Did you know that you can grow your own vegetables, flowers and herbs all year round indoors under
High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting? High Intensity Discharge lighting, HID, such as metal halide, MH,
high pressure sodium, HPS, or the new T5 high output fluorescent lighting all make it possible to grow even
flowering plants indoors with no additional light from outside sources!
What is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is simply the growing of plants without soil. Instead,
plants are grown in an inert medium (or none at all) and an oxygenated,
balanced nutrient solution is delivered to a their root systems. That's
Why does Hydroponics produce such fantastic results?
By giving a plant the exact nutrients it needs we accomplish several
#1 We give it a perfect diet. In nature this is next to impossible,
so when this actually happens, plants GROW & GROW & GROW.
#2 When we GIVE the plant it's food it doesn't have to go out looking
for it. HUH?.....Yes, plants actually expend energy looking for food
by growing huge root systems. If the plant doesn't have to waste energy
looking for food, it puts all of it's effort into the parts above ground.
The results are rapid, large healthy growth and massive fruit and flower
#3 By necessity, Hydroponic systems are automated. This removes the
negative human influence from plant cultivation. Specifically, forgetting
to water, or watering too much.
How do I grow my plants hydroponically?
Fortunately, many methods of Hydroponic growing have been invented
throughout the years - from painfully simple to slightly complex. All
you need to do is select the system that meets your needs.
All plants, whether grown hydroponically or in soil, need 14 basic elements
to grow. Most of us are familiar with the top three that are consumed
by plants. These elements are called the Macro-Elements and they are
Nitrogen Phosphorous and Potassium, they are abbreviated N P K. You
probably have seen these letters on bags of common fertilizer.
The other 11 elements are grouped together as the Micro-Elements.
Preformulated Nutrients: This is really the best option for
the hobby to small farm Hydroponic grower. You can be assured that all
of the necessary nutrients are present and available to the plants.
All you have to do is mix a predetermined amount of concentrate with
water and add it to your system. If you want to be successful as a first
time Hydroponic grower, use a ready made nutrient specifically for hydroponics.
Preformulated Nutrients come in the forms of 1-part powders, 2-part
powders, 1-part liquids, 2-part liquids, & 3-part liquids.
Miracle-Gro: Many people insist on trying to use Miracle-Gro
plant food as a Hydroponic nutrient. It is true that this is great stuff
Let me stress though, this stuff is not a complete nutrient for hydroponics.
It does contain some micro elements, but not all. Your plants will start
out fine using this, but eventually they will suffer from deficiencies.
In the long run it is not worth the cost savings over a real Hydroponic
nutrient. The analogy would be something like buying a brand new corvette
and then having the cheapest tires put on it and filling up with the
cheapest Circle K gasoline. You will not even come close to getting
the performance that is possible.