How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

Make sure that you are growing your vegetables in a squeaky clean environment.

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

It is quite apparent why cleanliness is essential in your hydroponic system. You wouldn’t want to be harvesting produce that isn’t clean. Having a dirty and clogged hydroponic system will also affect the health and growth of your plants. If you do not sanitize and sterilize, the chances of your plants getting fungal and disease pathogens rise. Having that said, here are some easy and straightforward cleaning tips for the beginner hydroponic grower.

Set aside the plants. 

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

Before you sterilize your hydroponic system, make sure the remove your plants first. Place them in separate pots in the meantime, preferably with the same medium, nutrients, and PH levels. Otherwise, your plants might go into shock when taken out of their current growing environment. Do remove dead leaves or plants if there are any.

Sterilize.

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Next is to clean the reservoir and parts of your hydroponic system. You will need a cleaning agent to flush the system to kill all microbial life which may include fungi or bacteria that can cause disease in your crops. There are many cleaning solutions available online or at your local shop. You can go with food grade bleach and food-grade hydrogen peroxide to flush your system. However, if you are hesitant about these solutions, you can go organic and opt to use vinegar. Afterward, rinse the system out with water by circulating filtered water through it for at least two 15-minute cycles to thoroughly wash away the vinegar or cleaning agent.

Replant.

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Now that you’ve finished sterilizing, it’s now time to bring your plants back to their home. Make sure to prepare the right grow medium, nutrients, and PH levels like it has been before the cleaning. Regularly check the plants for about a couple days in case some of them show signs of stress.

Sanitize.

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

Once you’re done replanting and activating your system, check your grow area for spills and trash. Look out for dust on the surface of your LED grow lights. Sweep away all the dead plant material you removed from the systems, as well as all the other messes and dirt on the floor. Make sure the surrounding environment is squeaky clean.

As for the cleaning frequency, a monthly routine will do. Although, this still depends on your plant’s growth cycles. Need a new hydroponic system for your urban garden? Check out ChampionLED.com and pick out the system with the perfect features that work for you!

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

Tips to Maximize Your Hydroponic Yields

Get the most out of your hydroponic plants.

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Hydroponics is one of the best ways to grow plants indoors because it has so many benefits. You get to grow basically any kind of plant with less mess and harvesting becomes much easier. But as with any indoor gardening method, there are some hacks that will allow you to maximize your yields. Of course, the results will still depend on the type of plant you plan to grow, the number, and resources, but there are general tips that you can follow. And without further ado, here are five ways to maximize your hydroponic yields:

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1. The inside of your grow room or grow tent should have reflective sheeting. Gorilla Grow Tents, for example, use diamond reflective technology that allows the light to get distributed evenly to all your plants. This allows the space to maintain the right temperature as well. With the right climate, plants tend to grow a lot faster.

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2. Pick the best LED grow lights that are perfect for the size and number of your hydroponic garden. Make sure that the lighting units have adjustable spectrums for both the vegetative and flowering stages. LEDs are highly recommended because they emit less heat and are energy-efficient.

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3. Use an air pump and air stones to make sure that the nutrients of your plants and oxygenation of your reservoir are done correctly. Most hydroponic systems already come with these so it shouldn’t be a problem. Some brands offer durable pumps that run quietly but are extremely powerful.

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4. Get an automatic pH dosing pump to maintain the pH levels. This will also make sure that the most essential nutrients will reach your plants.

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5. Don’t forget to give your plants the right nutrients. As for storing them, keep them in a dry, dark space to avoid degradation. Do not store them in places where they can be exposed to sunlight!

Need to buy a new hydroponic system for your growing indoor garden? Check out ChampionLED.com and choose from a variety of brands and other indoor gardening tools. 

Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Never have to leave home again to buy fresh vegetables.

Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Whether you are a serious home cook or a chef by profession, nothing is better than picking out fresh greens a few feet away from the kitchen. Those who have big backyards certainly do not have any problems growing, but it should not be a problem for those who live in the cities too. The solution here, of course, is indoor farming, Thanks to LED technology and hydroponics, growing greens, herbs, and fruits indoors is possible.

If you are planning to set up an indoor vegetable garden, then you stumbled upon the right article. Here are some basic points you need to know about growing your vegetable supply indoors for your cooking needs.

Pick the best location for your grow tent or grow cabinet.

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Check the measurements of your chosen area to make sure your grow tent or grow cabinet can fit. Gorilla Grow Tents, for example, have sizes that range from 2 x 2.5 to 10 x 20. Grow cabinets, on the other hand, can range from a slim 15 x 24 to as big as 92 x 24. The area should also be as accessible to water and power, and should not be carpeted. The flooring should also be easily swept clean in case of messy accidents.

Pick the containers for your seeds, as well as growing medium.

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Most grow cabinets already come with a hydroponic system, so you don’t have to worry about buying containers and growing medium. But if you’re going with grow tents, you might want to consider getting shallow containers with good drainage. As for the soil, choose a mix for seed starting, and not garden potting soil.

Install your lighting and ventilation systems.

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The most recommended lighting system to use for indoor gardening is LED grow lights. It’s a great investment because they can give the perfect lighting for growing your crops. These lights also allow for faster and higher quality yields. On the other hand, proper airflow and circulation are also necessary to successfully grow your greens. A small oscillating fan will do but this, of course, depends on the area size of your grow tent or cabinet.

Start planting!

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Once everything is set up, it’s time to start planting! Grow cabinets have everything automated, and you can even leave your crops up to a week. Always check for signs of sprouts. When they appear, thin the seedlings with a pair of scissors and keep them about an inch apart.

Monitor the growth.

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Pay attention to the growth of your plants, especially those greens that may be more delicate than the others. Always check the color of the leaves; if they become yellow, that means they lack water and nutrients. Always check the moisture level as well so as not to drown your plants.

For more information about indoor gardening, do check out the other posts. But if you need to buy led grow lights, grow tents or cabinets, and other indoor gardening supplies, check out ChampionLED.com!         

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Urban Farming: Hydroponic Gardens in the City

Get to know more about hydroponic gardening.

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Urban gardening, specifically hydroponic growing may seem like a trend among the millennials. However, this is actually one of the best things that have happened to agriculture in the city. The population continues to grow, naturally, so does the demand for food. The Big Apple, for example, have many large “vertical gardens” that grow fresh herbs, micro greens, and garnish. These vertical gardens use hydroponic systems that benefit the many restaurants in the city.

What is hydroponics?

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Hydroponics is growing plants in nutrient solutions either with an inert medium to provide mechanical support or not. It is a great way to garden indoors because it has a lot of benefits like easy harvesting, faster and healthier plant growth, and space-saving. No wonder many people who are in the food industry turn to these gardens for supply.

What can grow in a hydroponic garden?

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You can grow virtually any plant with hydroponics. Because of LED grow lights, proper ventilation, and a controlled environment, any type of greens, herbs, and flowering plants can be grown at any time of the year. However, it’s usually the small plants that are the best ones to grow. That is why most hydroponic gardens focus on growing basil, mint, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and green beans — the usual greens needed for cooking.

Do you need pesticides for a hydroponic farm?

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Because you are in total control of the enclosed growth environment, it is much easier to keep bugs and pests out. If your garden is well-maintained, there is no need for any pesticides. These chemicals should only be used as a last resort too when the bugs become uncontrollable, which rarely happens. That is also why greens and herbs grown in a hydroponic garden are healthier to eat, versus the ones grown in fields.

Can I grow one in my apartment?

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Although most vertical gardens are large and supplies to restaurants and other food businesses in the city, growing hydroponically can also be a hobby. You just have to get yourself a space-saving grow cabinet with a reliable hydroponic system and LED lighting. This hobby is perfect for those who are serious with home cooking and are true blue vegans who find it hard to find the greens they need.

Is hydroponic farming sustainable?

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Yes, it definitely is. One of hydroponic farming’s benefits is it strengthens local communities by creating jobs and supplying healthy food to the people of the community. There is no need to travel from the city to a rural farm to get these greens, therefore saving time and gas. Plus, hydroponics is very much water-efficient. According to National Geographic, Dutch growers have reduced their water dependence in their farms by as much as 90%.

Want to try growing indoors? Check out ChampionLED.com for your indoor gardening needs, such as LED grow lights and grow tents from trusted brands. 

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Get to know how hydroponics work and the benefits that come with it.

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Hydroponics seems to be an intimidating term, especially to people who are just new to indoor gardening. However, this method of growing isn’t too technical nor is it too complicated. It is actually a faster and easier way of growing fresh food in the comfort of your home compared to traditional methods. If you are interested to know more about this growing method, then you’re in luck. This week, we’ll turn the spotlight on hydroponics and the benefits of growing plants with this method.

Hydroponics planting setup

What is hydroponics?

According to Merriam Webster, hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium to provide mechanical support. It began as a scientific study method focusing on plant nutrition mechanisms. Instead of having soil, the plants’ roots hang in water with a mix of dissolved nutrients. Nutrients get absorbed directly by the roots, which shortens the growth cycle of plants. In simpler terms, the nutrients are taking the shortcut to get to your plants faster.

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What are the advantages of growing hydroponically?

The obvious advantage is reduced labor costs as there is no need for soil. That is why hydroponics is one of the cleanest and easiest ways of growing plants indoors. And if that doesn’t convince you to try growing hydroponically, here are the other benefits:

  1. You can grow basically any plant with this growing method.
  2. You get to save water because it gets recycled through the system.
  3. Your fully-controlled hydroponic system is pollution-free.
  4. Plants are healthy and produce fuller and higher yields.
  5. Plants are easier to harvest.
  6. Plants grow relatively faster, especially with the usage of the best LED grow lights.
  7. Insects and other pests are easy to get rid of, as well as the common plant diseases.
  8. No hassle of removing weeds.
  9. Hydroponic systems are portable and space-saving; their compact designs are perfect for homes with small spaces
  10. No need to worry about unpredictable weather such as dry spells, storms, or early frosts. That also means there is no seasonality with growing any type of plant.

Need a hydroponic system or growth lights for your indoor garden? Shop at ChampionLED.com!