If you have just recently finished constructing a hydroponic system, congratulations! You have overcome a big challenge. However, the challenges do not stop there. If you are reading this, chances are you have no idea what to grow in your brand-new hydroponic system or are just wondering what a hydroponic system can grow. In this article, we will share some plant ideas you can consider growing in a hydroponic system and give you tips on how to grow them properly.
You can consider many types of herbs to grow in your hydroponic systems, such as chives, cilantro, oregano, basil, and rosemary. While these are also easily grown in traditional gardens, a hydroponic system can boost their flavor and aroma, making it well worth the effort. Besides, herbs are a great way to test your hydroponic system because they are quite easy to grow and learn the basics with.
With that said, different herbs will have different grow times, different pH requirements, and so on. Do some research on these aspects. Also, do not forget to replace the water at least once a week to eliminate unused nutrients.
Lettuce is also one of the first things you can try growing in your hydroponic system. Because its root system is relatively shallow, lettuce does not require that much care. All you have to do is make sure it gets enough nutrients and regularly change the water. Once it grows large enough, it will be ready to harvest.
To grow lettuce successfully, you will need to make sure the water remains at around 6 to 7 pH. It will also take around a month to reach maturity. If you want a continuous supply of lettuce, try planting it at different times. For instance, you can plant a few every week or so. That way, you always have some lettuce to eat while the rest is growing.
If you wanted to grow something fruitier, consider strawberries. You get to enjoy amazing strawberries, and you will not have to worry about them being seasonal because they grow all year long.
To grow strawberries, your water’s pH levels should be maintained around 5.5 to 6.2. Also, avoid buying only the seeds because it will take years for them to grow. Instead, purchase young plants that are fruiting, also known as cold-stored runners. These have already spent many years growing, and all you need to do is leave them growing in your garden for up to 60 days before they are ready for harvest.
Go ahead and grab the plants you want to grow and get started. We recommend trying to grow a few first before going all out on any of these suggestions. This is to ensure that your hydroponic system is just right to facilitate healthy growth. Once you see your plants growing healthily and fruitfully, then, by all means, invest in more or try out new options.
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