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How to Trim Hydroponic Plant Roots


From time to time, you may have to trim your hydroponic plant roots. Part of this has to do with preventing bacterial infections, and part of it has to do it promoting efficient growth. Some beginning growers groan when they hear this -- they're hoping they don't have to go in and overturn plant pots to try to get at plant roots. Granted, it's not the easiest part or the most fun part of hydroponic maintenance, but when it's necessary, here are key steps to effectively trimming hydroponic roots.

Choose Your Tools

One of the most popular types of tools for hydroponic pruning and trimming is a set of little trimmers that are lightweight and portable. Some of these have an easy thumb hole, so that they stay with you as you go. Find something that's comfortable for you to use when you're caring for plants.

Remove Plant Pots

While getting access to plant roots, be careful not to dump sterile media or debris into the reservoir or other areas of the hydroponic system. The overall goal is to keep the system clean and sanitary, and prevent bacteria, fungus or mold or other situations.

Look for Healthy Plants

Healthy hydroponic roots should be white, and relatively smooth to the touch. Any signs of brown or discoloration may mean there is a bacterial condition. On the other hand, roots can also be stained by nutrients. However, you'll probably be able to notice roots that become brown and slimy enough to be effectively sheared off. You can also spot evidence of dead roots, where roots are dry and withered. You want to cut off the dead or diseased roots, while keeping the healthy ones intact.

Avoid the Root Crown

Just like with pruning on the plant's top portion, you don't want to prune too close to the heart of the plant. So you want to avoid the root crown which is where all of the roots come together. Snip individual roots without getting too close to the place where the roots meet the stem of the plant.

Replace Plant Pots

When you've done a good shearing, put the plant back in its case. Again, take care not to knock debris into the reservoir, or introduce contamination to parts of the hydroponic system.

All of this will help you to maintain your plants better for every hydroponic plant cycle. Look at the Dealzer website for more on everything you can do with hydroponics, and take a look at the gear that we offer to help you succeed in this innovative type of gardening.

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