To get plants that grow faster, bigger and better at a low cost you’ll need to use some techniques that help you get the most from your hydroponic system. If you are new to this method of growing your indoor plants, you should take note of these tips so that your plants will optimally develop and ripen to mature fruit or vegetable plants.
Let’s take a look at some of the best techniques for getting the most from the plants that you are working hard to produce. Careful monitoring and adjusting levels can bring an even better harvest than you expected from your hard work.
1. To get the best results from hydroponics you must control and monitor the feed system temperature that you are using very closely. A hotter solution of nutrients will result in lower oxygen levels. To achieve optimum oxygen, maintain the solution temperature between 18oC and 20oC. This will provide you with outstanding growth rates and will also thwart root disease. There are a variety of aids to help you control and monitor temperature; you can purchase a digital thermometer for nutrients, a nutrient heater, and a temperature monitor.
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2. You should also pay attention to the water levels in your hydroponic system. If you maintain an adequate water level, the nutrient strength as well as the pH level won’t decrease as quickly. This means that your system will experience fewer problems, resulting in better plant growth.
3. It is very important to monitor the nutrient strength by using the CF meter that is designed to assist you. This meter tells you the amount of dissolved salts in the solution used for feeding the plants. Keep in mind that an exact CF is dependent upon the type of plant that you are growing. The stronger you make the nutrient feed you are delivering to plants, the higher the CF levels will be. These levels are very important because you don’t want to over-feed your plants.
4. It’s also important to monitor the pH levels in your nutrient feeds. This impacts how well your plants can absorb the nutrients you are delivering. If the pH levels are not within an acceptable range, your plants can experience nutrient deficiency. For most hydroponic systems the proper pH level will be from 5.5 to 6.5; this level will give your plants the right balance that they need to grow and thrive successfully. Tools that can help you with these readings include a pH meter and a pH pen.
5. Finally, you should use the correct nutrients for your plants. Avoid organic ingredients like seaweed or molasses. Use mineral nutrients that are clean and unaffected by oxygen levels. It is important to use nutrients that are recommended for your hydroponic system specifically. By using only recommended nutrients you can avoid a blocked pump, lower oxygen levels, and fermentation and foam that can damage your system.