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Hydroponic Supplies

With this post, we will cover the basics of Hydroponic Supplies.Hydroponic Supplies

Hydroponic gardening is a type of indoor gardening that does not require soil for plant growth. The results are amazing, as you can produce healthy vegetables and fruits indoors. This system works with individual and commercial requirements, and most of all, it is very affordable.

Hydroponic Equipment and Supplies are required to make your hydroponic  gardening a success. There is an array of Hydroponic Supplies that all go hand in hand  and compliment each other to form a complete system.

Light being an essential component in plant growth, you will require grow lights preferably led grow lights since they are environmentally friendly and efficient in energy usage.

These are, however, pricy, but compact fluorescent lights also work well for those on a tight budget. Other types of equally efficient lighting are HPS, HID, and MH grow lights.

Choosing the right spectrum is also a key consideration for you to make, bearing in mind that for younger plants to grow strong, they will require blue spectrum grow lights, whereas mature plants require orange or red spectrums to induce fruition or flowering.

Under the Hydroponic Supplies category, you will need plant nutrients, as plants feed on them to grow. You will need to frequently purchase or stock up on these supplies, as they are required on a regular basis.

This will be a solution mixed with water. In some plans, you will be required to procure pumps that ensure each plant gets sufficient nutrients throughout its life cycles.

You will require a reliable pump that fits perfectly to your setup. Also, are the containers chosen judiciously based on the type of plants you are cultivating?

You will require smaller trays for small leafy plants, such as lettuce, and bigger vinyl pots for larger plants. Ph control gadgets will also come in handy for adjusting the acidity levels in your hydroponics system to ensure they remain at normal levels. This will go a long way toward ensuring a healthy growth curve for your plants.

A simple starter-type plan can be found here.

Another key requirement for Hydroponic Supplies is a growing medium, as this is what will hold the roots up and enable water and air to flow freely.

Other supplies vary with the system with some requiring drip irrigation equipment, nutrient reservoirs, and some requiring aerators that ensure adequate oxygen by keeping the roots exposed.

It is also worth noting that pot-based systems usually provide more quality as they allow you to tend to each plant individually, but then again, that is a personal preference.

Drip systems will make your work easier even when your system is not pot-based and is generally cheap and very efficient.

You will also need to wash your Hydroponic Supplies to keep them in top performance. The following steps will guide you through the process.

First, stop the pump, then drain the entire nutrient reservoir into a container and discharge the solution. Wipe clean the grow tray, drain fittings, sprayers, and nutrient reservoir with a clean rag.

Refill with clean water your nutrient reservoir and allow settling for an hour uncovered. This will ensure the dissipation of all chlorine in the water.

To your nutrient reservoir, add hydrogen peroxide at 35% concentration per gallon of water.

Mix, turn on your pump and leave to run for at least 24 hours. This thoroughly cleans the drain fittings, tubing and sprayers, and all other parts in the system that usually come into contact with water.

Turn off the pump and then drain and discard the hydrogen peroxide solution.

Finally, fill the entire nutrient reservoir with clean water and allow it to sit for an hour uncovered. Then, following the manufacturer’s guidelines, add a concentrated nutrient solution and restart the pump.

Several factors to consider while purchasing Hydroponic Supplies include the space available in your growing room, especially considering the height of the system, the budget you are working with, and the manpower requirement, just to name a few.

If your growing room is less than 6 feet tall, opt for more compatible systems to ensure your plants  have ample breathing and growing space.

With that, you will be guaranteed a higher yield, especially with proper lighting.


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