Hydroponic plant growing
Learn more about the advantages of setting up a water-based plant system.
Hydroponics is a well-established and fast growing part of modern commercial agriculture. Anyone willing to familiarize themselves with the principles of hydroponic culture and the basic requirements can successfully establish and operate a highly productive and rewarding hydroponics unit, whether for the home or commercial applications.
Hydroponics is still a developing field so you will find plenty of range for experimenting with plants and trees. There are two main methods of growing hydroponically:
The NFT system development by Dr Alan Cooper involves a system of covered plastic channels, the plants growing through holes in the covers with their roots in the nutrient solution.
The other method involves using containers filled with an inert substance such as sand, pumice or gravel etc. The nutrient solution is pumped into the containers through a system of pipes or tubes, the excess being cycled back around, more water, air and nutrients being added when needed as with the NFT system.
You will discover the numerous advantages that growing hydroponically offers over conventional growing practices when you set up your first system.