Hydroponic systems are growing in popularity because of how easy they are to manage and the stress-free process they offer. However, many people are usually wondering what they can grow in hydroponics. The question to that varies, and we’ll be covering it in this article, along with some factors you would need to bear in mind when choosing the right plant for your hydroponic system. If you’re interested in what you can grow in hydroponics, keep reading to find out.
This article will answer a couple of important questions like:
- What can you grow in hydroponics?
- What type of hydroponic system do you have?
- How much space is available in your home?
Now that we’re on the same page, let’s begin.
What Can You Grow in Hydroponics?
There are many things you can grow in hydroponics. Some are quite popular, and you might find some surprises. Below is a list of crops you can grow in hydroponics.
This is the commonest of them all. Most people use their hydroponic systems to grow vegetables. This is because veggies thrive when their roots are deep in oxygen and nutrient-rich solutions. Growing vegetables however require a large water supply for your hydroponic systems. The easiest vegetable to grow in hydroponics is tomatoes; that’s why there are hydroponic systems for tomatoes. Others include beans, pepper, spring onion, cucumber, and many more.
That’s right! You can grow your favorite fruits in hydroponics irrespective of the season. Admittedly, you might find it hard to grow lemons and apples indoors because they need water and lots of space to thrive and yield fruit. However, fruits like small melons, strawberries, and blueberries can be grown with hydroponic systems. Strawberries are more popular because they stay small throughout the growing season.
3. Leafy Greens
Although they’re vegetables, you can plant many leafy greens in your hydroponics. They’re a popular option for newbies with hydroponic systems because they require little to no maintenance. Leafy greens like lettuce, kale, bok choy, spinach, and many others do not require much space to grow, need little water, and will be ready to harvest in little time.
Herbs are also a great choice if you’re beginning your journey in the hydroponic world. It requires a small system and is quick to harvest. Most people grow basil, mint, and coriander hydroponically. You can also consider sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and any other herb you can think of. If it’s a herb, it will fit right in.
Most people do not think of flowers when they’re considering what to grow in hydroponics. However, they also thrive in hydroponics and will add color to your home. They grow fast, and you don’t have to worry about weeds getting mixed up in your beautiful flowers. There is no set limit to what you can grow. Flowers like jasmine, daisies, dahlias, pansies, orchids, and many more can be grown hydroponically.
What Type of Hydroponic System Do You Have?
The type of hydroponic system you have determines what you can grow in hydroponics. Some systems are designed for heavy-duty growing and make use of growing mediums like gravel or sand. However, others do not need any of these and instead let the plant grow directly in the solution. If you have a hydroponic system that uses mediums, you can use them for deep-root plants, while those that use the solution directly can only grow shallow-rooted plants.
How Much Space is Available in Your Home?
Space is an important factor to think about when wondering what you can grow in your hydroponic. If you have a small space to use, you should avoid plants that spread out and need space like fruits or vegetables. Herbs and leafy greens will thrive in such settings because they do not require much room to grow. If you’re looking to plant a crop that requires space and develop fruit in the long run, it is best to find a more expansive space so your plants can breathe as they grow.
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