Hydroponic Gardening—MelonsThis is a featured page

When we turn to the subject of growing fruits and vegetables using hydroponics, melons are rarely mentioned. The truth is, hydroponic gardening lends itself well to the growing of fruits such as cantaloupe and honeydew melons, among others. Melons are a good representation of a fruit that requires a strong root base that is best grown in some alternative medium such as Perlite. Melons give us insight into methods used for “taming” plants that grow on vines and offer the risk of taking over your greenhouse. They also give us an idea of when it may be beneficial to introduce natural predators or pollinators to your greenhouse, or to learn manual pollination techniques.

Melons like warm temperatures. The ideal greenhouse temperature should hover in the mid to high seventies and the hydroponic gardener must make sure the temperature does not fall below sixty degrees or you are likely to lose your entire crop. Because the fruit is heavy, additional support is necessary for your plants. For this reason, using a growing medium such as Perlite is necessary to provide support for the roots. Hydroponic nutrients should be delivered through a drip-irrigation method. This will allow sufficient feeding, without risking over-watering. An additional way to help strengthen the lower part of your plant is to keep the bottom six to eight inches pruned. This allows that area to thicken considerably and, in turn, add stability.

Indoor gardening provides less room for the hydroponic garden. Since melon grow on vines, you will need to have a system in place to help keep the plants contained within a certain area. If allowed to grow on their own, they will start to choke each other, eliminating necessary light and nutrition to each other. The best method for containment involves running a strong wire across the greenhouse, at a height of approximately seven or eight feet. Each plant is then connected to the wire above it and, as the fruit grows, the plant is guided around this wire and held in place with special clips that can be found at a hydroponic supply store.
Pollination is needed for plants to produce. Outdoors, this happens naturally with insects and wind. Inside a greenhouse, however, the hydroponic gardener needs to find other methods to facilitate pollination. Adding bees to your greenhouse is a perfect way to do this. The bees are natural pollinators and will achieve your purpose without damaging your plant. Many people, however, prefer not to have bees flying around. This is where learning how to manually pollinate your melons is necessary. By gently swiping a small paintbrush across the center of each flower, you will help facilitate pollination.

The use of commercial insecticides is not encouraged. If you do find yourself with an infestation that puts your crop at risk, you will be less likely to cause harm by using specially formulated pest-control products such as the Scorpion Juice. These formulas are designed to cause the less damage to your plants.

Melons may be rare in the hydroponic farming area, but growing them is thoroughly satisfying. With the above advice, you will soon find yourself sitting down to a snack if ripe, sweet melon. Finally, if you want to harvest robust, abundant fruits and vegetables you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics at http://www.advancednutrients.com/freereport/ Advanced Nutrients is the world's foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

Hydroponic Gardening-Orchids

Orchids have been known throughout the centuries as one of the most precious flowers. Hydroponics lends itself nicely to growing this flower. Temperatures ideal for orchid growth are comfortable, which makes it possible to grow these flowers in either a greenhouse or inside your home. Orchids take up little space and require high humidity. You will want to set up a system that allows the roots to stay damp but not become waterlogged. Let’s explore the hydroponic growing of the orchid.

The temperature required to grow orchids can range anywhere from fifty to eighty degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the type of orchid being grown. This is one of the widest temperature ranges in gardening and makes the orchid ideal for any indoor hydroponic garden. Orchids love humidity and many varieties thrive at levels up to eighty percent. Too little humidity often causes the flower to get “stuck” and die. As long as you provide bright light for two or three hours each day, your orchids will grow nicely.
There needs to be careful monitoring of the orchids, however, because the high humidity can cause fungal or bacterial diseases if there is not enough air circulation. Air movement is a crucial factor in growing healthy orchids.

Feeding and watering your orchid is the part that will require the most time. Start off with a good quality hydroponic nutrient solution. Some of the nutrients sold at hydroponic supply stores have been specially formulated to provide all the nutrition of your plants. Advanced Nutrients synthetic or organic fertilizers contain the best ingredients for optimum plant growth. The need for orchid roots to dry slightly makes the drip irrigation hydroponic system ideal for these flowers. This needs done only once a day with orchids. A side notes here—orchids like having their leaves clean, so you might want to mist the leaves of your plants every other day. By doing this in the morning, you enable the heat of the day to provide humidity for the orchids.

If your hydroponic garden is inside your home, it is unlikely that you will have to worry about pest bothering your orchids. Most greenhouses also eliminate many of the pests that plague orchids grown outside. Commercial pesticides can harm your orchids and are not recommended. Hydroponic supply stores sell specially formulated pest control products, such as Scorpion Juice and Barricade made by Advanced Nutrients, and you may use these to prevent infestations without concern for any plant damage.

Orchids are a special flower and it often surprises indoor gardeners that they can easily grow their own. By providing the proper hydroponic nutrients, proper humidity and air circulation and a pest-free environment you can enjoy the orchid year round in your indoor hydroponic garden. Remember not to over-water the plants and keep their leaves free of dust and you can experience the pleasure of this rare beauty for yourself. Finally, if you want to harvest robust, abundant fruits and vegetables you should check out the seven best-kept secrets of hydroponics at http://www.advancednutrients.com/freereport/ Advanced Nutrients is the world's foremost supplier of hydroponic nutrients to discriminating growers everywhere.

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