As dynamic as studies will reveal, the culturing of plants is still to come with a number of variations in the growing of plants and their care. The growing of plants on other mediums like sand, stone, and liquid, other than the traditional soil is referred to as hydroponics. What will be a necessary addition to these alternative mediums is the addition of nutrients to facilitate the growth of the plants.
The name ‘hydroponics’ is a derivative of the two Latin words, Hydro, which stands for water and Ponos which translates to works. Hydroponics gardens are a favorite for plant growth since they have as their active working principle the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the root zones of the plants making the growth rates and the yields as well be at a higher level as compared to the traditional gardens which have lower supplies of these essential elements for the growth and yield of the plants.
There are several advantages that hydroponic gardening will have over the traditional soil gardening as we will be seeing shortly.
Hydroponic gardens will enable efficient use of the available space for plant since it will allow you to grow a larger number of plants as compared to the common gardening methods. The roots of plants in a hydroponic garden will enjoy a direct supply of oxygen and nutrients which stands as a main benefit of the gardens since with these, one can be sure to have the highest supply of these essentials to guarantee a high production. You will achieve better space efficiency with your gardening needs when you use a hydroponic gardening model since with these is the option for stacking the plants together to enable you achieve this particular end. Hydroponic gardening has as well gained much popularity among farmers when they consider the ease they afford in so far as the control of nutrients in the plants and the garden goes.
There are several types of hydroponic systems which can be adopted by the lovers of plant nurturing. The Nutrient Film Technique is one of the most common techniques of hydroponic gardening which will see you growing the plants with their roots suspended in water with no other growing medium. You will however come across some other techniques and systems for hydroponics like the Wick system, the Ebb and Flow System, the drip system amongst several others.
Lighting is of great significance as well to the overall productivity of the plants in a hydroponic garden just like it is in the traditional soil gardens. Most indoor hydroponic gardeners are always found of the mistake of providing inadequate lighting to the plants in their gardens by opting to maximize on the use of light with the available space.