What to Grow
When it comes to hydroponics you can grow just about anything
including most house plants, flowering plants, vegetables, several
different kinds of fruits and many different kind of herbs for seasoning
or health purposes.
Hydroponic gardening indoors can provide you
with a year-round supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants and
flowers. The choices are almost endless and depend on your personal
preferences. Here is a quick list of some of the most popular items
people grow in their hydroponic gardens. Once you gain experience with
this powerful growing process, you can experiment with other plants.
- By growing vegetables hydroponically, you can raise more
vegetables faster then in an outdoor garden. You can grow most
vegetables year-round giving you a constant supply of healthy produce
Vegetable plants grown in soil must be spaced as much
as a foot apart to keep their root systems from fighting for necessary
water and nutrients. Using hydroponics, all of the nutrients and
moisture is pumped directly to the plants. Hydroponic gardening lets you
place individual plants closer together taking up less space.
The basic requirements for growing vegetables do not change much in a
hydroponic garden. They still need the appropriate levels of light and
warmth, and you must follow all the normal procedures for caring for
each plant. Since you can control most factors in your hydroponic
garden, you don't have to rely on the weather and other outside
conditions. You can grow no matter what the season or weather.
Fruits - Hydroponic gardening allows you to grow fruits and melons all year long.
However, to be successful, you need to understand and pay attention to
the growing conditions a particular fruit needs to reach it full
Water based fruits make a good choice for your
hydroponic garden. These include watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes
(technically a fruit), strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,
raspberries and grapes. Many hydroponic gardeners also successfully grow
more exotic fruits such as kiwi and pineapples.
- Fresh herbs are very popular, and can are fun and rewarding to grow.
Herbs mature rapidly, require little care, have a wide variety of
culinary and health uses and do very well in a hydroponic unit or
culture. Even small hydroponic units can produce an impressive crop of
Many people grow herbs in small hydroponic units for
decoration and for natural air freshness. Many herbs create scents that
can mask daily household odors that you would usually remove with
chemical air fresheners. Once they reach their maturity, they now become
part of your cooking pleasures.
There is almost nothing that cannot be successfully grown
hydroponically, it simply comes down to how much time you want to put
into your hydroponic garden. Some other growing ideas include
flowers, foliage, corn, cacao, sugar cane, rice, tea, tobacco and cereal
grains. In most cases these crops are started hydroponically and when
the seedlings reach their desired size they are transplanted to gardens
Odds & Ends
Information You Might Need to Know
Why Indoor Gardening
How Indoor Gardening Works
How Plants Work
What to Grow
Identify Plant Deficiencies
Identify Plant Diseases
Herb Growing Times
Growing and Lighting Glossary
Popular item among hydroponic and organic gardeners.
Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts,
Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Celery, Cucumber,
Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnips, Peas, Potato, Radishes,
Rhubarb, Squash, Tomatoes and Yams.
Popular Fruits and Melons
Tomatoes, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and
Grapes. Many hydroponic gardeners also successfully grow other, more
exotic fruits such as Kiwi and Pineapples.
Arugula, Basil, Chervil, Chives,
Coriander, Dill, Lemon Balm, Mache, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary. Sorrel,
Spear and Peppermint, Sage, Tarragon, and Thyme.
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