Most people I know, when they hear of the term hydroponics, think about elaborate and complicated plant-growing systems, huge greenhouses, automated lighting and ventilation and intensive chemical formulations. They are correct in thinking about such scenario, but did you know that you can have your own hydroponics system right inside your home, or your backyard, for that matter?
Hydroponics can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. Simple hydroponics systems are very affordable, if you want to buy a complete set to start your project. For simple applications, some miscellaneous equipment and materials can be used to create your own hydroponics system. With basic research and knowledge of the way hydroponics systems work, you can create your own at home. For beginners, however, or those who do not want to make mistakes the first time, you can purchase systems that are ready to assemble or set up.
Types of hydroponics systems are as follows:
Medium (Anchorage) ??? Plants in a hydroponics system need proper support to keep them upright. The right type of anchorage is necessary to keep plants well suspended. Plant roots should be able to touch the water solution below it and should provide strong support so that the plants are not easily knocked down.
Nutrients ??? Plant roots should be fed with the necessary nutrients with adequate amounts of water solution touching the roots. The correct combination of nutrients depending on the plant requirements should be supplied in the hydroponics system.
Lighting ??? Plants love light. It is one of the basic needs of the plants to grow. Without adequate amounts of light, plants wilt and die. Recent technology has made it possible for plants to grow inside buildings through artificial lighting available in hydroponics suppliers and regular hardware, once you know the specific requirements of your plants.
Oxygen ??? Nutrient solutions recirculate inside a hydroponics system, allowing large amounts of oxygen to be taken by the plant roots. Some systems even have utilize aerators to help plants get adequate amounts of oxygen to survive.
pH Levels ??? Ideal pH levels for plants are between 5.5 and 6.5. Any level below or above these levels can be detrimental to the plants??? health.
Temperature ??? It is important that proper temperatures are maintained inside the building or area where the hydroponic garden is set up. Plants need the right temperature to survive and flourish. Ventilation ??? Oxygen and CO??? levels need to be regulated in the growing area. It is imperative that plants obtain necessary amounts of these gases to survive. Proper ventilation needs to be maintained to optimize plant growth and production.
With proper research and knowledge in hydroponics, you will be able to set up and maintain a productive hydroponics garden in your home. Once you get the hang of it, you can even improvise or create your own hydroponics system, one that you can be proud to have in your green home.