Controlling Humidity in Hydroponic Growing and Indoor Gardening

Portable dehumidifiersHydroponic growing, or growing herbs or other plants in a water-based environment, rather than a soil-based growing medium, is catching fire. Simple hydroponic growing systems are easy to set up and maintain, and even the most un-talented gardener can enjoy a lush, fresh harvest of cooking or medicinal herbs on a daily basis.

Herbs and other plants grown hydroponically are healthy, dark green, fast-growing, productive and tasty. Many restaurants now have small spaces dedicated to growing the fresh herbs they need on a daily basis, and they do it all hydroponically.

You can set up a simple hydroponic herb garden in an indoor greenhouse, a sunny windowsill or on your kitchen counter using a grow light. But if you want to take your cultivation into the big time, you might devote a whole room to the endeavor.

In this case, specialized lighting, timing and watering mechanisms will be needed to produce herbs in quantity. Fans may be needed to keep the air continually moving, and dehumidification of the area may be required for the comfort of the humans and the health of the plants. Botrytis, or powdery mildew, is a fungal disease that can occur in plants if the humidity level is too high.

For spaces up to 4000 cubic feet, the EDV-4000 uses innovative rotary desiccant technology to provide high volume dehumidification without requiring a compressor. Featuring a large catch basin that only requires periodic emptying, and a built-in ionizer and bacteria-killing filter, this machine will keep your crop healthy while making sure your space is comfortable. For smaller gardens, consider the E-333 or E-500, which will dehumidify a 333 cu. foot or 500 cu. foot area (respectively) without requiring a dedicated power source.

Visit our dehumidifiers page to see the full line of environmentally-friendly dehumidification solutions available from Eva-Dry.