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    Hydroponic Growing

    Hydroponic System DiagramWhen growing plants in a hydroponic garden, we must consider these factors

    • the amount of water the plants need; proper drainage of growing medium
    • the optimum temperature and light for the plant
    • fresh air
    • shelter and support
    • pest and disease control
    • the water-soluble minerals the plant needs
    • the proper pH of the nutrient solution

    Water
    As with all plant needs, the amount of water required depends on the species and the needs of that particular plant. A plant that suffers from lack of water will extend a huge, but not very effective root system, and will develop a very small plant above the ground. Many roots are sent out in search of water and when an inadequate amount is found, the plant will not grow to its potential.
    In the other extreme, if a plant is over watered the roots can drown because they are not receiving the proper amount of fresh oxygen. This makes proper drainage of a hydroponic growing medium crucial to your plant's health.

    The last consideration concerning the water you feed your plants is purity. In a hydroponic garden, you should use as pure of water as possible. Water that has possible toxic contaminants or salt build ups may stunt or kill your plants.

    Temperature and Light
    The ideal temperature depends on the crops you choose to grow. Most of the common garden crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans and peas will do well with an average daytime temperature of 78 F and an aver- age nighttime temperature of 64 F. Winter vegetables, such as cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli should be grown in slightly cooler temperatures.

    A minimum/maximum thermometer will allow you to track the low and high temperatures in your growing environment. This is important for monitoring overall progress of your hydroponic garden and diagnosing plant growth problems.

    For optimum production, heating the root zone is important. For most garden crops 72 F is the ideal root zone temperature. Some growers achieve a heated root area by using heated grow mats placed under the growing medium. Another option is to heat your nutrient solution to the desired temperature and then when your system feeds the plants, the roots are bathed in warm water. Listed below are some complete hydroponic growing systems to get started with.

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    7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit picture

    7 Site Indoor Plant Cloning System - Root Growing Air Bubbler Hydroponics Kit

    $39.97



    RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins. picture

    RDWC System. Versatile Hydroponics, LTD. For Compact Grow Area. Set Up In Mins.

    $295.00



    Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening picture

    Large Aquaponic System w/ 200 gallon tank. 48x40 grow bed for organic gardening

    $399.99



    XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon [Set of 2] picture

    XerXes Hydroponics Deep Water Culture DWC Hydroponic System, 5 Gallon [Set of 2]

    $85.00



    Aerogarden Harvest Indoor System picture

    Aerogarden Harvest Indoor System

    $40.00



    Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden Kit(6 Pods) with LED Grow Light picture

    Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Herb Garden Kit(6 Pods) with LED Grow Light

    $45.99



    Ladbrooke 5-Pc.

    Ladbrooke 5-Pc. "Essentials" Soil Blocker “Nesting System". Authorized Reseller

    $76.99



    DWC Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Grow System Kit, 8 Plant Sites (Holes) Bucket picture

    DWC Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Grow System Kit, 8 Plant Sites (Holes) Bucket

    $33.11



    Hydroponic Grow Cubes - Rockwool medium, 1/3 Cubic Foot for Grow Box, System Kit picture

    Hydroponic Grow Cubes - Rockwool medium, 1/3 Cubic Foot for Grow Box, System Kit

    $14.99



    AutoPot 2 Pot System w/ 12.4 gal tank (3.9 gal pots) - AutoPot Watering Systems picture

    AutoPot 2 Pot System w/ 12.4 gal tank (3.9 gal pots) - AutoPot Watering Systems

    $132.83



    Mars Hydro 4'' 6'' Inline Ventilation Fan Kits Ducting Carbon Filter Grow Tent picture

    Mars Hydro 4'' 6'' Inline Ventilation Fan Kits Ducting Carbon Filter Grow Tent

    $179.99



    Hydroponic Dutch Bucket System, 4 x 11 Liter Black Buckets, Complete System picture

    Hydroponic Dutch Bucket System, 4 x 11 Liter Black Buckets, Complete System

    $299.00



    California Lightworks CLW550 LED Commercial Lighting System W/Method Seven Shade picture

    California Lightworks CLW550 LED Commercial Lighting System W/Method Seven Shade

    $550.00



    Active Aqua RS5GAL8SYS Root Spa 5-Gallon 8-Bucket Deep Water Culture System picture

    Active Aqua RS5GAL8SYS Root Spa 5-Gallon 8-Bucket Deep Water Culture System

    $169.95



    150W HPS Complete Mini Sun Light Grow System w/ Lamp 150 watt Sodium w Bulb picture

    150W HPS Complete Mini Sun Light Grow System w/ Lamp 150 watt Sodium w Bulb

    $66.95



    Recirculating Deep Water Culture (RDWC) Hydroponic Grow Kit System picture

    Recirculating Deep Water Culture (RDWC) Hydroponic Grow Kit System

    $399.00



    AutoPot 4 Pot System w/ 12.4 gal tank (3.9 gal pots) - AutoPot Watering Systems picture

    AutoPot 4 Pot System w/ 12.4 gal tank (3.9 gal pots) - AutoPot Watering Systems

    $230.95



    aquaponic systems picture

    aquaponic systems

    $800.00



    iPower HPS MH Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Wing Reflector Set picture

    iPower HPS MH Digital Dimmable Grow Light System Kits Wing Reflector Set

    $125.99



    California Lightworks Solar System 550  (FullCycle) (NEW/SEALED) picture

    California Lightworks Solar System 550 (FullCycle) (NEW/SEALED)

    $729.00