Avoiding an infestation
One common trait most Gardeners posses is a dedication to growing healthy, lush plants. Regardless if your cultivating plants as a source of food or for aesthetic pleasures, great results are always desired.
Green Catapillar - Pest
What start out as a beautiful garden with bright foliage on your plants may soon turn into a veggie buffet for pests and diseases like bugs and fungus that live and feed on plants leaves, flowers, stem and root.
Before planting a single seed, every Gardner should be prepared for an infestation of either pests or diseases. If you have bad fortune, you might experience a problem with both pests and diseases.
However, if the Gardner understands what makes the perfect home for bugs and diseases then, perhaps, they can avoid a problem completely. The objective is to create an environment that is not pest/disease friendly.
By growing plants in a hydroponics application, you've already taken a big step towards minimizing pest attacks considering most pests are found in the soil.
Keep your growing environment clean and sanitized and have good ventilation or air flow.
Grow your plants as healthy as possible. Make sure the plants receive ample amount of light. The more light a plant receives the bigger and stronger it grows. Check your solutions pH, EC and TDS. A stabilized nutrient solution will grow plants vigorously and healthy. Healthy plants are more resistant to pests and diseases.
Monitor plants closely and often for pests and disease problems. A good Gardner will check every section of a plant - roots, stems, leaves (both sides), flowers and fruits for problems.
Possible signs of a problem
Possible signs of a pest or disease problem may be spots, holes or bumps on leaves. Droopy, discolored, fuzzy or dying foliage might be a signal as well although that could be nutrient related.
Before planting a single seed, prepare your growing environment, ensuring that it's clean and sanitized.
Hydroponics applications minimize the risk of an attack.
Keep plants growing healthy and vigorous by feeding them properly and checking your nutrient solution pH, TDS and E.C for stability.
Monitor plants carefully and regularly to catch problems early.
This article courtesy of www.hydroponicsearch.com