What Is Hydroponics

Posted by grow-world 27/10/2016 0 Comment(s)

Agriculture and the growing of plants is one of the oldest forms of practice that man has indulged in. There was a point in time, when the barter system prevailed where growing healthy plants in the soil were the highest achievement of man.

However, science has come very far in modern day society, and we have come to a point in today’s day and age where growing plants and crops have completely revolutionalized in the most radical way. It is now entirely possible to grow plants in a soilless medium in a water-based environment, and in the future, we see the old practices of plantation becoming redundant. This entire phenomenon is known as Hydro culture.

A subset of hydro culture; and what we are going to look further into today is known as Hydroponics. In hydroponics, the mineral nutrients in plants are submerged in water, without soil and the plants get all the nourishment that they require from this water. Since hydroponics is not very common there are a lot of grey areas in the minds of the people. We, from Grow world Hydroponics, are here to clear the air about any misconceptions you may have about hydroponics: 

Is Hydroponics a complicated method? 
There is a misconception, which is obviously normal to occur because the entire notion of growing plants without soil is so new and sounds so exotic. However we’re going to break it to you and tell you that: No, hydroponics can actually be a very simple method that anybody can use without any special training, it requires minimal equipment such as a plantation tray, a water pump, hydroponic nutrients to put in the water and natural or artificial lighting to promote growth in the plants. It can be just as easy as growing a plant in a pot or jar full of water that contains nutrients.  

So if gardening is a hobby to you, maybe branching out and doing some hydroponic plantations may be a very cool and interesting addition to your garden. It sounds like a gratifying thing to do, totally therapeutic and relaxing and a great way to spend time at home. 
  
Are Hydroponic plants healthier than regularly grown plants? 

When new methods are introduced into the system, a lot of questions are asked about how healthy it is and what the social, cultural or environmental implications will be. Are the hydroponic plants healthy? Is it fair to the eco system to have plants grown in such an unconventional method? Well, it is a very plain and simple concept; in hydroponics, plants are given an exact amount of nutrients and minerals that will facilitate their growth to an optimum level. When the plants are given an environment in which they can thrive, then it is safe to assume that the plants will grow up to have the best genetic makeup possible and to be as healthy as possible in any environment.

All nutrients and the PH level for each plant is specifically placed into the water, and the water makes it very easy for the plant to take up the nutrients with minimal effort. When taking nutrients from the soil, the plant utilizes energy for reuptake; the energy that is spent by the plant roots in this whole process would be of more use if it was used by the plant to help itself grow. Research has seen that two identical plants grown in the traditional way and by the hydroponic way show that the hydroponic plant will be healthier. Now isn’t that just very cool? 


Hydroponics At Home: 
Let’s talk cost first: It depends on the level of equipment you use, and it can become very expensive, however, it can also be managed if you collect the parts slowly or make them at home. Hydroponic fertilizers are easily available at the market and are not rare which makes them cost effective and easy to find. It won’t take a lot of space and you can grow more plants in a lesser amount of space when compared to how much space normal plants would take. Not to mention it would be a very good addition to your house and a fun conversation starter at parties to tell your friends and guests about how hydroponics work.


The future of Hydroponics: 
Like we said before, Hydroponics has the capability to grow more plants in a smaller area, which means that agricultural crops that are of the highest quality could be grown in smaller proportions of area making it economically cost effective, and as a consequence supply more food at a lower price which could begin to help end world poverty. Not only that, but the food that is consumed from hydroponic crops will obviously be healthier and ensure better health of the general public.

Not only this, it will also make inhabiting different parts of the world easier. Up till now, the deserts and the areas where soil has unfavorable growth conditions have not been able to house a larger part of the population, which has subsequently led to overcrowding in certain areas of the world where the soil is lucrative. Hydroponics will make it possible for people to inhabit other parts of the world which were previously uninhabited due to a lack of food available. Not only this, but the food prices have the potential to be lowered as well, since the crops and plants will not need to be imported and can be produced locally because the environment they need to grow can be provided to them!

Hydroponics is definitely the future, and is slowly becoming the present. So why don’t you jump onto the hydro-bandwagon and support the future of the agriculture and plantation industry!

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