All plants need the same basics to survive and grow healthily. In soilless gardening there are definite factors to consider to achieve optimal hydroponic growing conditions. These are generally the same basics as with soil-based gardening. However, there are a few specifics of hydroponic growing conditions that all beginners should be aware of before getting started.
Here are six considerations for achieving optimal hydroponic growing conditions.
- Water – pH measurements between 5.0 and 7.0 are a rule of thumb.
- Light – Direct sunlight exposure or supplemental lighting is required on average of 8-10 hours per day.
- Nutrients – The primary nutrients required for plant growth are Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
- Temperature – Consistent temperatures between 50 -70 degrees for fall plants and 60-80 degrees for spring plants.
- Oxygen – Supplemental oxygen supply is require for optimal nutrient uptake.
- Structure & Support – Stakes and strings are usually needed to support plants as they grow.
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If the learning curve of soilless gardening isn’t up your alley, then automated hydroponic gardening systems are a great option.