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Posted by Emily Henry and Avery Walden on 3/12/2020 12:05:00 AM

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Hydroponics update:

As of March 10, most of our plants are in the vegetative phase. At this time nitrogen is key because it is an important component in chlorophyll which is the green pigment in the plant, which makes it critical that all of the plant’s energy is focused on growing stems and leaves. 

Now that they are in the vegetative stage, these plants need nutrients such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, which are in the air and water that is supplied to the plants. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are also needed for our plant’s growth but since these elements are found in soil, we have to come up with a mixture to put into the water that is supplied to the plants. 

For our Chinese cabbage, the growth process takes about 50-80 days for it to be ready to harvest. It took about 2 weeks for them to sprout and grow large enough for us to transplant them into the hydroponics system. 

Since the last blog post, we have added Chinese cabbage and we are waiting to transplant the purple cabbage into the system. Few of our plants have begun flowering while the rest of the plants are still budding or vegetating. 

We started our system with a nice deep clean and then added in already sprouted plants. We now have added plants, taken out plants, and planted and grown our own plants.