Explore the World of Hydroponics

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LED Hydroponics

LED Hydroponics

LED Hydroponics is a fascinating subject, and one that more and more gardeners at taking a serious look at. This article provides a look at this unique and earth friendly way to grow crops and other plants.

The history of hydroponics is a long one, and many professional and amateur gardeners have been taking a look at this unique way to grow flowers, vegetables and other plants. There are many advantages to using hydroponics to grow plants including some significant environmental benefits. The ability to grow plants in this manner can have a profound impact on the environment, and as more and more people look for simple ways to go green interest in hydroponics is expected to grow even further. Simply put, hydroponics refers to the technology which allows flowers, vegetables and other plants to be grown in a nutrient solution, either with or without the artificial mediums. The nutrient solution that makes hydroponics possible is simply water enriched with fertilizers and the optional artificial mediums can be anything from sand and gravel to peat moss and perlite. In hydroponics these mediums are used to serve as support for the plants while their nutrients come from the water and fertilizer mixture.

Hydroponic gardening can be further broken down into two distinct types. These two types are referred to as open systems and closed systems. With open system hydroponics the water and fertilizer mixture is not reused after it has been used to nourish the roots of the plants. A closed system, on the other hand, does allow for reuse of this nutrient solution. After the plants in a closed hydroponics system have been nourished the nutrient solution is recovered, replenished as needed and then reused to grow other plants.

Like any other technique for growing food crops and ornamental plants, hydroponics has both its good points and its bad ones. It is important for both amateur and commercial gardeners to carefully weigh the benefits and drawbacks of this unique system before going forward.

Among the potential drawbacks of hydroponics is that the system can be quite capital intensive, and the cost of setting up such a system can be quite high for a large commercial enterprise. Using hydroponics requires a significant investment in technology as well, with all the associated costs that investment entails.

On the plus side of the equation, hydroponics is a very productive way to grow all sorts of plants, from food crops to ornamental grasses and flowers. Hydroponics is also good for the environment in a number of important ways. For instance, hydroponic gardening uses far less water than conventional methods, and reduces land use dramatically as well.

Hydroponics also makes few additional demands on the workers who tend the gardens and the crops. For most employees at hydroponic operations few if any additional skills are required — if the workers can tend a traditional garden they can tend a hydroponics operation.

Those who plan to take a look at hydroponics have many energy choices at their disposal as well. Choosing the right energy solution is important, and it is a good idea to consider each option carefully in order to choose the most cost effective one. Hydroponic operations can use everything from propane and natural gas to electricity and fuel oil. The type of energy used will depend on a number of factors, including local availability and cost.