How to grow Hydroponics Garden?

August 4, 2009 by  
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Hydroponics gardening is a new wave and revolution in a dirt free gardening. As the population has grown and the available space on the earth to grow plants has shrunk and in such a situation, hydroponics gardening has come as a new technique of plant cultivation.

Hydroponics is the art of growing of plants through a mixture of water and nutrients. It is an easy and an efficient way of plant cultivation. Plants grown hydroponically are much healthier as compared to traditional soil based plants, as all the required nutrients are fed directly from the roots, without the need for big bags of gardening soil.

Do you remember your childhood summer holiday assignment in which you had to grow a sweet potato tubers in a water jars. By just providing essential nutrients through water, you could see it grow in a water jar. The hydroponics gardening also works the same way.

Steps that you need to follow to grow plants correctly in a hydroponically garden are given below.

Step 1# Choose right containers to plant crops for your hydroponic garden. You can consider using plastic containers, if you wish to use a hydroponic system with plants in water only.

Step 2 # Select appropriate plants according to the size of your containers. You can choose from almost any of the vegetable or fruits such as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to grow.

Step 3 # Allocate a sunny location for hydroponic crops. Crops grown hydroponically need the same amount of sun light as plants grown in soil need.

Step 4 # To construct your hydroponics garden, you need to order hydroponic kits from any garden suppliers. You would require a simple hydroponic system, a plastic mesh tray, an air pump, and a soilless growing medium to support the roots of the plant. You can choose from sand, gravel, coconut husks as your growing medium.

Step 5# To prepare the container for planting the crop, add one to two inches of sand or coconut husks at the bottom of the container.

Step 6# Place the air pump and add plant nutrient solution in sufficient quantity to fill the container to a reasonable level and then place the mesh tray to cover the container top.

Step 7# Place your plants in the tray, allowing the roots to hang down from the top.

Step 8# Start the air pump when you have finished inserting the plants on the tray. The air pump will provide the required oxygen to the plant from its roots.

Step 9# Monitor the level of nutrient solution in your container.

Everything you want to know about Hydroponics Gardening

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Hydroponics gardening can be very rewarding but the obstacles which are involved in it can be challenging not only for a novice but for an experienced gardener too.

Hydroponics gardening proves to be easy once you know the basics of it. You need to spend a little more time in fine tuning the system in case of you want to grow plants hydroponically in the correct manner.

Hydroponics gardening simply means the food is within the water. In order words, all essential nutrients are given to the plant through water. Hence to grow plants in a healthier manner you need to focus on plant type you want to grow and its nutrient requirement.

The nutrient solution is a mix of fertilizers and water. To give plant the required nutrient, you pump the water solution which has all the essential nutrients in correct proportion to the plant roots.

There are different ways of pumping in the nutrient solution to the plants. Few of the commonly used mediums are hand watering, the reservoir method, the flood and drain method, the drip system, the nutrient film technique, the wick system, aeroponics. With the help of these mediums nutrient solution is pumped and the plants root absorbs the required nutrients for its growth.

As there is different hydroponics growing systems, there are many different types of growing media too. Growing medium is referred to as a medium in which plant is grown. The roots of the plant are placed in the growing medium. Some of the different types of growing medium that areĀ  most commonly use are Rockwool, expanded clay pellets, perlite, vermiculite mix, coconut coir mix, Volcanic rock chips, homemade hydro and so on.

The success of growing plants hydroponically largely depends on one single factor which is the quality of the nutrient solution. The nutrient given to the plants should be changed as they grow depending on the plant requirement.

The faster growth rates of the plants is the biggest magnetism to hydroponics gardening. You need to however be careful and monitor the plant growth. If you notice that the plants are not growing at a good pace, check your indoor conditions in which the plants are kept as they may be the factor for slow growth. However keeping the conditions right can also be a big problem for you especially if you are doing hydroponics gardening for the first time.