Hydroponic Growing: Plants without soil

Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil. Hydroponics it literally means working water. It’s not a modern idea and it really isn’t hard if the plant’s primary requirements are met.

Hydroponic methods fall into two basic categories. The first category is the media methods. Media hydroponic methods are hydroponic systems that use an inert media like sand, clay pellets or rockwool to support the plant. The second category of hydroponic methods are the media-less methods which grow the plants using only fertilizer solution around the roots. Whichever hydroponic method you decide to use h the most important thing is you pick a complete fertilizer.

Every plant needs certain elements to sustain healthy growth and to reach maturity. In nature, these elements are supplied by the soil or by man in the form of supplementary fertilizer. In most cases the fertilizer doesn’t contain all 13 elements a plant needs but hydroponics is different.

When plants grow are grown in a hydroponic system, all of the elements have to be supplied by the grower. In the past many technical problems could arise making hydroponic gardening both very labor intensive and costly. Nutrient deficiencies and toxicities surfaced quickly, and frequently, unless the nutrient solution was carefully monitored.

Today things are different there are numerous commercially available hydroponic nutrients, that are specially formulated to be easy to use as well as economical. There are also automatic growing systems like the Aerogarden that make hydroponic gardening simpler. I think it is safe to say that more people are trying hydroponics then ever before.

So the bottom line is that there has never been a better time to try hydroponics. Whether you have a green thumb or the brownest of brown thumbs you can find a hydroponic system that will help you grow healthy plants with a minimum of effort.

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