What is a Hydroponic System?
Hydroponics, by definition, is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics does not use soil, instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss, or vermiculite.
Hydroponics is a viable method of producing vegetables, foliage plants and other crops. The demand for locally grown produce has risen dramatically. Growing these crops hydroponically is a very efficient means of meeting that demand.
- You can grow anywhere.
- Uses 20 times less water than soil based gardening.
- Your environment is sterile, which means no pesticides.
- You’ll use 20% less space for growing.
- The system water can be reused, allowing you to conserve water.
- You can have complete control over nutrient balance by using Dyna-Gro Nutrition Solutions.
- No soil setup and testing hassles.
- Harvesting is easier.
- No mulching, tilling, changing of soil and weeding
- You can grow year round if indoors.
- Putting together a hydroponic system isn’t cheap.
- Constant monitoring is required.
- Hydroponic systems are vulnerable to power outages. In the event of a power outage that outlasts your generators you will be manually watering your garden.
- Micro-organisms that are water-based can creep in rather easily.
- Growing a hydroponic garden demands technical expertise.
- Production is limited compared to field conditions
- If a disease appears, all plants in the system will be affected.
- Without soil to serve as a buffer if the system fails plant death will occur rapidly.