9.5 Epic Hydroponic Hacks Boost Yields

9.5 Epic Hydroponic Gardening Hacks

If you’re new to hydroponic gardening yan can start to feel overwhelmed pretty quick, especially if you read some of the books on the market. The majority of these books are loaded with industry and technical jargon that most people can’t understand it. One exception to this trend is the GrowFoodEasy Hydroponic Gardening Journal & Planner.

Hydroponic expert Professor William “Billy” Cool has assembled a collection of 9.5 epic hydroponic hacks to make your hydroponic gardening epic.

1. Watch your EC

Plants grown indoors under lights will take up water at a greater rate than they take up nutrient. Over time the EC (Electrical Conductivity) of the solution will rise. Regularly top up your tanks with water or 50% strength nutrient solution and use an EC meter to monitor your solution.

2. Maintain the pH

Keep the pH of your nutrient solution at around 5.8 – 6.2. Check regularly using a digital pH meter, as pH can rise as the plants feed. It’s okay to turn your pumps off for half an hour while you adjust your nutrient solution’s pH and strength.

3. Keep your plants in the dark

Do not let any light leak into the grow zone. Make sure the dark period goes completely uninterrupted. Consider keeping the surroundings completely dark during this phase.

4. Start your plants off slowly

Use a half strength nutrient solution to start your plants off, moving to two thirds to full dosage rate (as detailed on the bottle) after the first advanced nutrient solution change (about 7 – 10 days after planting).

5. Watch the temperature

As with all hydroponic gardening applications, the temperature of your nutrient solution is crucial. Try to keep your nutrient solution at around 65°F for high levels of dissolved oxygen and optimum nutrient uptake. An underwater thermometer will help you keep an eye on your solution temperature.

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6. Clean your tanks regularly

As a general rule, drain your nutrient solution and replace with a fresh batch every 7 to 10 days for optimum yields. Obviously bigger tanks can get away with less frequent changes whereas bigger plants prefer more regular fresh nutrients.

7. Use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (35%)

Thoroughly clean your tanks in between crops with a 10% food grade hydrogen peroxide solution and rinse thoroughly.

8. Watch for pests

Pests thrive in hydroponic gardening system because plants remain moist by immersion (as in true hydroponic systems) or wet with spray (as in aeroponic systems).

9. Don’t burn the top

Hanging your lights too low can burn your plants, but hanging them too high can leave them stretched and weak. Find the sweet spot for optimal growth.

9.5 Always be prepared

When it is time for nutrient change, keep an extra reservoir ready with plain water.