What to Grow with Hydro
What to Grow with Hydro
One of the many great things about hydroponics is the wide variety of produce and plants that can be grown with a hydroponic system. Some, however, thrive even better than others. What grows best in your garden will depend on the particular system you’re using.
Beginners often start with the simple raft system: it doesn’t cost much, it’s easy to construct and it will yield veggies much more quickly than conventional gardening. Pick vegetables that don’t mind the moisture and won’t outgrow your raft for best results.
Leafy Greens: spinach, leaf lettuce, kale, arugula, mustard greens, watercress and swiss chard all grow very well in a hydroponic setting. Harvest these all at once or snip off a bit at a time, leaving the rest of the plant to keep growing. Don’t let them get too big for your setup, since oversized greens will suffer from poor air circulation. Growing hydroponically, you'll enjoy healthy, easy growing greens without the grit of dirt.
Cucumbers: bush cucumbers produce bountiful crops, but they will require support to keep from tipping over as they grow. Miniature cucumber plants are awesome for a hydroponic raft system. Given the necessary space and support, any of them will grow. Check your cucumbers daily once they start to form. Hydroponic systems often result in faster-growing crops than you’d expect.
Herbs: cilantro, basil, anise, coriander, fennel, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, thyme and tarragon all grow excellently in
a hydroponic setting. Research the specific needs of each herb (temperature, sun requirements, and harvest details) before setting up, and success is almost guaranteed.
Flowers: A wide variety of flowers grow excellently in hydroponic gardens. Each plant blooms best with its own specific blend of nutrients and combination of environmental factors. Have fun researching and experimenting to figure out the best plants and combinations for your particular garden.
With your foray into Hydroponics, remember that, although these are some of the easiest plants to grow, they will still require your patience and devotion. Consider your first garden a learning experience. Pay attention to your plants and, with these hydro-friendly crops, you’ll do great.
- Rogue Staff