Q1. How often
do you feed your plants?
A1. Every time I water, feed is
included in the irrigation water. (Also see Q8.)
Q2. Do you
feed directly into each container or on to the bench and let it run
down past the plants?
A2. Feed\water directly into each container. Then runs down bench to
be collected and re-circulated for next session after rebalancing.
Q3. How much
do you give to each plant?
A3. Give to each container until it reaches maximum.
Q4. Does the
amount given differ with the stage of growth?
A4. Always to the maximum. Re-water\feed before it goes down to 50%
dryness. Keep the aggregate wet, never restrict as traditional
growing. Ripeness is achieved by balance of feeding not by
restricting water, This is the big difference!!
The amount of
water\feed is required more often when the weather is warm, with
increased evaporation, transpiration of the plants.
Q5. Is it
possible to grow hydroponically without some form of overhead
A5. Without overhead protection, can't see why not. This could be a
challenge as an experiment for a interested grower. Air pots,
perlite \vermiculite aggregate, on standing ground as traditional,
but watering run to waste, no bench. Decs, Incurves, JAPS?
This would still be HYDROPONICS.
Q6. Do your
plants go though a series of container sizes as the pants get
A6. The rooted cuttings are planted straight into final
containers. Different root structure to clay pots.
Q7. At what
stage in the process do you feed with plain water (no feed)?
A7. Plain water is only
administered to cuttings whilst rooting and at bud break through
do you decide when to feed? Do you operate on a pre-set frequency or
are climatic factors and stage of growth also taken into account?
A8. Feed is always included in irrigation water except on rooting
cuttings and at flowering time. Not a preset frequency but when
required. When aggregate starts to dry out a little, if in doubt
irrigate, impossible to over water in AIR-POTS and my aggregate.
Where can I buy the equipment required to create a hydroponic
There are many sources for
hydroponics equipment, the company I use is Holland
Hydroponics, Parliament Street,
Burnley,Lancashire,TEL.0845 872 0590
They have a comprehensive catalogue
of all things Hydroponic with shops in Burnley, Manchester,
Huddersfield. Available through Mail Order.
Website Holland Hydroponics