What Can I Grow in My Hydroponic Garden?
Using 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, and herbs. You can also grow your own flowers or foliage and have them decorate your home, no matter what the season or weather. The choices are almost endless, and depend on your personal preferences. Here is a quick list of some of the more popular items people grow in their hydroponic gardens. Once you gain experience with this powerful growing process, you can even experiment with other plants.
If your living situation makes it impossible to plant a vegetable patch in your back yard, or if you have no yard at all, you still enjoy a table-full of fresh vegetables. By growing vegetables hydroponically, you can raise more vegetables faster then in a conventional outdoor garden. In addition, you can grow most vegetables year-round, giving you a constant supply of healthful produce any time.
Vegetable plants grown in soil must be spaced as much as a foot apart to keep their root systems from fighting with neighboring plants 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.
Among the vegetables that can be grown using hydroponics are: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Brocco, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauflowers, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplants, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash, Tomatoes and Yams
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. There are a few special requirements for vegetable such as carrots and potatoes that are grown underground – a full sized variety would require a very thick bed of aggregate. But, 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.
Tomatoes (technically a fruit) are one of the most popular plants grown hydroponically and can ripen as much as eight weeks earlier and produce more fruit than when grown in soil.
Hydroponic Fruits and Melons
Hydroponic gardening allows you to grow fruits and melons year round, no matter what the temperature is outside. But to be successful, you need to understand and pay attention to the growing conditions a particular fruit needs to thrive.
Water-loving 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 other, more exotic fruit species – even pineapples.
Surprisingly, there are some trees that can be grown in a hydroponic manner. Banana trees are one, and dwarf citrus trees, such as lemons are another. Through the use of appropriate lighting and nutrition you can grow fruits in the dead of winter even in Minnesota!
Hydroponic Flowering and Foliage Plants
Hydroponic gardening lends itself to a variety of choices if you are interested in growing flowers or foliage. A hydroponic unit can be used to develop seedlings and then as the plants mature they can be transplanted into other hydroponic units in your home, or can even be planted outdoors. If you don’t have enough hydroponic units to handle all of your flowers, you can transplant them into soil-filled pots or containers and use them as you wish. Sharing plants with friends and family is always popular.
A great benefit of hydroponics is that you can grow flowers outside of their normal season. In fact, there’s a good chance that the beautiful flowers you’ve been admiring at you local florist was grown in a hydroponic greenhouse.
The only difficulty in growing flowers and foliage hydroponically is that you may end up with many more flowers and plants of one particular species. The reason for this because each kind of plant has its own particular needs and can’t be mixed with different species in the same hydroponic unit. A good example is roses, which need a larger amount of potassium than plants or flowers can handle. The bottom line is that you need to be very careful in matching species that share the same space. Many hydroponic gardeners use multiple hydroponics units to increase the variety of plants they can grow simultaneously.
Although you can grow many types of plants hydroponically, succulent plants are poor choices for hydroponic gardening, because they will only thrive in dry conditions and you are attempting to grow your fruits in a medium of water.
Fresh Hydroponic Herbs
Fresh herbs are very popular, and can are fun and rewarding to grow … especially if you have young children. 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 a small hydroponic unit, such as Hydrofarm’s inexpensive Emily’s Garden System, can produce an impressive crop of herbs. You can even grow enough to share with friends, family and neighbors. Some of the most popular herbs to grow are: Arugula, Basil, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Lemon Balm, Mache, Majoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Sorrel, Spear and Peppermint, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and more.
There is almost an unending number of crops that can be grown hydroponically, but most home gardeners have neither the time nor the money to pursue them. Some of these include 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 the fields.
Hydroponic Gardening Store In Minneapolis St Paul, MN
The Interior Gardens store and warehouse is conveniently located at 1620 Central Ave NE, just off 18th Ave NE and I-35 in the heart of Minneapolis. It’s just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and right across the river from St. Paul. Our retail store features a complete stock of hydroponic and indoor gardening supplies, plus all types of supplies for the traditional gardener, including organic soil and soil builders. You can rely on our more than 18 years of experience and product quality and value to assure you of a successful gardening experience. Visit us soon!