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Whats The Big Deal With Hydroponics?

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Whatthe main source of confusion among beginner Indoor gardenersWellmany friends who work in grow shops tell me the same thing: itthe word hydroponics” and what It actually means!.

WHAT IS HYDROPONICS!
Hydroponics is nothing to do with artificial grow lights. Forget about them. Forget about lamps, Whats The Big Deal With Hydroponics?ballasts, reflectors, ducting, extraction fans, carbon filters and many of the other things you might find in your local grow store. Many of these items are very useful for setting up an indoor garden – granted. But the subject for discussion here isn’t indoor gardening. It’s hydroponics. So let s get started.

 

Hydroponics is the method of organically growing plants without soil by providing all nutrients in the plants water supply.  This system is also utilized by produce farmers who wish to produce their crops year round despite environmental changes.

Ok. First the Greek: Hydro = water. Ponic = working. Hydroponics, roughly translated, means ‘water working’. But what does that really mean? Well, some debate still exists over the precise meaning of the word in practice. But the first and perhaps most important principal to understand is that plants grown hydroponically are not grown in soil, if this sounds crazy to you first understand how things actually work in soil.

A plant grown in soil sends its roots into the soil in search of oxygen, water, and nutrients. Soil is generally made up of particles of rock and decaying organic matter. Some beginners think it’s a weird concept to imagine oxygen in soil, but ail we’re talking about here are small air gaps between soil particles. Don’t forget: oxygen is absolutely vital to  root health!
Plants absorb the nutrients they need via their roots in the form of inorganic ions contained in water. In natural conditions soil acts as a sort of cache for mineral nutrients. The important thing to understand here is that the soil itself is not the vital thing. You don’t actually need it! You can isolate the mineral nutrients that are present in good soil and dissolve them in water instead.

Plant roots need in order to thrive is access to this nutrient solution and oxygen! So soil can be taken out of the equation completely. You can grow plants in sawdust, coconut husk, clay pebbles, and all sorts of other ’inert’ substances (inert, in this case, means the substance has no nutritional value in itself.).

It only becomes viable once you add the nutrient solution. You can even grow plants in the nutrient solution alone as long as it is well oxygenated. The unifying principle here is this process of taking the required mineral nutrients and adding them to water artificially – this is the basis of hydroponics. The water is doing the “work” instead of the soil.
This begs the obvious question; why bother? Why go to the hassle of getting hold of the mineral nutrients a plant needs and dissolving them in water, instead of just letting the plant get what it needs from
soil in the first place?.

Keep Stress to a Minimum..

Both Over And Under Watering Cause Your Plants To Suffer From Stress And Increase The Likelihood Of Disease.

under watered cannabisLet’s look at another aspect.

A common problem with soil gardening is over or under-watering. Or in other words; not enough oxygen (because the soil has become compacted or saturated with excess water), or not enough water.
Under-watering is less of a common problem. However, many gardeners who grow using containers experience it.

Not enough water dries out the root hairs, causing them to die. This, in turn, stunts growth. Both over and under-watering cause your plants to suffer from stress and increases the likelihood of disease Plants grown in an active hydroponics system have access to nutrients, water and increased levels of oxygen all the time! Theirs no  perpetual’too wet, too dry stress  meaning plants can get on with the business of growth and bloom rather than wasting precious resources on self-protection.

Growing plants in hydroponics is a far cleaner environment too there is far less potential for harmful pathogens in a hydroponics solution than in soil. Finally, let’s not forget that you can far more easily control the nutrients your plants have access to in a hydroponic environment because you are totally responsible for it! (There are two sides to this coin however … certainly soil affords the grower greater margin for error!)

 

with the business of growth and bloom rather than wasting precious resources on self-protection. Growing plants in hydroponics is a far cleaner environment too – there is far less potential for harmful pathogens in a hydroponics solution than in soil.
Finally, let’s not forget that you can far more easily control the nutrients your plants have access to in a hydroponic
environment because you are totally responsible for it! {There are two sides to this coin however … certainly soil affords the grower greater margin for error!)

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