Thursday, January 16, 2014

5 Gallon Deep Water Culture (DWC) Passion Fruit Tutorial

Passion Fruit Flower
Passion Fruit climbing across ceiling

Assembling and maintaining a deep water culture for a passion fruit vine can be relatively inexpensive and easy.

Resources needed:

1-5 gallon bucket (black)
1-5 gallon mesh bucket lid
about 4' of 1/4" airline tubing
expanded clay pebbles(medium)
1 rooted passion fruit plant(either from cutting or seed)
A light source.

Step 1. Clean bucket, lid, and net pot with a 10% bleach solution, or hydrogen peroxide works well.

Authors note: A sterile environment is critical in this type of hydroponic culture because plants do not require bacteria and fungi to break down their food source prior to uptake; nutrients are available instantly for the plants use.

Step 2. Drill a 1/4" hole or cut a notch out of the top of the 5 gallon bucket for the airline to enter.

Step 3. Route airline through hole or notch. Attach air stone to airline, secure air-stone to bottom of the 5 gallon bucket and then the other end of airline to the air-pump.

Step 4. Mix your choice of hydroponic nutrients into a solution starting with a purified water source. Click Here for detailed information on effective nutrient mixing.

Authors note: I recommend introducing nutrients at 1/4 - 1/3 of the manufacturers suggested strength to start out with. If measuring PPM, start off with 250 PPM. Gradually increase nutrient strength as the plant becomes acclimated to the concentration of nutrients. Passion fruit prefers a PH between 5.8 and 6.2. Also, keep the nutrient solution cool and dark, preferably between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit for best results.

Step 5. Transplant rooted Passion Fruit Vine into the mesh bucket lid using the expanded clay pebbles to secure the plant in an upright position. Place the lid and net pot on the 5 gallon bucket. Plug in the air-pump to start dissolving oxygen into the nutrient solution. This needs to occur at all times for successful plant health and vigor.

Authors note: Adjust the nutrient solution to about an inch above the bottom of the net pot and maintain level until the roots drop down into the solution, then let the water level drop for maximum oxygen at the roots for optimum nutrient uptake.

Step 6. Provide a light source. Passion Fruit are a low light loving plant. You can use the ambient light form a window, or a 250 watt Metal Halide should do the trick nicely.

Authors note: A trellis for the vine to grab onto and spread out will also become necessary as the plant matures.

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5 Gallon Deep Water Culture with Passion Fruit Vine

Passion Fruit