An Introduction to Hydroponics
Hydroponic growing is an innovative method of growing which excels above the rest for multiple reasons. The method grows plants using water and nutrient rich solutions and eliminates the need for soil, which if you are a keen gardener, you will know can be incredibly detrimental to conventional grows, because of its ability to attract pests and diseases. Instead of a plants roots being planted in soil, when growing hydroponically plants root systems are strategically placed in an inert medium such as rockwool, clay pellets, pertile or peat moss. This allows for the plants to access the nutrients that they need more easily, as they can have contact with nutrient solutions at all times, instead of them having to search through copious amount of soil.
Hydroponic growing is advantageous for multiple reasons; with one of the largest being its ability to make plants grow much quicker and bigger than even before. When hydroponic systems are set up correctly, with all of the most superior hydroponic growing equipment such as Gavita Lights, plants can even grow 25% faster and produces 30% larger yields than when grown in soil. This is because better conditions can be created hydroponically inside grow tents than they can traditionally outdoors. Another reason why plants grow faster in this way is because they don’t have to spend a lot of their time searching through soil for nutrients, allowing them to focus more time and effort on growing up-top. Hydroponic growing also requires less water, allowing for minimal water to be wasted, as water it recycled and reused meaning that the only water lost is that through evaporation and nutrient solution changes.
If the advantages of hydroponics were enough to persuade you, and you are going to go ahead and make the growing transition, here are some top tips that we recommend you follow:
- Change the nutrient solutions in your reservoir every two weeks, to ensure that it is the most efficient
- Make sure that the water temperature in your reservoir is always between 65 and 75 degrees, using water heaters or chillers when required
- Absolutely always should you follow the feeding cycles provided by your induvial nutrient provider – no two products are exactly the same
- Upon completing a growth you should always take the time to clean and sterilise your entire system
If you would like further tips, information and hydroponic growing advice today, simply get in touch with your local supplier who will be keen to help you.