Due to the fact that the growing season for tomatoes outdoors is such a short window of time, hydroponic tomatoes are becoming a more popular and high touted solution to this problem. Many claim that these tomatoes not only are juicier than those grown outdoors, but that they are also more nutritious as well as more flavorful. Decide for yourself by growing your own tomatoes hydroponically.
Hydroponics is a agricultural technology that focuses on growing plants in solutions of water and fertilizers indoors. Plant disease is reduced because there is no soil or other aggregate involved, so plants do not reuse nutrients and are houses in an indoor, greenhouse environment. Pesticides are unnecessary and won’t contaminate the crop because they are grown indoors. This also provides a temperature control so that the elements will not affect the size or yield of a crop. You can create your own system at home to grow hydroponic tomatoes year-round so that you can enjoy the nutrition and taste benefits of tomatoes whenever you want!
You can either buy a hydroponic system or create your own system for your hydroponic tomatoes. There are different types of systems available, and you need to pick one that meets both your building capabilities as well as your tomatoes’ needs. In a medium culture system, you provide rock wool or clay for the tomatoes’ vines to cling to. A solution culture will keep the tomatoes in a suspended state and deliver nutrients that way.
The two most important factors to keep in mind no matter which system you pick are sunlight and temperature. Hydroponic tomatoes need a lot of sunlight, which can be achieved through artificial lighting or placement where they will get plenty of sun. Tomatoes typically need light around 18 hours a day to achieve best results, so you probably will still need artificial lights from the blue spectrum even if you rely mostly upon sunlight. Temperature must be even more closely monitored. Tomatoes grow best in the ranges of 24-26 degrees Celsius during the day and approximately 5 degrees Celsius at night. Any change in this temperature will either kill your plants or not give you the same quality of results you desire. Humidity also must be monitored, as the plants will expire when they conduct photosynthesis. Tomatoes grow best with around 75% humidity, with perhaps a 5% increase in humidity at night.
Hydroponic Tomatoes – The Conclusion
Growing your own tomatoes can be beneficial for you both nutritionally as well as financially. Because tomatoes are not as readily available as other vegetables year-round, you can even begin a business venture by selling what you grow. Your tomatoes will vary based upon which seeds you purchase, how you grow them, and how you alter your methods as you become better at hydroponic farming. You will be able to decide what temperature yields sweeter tomatoes, and how much sunlight will produce larger, juicier tomatoes. With a little bit of hard work, some care, and a lot of fun, you will be able to fill both your stomach and potentially your bank account with the fruits – or vegetables – of your labors on your hydroponic tomatoes.