Category Archives: Garden Maintenance

3 Basics Of Hydroponic Algae Growth

hydroponic algae growth

Algae growth is actually made up of several different types of plant-like organisms.  Since there are many different types of algae growth, its appearance in your hydroponic system can take a few different forms. Algae may be slimy, bubbly, fury or stringy and may appear as different colors including green, brown, red, and black. Since algae[...]

The Best pH Level For Your Hydroponic Garden

Best ph level for garden

It’s important to measure the pH of your hydroponic garden on a regular basis. Plants are not able to take in nutrients when your nutrient water falls out of a certain pH level. Most plants prefer a pH level that is slightly acidic, around 5.0 to 6.5. To get the most out of your plants its best to tailor the pH to the plant your growing.

Recommended Ph Level By Plant

Fruit Crop pH Vegetable Crop pH
Apple 5.0-6.5 Asparagus 6.0-7.0
Banana 5.5-6.5 Basil 5.5-6.5
Blackberry 5.5-6.5 Beans 6
Blueberry 4.0-5.0 Broccoli 6.0-6.5
Cantaloupe 6 Cabbage 6.5-7.0
Cherry 6.0-7.5 Carrots 6.3
Grape 6.0-7.5 Cauliflower 6.0-7.0
Mango 5.5-6.5 Celery 6.5
Melon 5.5-6.0 Chives 6.0-7.0
Peach 6.0-7.5 Cucumber 5.5-6.0
Pineapple 5.5-6.0 Eggplant 5.5-6.5
Plum 6.0-7.5 Fodder 6
Raspberries 5.8-6.5 Garlic 6
Strawberries 5.5-6.5 Kale 6.0-7.5
Watermelon 5.5-6.0 Lettuce 5.5-6.5
Mint 7.0-8.0
Onions 6.0-6.7
Pea 6.0-7.0
Peppermint 6.0-7.5
Peppers 5.5-6.5
Potato 5.0-6.0
Pumpkin 5.5-7.5
Spinach 5.5-6.6
Squash 5.0-6.5
Tomato 5.5-6.5
Zucchini  6.0

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6 Ways To Keep Your Hydroponic Nutrient Solution Cool

The temperature of your hydroponic nutrient solution is not something that should be overlooked. Too cold and roots will not form properly, the plant will grow slow and maybe die. A hydroponic nutrient solution that is too hot does not hold the oxygen your plants need to survive. This can cause stress to your garden and could eventually result in[...]

Nutrient Lockout

If you notice your hydroponic plants becoming stunted or showing colors resembling nutrient deficiency, then your plants may be experiencing nutrient lockout. It’s easier to diagnose nutrient lockout with hydroponic gardens because nutrients are measured to the exact amount (or should be) to supply the plants with enough nutrients. Nutrient lockout[...]

How to Adjust pH Of Hydroponic Nutrient Solution

Proper pH levels are important with hydroculture gardening. Most hydroponic nutrients have a pH buffer that helps keep the pH level of your solution at its proper levels, but a spike or dip can happen resulting in your plants not being able to take in nutrients. If your pH is off-balance, it’s important to adjust the pH levels back to the proper[...]

3 Ways To Measure pH Of Nutrient Solution

When using hydroponics to grow your garden it is very important to measure pH level of your nutrient solution and keep it at the proper level. Without the proper pH levels, your plants will not be able to take in all the nutrients they need from the nutrient solution. When you measure the pH of the nutrient solution, it should fall somewhere between[...]