In the hydroponic farming world, there’s something called etiolating. Hydroponic etiolating happens when there’s a problem in the growth process of your plants. This can be quite worrying for beginners and first timers, so here’s more information on etiolating.
How it happens
Etiolating causes stems to grow longer, but your plant will probably be leafless. This might happen generally because of the lack of sun exposure your plant needs. Every plant needs the sun, however much or little.
Hydroponic etiolating is influenced by the auxin hormone. Underexposure of the sunlight will cause things to not work out for auxin hormone, causing failure in controlling the cell division in tips of buds and stems. Without any response, this can cause your plants to wilt and die.
The most prominent symptom is how the stems are much longer than normal. You can also see the lack of leaves or maybe how the leaves are slim and pale. If you spot those symptoms, you need to rectify how you sow your seeds. Proper and correct sowing of seeds will minimize the risk of hydroponic etiolating.
How to prevent it
As mentioned before, proper and correct sowing of seeds will minimize the risk of hydroponic etiolating.
For example, when growing mustard greens, you should know first the basics of the sowing process for this plant. This plant usually needs 24 hours. If you sow in the morning, then the next day at the same time, you have to immediately put them under the sun. This seems simple and negligible but it’s very much needed. If your seeds start to grow during the night, make sure to give them light from the artificial growing light.
If hydroponic etiolating happens to your plant, there’s no other way but to get rid of it and start anew. The good this is, hydroponic etiolating is not contagious so you will be fine for your next crop as long as you correct your wrongs this time.
The point is, it is crucial for you to learn all there is to know about your plants before you grow them. The knowledge and information you gain will hopefully steer you away from mistakes that can lead to hydroponic etiolating or other things.