Struggling to keep up with the demands of your plants daily? Fed up with disappointing results? Well then, have you given hydroponics a go? The future of gardening, hydroponics is something that all plant-lovers should surely try out. So, what is Hydroponics? In Latin, this word means water-working and that is exactly what this gardening system is all about. In traditional gardening, the soil is used as the primary base but in hydroponics setup water – yes water – is the primary base. Soil does make gardening a messy task but the advantages of hydroponics do not stop there.
Scientifically, plants absorb nutrients a lot quicker when in water than in soil and turn they grow a lot quicker. Experts say plants grow 20% quicker in this setup. If you are into growing veggies and growing herbs indoors, using a hydroponics system produces a much larger yield. From highly complicated setups requiring greenhouse-like conditions to simple only-water setups, there are different systems. Even if you are just getting started into gardening, you can create an easy and inexpensive hydroponics system using easy-to-get materials. Moreover, since all it takes to get your system running is water or any nutrient solution, maintenance is very low.
Grow your vegetables using hydroponics for healthier and consistently reliable produce. In traditional gardening, veggie roots spend most of their time and energy by growing a large root system into the soil in search of food and water but in a hydroponics system, since the roots are directly in contact with the water and its nutrients, your veggies will grow twice as much faster.
Lettuce, the go-to in your healthy salads, is considered a perfect plant if you have just started with hydroponics due to how fast they grow in this system and how fairly easy they are to take care of. Radish is another easy plant to grow in hydroponics. These vegetables mature rapidly and thrive in cool temperatures and hardly need any light. Unlike radish, cucumbers are a warm plant and need enough light but if given the right conditions, growing them can be quite rewarding since they quickly become one of the highest-yielding vegetables you can grow. Beans do take some effort in creating an appropriate system for them but once they get going, they are easy to maintain and very productive. Other vegetables that do well in this hydroponics system are beans, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, and peppers.
We all know the importance of herbs in our meals. They add aroma, flavour, and colour, making them one of the first ingredients to enter the pan. Hydroponics allows you to grow your own favourite culinary or medicinal fresh herbs in your kitchen. Using the indoor hydroponics set-up, the growth is faster and the produce is year-round. The best herbs to grow indoors are basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and mints. All of them thrive in hydroponic systems. They do need different conditions like Basil needs a lot of lighting, at least 11 hours of light. Oregano requires T5 tubes for that ideal lighting. Rosemary as compared to other herbs takes more time to grow and also produces much lesser yields. But overall hydroponics still proves an efficient method to grow these plants.
Hydroponics is not a new method by any means, it has been around for hundreds of years. Commercial growers love this method as it provides them the perfect platform to grow plants with a much larger yield, in a limited space, and at a much faster rate, increasing their profitability. Due to its innumerable advantages; restaurants, hotels, and offices have all taken in this system, and even growing vegetables at school using this setup is being seen as a way to encourage kids to try this out themselves. Most schools are using Eponic’s Mini Farm and Little Farm. These products are also perfect for those looking to start growing food in their homes. Get in touch to know more about them.