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Bok Choy in a WaterFarm

There is nothing more satisfying then growing your own food. Earlier this week we harvested a pound and half of Bok Choy grown in a WaterFarm. The Bok Choy was started in Rapid Rooters, and the seedlings were transplanted into a mix of half coconut coir, half GH silica rock. We fertilized with FloraNova Grow at a rate of 10 ml/gallon, and the plants were ready to harvest in less than a month! After harvesting our bounty we inspected the roots, and it never ceases to amaze us how fast roots grow. Fine roots hairs densely populated the substrate, and even grew into the reservoir in such a brief amount of time.

We also have Kale, broccoli, and Thai chilies growing in the greenhouse, but we are eagerly anticipating the return of summer fruits and vegetables. Tomato season can’t get here soon enough. What are you planning on growing this year in your garden?

Roots from the WaterFarm
Bok Choy root system


Comment from Jason Cullen
Time February 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

Wow that Bok Choy did awesome in the waterfarm. I’ve grown a lot of different plants in my waterfarms, but never that. I am looking forward to gardening season as I am going to double the size of my garden compared to last year (less to mow) and have quite a few new to me veggies/plants to try out:)

Comment from Dave
Time March 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

Love the Waterfarms! I’ve never thought of using coir in them, I normally use hydroton clay. Having seen how great the Bok Choi did I’ll give it a bash! Was the drip ring on a constant drip?

Comment from hydromonkee
Time March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

If you use Coco add some perlite, hydroton, or lava rock to increase air space, and keep it from getting too wet. I had it drip 15 minutes on, 45 minutes off while the sun was up.

Comment from Dave
Time March 15, 2013 at 3:46 am

Hey hydromonkee thanks for the tip :-)

Comment from Sunset Hydro Gardens
Time April 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

That Bok Choy looks beautiful!!

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