Easy 30 Day Hydroponic Lettuce

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I started this hydroponic rail system about 30 days ago, having absolutely zero experience in hydroponic growing. Thru a few basic steps, I was able to grow some perfect hydroponic lettuce. If I could grow lettuce that looks and tastes this good, then you can do it too. It really is that easy. Note: Some people suggest changing the reservoir every 2 weeks or so. In this situation I did not. However, I would not recommend going beyond the time needed to complete the growth of the lettuce. Before starting a new crop, the reservoir SHOULD be emptied, cleaned, and refilled with fresh nutrients and water. The variety of lettuce is Adriana. It is a heat tolerant butterhead lettuce that I purchased from Johnny’s Seeds. The nutrient mix is a combination of a water soluble 4-18-38, calcium nitrate, and Epsom salt that I mixed at a 2-2-1 ratio, with approximately 8 grams of 4-18-38, 8 grams of calcium nitrate, and 4 grams of Epsom salt per 5 gallons of water. Pour it in, turn it on, and let ‘er rip !

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30 Responses to Easy 30 Day Hydroponic Lettuce

  1. try marijuana next

    ducksmasher11
    August 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm
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  2. Heck yea. Fresh tomato and lettuce was perfect. What they have in the store aint even close.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm
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  3. LOL…yea….the fish are on my to-do list. Working up to it. :-)

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm
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  4. Thanks. Growing the lettuce was very easy. I’m gonna try some Pak Choi too, and see how that does.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm
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  5. Thanks. You’re right, those little drippers clog quick. I ended up taking them off and letting it free flow. I’ve been studying AP, but haven’t gotten around to setting up a system yet. Theres just not enough hours in the day to do all the things that I want to.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm
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  6. I have some lettuce and pak choi coming along right now. I hope to have them in the rails in the next couple of weeks.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm
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  7. About 15 gallons or so. I would add 5 gallons when I saw the water level drop down to where the pump might be exposed.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm
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  8. Thanks… it was really quite simple.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm
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  9. I used MasterBlend 4-18-38…added Calcium Nitrate and Epsom Salt to make a full fertilizer.

    mhpgardener
    August 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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  10. damn that sandwich looks good

    krisjames3
    August 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm
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  11. Get a tank of fish under there bro….. nice video….. love the post jackets

    wow30a
    August 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm
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  12. Fantastic video! This really inspires me to finish my setup, that has been on hold for a while.

    NemoNint
    August 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm
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  13. Very nice for your first go-around. Congratulations. Your drip feeder tips are going to clog up anyway from calcium and other nutrients building up. You can keep a small piece of wire handy and every 4 or 5 days, run it through the tip. I quit using feeder tubes because of excessive clogging.

    Nice tutorial too. Good job! Soon you’ll have gotten the bug and need an IBC for your reservior!

    ckirk1311
    August 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm
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  14. Nice!, I’m going to do the same in a few days.

    pabloisuarez
    August 23, 2012 at 12:33 am
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  15. How much water was in the reservoir ?

    J1SMOKES
    August 23, 2012 at 12:44 am
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  16. And leter rip! Great video

    J1SMOKES
    August 23, 2012 at 1:05 am
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  17. Why type of nutrients do you add to the reservoir?

    NextSelection671
    August 23, 2012 at 1:49 am
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  18. Thanks. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather so I can set this up again. Hopefully it does well the second time around. :-)

    mhpgardener
    August 23, 2012 at 2:12 am
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  19. Absolutly beautiful…I love how you make growing our food so easy.
    Awesome video. I am going to grow indoors this winter. Keep them videos
    coming!

    patches301
    August 23, 2012 at 2:17 am
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  20. Thx bro. I’ll do my best !

    mhpgardener
    August 23, 2012 at 2:19 am
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  21. Wow, I’ve seen a lot of videos on this topic. Your video Rocks. Simple, straight forward, understandable, Good info. Rock on dude! SS

    sailingsolar
    August 23, 2012 at 3:18 am
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  22. If you take it outside, do it gradually. Direct sunlight will kill it in a hurry until it gets accustomed to being out there.

    mhpgardener
    August 23, 2012 at 3:36 am
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  23. im using a six hundred watt light HPS light right now , but i’m thinking about trying to find a way to move this outside

    Jtinnon
    August 23, 2012 at 3:52 am
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  24. Do you have enough light? I saw a study that showed how much more important light was than temperature in flowering tomatoes.

    mhpgardener
    August 23, 2012 at 4:03 am
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  25. really having trouble with my tomatoes blooming i planted them in march and i still have got any blooms

    Jtinnon
    August 23, 2012 at 4:30 am
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  26. Hello. Your videos are very informative, and I’ve leared a lot from them. Where can I find Masterblend fertilizer? I’m located I’m Virginia, and I’ve checked all the usual suspects (Southern States, nurseries, box stores, etc.) and no one has even heard of it. I’m afraid ordering from their website would be too expensive with shipping costs. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    Ray
    October 16, 2012 at 8:51 am
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  27. Went to MasterB website which redirected to here. Just wondering if MB would make your Nutricient mixed 8-8-4 a standard product of their, given your success ….Gongrat!
    BTW, can i buy a small pack say 200-300grams of yr pre mixed from you as i am newly start out and postage would cost less.
    Greatly appreciate yr help.
    Cheers

    Keesin
    April 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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  28. where did u buy the 4-13-38 masterblend? I live in canada any ideas?

    Tiffany
    April 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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  29. Where does one find the master blend product?

    Kathi
    May 7, 2013 at 6:45 am
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  30. how many teaspoons/tablespoons are 8 grams of each substance? I don’t have a scale

    Tiffany
    May 18, 2013 at 8:59 am
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