Maybe at this point, you have already spent much time working on getting your hydroponic garden set up and ready for the plants. That is much work, but once you have the supplies, you will be able to reuse them in the future and save much time.
This post is going to review some of the most important things that you need to remember before starting to grow as well as the best steps to help you give your new plants the best care that they can find in this kind of garden.
Things to Remember
Before getting started on your garden, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. These are critical if you would like to see some fantastic results with your backyard and not have all your work go to waste before you start. Some of the things that you should remember for this garden include:
- Keep a constant temperature—each plant will like a slightly different one, but work to keep it regular and at a level that keeps away bacteria.
- Add in some humidity
- Pick out your light source to help the plants grow
- Fresh air—even if you are growing the plants inside, you should include some fresh air for best results.
- Provide some oxygen—this is important to the roots and you can do this
through agitation or a pump
- Keep up with the pH levels and keep it consistent
- Keep the nutrient solution as regular as possible to avoid issues.
Each plant is going to need some different help to grow the way that it should. Some plants need a lot of temperature and others like it when it is cold. You will need to take some time to research each plant type so you ensure you provide the right kinds of care to your plants.
Working on the Seeds
First, you will need to get the seeds started. This need to be done in a place that is away from the hydroponic system. Once the plants get larger, you will be able to move them over to the main system, but they need to be started in a separate area. The area that you start your seeds in should have high levels of humidity and the right medium. In case you want to speed up the process, consider using a seed warming mat with your trays for the best results. Some of the other steps that you should take to get the plants started:
- Add in some moisture. Half of it should be your concentrated solution, and the rest can be water.
- Insert your seeds into this.
- Make sure that the temperature stays at the right spot all the time. You should stick somewhere between 72 and 80 degrees all of the time. Make sure that the air is the same kind of temperature for the best results.
- Start with a softer light. Each plant is going to be a bit different, so the softer light can make a difference. You can always increase the light once the seeds start to sprout in their containers.
- Keep the plants moist at a moderate amount. You should use half strength of the solution for this starter stage and then increase later on. Once the plant starts to develop and grow, you will be able to move them over to your main hydroponic system so it can start to bloom.
Closing the Plant
While starting from seed is the option that most beginners are going to choose, there is another option. With this option, you will begin the process by taking a plant that already exists and then makes a clone from it. You would take one of the growing tips and then replant so this new one can make its roots. This will help it to grow up into an identical plant from the one it was taken from. If you do decide to go for this kind of process, you will need to keep the same kinds of conditions compared to the seed process, but the nutrient solution only needs to be 25 percent for it. Some of the steps that you can go through to make the cloning process work includes:
- Pick out your plant. This one should have a green stem from a healthy plant.
- You will need to get a piece that is somewhere between 5 to 3 inches.
- Cut off the tip of this plant with a sharp knife that won’t leave jagged edges.
- Dip this prepared tip in some nutrient solution and then make a cut that is 45 degrees off the first one.
- Dip this into some cloning root gel. Now it is ready to go into the medium and will start to grow.
Moving to the Main System
Getting the seeds will take some time or the cloned plant to grow enough to be moved. However, once they are ready, you will be prepared to go through and get it to look great and love the hydroponic system. You will be able to consider moving the plants as soon as the cuttings or the seeds are forming a noticeable root system. This process is the easiest when you are using starter sponges. This is because you can remove and then insert these plugs to the growing medium in your hydroponic system, and then you are done.
However, often, you will use a different starting medium that is going to be looser. For these, use some basket liners to prevent things from getting messy or not working out the way that you would like. Once you can transplant the plants with the roots that are still inside the medium, make sure to keep the light a bit lower than usual. You will need to do this for about 3 or 4 days so that the plants aren’t taking on too much with the light and aren’t going to be harmed in the process.
Once you are done with the first few days, you will be able to increase the light to the place that your plants need. While this process does take a bit of patience and time to master, it is not hard. You will be able to get it down in no time and will love the way that your garden can grow and prosper in this great system.
Bottom-line, it’s not hard to follow the steps above to make sure everything runs smoothly. Special attention from the first beginning is Key to Succeed, starting with the seeds and the way we handle them.
Based on what we want we grow, special attention on the solution is also required, to make sure we give to our plants the proper type of nutrients.
Moving the seed is also crucial for us to make the growth period as efficient as possible, so them can start taking the proper daily required sunlight.