What is hydroponics? It means the growing of plants without soil(usually crops or medicinal plants) by using a water-based mineral nutrient solution in an aqueous solvent.
You may ask, what plants are the most suitable for hydroponics? Well, in this article, I’m going to provide you the answer and recommend nine of the best plants for hydroponics. If you are interested in this, please read on!
Because lettuce is an extremely easy-to-grow crisp green leafy vegetable and its a regular presence on the human table, it is popular with both beginners and experts in hydroponics. Besides， it grows extremely fast, and it only takes about a month to mature. Therefore, it is your first choice to choose this simple-to-grow and fast-maturing vegetable for hydroponic planting.
Tomatoes, a popular vegetable, are widely used in hydroponic systems. They are grown in a nutrient solution rather than soil and are usually placed in non-soil material that supports roots and retains nutrients. Another thing you need to note is that hydroponic tomatoes need a lot of light, please use grow lights to provide light for your baby tomatoes.
While there are a great number of plants that can be grown using this method, leafy greens tend to be a favorite. One crop that does amazingly well in a hydroponic environment is spinach. This delicious and healthy plant grows wonderfully in a hydroponic greenhouse for year-round fresh greens!
Growing radishes hydroponically is economical and the seed germinates at a rate of about 80 percent. Nutrient pH for Hydroponic Radishes must be 6.0 to 7.0. The temperature should be kept between 50 and 85°F. Longer radish plant varieties tolerate heat better than the short-round types.
Cucumbers are fast-growing and easy to grow, making them a perfect choice for hydroponics too. You can choose varieties such as Beit Alpha, Bush Champion or Spacemaster as they are well-suited to hydroponics and tend to be very productive. Please note that when growing in hydroponics, cucumbers need to be given enough warmth, water and nutrients to help them grow healthier.
Beans are a low-maintenance but high-yielding plant, so growing beans is a quick and easy process as bush beans, lentils, string beans, lima beans, green beans, and more Beans are grown in a hydroponic system.
If you love the taste of fresh basil, you’ll be happy to learn how easy it is to grow hydroponic basil. Compared to soil-grown basil, the yields of hydroponic-grown is three times as much and it requires less water and fertilizer. Besides, the ideal conditions for growing basil hydroponically are as follows: they need to receive more than 14 hours of light per day, the temperature around needs to be between 65-95 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity levels need to be between 40-60%. Therefore, please provide the optimum growing environment for your basil.
Similarly, growing peppers in a hydroponic system not only promotes their faster growth but also increases their yields, which is popular among home hydroponic growers.
Chives are one of the most popular herb plants grown in hydroponic systems. The small size and perennial nature of chive plants, means they take up little space and can provide a continual supply of fresh leaves for cutting in both indoor and outdoor systems.
The above are the nine plants that we recommend for you to grow in hydroponics. And one of the most important factors to promote the healthy growth of hydroponic plants is to use LED grow lights. I believe that Spider Farmer’s high-quality grow lights will become your first choice. If you have any questions about hydroponic growing or LED grow lights, please feel free to contact us!