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Hydroponics Root Zone Flushing
If you are growing hydroponic plants in a massive amount, you need some sort of automation to control their growth pattern.
By: Jennifer Dsouza
Even if you are not a large scale hydroponic grower, it is prudent to concentrate on certain details as to how hydroponics nutrients are administered and absorbed by your plants’ roots. If you’re using systems with root zone solid media such as rockwool, coco, soil and hydroton, you can get faster growth and bigger yields by understanding how nutrients interact with the root zone and your plants.
In case of aeroponics or Nutrient Film Technique, issues related to plant root zone though are not extremely important, but, still worth taking care of in terms of using germ and contamination free sprayers and misters.
Nutrient elements do not directly flow through rockwool or other solid media while watering the plants. Nor are they all absorbed by roots. Some fraction of nutrients builds up in the root zone. If you’re not using reverse osmosis water, pollutants from impure water can store there too. This affects root zone pH, electrical conductivity (EC or ppm), and your plants’ nutrients absorption.
Care has to be taken that nutrients and/or pollutants do not just build around your plant roots or else they can damage your roots. Or particular nutrients will dominate the root zone to lock other nutrients out of your plant. You can avoid this by using some simple and easy techniques to make sure your root zone is clean and neutral.
Use the right hydroponic soil is important. Use appropriate hydroponic nutrients to boost soil fertility. In case of flushing, be careful not to overwater the plants because it will hurt your roots. Also, make sure root zone is not highly humid because humidity enhances fungal and mold growth.
Proper care of root zone and regular flushing will save you the trouble of changing the reservoir water every few days and give you stronger, healthier hydroponic roots.
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