Hydroponics Growth Information

Overview

The method of growing plants without soil is called "hydroponics." Hydroponic plants receive nutrients from a mineral-enriched solution. Absorption is directly through the roots with no soil barrier, making the plants grow faster and produce more abundantly.

Significance

The hydroponics planting method offers a variety of growing possibilities. Individuals can create a garden for aesthetic reasons or have year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables in a cost-effective way.

Function

Hydroponics utilizes a perfectly balanced nutrients solution, creating plants as perfect as genetically possible.

Types

Gardeners who have limited space can use the hydroponics method to grow an array of fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops to grow hydroponically, but fruits as large as watermelon can also be grown in this manner.

Identification

Hydroponic growing is done without the use of soil. A mineral-enriched solution is used to provide essential nutrients for the plant. Methods that utilize an inert medium for root support such as gravel, sand, peat or vermiculite, are technically not hydroponic.

Effects

Hydroponic plant growth reduces water, pH, and nutrient stress in plants. As a result, plant roots and leaves develop disease-free. The hydroponic method also allows for rapid plant growth, producing a greater yield of fruits and vegetables.

References

  • All About Container Gardening
  • Learn About Hydroponics
  • Exploring Classroom Hydroponics
Keywords: hydroponics, growing plants without soil, growing plants in water

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