Different Types of Herbs Grown Hydroponically
Herbs are also hydroponic-friendly. Most of the herbs can be easily grown with the futuristic and environment-friendly technique known as - ‘Hydroponics.’ Hydroponics is the method of growing plants in a water-based nutrient solution. It is a soilless technique and the roots of the plant are directly submerged in the nutrient-rich and perfectly balanced pH level water solution. You can also grow herbs easily in an indoor hydroponic system in a container filled with water and nutrients. With the help of an air pump, you can keep the water oxygenated. In this way, the root of the plants will absorb the nutrients from the water which will help the plant to grow healthily.
We at Himalayan Greens is an established Hydroponic Farm in Haldwani, Uttarakhand that has been growing and supplying vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the city. Today, we will look at the Different Types of Herbs Grown Hydroponically.
Rosemary is an evergreen herb that hails from the Mediterranean region. It has needle-like shaped leaves and it blooms dawn white, pink, purple, or sometimes blue flowers. This herb can be used to treat various health problems such as Digestion issues, Heartburn, Loss of appetite, Cough, Headache, High blood pressure, low blood pressure, and much more.
Rosemary can be grown easily with hydroponics but the harvest takes a longer time of about 12 weeks. Which is much more when compared to other herbs. Also, growing rosemary from seeds in hydroponics can result in lower yields as compared to other herbs. But still, the process is very efficient because these herbs are sensitive to fungal infections, powdery mildew, and mites which can be fatal if grown outdoors.
Some tips on what to keep in mind while growing Rosemary Hydroponically-
- The pH range should be between 5.5 to 7.5.
- The humidity levels should always remain average.
- Rosemary herbs should be exposed to a minimum of 11 hours of daylight daily.
- Rosemary can be grown all year round with Hydroponics
- It is can be harvested 2-3 times per sowing
Well, you must have heard an Italian Saying - ‘You are like Parsley’. It simply means you are everywhere. It is the most common herb that is used in Italian and Indian cuisines a lot. A kitchen should never run out of Parsley because it is used to garnish almost every Indian dish. It is not only used for flavors but it is also a natural antibacterial. It keeps your bones strong as it contains myristicin.
It contains rich nutrients like Magnesium, potassium, Calcium, and Vitamin K. There is one more thing about it - If it is not fresh it will lose its aroma and flavor. So, if you need this herb available at your home you can grow it indoors easily.
Some tips on what to keep in mind while growing Parsley Hydroponically-
- The nutrient solution pH for parsley should be at 5.5.
- It needs plenty of light and warm temperature (Ideal Temperature - 16°C to 18°C)
- Parsley can be easily grown from Hydroponics by planting its seed on water-soaked Rockwool.
Thyme is a plant that you will often find growing in between the rocks. The plant has a hard woody stem unlike other herbs and the leaves are thin, oval, and pointed. The leaves have a very refined flavor that can convert any boring dish into an exotic one. Also, the Thyme essential oil is so strong that it needs to be diluted before being used. It is also used as a disinfectant and are nutrients such as - Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Manganese. It is a perennial herb and grows like a plant. So, once you grow this plant it will stay with you for many years.
Some tips on what to keep in mind while growing Thyme Hydroponically-
- This plant needs a very little amount of nutrients as it is used to grow in poor soil conditions. It needs almost half the amount of nutrients when compared to other plants.
- The pH level of the nutrient solution should be between 5.5 to 7.
- You can use its stem cuttings to propagate further.
- Never harvest this plant when it is in full bloom because at this time the leaves lose most of their flavors.
Basil is one of the herbs that has the freshest flavor and it is one of the main ingredients for making a famous Italian dish ‘Pesto’. The leaves are super-rich in essential oils and just to add a fact, there is also a region named after Basil in Italy. Also, it is one of the easiest herbs to grow hydroponically.
The thing about Basil is that it needs to be consumed fresh because else there will be no flavor. You cannot preserve it by freezing as it will be of no use. It is a fast-growing plant and grows in almost 2-months.
Some tips on what to keep in mind while growing Basil Hydroponically-
- The pH nutrient solution should be around 5.5.
- It needs plenty of light, warmth, and a nice sheltered place.
- Your Basil plant can go on for long if you pluck the top leaves first.
Sage is another easiest herb to grow hydroponically. This herb has velvety-textured leaves and hard stems. Also, it has a unique flavor and it doesn’t require a heavy amount of nutrients. You can use this herb fresh or you can dry it out to use it later.
It is a big source of essential oils and it is rich in many nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Beta-Carotene, Folate, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium. It has many health benefits like - It is good for oral hygiene, good memory, lowers down LDL Cholesterol.
Some tips on what to keep in mind while growing Sage Hydroponically-
- The pH value of the solution should be between 5.5 and 6.0.
- It needs a lot of sunlight, i.e, 12 hours of light every day, both indoors and outdoors.
- It also likes very warm conditions (24°C to 30°C).
- The humidity level should be low and you should often ventilate the room.
So, these were the different types of herbs that can be grown hydroponically. Herbs are good for health and on top of that, they provide you with a unique flavor. So if you want to grow herbs in your home you can start just by installing a small hydroponic kit on top of your refrigerator.
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