What systems work Tomatoes and Cukes?

Monique VerrierJanuary 21, 2006

Hi!

I am very new and excited to have lettuce growing (floating raft)!! My brain is pondering a tomato and cuke set up for the summer and it seems like this hydroponic thing can get really complicated, really quickly. I love the idea of using a large reservoir with a pot in it filled with vermiculite, planting a tomato in it and adding nutrient solution whenever it gets low. Will that work? What simple devices work?

Thanks for your help --

Monique.

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jimr007

Hi Monique,
Please have a look at my web page from Australia. It will answer many of your questions.
http://www.home.aone.net.au/hydroponics

jimr007

Here is a link that might be useful: Simple Sand Hydroponics

    Bookmark   February 1, 2006 at 6:30AM
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Monique Verrier

Wow -- really nice web page. Do you use that system for cucumbers and peppers? I noticed you said that you do tomatoes in concrete troughs. That's not an option for me. Can you suggest what size pipe or container might be large enough for the roots? Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 11:57AM
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jimr007

Hi Monique v,
The root ball on a well grown hydroponic tomato plant is about 6 inches across and 6 inches deep, but some plants spread out much more than that. You can grow it in anything ... a plastic tub or an old steel tub. Fill it up with sand or your preferred medium, put a few holes in the bottom, and catch the drippings and recirculate them.
I have even seen a chaff bag of sawdust laid on its side and a few holes cut in the top of the bag to plant tomatoes in and regularly fed nutrient solution. Sometimes they do not bother recirculating their nutrient solution, but that is wasteful.
I do not grow peppers (they give me the burps), but they are a relative of tomatoes and should thrive well with the formula on my web site.
Jimr007
Australia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Simple Sand Hydroponics

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:26AM
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Monique Verrier

Thanks for your help. I'm going to go for it! I might email you on your site if I get stuck. I hope that's okay.

Monique.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 10:11PM
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jimr007

Hi Monique,
If you get stuck, please feel free to email me with the email address on my web site.
Cheers,
Jimr007
Australia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Simple Sand Hydroponics

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 5:23AM
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