We all know its interesting and little miracle to grow crops without soil.
Plants grown without Soil is called as Hydroponics
So, when you tell someone you have been growing food in Hydroponics immediate strike is it would be so healthy and fresh.
We always tell our clients and people to grow their own food because its really easy and less messy and lot of benefits by growing in hydroponics
if you got inspired check out our home based Hydroponic kits too
What does Hydroponics mean ?
Hydroponics is a way to skip the soil, sub in a different material to support the roots of the plant, and grow crops directly in nutrient-rich water.
Most types of Hydroponic techniques are
1. Wick System
2. Water Culture
3. Ebb and Flow (Flood and Drain)
4. Drip Systems
5. N.F.T. (Nutrient Film Technology)
6. Aeroponic Systems
Hydroponics is an effective method for growing plants that places the plants in a water solution that’s rich in nutrients. Instead of using soil to grow the plants, the roots of the plants come into direct contact with the nutrient-rich solution. The plants will also have access to a substantial amount of oxygen, which helps to facilitate growth. The primary advantage of using hydroponics to grow plants is that it allows for a much quicker growth rate.
What you need mostly
Fresh water. Here we need Filtered water for a balanced pH. Most plants like water with a pH level around 6–6.5. You can adjust the acidity of your water with over-the-counter solutions found at your local hardware, garden, or hydroponic store.
Nutrients. Your plant is going to need plenty of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and other nutrients to stay healthy and productive –– just like plants growing in the ground need healthy soil and fertilizer. When you’re growing plants without soil, this “plant food” must be included in the water that’s feeding your plants. It’s easy to buy mixtures online and in stores.
Root Support. Even though you don’t need soil, your plant’s roots still need a little something to hold on to. Typical materials include vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, coconut fiber, and rockwool. Stay away from materials that might compact (like sand) or that don’t retain any moisture (like gravel).
Light. If you’re growing your plants indoors, you might have to invest in some special lighting.
New techniques , Its growing technology So, you need to be aware of the new techniques in market always. You can subscribe to our blog for new Hydroponic techniques and doubts.
Why you have to grow in Hydroponics
More specifically, hydroponics is the method of farming where plants can be grown in nutrient-fortified water, instead of in soil. Given concerns of feeding a growing human population in a changing climate, scientists believe hydroponic technology may be able to mitigate impending food shortages.
A hydroponic garden has very minimal restrictions in terms of space and location due to its compact size and controlled growing conditions. You can grow a large number of plants in a hydroponic arrangement compared to the open field. Our Home kits gives you an option to grow 7 to 216 plants of greens including lettuce, kale, thyme, mint, basil, chard, cilantro, parsley and many more in a single growing session. The overall yield is over 80 to 100 Gms fully mature plants, which is greater and higher than traditional farming. Nothing can stop you from growing beautiful, fresh and tasty produce year-round.
No use of pesticides and herbicides.
Conventional farming needs excessive use of insecticide and herbicides for successful crop growth due to their exposure to multi-climatic conditions that support different pests and weeds infestation. In the case of a hydroponic garden, no soil is used, so there are no flare-ups of weeds and pest attacks. As a result, hydroponic crops are grown without these harmful agents. This is highly beneficial to the farmer that can sell produce without pesticide residue, which is otherwise seen as detrimental to consumer health. This is the real advantage for the people who want to eat healthy and clean food without pesticide residue. Likewise, farmers can easily grow non-GMO crops, because there is no need for pesticides and herbicides. Therefore, organic and non-GMO seeds germinate beautifully and grow into lush vegetables in a hydroponic system.
Plants grown in well-managed hydroponic systems are living the good life. Since roots are bathed in all the nutrients they need, plants spend more time growing upward and less time and energy growing extensive root systems to search for food.
Growth rates vary based on the type of system and quality of care, but hydro plants can mature up to 25 percent more quickly than the same plants grown in soil, with increased crop yield, to boot.
No pests, diseases, or weeds.
A large number of diseases and pests are soil born which tend to infest your garden during the process of growing. Therefore, in dirt farming, pests and diseases are major challenges that farmers face. Without the know-how or without resorting to herbicides and pesticides, famers may end up losing a large portion of crops. This can be very discouraging mentally and a big risk financially.
Another sneaky thing that can happen using traditional farming techniques, is seeds of the weeds can remain dormant in the soil and re-grow on arrival of favorable conditions to compete with your garden plants. That’s basically an ambush! And pests and diseases can cause a lot of damages to plants and can render seeds less viable.
Growing hydroponically (without soil) will reduce the stress of battling with pests and diseases. In soil-less conditions, there are no flare-ups of weeds and very little chance of pests and diseases.
As a note, while you’re planning to set up your hydroponic system, we recommend having a method in place for maintaining cleanliness in your growing area and using clean materials. This includes wiping down the surfaces and picking up organic matter to avoid any rotting. Also, check to make sure that you unknowingly don’t bring pests from the outside into your hydroponic environment.
We bet you didn’t see this coming: hydroponic systems actually use less water than traditional soil-based systems. This is because closed systems aren’t subject to the same rates of evaporation. Plus, the water used in hydroponic systems can be filtered, re-populated with nutrients, and fed back to plants again so that water is constantly being recycled instead of wasted!
At Maximum Cultivator, our systems use up to 98 percent less water than traditional soil-based systems.
Other “resources” hydroponic plants don’t need? Pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals, since the hydro crops are protected from many of the pests and plant diseases found outdoors in soil-based farms.
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