Basics for Hydroponic Beginners
Growing on hydroponics is gradually becoming a popular hobby throughout the world. Hydroponic growing can be as simple as a couple of hydroponic boxes or as complex as a huge hydroponic farm. Regardless of the scale of your hydroponic adventure, here are some rules to follow:
- Realize that hydroponic growing is more of a process than a project. Your plants take time to grow. Along with your plants you will have to grow your own patience. Accept the fact that not everything you attempt is going to look like as beautiful as it is on a magazine cover. At the same time, some of the things you will grow will turn great!
- Learn about your hydroponic space. Determine what light source you will be using: natural or artificial, or a combination of the two. Pay special attention to the system you’d to start using and try to understand whether your setup and efforts are sufficient to support it.
- Learn about yourself. How much time and money do you want to invest? Hydroponic growing can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. We would recommend to start small, finding more to do is rarely a problem.
- Learn about plants, especially the ones you’d like to grow. Whatever plant you chose to grow, from orchids to parsley, do some homework. If for some reason the plants you like most aren’t recommended for your hydroponic system, keep looking. You will surely find something else, which can be even better and easier to grow.
- Water, fertilize and prune regularly as recommended for your plants.
- Get some good tools and find reliable vendors of nutrients. Not all the nutrients are built equal. Do some research and ask away.
- Learn to recognize symptoms before they become problems. Pests, diseases and environmental stressors of your hydroponic systems or plants usually start small. This, fortunately, gives you the possibility to see and correct it. Knowing the problem allows you to select the right treatment.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding experienced hydroponic growers who would be happy to share their experience with you.
- Stay safe. Follow product instructions carefully, especially when it comes to nutrients and fertilizers.
- Keep a record or journal of what works and what doesn’t. Use this information when planning what plants to grow.
- Similarly to regular gardening, hydroponic growing may be strenuous, especially if you have a large hydroponic farm. Stretch out and invest in good tools (gloves, pruners) to avoid any unpleasant experiences.
- Even though hydroponic growing may require a lot of patience and time, don’t forget to have fun. It’s worth it as you’ll be rewarded with tasty and beautiful products of your efforts!
HYDROPONICALLY GROWN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT ARE CLEAN AND TASTY!