“Hydroponics” comes from the ancient Greek term, “hydros,” referring to water, and “ponos,” referring to work. It is sometimes mistaken for aquaculture, or aquiculture, even if these terms are actually more suitable for other branches of science that have no relation whatsoever to gardening.
As the planet’s population increases and suitable land for crop production decreases, hydroponics will give us a kind of lifeline, allowing us to produce crops in greenhouses or in multilevel areas built for agriculture.
Hydroponics can be defined as a process where plant is grown in a water-based solution that is infused with nutrients. It makes no use of soil; instead the root system relies on an inert medium like vermiculture, clay pellets, rockwool or peat moss. The whole idea behind hydroponics is to have the plants roots come directly in contact with the nutrient solution, while remaining exposed to oxygen, a critical requirement for optimum plant growth.
In any case, it’s good to learn as much as you can about hydroponics before starting your garden.
Advantages Offered by Hydroponics
Hydroponics provides several advantages, the most crucial of which is plant growth at a substantially higher rate. With the correct setup, your plants will be mature up to 25% sooner and give you a yield as much as 30% more than plants grown in soil can give you.
This is mainly because the plants will not have to work as hard to get the nutrients they need. Even a small root system will give the plant everything it needs, so the plant can focus more on growing upward rather than expanding the root system downward.
However, this will require careful control of the nutrient solution and pH levels. As well, a hydroponic system calls for less water compared to soil-based plants since the system is enclosed, which means there is less evaporation. And believe it or not, hydroponics is healthier for the environment, with its ability to control waste and soil runoff pollution.
Hydroponics is a perfect choice for any type of growers. That’s because you can precisely control the variables that are involved in your plants’ growth. Compared to a soil-based garden, a well-maintained hydroponic system will amaze your with its results, both in terms of plant quality and the amount of produce yielded.
If you’ve always wanted to grow huge, yummy and succulent plants, then you won’t go wrong with hydroponics. It may seem daunting at first, considering all the equipment and work you’ll need, but everything will become easier and simpler when you get the hang of its basics. The key is to fill yourself with knowledge from reading and from actually talking to an expert if possible.