Ask a Question forum: Multi-Species Vegetables on Hydroponics???

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Name: Chris N Crystal Pollard
Garner, NC (Zone 7b)
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Chris_n_Crystal
May 30, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Hello everyone! My wife and I are new to the garden forums.

We have recently become interested in hydroponics and got a small setup from Adosia. Our idea is to set the equipment up for drip irrigation with 10 tomato plants and 10 pepper plants. I have all of these currently growing in soilless mix in their own 5 gallon containers.

My only concern is the water requirements for the peppers are different from that of the tomatoes. Would it be safe to have these on the same watering cycle using the manufacturers moisture sensor to gauge watering schedule or would it be better to run two different setups and tune them to the particular species needs?

Thanks everyone!
Name: Kristof
New York State, USA (Zone 6a)
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fridayfishfry
Jun 12, 2018 6:06 PM CST
First post on garden.org !

Hi Chris,
These two plants have similar type and strength fertilizer requirements. The actual watering shouldn't be an issue unless you are timing irritations in rockwool. What is the setup you are putting them in? rockwool? perlite?

The problem I see is during harvest time; if the tomatoes finish before the peppers you might be stuck with both ripening plants and decaying roots in the same system (would cause problems if in rockwool for the plants still finishing).

Tomatoes.. determinate or indeterminate?
What kind of peppers?

Kristof
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2018 7:10 PM CST
My daughter designed her own aquaponics sytems with a 100 gallon 'fish tank' barrel and a lot of 10 gallon tubs, rain gutter, tubing and an aquarium pump hooked to a timer. Each bin has its own 'crop' where she can plant like vegetables, grow to harvest and start again.

She doesn't grow tomatoes (says they taste bitter) but peppers and herbs and greens of all sorts. Her whole setup is in a temperate greenhouse (the temperature stays above freezing). Her 'fertilizer' part are koi although most people grow tilapia.

I would send a photo but I can't get far enough back to tell what it is.
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