General hydroponic growing can be lot more fun than soil gardening but as a grower you still have to be extremely alert with the problems which can silently creep into your garden. Initially all hydroponic growing systems seem trouble-free but you never know the problem can be hidden in the root zone and are evident once the leaves start to grow pale. These problems go unnoticed and before you realize the ensuing problem, it’s usually too late.
If you take a closer look, you would discover that the prime reason behind an unsuccessful hydroponic enterprise is because of sheer negligence from the grower. Stated below are five simple factors that we should take care to be successful in the long run:
- Nutrients: As a responsible grower, are you aware about the nutritional requirement of your plants at different stages? Are you ensuring that you are providing them with the best nutrients at the right time? If yes, then chances are that you might not encounter nutrient deficiency in your plants. If no, then get ready to lose all the sweat. Your plants need good amount of nitrogen during their vegetative phase but more of phosphorus during flowering or blooming stage. Ensure that your leaves aren’t going pale and yellow due to lack of nutrients.
- Moisture: Maintaining proper moisture levels in the growing environment and adequate watering are lifelines for any general hydroponics technique. Under watering can cause charring of leaves whereas overwatering can lead to root rot and formation of unwanted organic material. Low humidity levels can lead to discoloration, dry and rough edges in the young leaves whereas, over humid conditions can direct stunted bud development and root formation in stems. Hence, keeping a balance is important.
- pH: If your nutrient supply is proper and well balanced and still you are facing nutrient deficiency, then it’s time to check the pH in your nutrient solution. Closely monitor the pH levels. Maintaining a pH of 5.6 is best for general hydroponics nutrient solution.
- Temperature: Make sure you are recording the temperature at regular intervals in your grow room and ensure that it should never go below fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Excess heat can hinder root development, whereas leaves will begin to curl and cup when it is too cold.
- Pathogens: Nematodes, fungus gnat larvae and algae utilize the nutrients, plant roots and favorable environment rendered by growers to cause great harm. You can prevent and control all these possible parasites before they become severe and deteriorate plant growth.
Preempting these problems and planning for proper checks and balances is imperative for growth in your hydroponic garden.