Hydroponics at Home
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants using a nutrient-rich, water-based environment. Broken down “hydro”, means water, and “ponos”, means labor. The biggest difference between hydroponics and other grow mediums is how nutrients are supplied to plants. In hydroponic systems, water essentially supplies the perfect combination of nutrients to the plants root systems directly. This allows the energy plants grown in soil waste looking for nutrients to be focused on growing bigger and higher yielding plants.
Popular Hydroponic Systems
At first glance hydroponic systems and how they work can seem quite complex. The truth however is that once you understand the basics elements, water, nutrients, and oxygen, and how they work in hydroponic gardens, you will see they are quite simple.
Types of Hydroponic Systems
• Drip Systems (Recovery & Non-Recovery)
• Ebb & Flow (Flood and Drain)
• N.F.T. (Nutrient Film Technique)
• Water Culture
The basic difference between the six types of hydroponic systems is how the three elements, water, nutrients, and oxygen are delivered to the roots of your plants. Variations of hydroponic systems exist, but all are a combination or variation of these six systems.
Benefits of Hydroponic Gardens
Soilless Gardening in Small Spaces
If you ask ten different gardeners what they think is the best indoor growing medium you are bound to get a variety of answers. Hydroponic grow systems are one of the easiest gardening methods to set up indoors. Grow Kings offers hydroponic systems for sale in a variety of sizes and price points so even gardeners with small budgets and limited knowledge can be successful using hydroponic growing methods.
Hydroponic systems are the most efficient grow medium used in home and commercial greenhouse gardening. Growers can control all aspects associated with hydroponic growing environments – temperature, lighting, moisture, and most importantly nutrients. When ideal conditions exist within hydroponic gardens, growers can expect plants to grow quickly and yield more abundant crops. This all occurs as a result of increased plant energy. Unlike plants growing in soil, plants growing in water do not waste valuable energy searching for nutrients and can instead focus their energy on growth and production processes.
Without the use of soil, weeds, insects, and plant disease is reduced therefore the need for insecticides and herbicides decreases. Hydroponics allow gardeners to grow cleaner, healthier food safely indoors. Another benefit that comes along with soilless gardening is the decrease in water needed to sustain indoor herb, vegetable, and fruit gardens. Plants grown using hydroponics use only 10% of the water field crops use.
Whether you are looking to get into hydroponic gardening, or you need help maintaining your hydroponic greenhouse plants, Grow Kings has everything you need!