At the start of the traditional gardening season, and likely as a head start if you like to grow indoors or in a greenhouse with hydroponics, many gardeners are raising their own transplants from seeds or cloned plants via cuttings. For a more successful harvest later, there are some grow tips you can follow for keeping hydroponics seedlings healthy.
When we start plants from seed, we often have to do some guess work with scheduling the growing time from anticipated germination (seed sprouting) to the time the plant is at it’s peak in health and vigour for the space and light levels you can provide. Even veteran growers can run into surprises with unexpected variation in how a type of seed may grow to factors like late starts in the season due to unusually cold weather, or even flooding!
With cuttings, it can be a little easier. If you keep a a few nice healthy mothers without loosing their vigour, you can have some pretty sturdy transplants ready to pop outside in a four week propagation and nursery schedule that you can set your watch to-assuming you are even into time. With cuttings rooting times tend to be consistent and growers can produce a good sized transplant in a short time frame-although that doesn’t necessarily make cuttings better to grow than seed plants for the best possibilities at harvest time.
Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has travelled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.