Yes, the growing medium for hydroponic plants doesn’t have to be extensive, but you do have to diligently look after it. An important step is to ensure an adequate supply of nutrients.
Some people think that maintaining hydroponic plants is a huge expense. Don’t get me wrong, you know you can actually make your own hydroponic nutrition. Not only is it cheap, you probably don’t even have to leave your house to do it.
Benefits of hydroponic nutrition
Why should you provide hydroponic nutrition when you start growing at home? Every plant begins with a germination process. In the process of germination, the plant uses the nutrient reserves from the seeds. However, once the germination process is complete, the plant must absorb nutrients from the roots.
Well, just like nutrition for the human body, hydroponic nutrition is also used as energy so that plants can work. The hydroponic plants in your home will try to find a food source through the anabolic process of photosynthesis. Nutrients from hydroponic nutrients are needed to absorb the carbohydrates that come in during photosynthesis.
Examples of hydroponic nutrition at home
Now you can start looking for some ingredients at home or nearby that can be used as hydroponics nutrients. Yes, who knows, because you can take care of hydroponic plants without going to the store.
1. Dry leaves
Is your yard or alley in front of your house covered with dry leaves every day? You definitely need time to clean it every day. In the meantime, have you collected the dried leaves for reuse? Yes, use the phosphorus found in dry leaves as hydroponics nutrients.
– 1 packet of dried leaves
– 1 piece brown sugar
– 100cc decomposer
– 20 liters of clean water
How to make hydroponic nutrition from dried leaves:
– Prepare a container, then put the dried leaves and a piece of brown sugar into it.
Puree the mixture of the two ingredients until evenly distributed.
After all the ingredients are mixed, add water.
– If it’s a liquid, enter decomposer
– Leave it closed for 10 days until ready to use.
2. Used/stale rice
If you live in an apartment, it can be quite difficult for you to find dry leaves. Don’t worry, you can get a nutrient source from rice that hasn’t been eaten, used, or stale. Yes, at least you can feed hydroponic plants with similar ingredients.
– 3 handfuls of stale rice
– 1 glass of pure water
– 500 g sugar or palm sugar
How to prepare hydroponic nutrition from stale rice:
– Place the stale rice in a small container, then cover with paper (not too tight to allow air to circulate).
Leave the rice for 3-5 days until a yellow fungus appears on it.
Boil water in a saucepan, add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
Let the liquid sugar cool and set aside.
– Pour the liquid sugar into the stale rice bowl, stirring evenly.
– Make sure all the rice flour is immersed in the liquid sugar, keep stirring evenly.
– After mixing, you can store in a tightly closed container, leave in the shade for a week (avoid sunlight)
– If 1 week has passed, the mixture is ready to be used as a hydroponic nutrient mixture with clean water.
3. Rabbit poop
Those of you with pet rabbits know that droppings can also be used to create hydroponic nutrition. Yes, it can be a bit fiddly to assemble, but this stuff is definitely cheap and easy to find at home.
– 2 kg of rabbit droppings
– 5 liters of rabbit urine
– 1/2 bag of seaweed
– 5 liters of coconut water
– 1/4 kg of onion
– 2 pieces of brown sugar
– 20 ml decomposer
How to make hydroponic nutrition from rabbit manure:
– Mash seaweed with onion and brown sugar until smooth.
– Prepare a container, put all other ingredients into the ingredients that have been ground.
– Add 20 liters of clean water without chemicals (well water)
Store in a closed container, protected from sunlight, for 7-8 days with daily use.
– Hydroponic fertilizers are ready for use on the ninth day.
4. Banana tree trunk
This material is also relatively easy to obtain, although it is not often found in urban areas. When you find a banana tree, you can take the part of the white midrib closest to the root or stump. After that, take it home and process it into hydroponic nutrients for your plants.
– banana stalk 50 cm.
– 10 liters of clean water
– 1 piece brown sugar
– 100 ml decomposer
How to prepare hydroponic nutrition from banana stalks:
Mix banana stalks and brown sugar in a bowl.
– Knead the mixture of ingredients until smooth, then add water and decompose.
– Shake until all ingredients are evenly distributed, then pour into container.
– Close the container tightly, leave it for ten days, stirring every day
– After ten days, open the jar and pour the contents into three containers of the same size.
– Add 20 liters of water to each container, hydroponics nutrients are ready to use.
5. Fertilizer combination
Hydroponic nutrients can also be obtained by making a mixture of artificial fertilizers. To use it more optimally as a food ingredient for your hydroponic plants, the following steps must be taken.
– 10 g Fertilizer NPK 16-16-16 (NPK Pearl)
– 10 g KCl fertilizer
– 5 g of Gandasil D fertilizer
– 10 liters of air
How to make hydroponics nutrients by combining fertilizers:
– Pour 100 ml of water into three plastic cups.
– Dissolve all types of fertilizers in each individual glass
– Shake until evenly distributed to avoid deposits
– Mix the solution in a glass with a bucket and dissolve it in 10 liters of water, stirring until smooth.
Well, you only need to prepare equipment for preparing hydroponic nutrients, such as containers, barrels, and wooden stirrers. You can quickly get a large amount of raw materials for growing hydroponic plants at home.