Hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. And, many types of plants, such as lettuces and tomatoes, seem ideally suited for this growing method. But what about watermelons?
Can you grow watermelons with hydroponic gardening? Well, apparently you can. In fact, they appear to grow quite well in most hydroponic systems. To learn more, let’s visit an article by John Casteele over at SFGate.
Growing Watermelons With Hydroponic Gardening
Most hydroponic systems are suitable for growing watermelons. If multiple plants are being grown, then an ebb-and-flow system is the best option, because it uses a single reservoir to provide nutrients to multiple hydroponic units, reducing the amount of time spent checking nutrient levels and adding more solution. For smaller growing setups, a floating hydroponic system allows one or more watermelon plants to stay suspended above a container of nutrient solution.
A sterile, inert growth medium is important when growing watermelon in hydroponic units. Clay-based growth media or pea gravel provide additional support to help hold roots in place.
Watermelons typically grow well with general-purpose fertilizers. Most general-purpose nutrient solutions contain balanced amounts of major nutrients, secondary nutrients and micronutrients, allowing hydroponically grown watermelons to grow and thrive.
Watermelon vines require a trellis or other support structure to grow hydroponically. Depending on the available space, the support structures can be oriented horizontally or vertically alongside the hydroponic units.
Watermelons require a significant amount of light to grow and thrive. For proper growth and development, watermelons should receive eight to 10 hours of direct light per day.
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If you plan on using this method for growing watermelons, you will need to look into some vertical or horizontal structuring in combination with your hydroponic unit to give the plants and melons proper support. The style that you choose will depend largely on the space you have available for your hydroponic gardening.
Have you tried growing watermelons using hydroponic gardening? Share your experience with us in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you.
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