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Questions About Hydroponic Gardening

Asked by
diygarden on
October 18, 2012

Q. Quick and Easy Nutrients for Hydroponic System

I want to get started on a hydroponic system. I have the light system, pump, reservoir. I’m not looking for fantastic results now. I just want to jump in and improve as I go. I don’t want to spend a fortune on meters, trace element and such (kind of defeats the purpose) but I need some info on diy nutrients for the system. Thanks.
Bill

Answered by
Heather on
October 26, 2012
Certified Expert
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I think you will find this guide helpful:
http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1151/ANR-1151.pdf

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Asked by
tonyandlori on
November 12, 2012

Q. How Do I Bring Down the Nitrogen Level in Deep Water Hydroponics

Plants are showing signs of excess nitrogen. . . dark green, curling down of the tips. Is there any way to reduce the amount of nitrogen in the water without affecting the other nutrients? All of the nutrient formulas I see include nitrogen.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
November 12, 2012
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The following article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/understanding-nitrogen-requirements-for-plants.htm
Also, using a fertilizer with an analysis low in nitrogen should help.

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Asked by
kristyc28 on
April 22, 2014

Q. hydroponics and upside down growing

I like the idea of growing your plants upside down and the benefits that come from it. Now I have grown with hydroponics, but not for long. Can you grow upside down and still use the hydroponics?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
April 23, 2014
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This article goes over the basics of upside down planting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/upside-down-gardening.htm
Theoretically, you could use a hydroponic system with upside down arrangement, if you make some provision for catching the nutrient solution that would drip from the area around the stem that emerges from the planter. You could also look into other approaches, such as aeroponic gardening. This article will tell you more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/hydroponic-gardening-indoors.htm
There are thousands of alternative planting methods, and if you want to try some, you can research and experiment to your heart's content. Happy Gardening.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 21, 2014

Q. hydroponics staking

I am setting up an indoor hydroponic system and was wondering how am I going to stake a basil plant or cilantro plant in Styrofoam? What would be the best way? My Styrofoam is 2 inches thick and I will be using 1.5 sq. rockwool, so how big will the plant get and how to hold it?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 24, 2014
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There are several ways to stake plants in a hydroponic system: most of them involve suspending a stake, twine, or screen from an overhead support. Others involve simply a stake or stakes taped to the outside of your container. You can do more research by googling "staking in hydroponics system." I can't tell you how big your plants will get because it depends so much on all your growing conditions, as well as the variety of plants you're using.

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Asked by
richardo on
January 14, 2015

Q. Hydroponic Deep Water Culture

I cannot seem to find info on what the ideal water temperature should be set to in a DWC.  I plan on growing lettuces and spinach. Thanks for your help.

Richard

Answered by
Heather on
January 18, 2015
Certified Expert
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It depends on the plant and your local conditions.

You want to keep the water between 65F - 80F, but as you are growing cold weather crops, aim for the lower end of that range to prevent bolting.

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Asked by
hoffman.bruce on
May 6, 2015

Q. hydroponic growing

I would like to grow blueberries hydroponically. What water soluble fertilizer would you suggest?

bruce hoffman

Asked by
hooperb1 on
August 9, 2015

Q. Can you put food coloring in the water that you are rooting plants?

With my hydroponic garden, I am rooting houseplants. Will I harm the plants by adding food color to the water to give the garden some added color?

Answered by
shelley on
August 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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No, food dye is not harmful to the plant or roots.

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