Tomato is one of the plants we can farm with the hydroponic method. Hydroponic method lets us farm stuff without soil and it’s quite practical and simple and we don’t need too large of an area. Tomatoes like water and they vary in sizes, colors, and varieties.
Below is how to plant hydroponic tomatoes using the tidal system:
- Use a non-transparent plastic container to slow the growth of algae. The bigger the container, the better chance for your hydroponic system to succeed.
- For small tomatoes like cherry tomatoes, you need at least 1.9 liter of water or half a gallon of water. For bigger ones, you need 3.8 liter of water of about one gallon of it.
- Use containers that can store about twice the volume of minimum water needed so your tomatoes can use them all up quickly.
- You may also use a pump with water graphic at different height with the pump so it’s strong enough to pump water from the container to the trays where your tomato grows.
After you’re done, you can prepare the planting medium. You can put the tomato seeds on trays using special supporting ingredient for hydroponic method. Choose a medium that is 1 inch cubed in size. You can use wool rock like long strand cocopeat or lava rocks. Soak your medium in pH 4.5 water first.
Now we are on to seeding. We start with actual seeds instead of seedlings to avoid the risk of pests and diseases. Begin by planting the seeds on the surface underneath, still under a transparent plastic dome.
Home-gardening using the hydroponic method has many advantages, such as free from pesticides and being able to produce a lot in a small area. Not many people have sufficient knowledge regarding hydroponic method, sadly, especially because this method can be used for home-gardening or even industrial-gardening to produce high quality, high value fruits and vegetables.