What Hydroponics Is And Its Benefits
As dynamic as studies will reveal, the culturing of plants is still to come with a number of variations in the growing of plants and their care. The growing of plants on other mediums like sand, stone, and liquid, other than the traditional soil is referred to as hydroponics. The process of growing these plants in these optional mediums for the growth of the plants in a hydroponics garden is the addition of the necessary nutrients for the growth of the plants.
The name ‘hydroponics’ is a derivative of the two Latin words, Hydro, which stands for water and Ponos which translates to works. The key principles behind the operation of hydroponics is an increased oxygen supply to the roots and liquid feeds delivered directly to the roots which factors lead to an increase in the growth rates and overall yields when they are compared to the traditional soil gardens which will always have limited oxygen and nutrients supply.
There are several advantages that hydroponic gardening will have over the traditional soil gardening as we will be seeing shortly.
Hydroponic gardens will enable efficient use of the available space for plant since it will allow you to grow a larger number of plants as compared to the common gardening methods. The roots of plants in a hydroponic garden will enjoy a direct supply of oxygen and nutrients which stands as a main benefit of the gardens since with these, one can be sure to have the highest supply of these essentials to guarantee a high production. You will achieve better space efficiency with your gardening needs when you use a hydroponic gardening model since with these is the option for stacking the plants together to enable you achieve this particular end. Hydroponic gardening has as well gained much popularity among farmers when they consider the ease they afford in so far as the control of nutrients in the plants and the garden goes.
There are several types of hydroponic systems which can be adopted by the lovers of plant nurturing. One which is most common of the hydroponics systems is the Nutrient Film Technique,(NFT), which always has the plants grown with their roots suspended in water with no growing medium. The list of systems includes but is not limited to the techniques such as the drip, wick and the ebb-and-flow systems.
Lighting is of great significance as well to the overall productivity of the plants in a hydroponic garden just like it is in the traditional soil gardens. Most indoor hydroponic gardeners are always found of the mistake of providing inadequate lighting to the plants in their gardens by opting to maximize on the use of light with the available space.