How to prevent pests and disease

The most important thing in a hydroponic garden is how well you clean everything up. Here are some tips on how to keep away unwanted visitors and harmful diseases:

  • Clean yourself before going into your hydroponic garden. Your clothes or dirty hands can carry certain bacteria that will potentially harm your plants.
  • If you take care of a sick plant, you may want to clean your hands before moving to a healthy one.
  • If you see there are several dead leaves around your plants, remove them. Diseases and pests flourish by using them as food. Also, if you accidentally spilled some nutrients do not leave them all around.
  • Avoid dirty tools. If you have other plants that you grow in soil outside your hydroponic garden, you may want to give tools for each. Using the same tools for both gardens increases the risk of transmitting pests and bacteria from one to another. Also, keep the tools inside your hydroponic garden so they do not switch the environment.
  • It is recommended to clean the tools on a regular basis with alcohol or a solution made out of bleach.

Keeping the place clean may turn out not enough. You will have to take care of the growing conditions. If the plants have the proper environment to grow in, they will turn out healthier and more resistant to harmful pests.

  • Carefully manage the humidity levels and keep them as low as possible.
  • If you want to avoid the presence of mold, you will have to use proper ventilation. Fresh air is always welcomed.
  • Keep an eye on the amount of water you put on your plants. Do not offer them more than enough because you will create the proper environment for mold or other diseases.
  • It is a good idea to take care of your hydroponic garden first. If you own a traditional garden too, leave it last. In this way you will avoid the possibility of transmitting bacteria from one garden to another.
  • Another idea will be to make use of plants that are known for their resistance in front of harsh conditions and implicitly diseases and pests.
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