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Best Hydroponic Crops
Herbs are becoming increasingly popular, as is Hydroponics. Most herbs are easily adaptable to a hydroponic scenario. You do of course realize that I'm talking about edible herb - not that smokeable stuff , right ?
Now that we are on the same page - edible herbs for hydroponics. Herbs grown Hydroponically not only grow faster, they have been proven to have significantly higher levels of essential oils which is what produces flavor and aroma. Herbs grown in soil simply can not compare.
Various hydroponic systems and growing mediums can be successfully used for hydroponic herb production.
Flood-and-drain systems with expanded clay mediums have proven to be extremely versatile for producing many common herbs.
Nutrient Film Technique [NFT] has been used very successfully in commercial operations to produce the best quality Basil.
Drip systems using either rockwool or coco coir are successfully used as well.
Many medicinal herbs that are grown for their roots fare better in aeroponic systems.
For a start up, a small ebb-and-flow system is best for a small hydroponic herb garden. In ebb-and-flow systems, the plants are usually held in plastic pots or oasis cubes in a flood table with a reservoir below.
A timer works a pump flooding the root systems with nutrient enriched water at regular predetermined intervals, generally every 5 - 6 hours.
Keep the light at least a foot above the growing tips, but no more than a foot and a half. You will need to adjust the lamp as the plants grow.
T-5 fluorescent lamps run cooler and can be placed much closer to the plants without fear of tip burn.
VENTILATION - Air Circulation
Proper air circulation is essential to plant production. Plants require Carbon Dioxide, it is what they breathe. Poor ventilation will kill plants as surely as a lack of sunlight or water will. Hydroponic ventilation systems as well as Carbon Dioxide Enrichment and control Systems are affordable and available , they clear out excessive heat and humidity and provide plants with ample carbon dioxide. They are recommended for a thriving Hydroponics Garden.
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Air temperatures of 70-75 F
Relative humidity 40-60%.
Recommendations offered on this page are generalized, there are a large array of herbs with differing requirements. Due diligence should be exercised for particular plants as some variables may not have been covered and some plants have unusual needs.
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