For successful and efficient growth, plants need the right environmental conditions. Hydroponics can be used to grow a wide variety plants in just about any climate at any location.
Hydroponic systems that recycle the nutrient solution in a closed loop can grow a crop using much less water than is required for open-loop soil-based systems.
Grow Plants Anywhere
Hydroponic systems can operated in climate-controlled greenhouses, allowing production of crops that would otherwise not be viable in a particular season or geographic region, or where soil conditions are poor.
No Crop Rotations Required
Since there is no soil to become depleted of nutrients, the same crop can be grown repeatedly with no need for alternate plantings of different species.
Indoor hydroponics (to include greenhouse operation) offers precise control of nutrient formulations, root aeration, light, humidity and temperature parameters, which is not possible with traditional outdoor, soil-based farming.
Higher Plant Density
Hydroponics, in comparison with soil-based methods, allows plants to be grown closer together for more production in a given area.
Hydroponics Is Fun
For people interested in a combination of gardening and technology, hydroponics is an enjoyable hobby that can be done in a small space.
- "Hydroponics: A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower (Second Edition);" J. Benton Jones Jr.; 2005
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Philip McIntosh has more than 30 years of experience as an equipment engineer, scientific investigator and educator. He has been writing for 16 years, and his work has appeared in scientific journals, popular science magazines, trade journals and on science and technology websites. McIntosh holds a B.S. in botany and chemistry, and an M.A. in biological science.