In this article, I’am going to provide you with five of the most commonly made mistakes when it comes to Hydroponics and how you can avoid them!
Thankfully, all the errors are very easy to understand and can be easily avoided! It will make your Hydroponics experience so much more enjoyable and successful if you keep these five things in mind!
Top 5 Mistakes and how to avoid them
First, is remembering to measure your pH levels. Since you’ll be using chemical compounds to feed your plants, you will need to ensure that these chemicals aren’t actually killing your plants! You should check the pH about three a week to make sure your levels are balanced. If the levels are unbalanced, you could be burning the roots of your plant or slowly killing them. To check the pH levels in your plants and nutrients solutions, you can simply purchase a pH balance tester and follow the instructions it comes with.
Secondly, be aware of getting in the way of photosynthesis. The biggest mistake we are use to do, when it comes to Hydroponics, is not getting their plants enough sunlight. This is detrimental to your plants and to your hydroponics system as a whole for obvious reasons. Your plants simply cannot live and flourish without proper sunlight. Therefore, when setting up your hydroponics system, make sure you are taking into consideration what space there will be for either natural light or light you’re going to provide yourself. Furthermore, make sure you’re keeping an eye on how your plants are doing as often as you can. If your plants look wilted, then the solution is probably more light.
Next, you want to be aware and keep an eye on the type of environment you’re creating for your plants. There are so many ways problems can be added to your system and you will want to watch out for it as well as take steps to reduce the risks. There are some ways you can prevent problems in your hydroponics systems, which may be to avoid using seedlings that might carry disease (although the only way to avoid this entirely is to avoid using seedlings whatsoever). Also, ensure any water or fertilizers you’re using aren’t too strong or harsh and lastly, making sure the air your plants are “breathing” is clean and as a balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen (for example, don’t keep your plants in a tiny, enclosed space with little air circulation).
Something else to consider is the plants overgrowing the space you’ve set up for them. Of course, when your plants are tiny and just beginning to grow, it seems like they’ll stay like that forever. However, it’s imperative to consider, that although plants like tomatoes or isn’t won’t grow necessarily huge, they will still get larger as time goes on and when you set up your hydroponics system, you should take this into account. A ground rule may be to allow enough space for your plants to double in space. This way, if your account for it at the very beginning, then, later on, it won’t be an issue.
Lastly, you will also need to remember to give your plants consistent attention. This may seem silly at first but just think: usually, at the beginning of your Hydroponics process, you’re going to be enthralled with your plants and your new system. You will want to share with your friends and family all the things you’ve learned, what you’ve started and you will probably spend quite a bit of time doting over your plants at the beginning. However, as time wears on, especially if your plants are slow to grow, or you begin to have a few issues, you might lose interest. Although this is entirely natural, remember not to lose interest so much that you completely neglect your plants. Remember to check on them daily and ensure whatever Hydroponics system you’ve chosen is running smoothly.
Bottom-line: if you want them to grow healthy, you will need to invest your time of thinking the way you’ll set the place, keep closely monitoring over the space, performed detailed control over the solution and environment around your plants and obviously, make sure they have what is crucial: sunlight.