How Do Hydroponics Work?
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics doesn’t use soil. The root system is supported using a medium such as perlite, clay pellets, peat moss, rock wool or vermiculite. Hydroponic systems allow the plants roots to feed directly from a nutrient solution while having access to oxygen, which is essential for growth.
There are many advantages to growing with hydroponics – the greatest of these being the increased growth rate in your plants. Using the right setup your plants will mature 25% faster and produce up to 30% more than the same plant in soil. Plants grow bigger and faster because they don’t have to work as hard to obtain their much needed nutrients. A small root system is more than enough to provide a plant just what it needs so the plant can focus more on growing up, up and up, instead of wasting energy expanding the root system down below.
Hydroponics work through careful control of your nutrient solution and pH levels. A hydroponic system also uses less water than soil based grows because the system is enclosed, which causes less evaporation.
And best of all hydroponics is better for the environment because it reduces waste and pollution from soil runoff!
A larger scale hydroponics set up can take some time to put together. Managing your hydroponics system will take patience to learn inside and out. Take your time and keep notes. You will need to keep an eye on your pH and nutrient levels on a daily basis. We suggest doing easily using both a digital pH and EC (Electronic Conductivity) meter. Of course this isn’t all bad news if you enjoy spending time with your plants.
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