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Hydroponic Potatoes!

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Emma GupH
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Hydroponic Potatoes!

Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:59 am

Hello everyone.
We had a go at growing some Hydroponic potatoes, mainly just out of curiosity as an experiment. We are fully aware that nothing will ever beat a potato grown in soil - but not everyone is lucky enough to own or have access to a garden or an allotment so we grew them indoors. We used and compared 3 different mediums that are commonly used in Hydroponics. Clay Pebbles, Perlite and Coco!


Emma GupH
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:06 am

We used a Nutrifield hydroponic Pro Pot - 2 Buckets, the bottom bucket is full of water with added nutrient, the top bucket is full of Perlite and a watering ring is attached to a pump that sits in the bottom bucket (reservoir). The watering ring was constantly dripping with water.

Perlite produced a nice handful of potatoes (we used 2 seed potatoes) with one mega sized Charlotte potato! 
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Emma GupH
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:12 am

Clay pebbles - we could guess that this wouldn't be very successful, just from knowing that growing potatoes in stoney soil makes the potatoes a little bit deformed. We were pleasantly surprised by how many potatoes we got from 2 seed potatoes. They were a little bit bumpy and nobbley, however they had a bit of an off putting smell to them - we wont be growing them in clay pebbles again!
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Emma GupH
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:24 am

Last one - Coco, it looks like soil but it is actually finely shredded coconut husks which unlike soil has absolutely no nutrients in it - using coco is called "passive hydroponics"  and it is essentially used to hold the plant and root structure in place, but is so fine and light that the roots are able to breathe - we love growing our chillies in coco for this reason!
So we grew these potatoes the same way as the ones before, but because the coco holds on to the water, we didn't have the watering ring, we hand watered with water which had added nutrients once a day. We were very pleased with the results. A nice handful of potatoes were produced from two seed potatoes and they even came out clean! We would definitely grow potatoes in coco again - and its good to know that there is an alternative to soil!
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Sanna
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:08 pm

This is amazing! I did not think that it was possible to grow hydroponic Potatoes! Great comparison and super inspiring post! 
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Ava R.
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:30 pm

Very nice!
LittleChili
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Re: Hydroponic Potatoes!

Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:59 pm

Interesting! Thank you!

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