Hydroponic Gardening is an innovative form of gardening which allows people who have limited space to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. This form of gardening helps you grow fruits and vegetables indoors without using soil. Hydroponic gardening like any other form of gardening requires attention and care. If you are just starting out with this form of gardening read on for some useful tips to help grow wonderful plants.
Here are some useful tips for beginners to be successful with hydroponic gardening:
- Get the right environment
The right environment is an important aspect of having a healthy hydroponic garden. Some factors which contribute to the growing environment of the garden are relative humidity, air circulation and temperature. Some plants grow well in cooler temperatures while others need a warmer environment. The right environment of your hydroponic garden will depend on the type of plants you are growing and what is the ideal growing conditions for them.
Plants require nutrients for a healthy growth. Nutrients or fertilizers are available both in liquid and dry form. They are also available in the organic and synthetic form and you should use organic nutrients in your hydroponic garden for best results. The various nutrients needed by plants are phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper and chlorine. Nutrients need to give in right amount because deficiency or abundance may severely affect the healthy growth of the plants.
Lighting is also an important factor for growing a healthy hydroponic garden. All plants need sufficient amount of light for proper growth. Most plants typically need 12-16 hours of light for the growth or vegetable stage. In the bloom stage the amount of light needs to be reduced and plants typically require about 10-12 hours of light. You should ensure that the light comes and goes off at the same time each day for best results. You can use a timer to keep track of the time when light comes and goes to your hydroponic garden.