Flower gardening is more than just a hobby for many people. It is a passion, something that gives them immense pleasure. If you are one of such people, then seeing your garden flourished with blooming flowers will give you true satisfaction. Flowers, especially roses are many gardeners’ delight. However, in urban areas where space is conspicuous by its scarcity, growing roses in backyard is not really an option. A perfect space-saving solution for such instances is growing roses hydroponically.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water based nutrient media, without using soil. To grow roses hydroponically, you can go with Drip Irrigation system. In this system, nutrient solution is dripped on to the base of each plant by a small drip line. Timer is used to control submersed pump. You can either go for recovery drip system or non-recovery drip system. In the former, the runoff is collected, processed and is reused whereas in the later one, runoff is drained through an outlet. You can also choose to grow roses using Nutrient Film Technique (N.F.T.). Grow medium like coco coir is best for rose plants as it enables the roots to breathe and absorb maximum nutrients. It is advisable to grow roses from mother plant cuttings. However, check that there are no plant diseases infested on the cuttings because otherwise it will ruin your entire set-up of indoor flower gardening. Also, avoid cutting from a plant which has been artificially grafted because such plants grow up to be infertile.
While choosing location for growing your hydroponic roses, keep in mind that direct sunlight with little draft is optimal for rose plants. Grow lights like sodium halide lamps or compact fluorescent bulbs also work efficiently in case of flower gardening. Roses prefer to grow at room temperature (around 27 degree C) and neutral pH in the range of 6.5 and 7.5.
Flower gardening is not just a technique but an art. And hydroponic growing of roses requires precision along with the hand of an artist! Keep an eye for any rot or fungal growth. Spray rose plants with pesticides to avoid any infestation. Prune rose plants with hand pruners. Regular pruning will help your roses grow in to fuller and bushier plants. Keep removing dead, damaged, and yellowed branches.
Growing roses hydroponically requires constant care and attention. However, once you see your garden full of fresh, colorful roses, you will feel that all this effort is totally worth it!