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Gardening as a hobby has really grown in popularity over the last few months, as an interesting result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions meaning we’ve all had to spend more time at home to help slow the spread of the pandemic.
But not all of us are blessed with huge gardens and luxurious outdoor spaces where we can plant trees and plants aplenty, which has also led to a huge rise in indoor gardening, as well.
You may well have tried planting a few seeds in a couple of pots, leaving them on the windowsill to see what happens… and, if so, it’s likely that you’ll have also realised that it can be quite tricky to grow from seed.
One way to help you maximise your chances of success is to invest in a hydroponics kit, a way of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without the need for soil. So if you’re keen to get growing and you don’t have a garden, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can still satisfy your budding green fingers with ease.
Hydro plant growing is a lot of fun and you’ll find that your plants will actually grow a lot quicker because it’s a really efficient way to grow – and you may even find that you see bigger yields through hydro, so great if you’re planning on growing herbs, fruit and veggies.
A deep water culture system is one of the easiest types for novice growers to begin with, so perhaps start there. All you need to do is fill up the reservoir with your nutrient solution and suspend your plant’s roots in it so they receive a supply of water, oxygen and all the nutrients they need to grow.
You need to make sure you add a continuous supply of oxygen to the water and for this you’ll need an air pump and airstone. This is necessary because your plant’s roots will suck the oxygen out of the water and they’ll drown if you don’t keep up a continuous supply.
Don’t forget that your plants will also need light in order to grow to their full potential, so put them somewhere at home where they can get at least six hours of sunlight a day. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need to set up some sort of artificial lighting system using indoor grow lights.
There’s nothing worse than immediate failure when it comes to growing your own, so give yourself the greatest chance of success by using a live plant instead of seeds when starting out with hydroponics.
All you need to do is take your little seedling, remove it from the soil gently, wash the dirt off the roots so you don’t contaminate your water and then put it in the net pot, pulling the roots down into the water. Then sit back and see what happens!