What are Hydroponic Growing Cabbage Challenges?
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These days hydroponic gardening, a soilless mode of cultivation, is becoming extremely popular and reaping huge returns on investments by growers. Growing and yielding vegetables and other commercial crops in all seasons is another reason for its fame. Cabbage, a member of the brassica family, can also be grown hydroponically and can fetch you great harvest all year-round without much of trouble.
You just have to select a right location with good light and then choose and set up a hydroponic system that suits your budget. Then you can start with your indoor vegetable gardening by purchasing right quality seeds and then germinating them, transplanting them into hydroponic garden, watch them grow, and probably in 60-90 days, you’ll start harvesting a great yield of fresh and nutrient-rich cabbage.
However, this is slight difficult unless you have fixed the problems which growers usually encounter while growing cabbages hydroponically.
- Physical Factors like Light, Humidity, Temperature, and pH — Cabbage needs good amount of light to thrive but remember they are scorched or grow pale under too much heat. Cabbages begin to crack if environment get too hot or dry indoors. If you are growing outdoors, then place your plants where you can give them shade from the mid-day sun, and if you are growing indoors, then place the grow lights of appropriate intensity and well above the plants. Cabbages grow well in pH 6.5 to 7, so don’t forget to monitor the pH balance of the grow medium. Drain the entire water every three weeks.
- Nitrogen Content— Along with calcium and magnesium, cabbage needs plenty of nitrogen for growth. Make sure that your hydroponic nutrient is a good mix of all these along with some amino acid and mineral content so that your crop does not suffer nutrient deficiency.
- Transplant Shock— Cabbage is vulnerable to transplant shock but with caution, cabbage seeds can be germinated indoors for faster development. Germinating in individual compartments lets you to transplant these to hydroponic media without any shock.
- Pathogens and Pests— In indoor vegetable hydroponic gardening, aphids can most likely attack cabbage crops. You can control them by using insecticidal soaps or insecticides like Diazinon or Sevin. A layer of aluminum foil underneath plants points light to base of leaves making them an unsuitable habitat for aphids. In moist environment of hydroponic gardening, slugs and snails prevail, so promote a dry environment to discourage them. You can also effectively remove them by laying handpicked traps and snail baits.