Three Things Hydroponic Growers Should Be Doing
Hydroponic production continues to grow across North America, with startups popping up and established growers expanding to their existing operations. Whether you are starting from scratch or simply adding on to your hydroponic production, there are a few considerations that can make a significant impact on the quality and efficiency.
In the March issue of GPN magazine, Tami Van Gaal, CEA division leader for Griffin, shares three things every hydroponics grower should be doing.
First on her list is: Test the water. Water quality is a primary concern for all growers, but it is even more critical in hydroponics because the inert media provides no buffering.
Second is: Protect against plant damage. Nothing stings more than preventable physical crop damage that reduces yield. In both high-wire and medicinal crops, the weight of the product can cause stems to bend and break. Minimizing damage is critical.
Third is: Move the air. All hydroponic production areas benefit from good airflow. For both greenhouses and warehouse production spaces, horizontal airflow fans are the standard tool to improve environmental uniformity and reduce incidence of disease.
To read Van Gaal’s full article, click here. While each hydroponic crop has special needs and requirements, some are universal. Let these be the first steps you take to improve your yields and profits.
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