Choosing Quality Seeds for Your Hydroponic Garden

choosing seeds slideOften times the importance of using quality seeds are overlooked when gardening. Choosing quality seed for your garden may be one of the least expensive aspects of your hydroponic garden, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Many gardeners are gardening for the enjoyment, savings, to know where their food comes from, and also it’s quality.  One of the reasons I garden using hydroculture, and just garden at home in general, is for the quality of the produce. The best part of food, of course, is the taste. To be sure I get the best out of my garden, I make sure to use quality seeds.

Where Is A Good Place To Get Seeds For My Hydroponic Vegetable Garden?

During typical growing seasons, you can find quality seeds at your local hardware and grocery stores. These stores often stop selling seeds during the winter times so you may have better luck getting the best seeds for your hydroponic garden online. I For no particular reason it seems that I end up with most of my seeds coming from Burpee, whether online or from the hardware store when I stock up.

Picking Seeds For You Hydroponic Vegetable Garden

Not every type of vegetable is the same. For example, there are 7 different types of lettuce, with each having many different varieties. When choosing quality seeds from your garden there are many factors that you will need to consider.

  • The amount of overall space needed for the plants to grow.
  • The amount of space needed between plants.
  • The height the plants will get.
  • Days until maturity.
  • The size of the produce.
  • The growing conditions needed. 

Take a look at these 2 varieties of tomato plants.

Brandy Boy Hybrid
Brandy Boy Hybrid
Porter House HybridPorterhouse Hybrid
Quick Facts On Brandy Boy Hybrid:

  • Produces fruit 65-80 days after seed germination
  • Produces fruit throughout the life of the plant
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Plant height reaches ~75 inches
  • Plants should be spaced about 65 inches apart
  • Average ripen fruit weight can reach 14 oz.
Quick Facts On Porterhouse Hybrid:

  • Produces fruit 65-80 days after seed germination
  • Produces fruit throughout the life of the plant
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Plant height reaches ~40 inches
  • Plants should be spaced about 18 inches apart
  • Average ripen fruit weight can range 2-4 lbs.

The last 3 facts can make a major difference in both planning your garden and what to expect come harvest time!

With a little research choosing quality seeds for your hydroponic garden can be a fun process. With so many different varieties of each type of vegetable, there are several options to fit any almost any hydroponic gardeners criteria.

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