During vegetative growth, plants develop stems and leaves as well as a robust root system. It’s during this stage of growth that plants need to draw in the nutrients required to flower and reproduce. This phase of development demands specific conditions and nutrients to allow a plant to reach its full potential, especially in hydroponic gardening.
For the best vegetative growth in your hydroponic operation, learn your plant’s light requirements. Light density is incredibly important for many plants since they prefer direct sunlight. Also important to indoor gardening is the duration of light delivered to your plants during a 24-hour period. Irregular lighting can cause stress to your plants, and your harvest will suffer.
Humidity and Temperature in Hydroponics
Hydroponic systems, by their very nature, often provide ideal humidity levels for most plants. Still, learn your crop’s specific humidity preferences and try to match them to assist your plants in transpiration. Run a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed. Your plants will also expect temperature variations that reflect day and night fluctuations. Many plants also need decent ventilation, so a fan may be required. Proper humidity, temperature and ventilation levels will fuel exceptional vegetative growth in your hydroponic operation.
Watering and Feeding in Hydroponics
Plants are often very “hungry” during their vegetative stage, so developing a proper watering and feeding regimen is extremely important. Hydroponic systems generally mix the two, allowing fertilizer to dilute in your water reservoir. The water then circulates past the plant roots, allowing the plant to eat and drink at the same time. Aside from having the proper fertilizer for the vegetative growth stage, remember to drain your reservoir regularly to keep it balanced.
Safer® Brand Hydroponic Supplies
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