Thinking of jumping into the world of hydroponics?
Here’s everything you need to know.
How do hydroponics work?
Hydroponic growing usually happens indoors. Instead of using soil, plants get their nutrients from a mineral-rich water solution. By growing indoors, you reduce the need for pesticides and don’t need to worry about soil-borne diseases.
What will I need to get started?
Apart from plants, you need containers, water, nutrients, and artificial light. You’ll also need something to anchor your plants in place. You’ll find everything you need here.
What kind of plants can I grow?
You can grow most flowers, plants, and vegetables hydroponically. However, root vegetables like onions, carrots, and garlic tend to do better in soil.
Why do people grow hydroponically?
Growing plants hydroponically saves 90 per cent of the water you’d use with soil. Your plants will also grow faster, as nutrients are delivered to the roots more frequently. In fact, some crops will grow twice as fast.
Are hydroponic plants organic?
Yes, they certainly can be with the use of a certified organic nutrients and additives.
What types of systems exist?
A big range of hydroponic systems exist, the most popular being flood and drain, top feed Pot in potwith coco/perlite, NFT and deep water culture.
What type of material should I use?
The most common are coco/perlite, clay balls or perlite.
What Humidity should I maintain?
55-65% for vegetative plants45-60% for flowering plants.This also depends on plant type.
Do I need to use pesticides?
Most hydroponic growers don’t use pesticides. However, if you are having problems, we have great organic solutions available.
How long will my plants take to grow?
With hydroponics, your plants don’t need to create elaborate rooting systems. This means they take less time to grow. Plus, the nutrient-rich water means that some plants can grow in just a few weeks.
How often do I need to change the water?
Changing your water will reduce the chance of any nasty pathogens. It’s best to do this every few weeks.
Do I need to heat my nutrient solution?
Generally, it’s best to keep your solution between 18.5 - 21.5°C.
If your room temperature falls below 15°C, you’ll need a water heater. Otherwise, your plants can stop growing. On the other hand, if the solution rises above 23.5°C, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Why do I need EC & pH meters?
Growing hydroponically without meters is very difficult. They help you keep growing conditions perfect and your plants thriving. You’ll find a range of options in our store.
Do I need to prune my plants?
Yes, only when plant foliage is excessive. Never remove lots of leaf as each one is a solar panel with a job to do.
What kind of water should I use?
You want to use water that’s low in salt and contaminants. Rainwater and most Australian tap water is fine.
Is it safe to run grow lights in my house?
Yes. HID lights are used commonly in supermarkets, petrol stations, and often your own backyard.