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Old 07-29-2019, 08:53 AM
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Hello, I got into hydroponics lately. I looked up a video and decided to make my own system. I got a plastic container with a top. I cut out the top and put in a mini plastic cup with slash holes in it to let the roots fall freely but to hold the rocks and plant. I use a plug in one gallon air pump attached to a bubbler and put it on the bottom of the container with a hole.

I used Rose plant food and put in a hand full or so. For the past week it was doing well but it was kind of growing sideways. I moved it so it was straighter but today all the leafs looks like they are dying. They were perked up yesterday What did I do wrong?

Edit: Its a bell pepper plant if it helps
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:38 AM
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You're not doing it right.

You don't just throw in a handful of rose food formulated for soil use. You test the water and use a fertilizer designed for hydroponic use.

Most likely, you burned your plant's roots. It may recover, it may not.

I don't know what you mean by "getting into" hydroponics, but I'm pretty sure you didn't get into it very far.

Here's a basic site. https://www.thespruce.com/beginners-...ponics-1939215

Hydroponics is fascinating and fun, and has great potential. One of the main points of growing plants this way is to avoid the problems that "natural" growing methods must contend with. But that means that you must now be "nature" for your plants. That means understanding your plants' needs and understanding some basic chemistry, since plants, like all living things, are chemical beings.

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Old 07-29-2019, 07:38 PM
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Thank you so much Jacqueg. Now I can learn to do it properly. I will share my results when I get the stuff I need in a few days.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:28 PM
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Go to Cropking and buy the hydro-grow fertilizer for they type of plants you want to grow. It is by far the best out there. Then buy a PH meter and learn how to use it. Battery acid is by far the best way raise the acid level in the fertilized water.

Doing this along with learning the right way to prune will give you amazing results.
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