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What is Hydroponic Gardening?
With hydroponic gardening, the plants grow in water instead of soil. The grower gets to choose which nutrients to add to the hydroponic system, which helps each plant type to get the proper nutrients it needs. The nutrients are added directly to the water in the system and the plants easily uptake those nutrients through their roots. It is much easier for the plant to get the food it needs so it redirects the saved energy into growth and producing more, higher quality fruits or flowers.
Hydroponic plants have fewer problems with bug infestations, funguses and disease. Due to lack of necessity, fewer or no pesticides are used on hydroponic crops. Since hydroponic gardening systems use no topsoil, topsoil erosion isn’t even an issue either.
Hydroponic gardening offers several benefits to our health and the environment. It uses considerably less water than soil gardening, because of the constant reuse of the nutrient solutions. This is especially important for states like California where a drought is causing water usage restrictions.
Hydroponic gardening has several advantages over soil gardening. The nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with the water and sent directly to the root system so the hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant uses this reserved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The extra oxygen in the hydroponic growing mediums helps to stimulate root growth. Plants with ample oxygen in the root system also absorb nutrients faster. The yield of the plant is also greater.
In general, plants grown hydroponically are healthier and happier plants. In most cases, the people enjoying those hydroponic plants are also healthier and happier. So, have you planted a seed today?