Hydroponics Facts

Hydroponics Fact

The earliest food production in a greenhouse was possibly the growing of off- season cucumbers under “transparent stone” for the Roman Emperor Triberius during the first century.

Hydroponics – is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Soil is not used in hydroponics instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss or vermiculite. The plants are grown by suspending the plant roots in a solution of nutrient-rich, oxygenated water.

Plant Growth – plants grown hydroponically tend to grow faster than soil- grown plants because oxygen and nutrients are delivered and intensively to their roots. The fast growth leads to shorter times until harvest, and more growth cycles can be fit into a given time period.

Advantages of hydroponics

  • You can grow plants anywhere.
  • Uses 20 times less water than soil based gardening.
  • Your environment is sterile, which means no pesticides.
  • Uses 20% less space for growing.
  • Water in the system can be reused, allowing you to conserve water.
  • Vitamin content is 50% more in hydroponically grown plants as compared to conventional farming.
  • No soil setup and testing hassles.
  • using farm technology you can control nutrient balance in the water.
  • Harvesting is easier.
  • No mulching, milling, changing of soil and weeding.
  • You can grow plants year round indoors.

Hydroponics are the most sustainable growing system due to the fact that these farming systems can be built in close proximity to the cities they need to feed.