In traditional gardening, plants are directly exposed to pests and diseases. Here, Mother Nature plays a vital role in cleaning crops, for instance, rain washes off the insects and dirt from the crops and beneficial microorganism naturally gorge on the harmful pests. Similarly, even hydroponics, though one of the most advanced technique for gardening, comes with its own set of disadvantages. For instance, in hydroponics typically plants are gathered inside grow rooms which get infested by insects and pests.
To maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness is the only way to prevent development of pests and other disease causing germs inside the grow rom. As the old saying goes “Prevention is better than cure”, similarly, it’s much easier to prevent initiation of pests in your hydroponic garden than to get rid of them. Listed below are some preventive measures that you can take to help your plants stay healthy and strong:
- First and foremost, maintain your garden at regular intervals. Many commercial hydroponics growers follow strict preventive measures like special clothing and shoe cleaning mats.
- Adjust the humidity at a lower range, ideally 50-60% and keep the temperature to 75°.
- Keep proper arrangements for air circulation and ventilation to prevent your garden from harmful microorganisms.
- Avoid over-watering as damp growing environment leads to formation of algae.
- Never enter your indoor grow room after cleaning your outdoor crops, instead do it in reverse as this encourages quick transfer of bad microorganisms into your indoor hydroponic garden.
- Don’t make the mistake of bringing your soil-plants into your hydroponics grow room to share the grow lights.
- And, most importantly, don’t smokes inside your hydroponics grow room because tobacco can harm the leaves and destroy your plants.
With these preventive measures you can stop pest and insect invasions in your hydroponics grow room. It should successfully eradicate pests and diseases from your garden. Ensure you check your plants regularly to make them healthy. Fulfill their needs regularly and if you see any problem then attend to it immediately; don’t wait for long as that might destroy your plants!