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Aug 6, 2008
What are the advantages of hydroponics? Hydroponics literally means ""water working"" but, in practical use, it means growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil. The science of hydroponics proves that soil isn't required for plant growth but the elements, minerals and nutrients that soil contains are. Soil is simply the holder of the nutrients, a place where the plant roots traditionally live and a base of support for the plant structure.One of the main concerns in hydroponics is how to balance the pH of the nutrient mixture. Pest control also creates some difficulty, but there are now some improved pest control products on the market.Hydroponics, from the Greek words (water-working). Hydroponics is a system of gardening without soil.

Is hydroponics new gardening technology? No, hydroponics has been around for more than two thousand years. The hanging gardens of Babylon are one of the earliest examples. Now, hydroponics is perceived as a solution for gardening where overpopulation and pollution are problems.Hydroponics is the method of growing plants using a soil less media which could include a wide variety of examples like: gravel, peat, vermiculite Perlite, old rubber tires, rock wool, and expanded clay aggregates. The minerals that the plant needs are dissolved into the water which is then watered directly to the plants.

What is hydroponics? Hydroponics is commonly referred to as ""the cultivation of plants in water."" However, study shows that various media can support the growth of the plant, so the definition was broadened to ""the cultivation of plants without soil.""Hydroponics is defined as the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in a liquid nutrient solution rather than soil. This method of growing plants is believed to have been used to grow plants in the hanging gardens of Babylon over 2,000 BC. In modern times, the US army used hydroponics to feed the occupation troops in Japan after World War II.

What kind of plants can be grown using hydroponics? Almost any type of plant can be grown using hydroponics some are just more delicate than others. Usually if you can produce ideal environmental conditions the hydroponic plants will be far superior to plants from the same stock grown in soil.Hydroponics is the method of growing plants using a soilless media which could include a wide variety of examples like: gravel, peat, vermiculite Perlite, old rubber tires, rockwool, and expanded clay aggregates. The minerals that the plant needs are dissolved into the water which is then watered directly to the plants. So, in short instead of the plants searching throughout the soil for their minerals they draw them directly from the water that they are being fed.

What is the difference between Aeroponics and Hydroponics? Aeroponics is a form of hydroponics. The roots of the growing plants are suspended in the air, and they are misted by high pressure sprayers. The sprayers break the nutrient into small particles and saturate the roots. The levels of oxygen in the water are kept high by the constant circulation of the water. Experiments with aeroponics have shown that plants can grow up to 50% faster than in regular hydroponic systems.While the true definition varies from expert to expert, hydroponics is basically the growing of plants without soil. The word Hydroponic is derived from the Greek words Hydro which means water and Ponos which means labor. True hydroponics is growing plants in water without any type of media e.g. NFT and Aeroponic, however, growing plants in soilless media such as coco, perlite rockwool etc are also classified as hydroponics.

What different growing media can be used in hydroponics? The different growing media used in hydroponics are: - Expanded Clay - enables nutrients to be controlled by the waterTaken from the Greek word for ""water-working"", Hydroponics is the practice of soil-less gardening.
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