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Hydroponic Gardening: Cultivating Hydroponic Squash

Hydroponic gardening is really a fun and healthy way to grow vegetables and fruits. An example of a vegetable that can be successfully grown in hydroponics is squash. Squash comes in many varieties, but the method for each type is basically the same. Squash requires a fairly warm temperature and a lot of light to produce adequately. Rather than a daily feeding of hydroponic nutrients, irrigating the crop every two days will help keep roots moist without being drowned. You will also need some types of support for the vine structure of your squash.

In order for you to become successful in growing squash with your hydroponic gardening, you must maintain a temperature in your greenhouse or grow room at the range of 75 degrees Fahrenheit for both daytime and nighttime. Aside from supplying your hydroponic squash with 14 hours of lighting daily, you might also need to give additional lighting to your vines to make sure the lower leaves get the required amount of light necessary for their optimal growth. You also need to take note that once seeds have germinated, you need to plant it in a mixture of peat and vermiculite. The peat-vermiculite mixture is ideal for keeping the roots moist between irrigation. Finally, to help keep plants from wandering in every direction, you can set up a system of securing a wire horizontally from one end of the row to another. Each plant is then attached with a twist-tie to a line that is anchored on the horizontal line. As the squash grows it is wrapped around the vertical line and tied with twist ties. With this technique, you do not only save space but you also allow the lower parts of the plant to receive more light which is an essential factor for their full growth.

If you prefer to grow your edible vegetables using organic nutrients, a perfect choice is Advanced Nutrients Organic Iguana Juice! It comes in both Grow and Bloom and is completely compatible with hydroponic systems.

Hydroponics is easy to set up when you're a hobbyist, but if you have aspirations of becoming a master grower, you owe it to yourself to read the best hydroponics newsletter on the web.

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