Hydroponics  a common way to up your plants’ yields

You’ve probably heard of hydroponics before; it’s a common way to up your plants’ yields.

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However, it can be super-duper successful if you invest a little more time and money by using a hydroponics setup.

Even though it takes an extra bit of time and money (and a steeper learning curve), plants that are grown hydroponically can end up with much higher yields and a higher return on your overall investment. You can control every aspect to ensure that your plants have the most ideal environment.

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Grow medium

First, you need to choose your hydroponic grow medium. These can include:

  • Rockwool
  • Clay pellets
  • Coconut fiber
  • Perlite
  • Vermiculite

Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your plant will sit in this growing medium, with the roots sitting in the water below. Be sure to do your research on each one before choosing one!

Hydroponic systems

There are different hydroponics systems out there. These are just some examples:

A passive system involves a pot being filled with a substrate, and then nylon gauze or something similar is placed in the substrate to help retain the solution as well as drain and distribute it. A static system is simple and cheap, but has the highest risk of damaging your plants’ roots. This is simply because the water isn’t circulating by itself. It is a good choice nonetheless for people who want to try out hydroponics for the first time.

Open circuit systems are the most expensive and are not recommended for small grows, but they are powerful and effective. They use a lot of fertilization (and therefore waste) and are most commonly used by commercial growers that are cultivating a large number of plants.

Closed circuit systems involve a nutrient solution cycling through the roots of plants. They are then collected in a trough at the end. It is a much less wasteful system that is also easier on the wallet.

Ebb and flow systems, on the other hand, involve flooding your plants’ roots with the nutrient solution and then letting it go back down. It’s best used when attached to an automated system.

pH and EC

In hydroponics systems, pH and EC levels are extremely important. Your setup should probably be somewhere between 5 and 6, with the exact number depending on what stage of growth your plants are currently in. Be sure to stay on top of your pH level. The EC (electric conductance) is also important; keep it somewhere between 0.8 and 2.0 (depending on the stage of growth).

However, it can be super-duper successful if you invest a little more time and money by using a hydroponics setup.