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Plants grow healthy and produce bigger yields when they are happy. If your plants are not happy then they won’t turn up good. Check and observe your plants closely, check their grow set up and their growing cycles. You can say everything about your plant only by observing their leaves.
Watering your plants is the most important thing in gardening. There are different categories of plants and their water requirement is also different. People misunderstand this concept and give a lot of water which leads to root rot and the plant dies. Observe the leaves of your plant, (more…)
Plants need macro and micronutrients to grow and thrive. These nutrients are supplied to the plants whether it is grown in soil medium or in hydroponics. Just like any other living tissue, plants also have tissues and it is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen along with 23 other elements essential for biochemical reactions and structural biomass development. Plants can obtain elements like carbon, nitrogen, and (more…)
Hydroponic nutrients are one of the most important components of a hydroponic growing system. This method of growing plants without the use of soil supplies food to the plants by using nutrient media. Every plant needs the right amount of nutrient solution for a healthy growth. The wrong nutrient balance could cause serious problems for your hydroponic system.
The best hydroponic nutrients is comprised of macro nutrients and some micro nutrients. If you look at the product label for any regular fertilizer you will see a list of ingredients by the percentage of each ingredient in each container. The N-P-K is always listed first, that is, the macro elements – Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants in nutrient media without using any soil. Thus while mixing hydroponic nutrients for your crops, it is important to monitor all the physical and chemical properties of the solution. Any change in temperature, humidity level, pH or chemical nature of nutrients will affect the overall growth of plants severely. pH is probably the most overlooked aspect in hydroponic farming, but it is a very important factor.
Soil is the most prevalent growing medium for plants that not only provides support, nutrients, oxygen, but also delivers water and other beneficial microorganisms to the roots. This conventional form of cultivation is still dominating major parts of the world. However, sometimes this same soil poses serious threat to your plant due to issues like pest infestation, salinity, poor drainage or wearing due to soil erosion. Poor soil fertility owing to continuous cultivation results in poor yield and reduces the quality of produce. In such circumstances, hydroponic growing is a feasible alternative for many growers.
Before you opt for hydroponics, it is important to understand as to why hydroponic growing is better and, in some cases, the only option for farming. Hydroponics means ‘water-working’ i.e. growing plants in nutrient solution, without soil. (more…)
Do It Yourself (DIY) hydroponics systems are in vogue these days. Assembling things yourself starting from scratch gives you a sense of accomplishment and, of course, the activity itself is so much fun! You are more emotionally attached towards your garden as DIY hydroponic systems support life— life of your plants.
DIY hydroponic systems can be little hard on your pockets, so you must be well prepared to spend that extra few bucks on quality products. First, you have to be familiar with the principle of hydroponics and hydroponic systems and then gather required equipment for setting up your own hydroponic garden. You can use some informative instruction booklet or some credible websites, the idea is you should be thorough and clear with the concepts on how hydroponic systems work. You can choose from a variety of hydroponic systems like Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Ebb and Flow for homemade hydroponic system. NFT injects a thin layer of nutrient solutions over the root zone of your plants whereas Ebb and Flow temporarily (more…)
Traditionally growers have germinated seeds and cuttings in a jar. That was hydroponics in its simplest form! Hydroponics is not only fun for people but, in some regions of the world, the only way of fulfilling their gardening desires. Indoor hydroponic growing not only provides the plants with all the nutrients required for growth but also shields them from extreme climatic conditions. Roots are generally very dense in hydroponics and well-developed roots translate to healthy plants. You can use a hydroponic bubbler for directly feeding your plants’ roots the things they require most like water, nutrients, and oxygen, that too effectively. Many average gardeners, who often use more low-tech methods of hydroponic gardening and plant propagation, have used simple hydroponic bubbler system to aerate the nutrient solution. When plants get what they want, you get the best out of your plants year round, flowering and fruiting longer than if they were growing on soil outside.
Hydroponic bubblers are used in water culture system wherein the plants are placed directly above aerated nutrient solution. However, one bubbler system is distinct from the other depending upon the nature of water culture employed; the basic concept remains the same. Economical hydroponic bubblers are very simple to construct and easy to use. It makes use of plastic net cups, air tubes, buckets and lids that you can find at any nearby store. You would also need some air stones or an ordinary aquarium aerator pump. Apart from these, you would require growing media like rockwool or perlite.
First, cut a hole at the centre of the lid of a bucket according to the size of your grow container making sure the net pot should fit comfortably. This is done so that the roots can easily draw water through the holes. Now place the aquarium pump at the bottom of the bucket, which acts as a reservoir, and adjust the water pump rate. Tape some air tubes to the sidewalls and let it reach to the top of your bucket. Carefully set your plants into your net pot filling it with grow medium and then shift it to the cut holes in lids. Fill the reservoir with water and organic nutrients according to the mentioned directions and place this whole system where plants can receive appropriate light.
With these hydroponic bubblers, you can grow all different types of plants in your hydroponic system, from flowers to cucumbers to strawberries. You would need some elementary supplies, little time, and loads of enthusiasm for creating your own beautiful hydroponics garden.
Produce Superior-Quality Crops with Aeroponics
Aeroponics is an advanced and a great way to grow plants effortlessly. With air as growing medium the plants in this system are grown with the help of tubes, troughs and other kinds of chambers. The roots of the plants grown in this system are soaked in nutrient solutions and are allowed to hang to get adequate oxygen and essential nutrients. In aeroponics system the roots are protected from pathogens and debris as air is used as a growing media. However, it’s advisable to use hydrogen peroxide solution to clean your plants on regular basis to keep them away from harmful bacteria and fungi.
The roots of the plants grown in aeroponics system hang in the air therefore it’s very important to use a good support system that would hold the stems of your plants. Compared to any other system plants grow faster in aeroponics; there is ample supply of oxygen for the plants. With little maintenance this system can be cleaned and replaced easily.
While using this system it’s advisable to supply plants with proper amount of moisture at the initial growth stage, for about a week, follow this until the spray reaches the bottom of the plant. Clean all the PVC parts properly before applying PVC glue to join the parts. This will prevent any leakage. Aeroponics is user friendly and safe plant growing technique to grow healthy and bigger crops. This system utilizes less quantity of water and energy. As the spray pulse used is sterilized, your plants are protected from pest and diseases. Aeroponics is the future of modern agriculture and can be practiced even in space!
The best feature of aeroponics is that you don’t have to worry about replacing the growing medium because air is the growing medium in this system. You can replace plants in lesser time therefore you can grow large variety of fruits and vegetables without the use of excess space and money. As a grower once you know the basic of gardening you’ll know that aeroponics is a smart choice!
Aeroponics is an excellent system for cloning your plants to get speedy growth. While using aeroponics system use nutrients in proper ratio with well-adjusted pH balance to encourage quick absorption of nutrients. Once you have mastered the art of using this plant growing system you can grow large quantity of plants you want to grow!