The Basics of a Hydroponic System

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Hydroponics is a system used to grow plants in controlled conditions. The difference between hydroponic systems and traditional plant growing methods is that hydroponics relies on growing plants without soil. Instead, plants are grown in a water-based solution that is enriched with all of the nutrients and minerals that are essential to healthy plant growth. It is possible to grow almost any kind of plant or crop with a hydroponic system. The word hydroponics is basically a combination between the Greek word "hydro", meaning water, and "ponic", meaning labor.

Scientists first figured out the basics of hydroponics in the 19th century, when a team of specialized researchers discovered that plants do not require soil to absorb nutrients. Soil essentially works as a sort of growth pool where important nutrients and minerals are contained, but plants cannot actually absorb these nutrients until after water has been added. By removing soil and creating a water-based solution full of all the minerals and nutrients required by the plant in question, it is possible to grow virtually any plant successfully.

Many countries throughout the world have begun to use hydroponic systems to grow crops. There are numerous advantages to this modern type of plant cultivation. Notable advantages include an overall higher crop yield and more stable growth throughout the cultivation period. It is also notable more cost-effective to use hydroponics as a method of cultivation within the agricultural industry, because less nutrients are required to promote optimal plant growth than with regular soil. The reason for this is that plants require a variety of nutrients that are rarely found in a perfect balance within soil. When using a water-based system, however, it is possible to control exactly which nutrients are placed within the solution and in their exact quantities. This lowers the cost of soil enrichment and also helps to promote an environment where plants can thrive and produce high yield fruits, vegetables, and other crops. Also, because the controlled environment necessary for water-based plant growth, nutrition pollution is considerably minimized. The primary disadvantage of this type of system is that the high humidity levels and use of fertilizer can create a possible breeding environment for salmonella.

Hydroponic-based systems are becoming increasingly popular among agriculturalists and home garden owners alike. If you are interested in switching over to this cultivation system, there are many ways to do so. You will find that setting up a hydroponic is much easier when designed within an outdoor setting, as there are numerous challenges associated with creating a successful indoor hydroponic garden. However, with the right tools and circumstances it is possible to set your indoor garden up as well.

In conclusion, if you are interested in creating your own garden from scratch, consider using a hydroponic system to help you do this as easily as possible. There are a wide range of products that you can find from online retailers as well as detailed guides and accurate information on how to install and set up your very own hydroponic garden. Happy growing!

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This article was published on 2010/12/13