How to Get Results With Hydroponics Gardening
Most people are familiar with the prefix "hydro" especially if you're in the Western Washington area where the
Hydroplane races take place. But we're not here today to talk about boat racing; we're going to discuss planting a
The Greeks originally developed the word Hydroponics by putting hydro (which means "water") together with ponos,
which means "labor or water-working". Adding that all together we get hydroponic gardens which grow plants without
Hydroponics gardening needs basically the same care as a regular garden. You need to pay attention to the
plant's needs for light, water, temperature, and humidity. What's makes hydroponic gardens more interesting is that
a soil substitute holds the roots while nutrients are carried by the water. Indoor hydroponic gardening is not that
hard and plants respond well to this method of growing.
The nutrient solution that goes into the plant must have a pH level of 5 to 6 after dilution. The labor
intensive part is that in hydroponics gardening, you should water more than three times a day. However, you can set
up a system using a pump and timer to make things easier.
If you have an indoor hydroponics garden, it needs to be fairly warm inside. Usually between 71 to 76 degrees
Fahrenheit. Of course, you'll need to adjust temperature needs depending on the different types of plant you are
growing (i.e. tropical plants vs vegetables). Also check for much needed humidity. As the temperature in the room
rises, the air can hold the amount of moisture your plants need.
Light is of utmost importance in a hydroponic garden. Make sure your plants are placed in an area that gets the
right amount of light for the plant - or use an artificial lighting system built with high pressure sodium lights
The nice thing is that a hydroponics system can be fully automated. It's water-based, so there's no soil to dig or
weeds to pull. And water can be re-used to prevent waste. Hydroponics gardens can yield many quality plants, and
home hydroponics systems and DIY kits are readily available in most hardware stores.