The vertical gardening is one of the hottest trends today.
Thinking of building your own garden at home?
You might want to consider one of the hottest trends today – vertical gardening with a hydroponic system.
You can make the most of your garden space while enjoying advantages such as easier maintenance, healthier plants, effortless gardening, and higher yields.
Use beautiful hanging plants for a relaxing view.
If you plan to start your vertical garden, you will be using structures or columnar trees to create rooms for your vertical garden. Growing vines in a vertical garden, trellises should be attached to the ground or large containers. This will allow the vines, flowers, and vegetables to grow in much less space than it usually requires.
Growing vines should be attached to trellises to make more space.
Home gardening has used vertical systems to save space. Vertical gardening has become popular and useful for those living in an apartment. However, gardeners with traditional (wide) spaces also embrace this kind of gardening. Hotels and offices are also starting to incorporate this system to provide their employees with a work-conducive environment.
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Using Hydroponic in Vertical Gardening
Nowadays, growing methods such as hydroponic are being used. Plants that are grown in the vertical hydroponic gardening system grow with very high-quality. It also occupies less space and consumes fewer resources such as water and fertilizer.
Hydroponics is a method that uses no soil.
Hydroponics is a growing method where less soil is used. Plants usually take an aquatic-based environment. It may seem contrary to the nutritional needs of a plant, but they do actually grow well in soilless growing systems. Traditionally, plants need water and nutrients, which are absorbed from the soil. But in the hydroponics system, a solution rich in nutrients is directly applied to the plant’s root zone.
The use of a hydroponic system in vertical gardening will be of great benefit, especially to the plants grown indoors where there is limited sunlight. An indoor hydroponic system usually uses pumps to send water to plants. Water can be easily transported through the tubes. This way, plants grow faster because the nutrients needed are already dissolved.
Things to Consider Before Starting a Vertical Hydroponic Gardening System
When setting up a vertical hydroponic gardening system, consider the following principles as your guide in starting the design.
- Place the plants close to each other for maximum coverage.
- Put the buds in the canopy in equal distances from the light source.
- To maximize the space and yield, use all the available vertical spaces you have.
In starting a vertical hydroponic system, you can choose between two basic ways of growing plants. It’s either you use the wall as your garden’s floor space or train your plants to grow vertically. The design of your framework will also depend on the type of hydroponic system that you will use. Below are the things that you should consider in vertical gardening.
Indoor vertical gardening is very applicable to those with limited spaces.
Types of Set Ups
Nutrient Film Technique
In this setup, the roots lay in a tray, then the nutrients and the water flow over the roots through a thin film. An ideal system has a very shallow depth of the recirculating stream, which is thinner than a film of water.
Continuous Flow or Top Feed System
Nutrient solution and water are constantly pumped to the roots. A good advantage with this kind of setup is that the nutrient supply can be situated far from the plant and its growing medium.
Sea of Green
This technique allows the plants to flower early while limiting the size of the plant. You will only have to grow many small plants instead of few bigger plants. Thus, you can fit a lot of more plants into the spare spaces. The advantage here is that you get to harvest quickly. This is because each plant doesn’t have to get big. If each plant only needs to grow half as big, it takes less time to harvest.
Screen of Green
This setup uses the screen to train plants to produce numerous buds all at the same height for even light distribution. It relies on metal screens like chicken wire or any lightweight metal or plastic screen. This process should be repeated as often as needed to train the plants to grow in the desired direction. It’s also one of the most productive ways to grow indoor plants.
It is more important to select which plant is best to grow in vertical spaces. Make sure that you have anchored your vertical garden in place before planting. This avoids the roots or stems being disturbed during growth. Heavy plants should be placed in sturdier structures. Also, consider that tall plants may cast shadows on the garden which may also affect the growth of the other plants. Pruning is essential to gardening. You also have to make sure that you take care of the plants by taking out wilted leaves so that other plants will not be affected.
Plant selection is very crucial when starting a vertical hydroponic gardening system.
A vertical hydroponic system is fairly easy to set up. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor garden, you can utilize everything with this kind of system. It’s even made easier by some gardening entrepreneurs by developing hydroponics kits and cloning machines. You can even purchase these kits online.
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Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.