Hydroponically grown carrots grow better and a lot faster as compared to those planted and grown on other form of agriculture such as organic gardening and aquaponic system. If you are planning on growing carrots in containers or indoors but just don’t know how to start, you can use the guide below to help you out on your alternative gardening project.
Indoor farming presents various advantages for the gardener. One of these is the privilege to plant all year round without being disturbed by weather, wildlife, pests, and weeds. Planting and growing carrots indoor is quite easy as all you need to do is maintain the plants by feeding them with nutrients. Other than that, you don’t really have to put too much effort in order to grow your carrots into healthy root vegetables.
Hydroponic Garden Preparation
Setting your hydroponic system would be the first step in planting and growing carrots indoors. Once you’ve installed your hydroponic system, the next thing you need to do is prepare your carrot seeds or crowns. Purchase your seeds or crowns from a reputable garden store to be sure that they will sprout from the seeds.
Root crops grow better when the right growing medium is used. Hydroponic gardens use coconut fiber, perlite, and other growing mediums that are quite easy to push. Any medium can be used as long as they allow the nutrients to pass through and be received by the roots.
Just like with any root crop, carrots need a lot of growing space in order for them to grow properly. Growing your vegetables on a hydroponic system is quite easy as long as you provide the right amount of space for them to grow into healthy crops. If needed, add growing medium when the carrot grows up on your hydroponic farm. Basically, you don’t have to do much in order for your carrots to grow into healthy crops. All you need to do is to supply the right amount of nutrients by pouring some of the solution on the water.
Drop liquid solution to your water to feed the nutritional needs of your carrots. You don’t have to put too much as such root crop grow better when they acquire the right amount of nutrients from the hydroponic system. Check the label of your fertilizer before you pour some on the water.
Water and Oxygen
Nutrient is only absorbed by the roots once oxygen is present. Use an air pump to supply oxygen throughout your hydroponic system. The nutrient is usually supplied along with the water that runs all around your alternative gardening system.
Tips and Warning
In case you use tap water for your hydroponic garden, leaving it overnight is a good way to de-chlorinate and keep it to room temperature. Maintain the pH level of your water at 6.3 with a nutrient solution of 1100 to 1400 ppm to allow the carrots to grow properly. Putting too much nutrients will not cause positive effects to the growth of your vegetables. Instead, this will cause some damages in return.
Pluck your carrot out of the container once they are big enough and ready for harvest. You can constantly check the root crops by looking beneath your hydroponic system which is usually elevated from the ground.