The Beginner’s Guide to Hydroponics

Understanding Hydroponics

As dynamic as studies will reveal, the culturing of plants is still to come with a number of variations in the growing of plants and their care. The growing of plants on other mediums like sand, stone, and liquid, other than the traditional soil is referred to as hydroponics. This process will simply have the alternative mediums added nutrients that are necessary for plant growth.

Hydroponics is a word blended or coined from the two Latin terms, Hydro and Ponos, meaning water and works respectively. Hydroponic gardens are actually being appreciated the world over due to the boosted yields of the plants grown on them and as well boosted growth rates all given the fact that these plants in the hydroponic gardens will have nutrients and oxygen, all basic elements for their growth and production supplied to the plants directly unlike the traditional soil gardens.

There are several advantages that hydroponic gardening will have over the traditional soil gardening as we will be seeing shortly.

Hydroponic gardens will enable efficient use of the available space for plant since it will allow you to grow a larger number of plants as compared to the common gardening methods. Hydroponic gardens have as a great benefit to the plants grown in them a direct supply of the essential nutrients and oxygen and these facts will be a great boost to the production of the gardens which is not as common with the traditional soil gardens. The other benefit of these gardens is the allowance they give for squeezing the plants in them to allow for greater space efficiency. Hydroponic gardening has as well gained much popularity among farmers when they consider the ease they afford in so far as the control of nutrients in the plants and the garden goes.

There are several types of hydroponic systems which can be adopted by the lovers of plant nurturing. The Nutrient Film Technique is one of the most common techniques of hydroponic gardening which will see you growing the plants with their roots suspended in water with no other growing medium. The list of systems includes but is not limited to the techniques such as the drip, wick and the ebb-and-flow systems.

Hydroponic garden plants will need proper lighting in order for them to grow to maximum productivity. Most indoor hydroponic gardeners are always found of the mistake of providing inadequate lighting to the plants in their gardens by opting to maximize on the use of light with the available space.