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What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is growing plants without soil and using nutrients in the water to provide it with all the food it needs to grow.
What are the benefits of growing hydroponic plants?
There are several key benefits to growing In a hydroponic set up than soil:
- Save more water! Hydroponic plants use less water than soil based plants
- You can grow year round indoors
- Growing mediums are sterile so no need for pesticides
- Little to no pests as growing medium is sterile
Do I need grow lights?
Coco and Seed set ups are designed to be electricity free. No need for grow tents, grow lights, water bubblers, etc. The sun is the free resource that your plants will need. If you are low on sun light for full-sun loving plants, then supplementing with a full spectrum light can be beneficial.
How to plant the seeds?
Each seed type will vary, unless otherwise noted on the seed pack they should be lightly covered by a thin layer of growing medium. Roughly a 1/4th of an inch. You can also use your smallest fingernail as a reference for depth.
Things to keep in mind:
- As a rule of thumb, the bigger the seed the deeper to plant it.
- The deeper a seed is planted the longer it may take to germinate.
- Water in from below as to not disrupt seeds. Let the wicking of water from below regulate the humidity level.
- If watering from above use a spray bottle for even and gentle watering.
I have a lot of seeds in my pack, how many should I plant?
Seeds like lettuce, arugula, radish microgreens, beet microgreens, and wheatberries should be planted liberally. Spread a thin layer of all seeds covering the surface and cover with growing medium.
The only current variety available that should have 1-2 max growing is the Thai hot pepper seeds. 1 seedling can produce one big plant with hundreds of blossoms and peppers. Plant 2-3 but thin, or cut after sprouting or gently remove and repot, so that only 1 occupies a container.
Will my microgreens grow back after cutting?
Microgreens are designed to be one time use harvest. It is recommended to harvest as needed to keep them as fresh as possible.
Will my lettuce grow back after cutting?
Yes, they will grow back bigger and fuller after the first cutting. It is recommended that you replace your kits with new seeds after the second harvest.
What's the best way to harvest lettuce?
It is recommended to harvest as needed to keep them as fresh as possible. When cutting use a clean pair of scissors, clip at least 2-3 inches above the base to allow plant energy for regrowth.
What's the best way to trim my plants?
Clip or cut rather than pull off single leaves, vegetables. Cutting the stem of basil, for example, will provide a bigger, fuller plant. Just be sure to add in water or plant food below as the plant will need it more during this time.
*Do not harvest all at once, the plant will go into shock and may not regrow if too much is cut at once. Stick to the 30% rule and do not harvest more than 30% at a time.
I see white stuff on the top of the growing medium. What is it?
The white stuff you see is a harmless mold. Do not worry, it is ok and will not harm the plants of yourself. Mold and fungus is everywhere and you are most likely seeing it when the plant's soil or growing medium is really damp. To prevent this you can increase air circulation of your room and allow the growing medium to dry out a bit on the top. You can also scrape it off, or even work in back down into the soil if it's minimal. You can also try a light sprinkle of cinnamon on the top.