What is Hydroponics?
Photosynthesis is the process through which plants grow. Plants use sunlight and chlorophyll to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen. This is the chemical equation of photosynthesis:
"Soil" is not mentioned in the equation above. This proves that plants can grow without soil. Plants need water and nutrients, absorbed from soil. Hence, if plants can get nutrients and water from a nutrient-rich solution, they don’t need soil. That's how hydroponics works. In theory, the word "hydroponics" means growing plants in water. (Greek words meaning "water" and "toil")
Many pests are carried in soil, so doing without it generally gives you a more hygienic growing system with fewer problems of disease. Since hydroponics is ideal for vertical indoor growing, you can use it to grow plants all year round. The produce is higher in nutritional value, more healthier and long lasting than their soil grown counterparts.
Hydroponics has its disadvantages also. The cost of all the equipment such as motor pumps, nutrients and pots are high. Another disadvantage is the amount of attention the plants need. Hydroponics is more technical and constant monitoring of the plants is required. You need to keep checking them to make sure they're growing in exactly the environment they need.
Hydroponics is Natural
Plant growth is a real and natural process. Plants require basic, natural things for normal growth. Hydroponics supplies the plant with what it needs, when it needs it. Roots can only take in pure elements. Roots don't absorb soil. The plant doesn't care where it gets its necessary nutrients, whether it's from the soil or from a hydroponics solution. There is no genetic mutation that takes place inside the equipment nor is there any mysterious magic spell introduced to the plant's roots that trick them into thinking they are on steroids. With the production of more refined nutrients, it is now possible to grow completely natural produce with hydroponics. It can't get more natural than that. It is an attempt to grow the "perfect plant", allowing it to reach its full genetic potential.
Some people believe that commercial hydroponically grown plants are given "steroids" or “hormones” in order to make them grow so well and look so fantastic. At HydroHerbs, we only provide our plants with exactly the same 17 nutrients and natural elements the plant searches for in soil. Nothing more. And each plant uses only the exact elements it needs, whether from soil or solution. No steroids in my gym!
Hydroponics is Old
It is widely believed that the Pharaohs of Egypt grew hydroponic fruits and vegetables. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, is thought to be based on hydroponics. Hydroponics has been in use for thousands of years.
Hydroponics has just evolved through the years and become different, it is not a new invention. Although hydroponics might seem futuristic, it is not "artificial". It does not manipulate genetics or nature, it works with nature and "helps it along". What a fresh, lean, clean and green approach to farming!
Organic -VS- Hydroponic
Thousands of Indians assume that food items labeled “organic” is naturally a better, healthier product. However, the truth is far from healthy!
The use of the word “organic” is varied. The “organic” label is the result of a jumbled mass of government classifications, which differ from organization to organization. Hence, a product that falls below one organization’s standards for organic produce can receive the “the best” organic certification in another. There is no or little uniformity as to what truly establishes “organic” produce.
Organic farmers control pests and diseases using natural methods without using chemical pesticides. Organic growers use composting to replenish the lack of nutrients in soil. Unfortunately, manure is used as a fertilizer in organic farming. This has caused E-coli and salmonella outbreaks.
Hydroponic farmers don’t need soil and its bacteria. This gave way to better quality produce, faster growth rates and much healthier produce, all without soil erosion or water supply contamination. Very pure fertilizers are used in hydroponics and they leave no residue when compared to organic farming methods. Through the use of hydroponics, fewer resources are used to feed more number of people, and the produce is more nutritious and healthier.