- Ideal way to grow larger number of plants.
- Especially if they require ‘colder’ temperatures or are aromatic (like garlic)
- Very easy to start & manage
- Will help you get fast results with great yields.
Ideal for larger plants…
The balcony growing system is similar to the indoor hydroponic system with lights but larger – to cope with plants like garlic, blue pea seeds, etc.
It contains 3 elements:
(Described in more details lower down the page)
Taking the key elements in turn:
Element 1 – The hydroponic system
Hydroponic systems are great for because:
- Plants will grow faster with better yields. (Compared to those grown in soil).
- It is significantly easier to control key items like nutrients & ph levels.
- And of course it’s easier to water them.
There are a variety of different type & size units on our site – but we especially like the one on the right because it’s very easy to operate.
The one on the right has 6 pots, but they are avaible in larger sizes depending on your needs, and how much space you have available.
Please note – if growing items like garlic then you will need to make sure you grow them in a medium like rockwool, to help them get best results. Have a look at our garlic section for more info.
Element 2 – A grow light
Even if you use the unit outside then your plants will require enough light to help them grow as fast as possible.
The advantage of using a specialised grow light (like the one on the right) is you will be able to provide exactly the right type of light.
We like the one on the right because the adjustable heads mean you can specifically direct the light where it’s needed.
In addition it can be programmed to set the number of hours it’s on – to help you get the best grow conditions.
However – very important that you place it where it doesn’t get wet. (If need be you can always add a grow tent if required)
Element 3 – Support
The final element is to provide support for your plants as they grow.
This can sometimes be a challenge indoors or on a balcony – as opposed to outside where you can often simply use a bamboo rod in the ground.
But on a solid floor – especially when using hydroponics or aquaponics – that is not as easy.
In addition it helps to use a support system that you can grow, as the plants get bigger and need some support.
The only one we’ve found that seems to fit the bill, is the one on the right.
The balcony growing system
Easiest option is to have a look at the units below and have fun starting to grow your own and experimenting with ideas