Time, care, and research are the solutions to many common problems with hydroponic gardens. Daily supervision and nipping problems in the bud are essential to keeping your garden alive and healthy as it grows. Here are a few proactive measures to take to ensure the success of your garden.
Buying the Incorrect Lighting
If you plan to keep your garden indoors, it is important to invest in the proper lighting. Getting cheap or incorrect lighting can result in low plant yield. Research the brands of light you are buying and the amount of light needed to ensure they are adequate for the job and will promote plant growth.
Are There Any Leaks?
Be sure to check the joints and valves of your system for any leaks that might sprout. Roots from your plants can also clog the system, leading to blockages and overflow. Also, make sure your reservoir can contain all the nutrient solution in the system, as the wrong reservoir can result in further leakages.
Is the Garden Clean?
Make sure to keep your garden clean and sanitized. Letting things get messy will result in the growth of fungus and disease among your plants. The environment of a hydroponic garden is the ideal breeding ground for pests such as fungus gnats. There are ways to get rid of these gnats once they appear, but it is better to take proactive measures to stop them rather than reactionary measures.
Monitoring the pH Level
One of the most common problems with hydroponic gardens can be traced back to the pH level. You must be vigilant of your garden’s pH balance. Monitor the pH levels at least once a day to make sure they are not too alkaline or acidic. Too much in either direction is not healthy for your garden and can result in your plants dying. Purchase a reliable meter to measure the pH level and make adjustments when necessary to keep pH levels balanced and your plants safe.
Hydroponic gardens require a significant amount of care and knowledge, but with the proper maintenance and attention, they can thrive in both outdoor and indoor environments.