When it comes to looking at the use of hydroponics there are many considerations that are taken into account. The use of hydroponics against the use of traditional methods is growing, and so is the research that is being conducted on a daily basis. At MEGAPot we are hydroponic growing specialists. In our latest article we look at the 5 benefits of hydroponics over traditional methods.
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants and crops without the use of soil. Instead, plants are grown in a hydroponic system with a growth medium and also introduced to a varying degree of nutrients. There are many benefits of this growing method which has seen it grow in popularity.
When it comes to the use of hydroponics there are a number of benefits compared with using more traditional methods. These are very useful if you are thinking about using hydroponics, and some of these include the following:-
A hydroponic system is greatly smaller than its traditional method counterpart. This therefore enables you to grow your plants and crops in a smaller environment. The majority of the systems that you can utilise all come in a variety of styles and setups. This will be down to the individual to decide what is best for them.
One of the other areas that hydroponics helps to save space is due to the roots of a plant not needing as much space to grow. During hydroponic growing, roots are exposed to nutrients directly, so there is no need for them to have to search for the nutrients in which they require.
Faster growth comes from the way in which hydroponic growing occurs. The systems used in hydroponic growing utilises a growth medium as well as a mixture of nutrients. The plants are then placed into the medium and directly subjected to the nutrient solution. The solution therefore is directly applied to the root of the plants. With hydroponics also, the roots are allowed to grow as they would need to.
The nutrients that are applied are concentrated solutions which help to keep the pH at the levels they need to. The difference with this and soil is that you have full control, therefore being able to influence the growth process.
Growing hydroponically allows you to build a system indoors. This therefore eliminates the outdoor elements that may affect your growing process as well as the health of your crops and plants. Also within this environment it is easy to install any heating or cooling systems that will overall help with the growth of your crops.
The climate in which your plants grow will also differ depedant on what you are growing. Some plants will grow better in a hotter climate so require a heating system, and equally some will require something cool so an adequate system will be required.
Cutting out the outside elements and having full control over the place in which plants and crops are grown allows you have full control over the defence against pests and diseases. Ensure adequate cleaning and also proper environment will mean hydroponic growing eliminates the need for pesticides.
Controlling the hydroponic growing phase is a lot easier than it is with a more traditional soil based system. This is due to many reasons, with the first being able to block out the outside elements. Many plants and crops do not grow correctly, or survive for very long due to them being exposed to outside elements. Growing hydroponically eliminates this.
Secondly and potentially most important is due to nutrients. Hydroponic growing uses a growing medium and specialist nutrients which are applied directly to the plant itself. By being able to control the exact amount of nutrients you can really control the plant and crops growth stage. The growth medium also helps to hold nutrients so you are able to know for certain the plant is getting all it needs.
The above are the main 5 benefits of hydroponics over traditional methods. There are also many more which would explain why hydroponics are becoming even more popular. This trend looks set to continue for many more years to come. At MEGAPot we are specialists in hydroponics. For more information on our products and services then please Contact Us.