The easiest way to grow hydroponic vegetables in a Styrofoam container. The following article will help you clearly understand how to grow hydroponic vegetables in a foam box. This method is very suitable for households living in apartments or families with small land area.
Growing hydroponic water spinach in styrofoam
Why do households like to grow hydroponic vegetables in Styrofoam containers?
There are many ways for you to grow vegetables at home. However, growing vegetables in Styrofoam containers is a method chosen by many families in urban areas because of the following advantages:
+ Easy to use: it doesn’t take much time, anyone can do it.
+ Save water for irrigation: water as much, plants enjoy as much, do not lose out.
+ Clean: no need to water every day. Does not stain the floor and can be left anywhere.
+ Low cost: Styrofoam containers are quite cheap compared to plastic pipes for growing hydroponic vegetables. The place to buy back is very easy because it sells everywhere. In addition, it is also possible to recycle old used boxes in the house to save costs.
Vegetables that can be grown hydroponically in a foam container:
Usually growing vegetables in styrofoam containers , based on the size of the container to decide what vegetables to grow in it. Here are plants that you can easily grow without much effort:
- Water spinach: this is a very easy vegetable to grow in a styrofoam container, grows quickly and does not require much care.
- Spinach: This vegetable loves the sun and is especially easy to grow in a styrofoam container with a depth of 12-15 cm.
- Cauliflower, broccoli: although small, vegetables bring a lot of benefits such as lower gas consumption, long-term benefits, etc.
- Chrysanthemum: is a vegetable rich in nutrients and can be harvested after 25-30 days of sowing.
- Amaranth: Thanks to its strong and deep roots, amaranth is very drought tolerant and easy to grow.
- Lettuce: is an indispensable raw vegetable in delicious salads or attractive rolls.
Instructions on how to grow hydroponic vegetables in styrofoam
Materials needed to prepare to grow hydroponically in foam containers:
We need to prepare at least 01 styrofoam box and drill holes to fit the hydroponic basket .
Perforate the foam box for hydroponics
Hydroponic vegetable basket:
Use medium-sized plastic hydroponic vegetable growing baskets . (We provide hydroponic vegetable growing plastic baskets, contact us for advice and purchase)
Steps to Grow Hydroponics in Styrofoam
Step 1: Prepare the Styrofoam Hydroponic Planter Set
– Cover the inside of the foam box with agricultural black nylon.
– The lid of the styrofoam container drills a hole to fit the planting basket, about 9cm.
– Use thick cardboard fabric to line the planting basket and create impermeable water.
– Put the media in the basket, plant the seedlings in the planting basket.
Prepare the Styrofoam container for hydroponics
Step 2: Mix Hydroponic Solution
Mixing method: put 13.5l of clean water into the hydroponic tank.
When the plant leaves the 3rd leaf (5-7 days), mix nutrients into the barrel as follows:
Bio Grow BKFAST hydroponic nutrient set includes 6 small bags, 1 small bag mixed for 1 barrel of about 15 liters of water;
Add in the first bag and stir until dissolved, then until the 2nd bag. Similarly, add and stir until the 6th bag is dissolved.
7-10 days before harvesting, put bag number 8 in the bin and stir until dissolved. (bag 8 contains ingredients that convert inorganic substances into organic matter for plants).
Stir the solution. Finish blending and ready for use.
Step 3: Planting Plants
Plants can be grown directly from seeds or seedlings:
How to grow hydroponic vegetables
– Direct sowing: Put the medium into the hydroponic basket . Place the soaked seeds in the basket.
– Planting with seedlings: Put coir in a hydroponic basket . Place the seedling in the basket. Embracing coir for the tree to stand firmly. Note: For the medium of coir pellets, you need to soak in clean water for about 2 hours until the tablets swell to the maximum and then put them in the planting basket.
Immerse the entire pot containing the seedling/seedlings in the water, making the growing medium and wick completely wet.
Step 4: Care
Clean vegetables are naturally grown by the method of growing hydroponic vegetables in styrofoam containers
About 3-4 days / 1 time open the tray lid, observe the nutrient solution level in the barrel to refill.
Place in a place where there is light for the plant to grow.
Step 5: Harvest
For each type of tree will have a different harvest time. When harvesting, poach the whole plant or cut across the base, depending on the type of vegetable. Then replant a new litter, or let the plant regenerate.
Disadvantages of growing hydroponic vegetables in styrofoam
- Styrofoam boxes are made from recycled plastic, EPS plastic particles, so it is not safe to soak in a lot of water, and it is difficult to decompose outside, polluting the environment.
- Growing vegetables with styrofoam containers is often damaged, broken, cracked, dirty, or mossy, reducing the yield, as well as the quality of the grown vegetables.
- The strong sunlight on the styrofoam can easily cause the plants to rot and damage the whole vegetable crop
An effective alternative to growing hydroponic vegetables in styrofoam that anyone can do
Currently, the engineers of Hanoi University of Science and Technology have researched and successfully launched the BKFAST hydroponic vegetable growing equipment set, completely overcoming the disadvantages of hydroponic growing with foam containers: Durable, beautiful, convenient beneficial, no moss, no root rot, no need to spend a lot of effort to fertilize, but vegetables are delicious, high yield
In addition, the nutrition of hydroponic vegetable growing at University of Science and Technology also has a powerful microbial component to help convert from inorganic to organic. The vegetables you eat will be much simpler to grow (only mix nutrients once, grow 2-3 months), but eat again with rich, delicious, standard Vietnamese traditional flavor.