Added by on 2018-05-22

Since I’m growing hydroponically, I need a sustainable, re-usable method of starting seed. So, this is my first attempt at seed-starting and thought I’d use the very material it’ll grow the plants in….perlite. Using a rayon wick (from mop head) to deliver water and nutrient to the seeds, I was successful at germination and growth. Now, I know, from past experience, that I can use this setup anywhere the bottom of the rayon wick touches water. This gives me some flexibility in setup and location of the net cup, and of course, spurs more ideas I’ll share later. I love chatting with folks and answering questions. If you enjoy my videos, please like, comment and subscribe! You can subscribe by clicking this link and then you’ll get a notification every time I upload a video: Now, I’m on Facebook! Share your gardening thoughts and pictures! . A little about my setup. I have a hydroponic greenhouse. I grow in a system I call FAWN which is a modified hydroponic drip system. The media I grow in is aged rice hulls with parboiled rice hulls mixed. This has proven to be a great mix for me. I use Masterblend fertilizer as my nutrients to every plant grown. I’ve been pretty successful with my setup growing hydroponic tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, turnip greens, corn, potatoes, kale, carrots, beets, spinach, onions, leeks, and even okra! Everything a gardener would desire. I also dabble in other areas like growing in raised beds, growing in a ground garden, grafting, pond activities, growing fruits, and other projects on the homestead. Thank you so much for stopping in! Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsStarting Seed for the Hydroponic GreenhouseStarting From Seed How to start Growing CannabisHydroponic Seed Starting & Simple PVC […]

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  • Jhavard Jonas 9 months ago


    I am looking for a system likewise to your sentiments of "Since I'm growing hydroponically, I need a sustainable, re-usable method of starting seed. " Also a system that is easy to work with seedling extraction, preserving the roots, and will not have fine medium sediments to cause clogs in the hydroponics system and pump.

    Since this video, have you found any better / more efficient way?

  • Terry Nicholson 9 months ago

    How old are the tomatoes? N what nutrients did you use?

  • DAVID SONNIER 9 months ago

    did you mention how long it took at various stages? i might've missed it

  • Lolitabonita 9 months ago

    put or top a little with pea moss…

  • Fatalsprigs 9 months ago

    This is why I don't do hydro, too hard to keep the reservoir clean. I can't imagine ever getting a good harvest, all I see are higher chances of mildew root rot and nute burn. Not to mention having to filter and ph balance the water.

  • Dan Dcengr 9 months ago

    I am trying out Grow Stones. They hold more water/air than perlite but is more expensive. They're reusable, however.

  • C Schuster 9 months ago

    just a note on the spinach, my father told me that it would not sprout at temperatures above 50F. Try putting it into the refrigerator to sprout as it doesn't need light to sprout, just cold.

  • Mining Company Paravanperlite 9 months ago

    Great job dear Brent <3 Good luck to you

  • Bj north 9 months ago

    ahh, i lik the wick. i'vee been having a problem with getting starts with the set up not in water because of other plants that have roots that would rot without an air layer. I like this idea – Thanks

  • Meena Agarwal 9 months ago

    from where can we get perlite…….?

  • QueefJuiceOverflow 9 months ago

    You left out your Purple Haze seeds

  • Chris Pridemore 9 months ago

    You should check out Oasis Cubes. They are foam blocks that are perfect for seedlings and clones. and they make different blocks for either seed or cutting. They are like rockwool cubes, but without the pH altering effect of limestone. You briefly dip the bottom half in water, and allow them to soak up. You can just briefly dip the entire cutting tray, to water several at once.

  • Ruy Vieira 9 months ago

    You have a lot of algae growing on the perlite, how well is it working 2 years later?

  • Jody Sephus 9 months ago

    Got a question for you, couldn't the perlite itself just wick the water up to the top? thanks for the informative video..

  • lowashington 9 months ago

    Also, can you answer a question. When planting straight into the hydro. Do I plant directly out side or should I start it outdoors in shade and wait to move to a sunny spot?

  • lowashington 9 months ago

    Loved this vid. It was so helpful! I decided hydro was for me but failed to think it through. I started my seeds and was successful. But when it came to transplanting I was lost. I found your vid and will try it again. The mop string is genius!! I lost all but a few tomatoes and one spinach. The perlite is a great alt to the clay grow medium. Thanks again. I'm excited to see more of your vids!

  • anotherdamnyankee 9 months ago

    What about using Vermeculite

  • surgeon20000 9 months ago

    i like it 🙂

  • Arthur Kay 9 months ago

    Really enjoyed the video man that was an insane amount of starts you had at the end there! All looked really healthy! Good job man thanks for the inspiration. 

  • jctactic 9 months ago

    Hi there, I recently bought a Goliath Tomato Plant and I want to know if I can I plant it in a container with perlite and potting mix? Can I mix them together? Or will that completely kill the plant?