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Hydroponic Growing Supplies

The word hydroponics conjures up a vision of a futuristic biosphere with complicated equipment and constant maintenance but nothing could be further from the truth. As a kid, if you ever suspended an avocado pit with toothpicks in a glass of water to watch it sprout roots, you’ve done some hydroponic gardening.

Hydroponic plants yield more than traditionally grown plants and often produce better tasting and more nutritional food. They can also be grown year round, even in a climate like Colorado’s! We have hydroponic set ups that range from compact and simple to sophisticated and complex. Find out how easy and economical a year round indoor garden can be!

Pros + Cons

As with any method of crop cultivation, hydroponics, has its advantages and disadvantages. Whether it is right for your lifestyle may simply be a matter of your personal tastes. Many partake in hydroponics gardening as a hobby because it can be fascinating and satisfying however, the many intricacies of hydroponics can make it a difficult and frustrating skill to master.

Commercial green houses and other large hydroponics operations are able to grow fruits and vegetables for profit, but, for the average individual hydroponics gardening is more expensive than maintain a traditional soil-based garden. Setup costs are generally very high, so it is important to ensure that you have both the financial resources and the time to make starting and maintaining a hydroponics garden a practical endeavor.

Here is a breakdown of some of the most significant pros and cons associated with hydroponics gardening.

Pros

  • No soil is needed
  • Most plant diseases are eliminated
  • Weeds cannot grow
  • Outdoor pests are not a concern
  • As a result of the two points, fewer pesticides and herbicides are needed
  • Less water is required. No water is wasted.
  • Plants can be grown year-round
  • Plants grow faster and have Bigger yields.
  • Some studies have shown that hydroponically-produced plants are more nutritional and better tasting
  • Gardeners have much more control over the nutrient amounts their plants receive
  • Less space is required as plants can be placed close together than they could in soil.

Cons

  • Some plants cannot be grown hydroponically
  • Hydroponics requites more technical knowledge and training than soil cultivation
  • Setup costs can be very expensive
  • Crops must be maintained more frequently
  • If the watering system fails, plants will dry out and die rapidly.
  • If being sold for profit hydroponically cultivated plants usually provide less of a return on investment
  • Plant uniqueness is minimized, so diseases will affect all plants to the same degree

How it works

If you've ever placed a plant clipping into a glass of water in the hopes that it will develop roots, you've practiced in a form of hydroponics. Hydroponics is a branch of agriculture where plants are grown without the use of soil. The nutrients that the plants normally derive from the soil are simply dissolved into water instead, and depending on the type of hydroponic system used, the plant's roots are suspended in, flooded with or misted with the nutrient solution so that the plant can derive the elements it needs for growth.

The term hydroponics originates from the ancient Greek "hydros," meaning water, and "ponos," meaning work. It can sometimes be mistakenly referred to as aquiculture, but these terms are really more appropriately used for other branches of science that have nothing to do with gardening.

As the population of our planet soars and arable land available for crop production declines, hydroponics will offer us a lifeline of sorts and allow us to produce crops in greenhouse's or in multilevel buildings dedicated to agriculture. Already, where the cost of land is at a premium, crops are being produced underground, on rooftops and in greenhouses using hydroponic methods.

Perhaps you'd like to start a garden so that you can grow your own vegetables, but you don't have the space in your yard, or you're overwhelmed by pests and insects. This article will arm you with the knowledge you need to successfully set up a hydroponics garden in your home and provide suggestions of plants that will grow readily without a big investment.

Care & Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of your hydroponics system is essential for both the longevity of your equipment and the quality of plants you grow. The Grow Your Own experts can help you develop a functional maintenance routine that will keep your setup running smoothly and producing abundantly.

Getting Started

  1. Prepare your water reservoir. You will require a large, opaque tank to contain your plants" water reservoir and nutrient solution, lake precautions to ensure that light cannot enter the tank, since algae will contaminate the nutrient solution. Some people choose to paint or cover the sides of their tank, but most will agree that the best way to prevent algae growth is to purchase an opaque tank made to prevent light. This tends to be most secure option for keeping the nutrient solution clean and the plants healthy.
  2. Assemble your growing bed. A Styrofoam plant holder will float easily on the surface of the water reservoir, but must be cut precisely to prevent light from accessing the tank. Plants that are not water resistant must be suspended above the water reservoir with a bridge or suspension system. This can be difficult and costly to build yourself, especially if you aren't familiar with the necessary tools.
  3. Choose an alternative growing media. Because hydroponic gardening grows plants without soil, you will need to tend and choose an alternative growing media. These are available at a variety of retail locations, but you will likely find the widest supply at a hydroponics store.
  4. Select a nutrient solution. The soil-less media will not contain the nutrients necessary to feed the plains, therefore you will also need to purchase or build a nutrient solution. For hydroponic gardeners, this is the most concerning aspect of building a hydroponic garden. Too much, not enough, too strong or too weak combinations of nutrients will sicken or kill the plants. I feel is why. although man\ people are fond of experimenting with different solutions, most choose to purchase a pro-made solution.
  5. Complete your hydroponic system. Completing your garden will require an air stone to oxygenate the water reservoir and a pump to transport the water to the growing bed. Purchase materials of good quality and follow their installation instructions.

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