Growing veggies in Aquaponics is easy. But to enhance the potential plant growth of your crops you have to keep certain parameters in your aquaponic system.
First of all, the humidity level. In fact as we have seen in the previous lessons – Plants to grow in Aquaponics for a niche-market demand and Crops to grow for a local market – most of the plants are sensitive to mold. And you can prevent it monitoring the humidity level and keeping it over a 70-80% range.
Anyway, whenever a fungus attack occurs, use some specific product approved by the Organic Agriculture and cut the diseased parts of your plants to limit the damage.
Along with these environmental conditions it’s important to provide a proper ventilation. Especially if you carry out your aquaponic activity indoor. While to reduce the risk of Root rot the parameter to take into consideration is the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) supply.
Most noteworthy, the light plays an essential role in the plant growth.
Particularly in terms of photoperiod. In fact several types of plants require specific lengths of light exposure to enter the different life cycle stages.
Furthermore another crucial parameter to measure is the nitrate concentration in water. (After the maturation of the system it’s recommendable to repeat this operation every week).
Ultimately among the parameters for an optimal plant growth there is the temperature. But – as we’ve already explained in the lesson Fish and crustacean species to raise in Aquaponics – this latter results from an average between the best temperature range for fish growth, the activity of the bacteria and plant growth.
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