Hydroponic nutrition has a very important role for the plants that you take care of at home. Yes, planting media for hydroponic plants do not have to be extensive, but you must be diligent in caring for them. One important step is providing the right supply of nutrients.
Some people think that hydroponic plants require large costs for maintenance. Make no mistake, actually you can make your own hydroponic nutrition. Not only is it cheap, maybe you also don’t need to leave the house to make it.
Benefits of Hydroponic Nutrition
Why do you have to provide hydroponic nutrition when starting to plant at home? Each plant will begin with a germination process. During the mining process, plants use nutritional reserves from seeds. However, plants must take nutrients from the roots when the mining process is complete.
Well, like nutrition for the human body, hydroponic nutrition is also used as energy so that plants can move. Hydroponic plants in your home will try to find food sources through the process of anabolism of photosynthesis. To absorb carbohydrates derived from the photosynthesis process, nutrients are needed from hydroponic nutrients.
Examples of Hydroponic Nutrition at Home
Now, you can start looking for some ingredients at home or in the area that can be used as hydroponic nutrition. Yes, who knows, you really can take care of hydroponic plants without having to go to the store.
1. Dry leaves
The yard or road area in front of your house is filled with dried leaves every day? You definitely need time to clean it everyday. During this time, did you collect the dried leaves for reuse? Yes, take advantage of the phosphorus content of dried leaves as a hydroponic nutrient.
– 1 sack of dried leaves
– 1 lump of brown sugar
– 100 cc decomposer
– 20 liters of clean water
How to make hydroponic nutrients from dried leaves:
– Prepare a container, then add the dried leaves along with a lump of brown sugar
– Blend the mixture of the two ingredients until they are evenly distributed
– Pour water after all the ingredients have been mashed
– If it is liquid, then add the decomposer
– Leave it in a closed condition for 10 days until it is ready for use
2. Used / stale rice
If you live in an apartment, you might find it quite difficult to find dry leaves. No need to worry, you can find sources of nutrition from used or stale rice that is not eaten. Yes, at least you can feed hydroponic plants from similar materials.
– 3 handfuls of stale rice
– 1 dipper of clean water
– 500 grams of granulated sugar or palm sugar
How to make hydroponic nutrition from stale rice:
– Put stale rice into a small container, then cover with paper (not too tight so there is air circulation)
– Leave the rice for 3-5 days until the fungus appears yellowish on it
– Bring water to a boil, put sugar in it and stir until it dissolves
– Let the sugar cool and then set aside
– Pour liquid sugar into a container of stale rice, stir well
– Make sure the whole rice mixture is submerged with liquid sugar, keep stirring evenly
– After mixing, you can store it in a tightly closed container, leave it for a week in the shade (avoid sunlight)
– If it’s been 1 week, the mixture is ready to be used as a hydroponic nutrient with a mixture of clean water.
3. Rabbit droppings
For those of you who have rabbit pets, their droppings can also be used to make hydroponic nutrition, you know. Yes, it might be a bit uncomfortable collecting it, but this material is certainly cheaper and easier to obtain at home.
– 2 kilograms of rabbit droppings
– 5 liters of rabbit urine
– 1/2 sack of algal plant
– 5 liters of coconut water
– 1/4 kilogram of shallots
– 2 lumps of brown sugar
– 20 ml decomposer
How to make hydroponic nutrition from rabbit droppings:
Mash the algal plant with onion and brown sugar until smooth
– Prepare a storage container, put ingredients that have been crushed with the rest of the other ingredients into it
– Pour 20 liters of clean chemical-free water (well water)
– Cover the container and store it in a place that is protected from the sun for 7-8 days while still stirring every day
– On the ninth day, hydroponic nutrition is ready to use
4. Banana tree trunks
This one ingredient is also relatively easy to obtain even though it is not commonly found in urban areas. When you find a banana tree, you can take the white stem part closest to the root or the bulb. After that, bring it home and treat it as a hydroponic nutrient for your plants.
– 50 cm banana stems
– 10 liters of clean water
– 1 lump of brown sugar
– 100 ml of decomposer
How to make hydroponic nutrition from a banana stem:
– Combine pieces of banana stems and brown sugar into a container
– Mash the mixture of ingredients until smooth, then pour water and decomposer
– Stir all ingredients thoroughly, then pour into a container
– Cover the container tightly, leave it for ten days while still stirring every day
– After ten days, open the barrel and pour the contents into three equal sized containers
– Add 20 liters of water to each container, hydroponic nutrition is ready to use
5. Combination of fertilizer
Hydroponic nutrition can also be obtained by making a mixture of artificial fertilizers. In order to use it more optimally as a food ingredient for your hydroponic plants, the following steps need to be prepared.
– 10 grams of NPK 16-16-16 fertilizer (NPK pearl)
– 10 grams of KCl fertilizer
– 5 grams of Gandasil D fertilizer
– 10 liters of water
How to make hydroponic nutrition from a combination of fertilizers:
– Pour 100 ml of water into three plastic cups
– Dissolve all types of fertilizer into each glass that has been hard
– Stir until evenly distributed to avoid any deposits
– Mix the solution in a glass into a bucket and dissolve it in 10 liters of water, stir until evenly mixed
Well, you only need to prepare tools for making hydroponic nutrients such as containers, barrels, and wood stirrers. You can also immediately get a large amount of stock to be used on hydroponic plants at home.
(Ade Kurnia Irawan)