Hydroponics is a type of horticulture used for growing plants. It is an alternative way of gardening and can be used for crops. Hydroponics allows gardeners to grow vegetables without soil by using mineral enriched water based solution.
Hydroponics is a system by which plants are grown by using mineral based nutrients and water. The growth mediums are made up of a number of semi-porous growing mediums or clays. The nutrients solution is supplied with plant foods and often artificial colored light.
The clays are usually of porous nature allowing the drainage of excess solution to the atmosphere. It is important that the plant foods solution has enough amounts of oxygen. These clays are then mixed with special nutrient solutions that are designed to take care of the needs of plants.
Some of the clays may contain too much salt, which could cause botulism in plants. Botulism is a fatal food poisoning caused by eating a contaminated food that has a water-soluble salt. These harmful chemicals are left behind on the plant when the clays are processed for agricultural use.
The clays are usually made of silica, sand or silt. Silica clays are commonly used. They are made in the form of granules or powder. The silica particles have the ability to capture light and retain it. This is important when there isn’t enough natural sunlight to provide the plant with the nutrition it needs. This is why these materials are commonly used in indoor gardens.
Hydroponics is actually an industry which is currently thriving worldwide. The soil industry is one of the major agricultural crops which has been impacted by it. Over-fertilization of the soil is one of the major reasons behind irregular or failure in the growth of plants. Botulism has also been linked to the use of soil light for plants. There have been studies which have proven that many varieties of plants produce the best fruits in naturally lit greenhouses. This is because the lack of artificial light also helps the growth of plants in smaller volumes of soil. The light produced by plants is known to boost the yields of these crops. These findings may affect the usage of hydroponics in the future. The use of artificial light for plants is not recommended since it can make plants grow slowly and leaves turn yellow. Artificial lighting may also encourage insects which damage the crop. Artificial lights may also create unwanted problems for the roots which could cause it to rot.
Aeroponics has been gaining popularity lately due to its ability to preserve the environment and yield good yields. An aeroponic garden is typically made up of many plants that are grown in a pot and sprayed with nutrient solution. The solution is pumped into the plant which absorbs it easily. This gives a clean environment for the roots to grow in and reduces the use of fertilizers. Aeroponics has been proven to be more environmentally friendly since it does not have any negative effect on the nutrients that are present in the soil.
Aeroponics uses an aeroponic system which is essentially a miniature version of a hydroponics system. The use of aeroponics is perfect for indoors since they don’t need to deal with the weather. This reduces the maintenance of aeroponics since they don’t have to be moved when the weather is bad. With all aeroponics systems, water can be added without problem to the nutrient solution. You don’t need to have a pH level of six since most nutrients do have a pH level of six.
The nutrients are pumped into the roots and then the solution is replaced with water. This allows the plants to be grown in much smaller spaces and allows plants to be grown in pots with very tight spaces. You can grow plants with much smaller gaps of soil than what is recommended. If you only need to grow 5 plants in each pot then the required spaces could be only 1. Aeroponics is very popular today since you don’t have to worry about plant pests like spider mites and mealy bugs which are common pests of hydro and aeroponics. Spider mites are also called leaf maggots and mealy bugs are also called leaf miners.
These pests are usually found on leaves of plants. They are usually found in the plants which are fed into the system. Most of the times you can control these pests by spraying the plants with insecticides or in the case of hydroponics by adding phosphates to the nutrient solution. With hydroponics it is quite difficult to control them since it’s difficult to add phosphates to the nutrient solution and it’s also difficult to spray the plants with insecticides. You can start growing plants with an aeroponic system if you are a beginner to gardening. An aeroponic system is very easy to use and is very easy to control pests if you encounter problems. You don’t need to monitor the solution pH level and you don’t need to monitor the water flow. You can control the temperature and the water flow for the best growth of plants. You can plant the plants directly into containers with a pump or a dripper system. It is very easy to use so that a beginner can set it up and control it without any difficulties. With aeroponics you can start planting today with no experience or effort.