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Hydroponics - A Useful Technique
30.07.2018 21:12

Hydroponics is highly productive; it is a method that conserves water and land. It is also safe for the environment. Hydroponics is high tech, but requires only basic agricultural skills to begin with. It is important to regulate air and root temperatures, among other factors like light, water, plant nutrition and extreme climates. For this reason, hydroponics systems must often operate in temperature-controlled environments like greenhouses.

Hydroponics is a form of soilless culture where plants are grown in nutrient solutions, with or without the use of an artificial medium. Hydroponics is highly productive; it is a method that conserves water and land. It is also safe for the environment. Hydroponics gardening is high tech, but requires only basic agricultural skills to begin with. It is important to regulate air and root temperatures, among other factors like light, water, plant nutrition and extreme climates. For this reason, hydroponics systems must often operate in temperature-controlled environments like greenhouses. It is very important to pay proper attention to the greenhouse conditions else hydroponics will stop being cost-effective for you.

In liquid hydroponics systems, there is no supporting medium for the plant roots. This is also known as solution culture; the three main types of solution culture are solution culture, continuous flow solution culture and aeroponics.

In the former, plants are grown in containers of hydroponic nutrient solution. They are typically home-level applications where hydroponics systems function in glass jars, plastic buckets, tubs and tanks. The solution is sometimes gently aerated but can also be unaerated, in which case the solution level is low enough so that some part of the roots get access to regular oxygen supply. The nutrient solution is changed as per a predetermined schedule, mostly once a week.

The continuous flow solution culture is orchestrated differently, with the hydroponic nutrient solution flowing past the roots. A popular version of this culture is the nutrient film technique; here, a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients needed for plant growth is circulated past the roots of plants. The hydroponic nutrient solution travels in the lower half of the roots, which forms a watertight root mat, while the upper sections of the roots are exposed to air and get a good supply of oxygen.

Aggregate hydroponics systems, however, have a solid natural or artificial medium of support. Hydroponics systems can also be open? Where the nutrient solution is delivered to the plant roots and not reused, or closed, where the surplus solution can be recovered, replenished and recycled.

Every crop has very specific requirements and like in another other method of agriculture, hydroponics must pay attention to the unique needs of each crop. Hydroponics systems are rapidly evolving today and yields are increasing manifold, touching heights we had never envisaged. Hydroponics is possible in places where natural agriculture isn't, including deserts and space stations. People living in densely-populated places can grow their own fresh vegetables in rooftop gardens or windows using hydroponics. Hydroponically grown plants also grow faster and are relatively free of soil-borne diseases.

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