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Hydroponic Plant Selection
In Hydroponic gardening, virtually any types of plants can be grown successfully. Hydroponic growers raise many types of Hydroponic vegetables as well as ornamental and house plants.The main concerns for growing any types of Hydroponic plants are their requirements for their individual Hydroponic nutrient strengths as well as their Ph and light levels.Once you learn to give them what they need your Hydroponic plants will thrive and grow faster and healthier than they ever would in conventional soil gardening.
Let's look at some of the plants particularly well suited for Hydroponic gardening.
Many vegetable and other food crops are successfully grown in Hydroponic gardening and in many cases these grow much faster and better that in any other growing methods.
Here is a list of vegetable crops that can be hydroponically grown. The list is by no means complete. There are many other plants that are grown successfully using Hydroponic gardening.Artichoke, Asparagus, Beans, Beetroot, Broad beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Celery, Chicory, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Eggplant, Garlic, Leek, Lettuce, Marrow (squash), Melons, Okra, Onions, Pak choi, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Potato, pumpkin, Radishes, Rhubarb, Silver beet or Spinach, Sweet potato, Taro, Tomato, Turnip, Watermelon, and others.
HYDROPONIC LETTUCE VARIETIES: These include varieties that do very well in Hydroponic gardening including butterheads, oak leaf, andred leaf and romaine: ELTON, FIDEL, CORTINA, FERRARI, COUNTER, CIREO, LAUREL, and REVOLUTION. Many others also do well in Hydroponic systems.
HYDROPONIC TOMATO VARIETIES: These standard tomato varieties do very well in Hydroponic gardening: MATCH, BLITZ, TRUST, GRACE, ROMANCE, PICOLINO, CELLO, QUEST and LYNX. Many other tomato variets also do well in Hydroponic systems.
HYDROPONIC CUCUMBER VARIETIES: These cucumber varieties including; standard and mini. They do very well in Hydroponic gardening: CORONA, DISCOVER, MUSTANG, MANAR, CAMARO, DOMINICA, and ACCOLADE. Other Cucumber varieties can also do well in a Hydroponic system. Cumbers and tomatoes take a lot of room to grow. If you have a small growing area you would be better to grow plants like lettuce and herbs.
Each of these plants has its own Hydroponic nutrient requirements as well as Ph and light levels. Some are very close to each other and may be grown together in the same Hydroponic system.
Flowers, Herbs & Ornamental
There are many other fruit crops that also lend themselves well to Hydroponic gardening. Some Hydroponic growers grow these crops very successfully either as a hobby for themselves or as a commercial operation.
Bananas, Black currants, Blueberries, Brambleberries (boysen or logan), paw paws (papayas), Pepinos, Rasberries, Red currants, Strawberries, and others.There are still other plants that can be grown successfully with Hydroponics like many types of flowers.
Orchids are being grown now by many Hydroponic growers because they grow so well as compared to other older style methods. Commercial Hydroponic growers have found many crops that grow excellent for them using Hydroponic gardening methods including flowers, ornamental plants and herbs.
FLOWERS: Alstroemeria, Amaryllis, Anigozanthos, Antirrhinum (snapdragons), Asters, Begonias, cannas, Carnations,Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Freesia, Gerbera, Gladiolas, Iris, Narcissus, Orchids, Roses, Stocks and others.
ORNAMENTAL: African violets, Aphelandra, Bromeliads, Caladiums, Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Ficus, Impatiens, Monstera (philodendron), Palms trees and others.
HERBS:Basil, Lemon balm, Marjoram, Mints, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Grasses and others.
When deciding what to grow with Hydroponic gardening you need to ask yourself a few questions first. How much space will be needed? Larger plants take more space so they are not crowded. Grow indoors or outdoors? Almost anything can grow indoors. This is not the case for growing outdoors as there are heat and cold weather to deal with. Some Hydroponic plants also require high light levels and some require lower light levels. A well planned out Hydroponic growing system on paper is a must before going any further to see if it is all going to work.
If you will be Hydroponic growing as a business venture you need to know where your customers are going to be as well as your suppliers for your ongoing supplies. How will your products get from point A to point B? How many hours or employees will be needed? You will need a well thought out plan, again, on paper and all questions answered. It can be a very profitable venture if it is planned well with no surprises.There is virtually no limit to what you can grow in Hydroponic gardening if the proper requirements of the individual plants are learned.
To learn more about specific Hydroponic plant requirements like Ph and PPM see our PLANT GROWING DATA section.