As the single fastest growing sector of agriculture, hydroponic farming is slowly but surely taking over as the new standard for food and crop production. But along with bringing to light incredible new big business opportunities, hydroponic gardening is also becoming a firm favorite among more home growers than ever before.
The hydroponic approach to cultivation exists for the sole purpose of growing the strongest and heathiest plants possible, in order to maximise final yield volumes. In addition, hydroponics allow for considerably larger planting and gardening efforts to take place in comparatively small spaces – one of the key reasons why indoor hydroponic gardens at home are so popular.
To get to grips with home hydroponics is to immediately fall in love with a hobby you’ll no doubt continue for life. So for those with a newfound interest in this wonderfully effective and future-ready approach to plant cultivation, here’s a quick look at five surprisingly interesting facts about hydroponics:
1.Despite the fact that hydroponic growing by its very nature replaces the usual soil with water, experts suggest that to use the hydroponic approach is to use up to 90% less water than would be required for conventional growing. The reason being that with an efficient hydroponics setup, little to nothing is wasted as nutrient provision is considerably better controlled than with standard watering. Whereas most of the water provided for soil crops simply drains away, there is almost no waste to speak of when using hydroponics.
2.In terms of making the very most of the space you have available, hydroponics have to a large extent rewritten the rule book. Since they first hit the scene some time ago, hydroponic systems have been specifically designed to be as compact and space-saving as possible. Unsurprisingly, things have progressed even more rapidly over recent years to such an extent that it is now possible to plant 400% more crops in any given space using hydroponics than would be possible if you were to plant them in soil. Suffice to say, pure gold for the indoor gardener.
3.While effective it can be, soil planting and growing is anything but efficient or easily controlled. In the case of hydroponics, the soil is removed entirely and replaced with a solution that not only features the perfect balance of nutrients, ideal PH levels and plenty of essential oxygen, but is also channelled straight to the roots of the plants rather than simply soaking the soil around them. This makes it uniquely easy to ensure the plants get exactly what they need without anything going to waste.
4.While the primary purpose of hydroponics is to grow more plants and crops of huge strength in a much smaller growing environment, hydroponic farming can also yield incredibly fast results. In fact, when you provide plants with the perfect balance of oxygen, water and essential nutrients at all times, it is possible for certain plants to grow and develop at literally double the speed they would have been implanted in soil. Better results in half the time – a pretty appealing prospect to say the least.
5.Last but not least, crops and plants grown using hydroponics are statistically considerably less likely to be affected by pests and infestations, which in turn means they rarely have to be treated with any kind of herbicide or pesticide. As such, if you are growing anything edible which is intended for eventual human consumption, hydroponic growing can be uniquely safe and reassuring.
So it’s pretty easy to see why the country as a whole has been pretty comprehensively caught up in the hydroponic revolution – maybe it’s time you yourself tried out the future of plant and crop propagation.