The Science And Art Of Hydroponics
Really the culture of plants has not reached its end in evolution. 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.
Hydroponics is a word blended or coined from the two Latin terms, Hydro and Ponos, meaning water and works respectively. The key principles behind the operation of hydroponics is an increased oxygen supply to the roots and liquid feeds delivered directly to the roots which factors lead to an increase in the growth rates and overall yields when they are compared to the traditional soil gardens which will always have limited oxygen and nutrients supply.
The hydroponic gardening will be beneficial to the gardeners for a number of reasons as we will be highlighting in the following discussions.
The one advantage of the hydroponic gardens is the fact that it will essentially allow for the growth of more plants as compared to the number that would have been accommodated by the usual gardening forms, making it an efficient and effective model for the maximization of the available space for gardening. 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. The other benefit of these gardens is the allowance they give for squeezing the plants in them to allow for greater space efficiency. 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.
The hydroponic system which can be used for the growth of plants in these gardens are so many. Whenever people hear of hydroponic gardens they immediately visualize the growth of plants with their roots suspended in water with no other growth medium which is often referred to as the Nutrient Film Technique and happens to be so common. 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.
Hydroponic garden plants will need proper lighting in order for them to grow to maximum productivity. For most indoor growers, the one common mistake they often make is that they often will provide the plants with inadequate light, by trying to cover as wide an area with the available light.