Things are looking good for our Baby Romain Lettuce plants on this fine Monday. They have grown quite bit over the weekend. It seems that 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark are working out thus far. We opened up the front door to look at the nutrient solution and it is looking less foggy than when we first mixed the solution.
We decided to check the pH level of the water today as well. The average level is supposed to be around 5.5-6.5. We found our level to be around 7.3. To fix this we added about 1/4 teaspoon of pH Down to the nutrient solution. After a bit of time, we checked the level and it worked! Success!!! 🙂 All is well in the world.
As of Wednesday, October 17, 2012, our lettuce seeds have germinated, which was really unexpected because we were expecting them to germinate in 3-5 days, and they germinated on day 2. Inside the cherry box, we have a plastic container that holds the nutrient solution and an air stone that circulates air. On the first day, the pH was 6.5. We have the lights set up to be on 12 hours per day. On top of the container is foam that our cups rest in that suspends them in the water.
As of this past Monday, our water culture hydroponics system is built and ready to test! Our seeds have been planted using rock wool as the medium in two plastic cups. Nutrient water that has been prepared is flowing throughout the system as well. Now that everything has been set up, time will show the effectiveness of our system.
Welcome to our hydroponics blog! Come adventure with us as we explore the mysteries of water culture systems. 🙂