Professional growers and cultivators with large greenhouses and growing tunnels, many who supply the supermarkets, typically use Hydroponics systems to control the feeding of plants, enhancing growth rates and extend growing seasons. But is it possible to use a cost-effective Hydroponics system at home in a smaller environment? With progrow.co.uk this is now a very good option for the home grower, or for smaller farms and nurseries.
Why use ProGrow Hydroponics Systems?
Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without using traditional soil or aggregate to support the root stock. Instead the root stoke is suspended in nutrient-rich water or an inert medium like gravel. The exclusion of soil from the growing process reduces the chance of weeds, disease and nutrient starvation. Access to the roots is easier and nutrient-rich liquid can be fed in measured ways directly to the root system rather than to the plant canopy.
What do you need to run a ProGrow Hydroponics System?
ProGrow Hydroponics systems are typically housed in a growing tent which can differ in size from 75cm x 75cm to 3.6m x 3.6m. The tent helps to control the environment in which the plants live, controlling light, air, moisture ventilation and extraction, and access by pests.
Within the tent the Hydroponics system is made up of three major components, the lighting system, an extraction fan system, and the growing system for suspending and feeding the plants. You will also need to purchase nutrients and the growing medium. Additional requirements to continue to monitor the system are a pH and EC (electrical conductivity) measuring instruments, and pest and disease control prevention sprays.
What type of plants can be grown in a Hydroponics System?
You can grow any plant in a Hydroponics System, even taller plants if you build a trellis work above the growing system to support the plant canopy. However, the plants most commonly grown in Hydroponics systems are salad plants such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and peppers. Such plants are reliant on pest-free environments to survive, and will flourish in size and health if grown in a nutrient-rich and temperature-controlled environment.
How to Choose the Best Growing Substrate for Your Plants?
There are a variety of growing substrates for Hydroponics systems, and your choice will depend both upon the Hydroponics system that you have, and secondly on the plants that you wish to grow. You are best consulting an expert. Clay pellets are one of the most commonly used as they are relatively light, inert, pH-neutral and have no nutrient value. Growstones are another popular choice as they have high air and water retention properties and are lightweight.
Which Hydroponics Nutrient Solution is Required?
Again the Hydroponics nutrient solution that you buy will vary dependent on what you’re growing as different plants flourish with a different mix of nutrients. Check what the minimum nutrient values are for the plants you wish to grow and then find a nutrient solution which provides at least the minimum for each value.