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Hydroponic Carrots

September 15, 2014 By: Nurul Azis Category: Hydroponic Gardening

hydroponic carrots

hydroponic carrots

Hydroponic Carrots – Carrot is a common name for a native plant to Eurasia and northern Africa and widely distributed throughout the North Temperate Zone. The name also applied to the root of this plant. The cultivated variety is the popular table vegetable. It has the important element of carotene, which is the orange coloring matter of the root, a prolific source of pro-vitamin A.

And you know what? We can grow carrots and other subterranean vegetables hydroponically as well. Hydroponics is not just limited to above soil growth. There are a lot of easy and home-made guides for building your own hydroponic carrot garden.

The simplest one, you will need some preparation like perlite and vermiculite (add to perlite for better water retention) as the medium. Next is a good deep lightproof plastic container with holes at the bottom, at least 12 inches deep and wide. Bigger would be better. You’ll need another plastic container for holding a quantity of water all the time. As an alternative, you can use a deep drip tray (for example, 2 to 3 inches in depth).

After the preparation finished, now you can fill your container with perlite, and also add the vermiculite as well. The ratio is 3:1 for perlite to vermiculite. Put in your carrot seeds in the main container, cover with vermiculite to the depth as written on your seed packet. After that we need to get some water to the seeds to start thus lightly mist or spray the top of your main container with some water. Do not pour water directly down on them at this phase because you will wash away the seeds. You have to keep the top of the main container moist. Maintain the misting as appropriate until the seeds establish themselves. You can consult with the instruction written on your seed packet for germination times.

Once the seeds have germinated – generally carrots take 6 to 10 days to germinate and 2-3 months to mature – you have to give the top of this container a good watering approximately three times a day. Keep the drip tray (or other container) full of water.

As a note, don’t choose a hydroponic system that immerses your Hydroponic Carrots in the water. The reason is that carrots and other root crops don’t do well in very wet environments and keeping them in water all the time will cause them to rot. So you have to keep the liquid level no more than 3 inches deep that still supplies the carrots with access to food and water without making them wet all the time.

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