Hydroponics is a great way to start your garden before you put anything in the ground.  This allows you to control the balance of nutrients received by the plants and gradually introduce the natural nutrients to your soil.  When the plants are ready to live outside, you may want to start them in a mud mixture and gradually decrease the amount of water until the roots adjust to the new environment.

My Plants Turned Yellow when Moved from Hydroponics to Soil

During the transition phase from hydroponics to soil growth, plants go through a significant change.  The roots have to work harder to extract nutrients from soil than they do from water.  This can cause the leaves to turn yellow until the roots are firmly established in the new environment.  You can lower this damage by gradually adding soil to your water mixture, until the plants are growing in more soil than water.

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