, for larger hydroponic gardens, going for HPS light bulbs would be prudent. Make sure that your light source is not too harsh for it will damage plants’ roots.
Other physical factors like temperature, humidity, and pH level need to be constantly monitored. During the early growing stage, plants require high humidity and temperature. The correct pH level of nutrient media however differs from plant to plant and needs to be closely monitored as per the requirement of your hydroponic gardening.
4. Pruning and care of hydroponic plants:
Once plants bloom, ensure that you prune them regularly, remove dried or yellowed leaves and trim them to get fuller and bushier plants.
My personal experience says that with a little care and en eye for precision, you can cultivate healthy, flourishing hydroponic plants with marginal capital investment and minimal space.