The word ‘hydroponic’ is derived from Ancient Greek and means “working water”. Hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil and using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.
Hydroponics uses a water-based and nutrient-rich solution. Instead of using soil, the root system is supported by an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss or vermiculite. The purpose of hydroponics is to allow the plant roots to come into direct contact with the nutrient solution while at the same time having access to oxygen which is very important for growth.
There are many benefits to hydroponic gardening versus soil gardening:
There are a few disadvantages to using hydroponics:
There are various hydroponic systems and it is important to be familiar with all of them so that you can choose the right one for you.
Deep water culture
Nutrient Film Technique
Ebb and Flow
If you are thinking about using hydroponics for growing your plants, then the following tips might come in handy:
If you want to try something new and see if you can grow the biggest and healthiest plants around, then why not try hydroponics. It may seem intimidating with all the equipment and work involved but the rewards you can reap could outweigh the work in the end!