General Hydroponics Techniques Used For Homegrown Fruits, Vegetables & Flowers

Posted on October 26, 2016 By

85As American’s look for ways to get healthier, lower their food bills and find home-based hobbies, they’re turning to general hydroponics for homegrown fun, fruits, vegetables and flowers. General hydroponics gardening & growing are catching on as a trendy new alternative to traditional backyard gardens.

Instead of traditional hydroponics that use expensive lighting, special hydroponics equipment, and other commercial techniques, average American’s are now using a hybrid style of gardening combining the benefits of outdoor soil gardening with the features of hydroponics technology.

General hydroponics gardens produce fresher, more vibrant and tastier fruits and vegetables and more fragrant flowers because gardeners have more control over their gardening environment. These hybrid gardens allow you to control temperature, humidity, plant nutrition, growth phases and harvest timing. Traditional gardening methods do not give you that type of control over these key factors.

As families across America become aware of the dangerous chemicals now being used in food production, they are looking for ways to control their food intake by eating only healthy foods. By growing your own fruits and vegetables at home, you control what goes into these fruits and vegetables providing you with a steady supply of healthful food. Moreover, general hydroponics cultivation saves you money because it gives you cheaper, better produce and an interesting home activity that involves your whole family.

Here are a few general hydroponics techniques to help you set up your garden:

Choose the appropriate system – Most people choose one of the following methods of hydroponics growing:

– The Ebb and Flow system features plant pots filled with sterile grow medium inundated with nutrient-rich water for a few minutes every hour. Often, the pots sit in an upper reservoir that drains into a lower reservoir. The most commonly used grow medium for Ebb and Flow gardens are rockwool, perlite, vermiculite, and lava rock.

– Drip systems use an irrigation approach that relies on drip emitters suspended just above the root zone. These emitters come in varying shapes, sizes and spray patterns, so growers can use the emitters to regulate the amount of moisture reaching root media, and how the moisture is distributed spatially. Drip systems can be fine-tuned in conjunction with temperature and humidity to create a near-continuous feed cycle that pours lots of nutrients and water into plants to produce growth.

Always apply the correct nutrients – Until a few years ago, most people fertilized their crops with generic fertilizer that was designed to be an all purpose fertilizer for house plants and common vegetable crops. But now, you can purchase specifically designed macro and minor nutrients that contain proper ratios and are tested to work specially for hydroponics gardens. These products are designed to work in hydroponics mediums and regulate soil conditions for optimal growth, quality and health.

Shed some light – Growing media is an important consideration for anyone who does general hydroponics gardening indoors, but you won’t get any growth without light, and most professional growers are using indoor high intensity lighting such as Metal Halides and High Pressure Sodiums. In an ideal world, we would all have secure outdoor areas where massive amounts of sunshine hit every day, but most professional specialty growers grow indoors or outdoors using some artificial lights. Of course, if you are considering gardening only in the summer, then light should not be a major problem.

The average American is growing houseplants, flowers, fruits and vegetables with general hydroponics techniques and finding that it is becoming a popular past-time with the entire family enjoying the fun and fruits of their labor. General Hydroponics gardening is a great benefit to those who want to produce flowers, fruits, vegetables, houseplants and other crops. It allows total control over growing environment and plant nutrition, and can often result in a higher yield of better quality fruits, vegetables, flowers and other crops.