Growing Plants? Hydroponics is the Future
If you are currently growing plants, whether it be seasonal herbs, tasty home
grown vegetables or just ornamental plants, we’re here to tell you that Hydroponics is the future.
Gone are the days of waiting months for your indoor veg or flowers to final bare their fruits. Growing hydroponics is super fast, efficient and most growers are able to crop out multiple times in a year.
In general the terms hydroponics has gained popular appeal, and is widely used to cover ‘all ways of growing plants without the use of soil’.
Usually the roots will hang into a premixed nutrient solution and take up as much goodness as they need.
When it comes to indoor hydroponic tomatoes for example: after 60 to 80 days of flowering/fruiting, you could be enjoying some homegrown tomatoes or homemade spaghetti sauce!
Why we say this you ask?
Hydroponics is a relatively new technology, evolving rapidly since its inception 70 years ago.
From its origins in academic research, to its utilization in industry and government, hydroponics has found many new applications.
It is a versatile technology, appropriate for both developing countries and high-tech space stations. Hydroponic technology can efficiently generate food crops from barren desert sand and desalinated ocean water, in mountainous regions too steep to farm, on city rooftops and concrete schoolyards and in arctic communities. In highly populated tourist areas where skyrocketing land prices have driven out traditional agriculture, hydroponics can provide locally grown high-value specialty crops such as fresh salad greens, herbs and cut ornamental flowers.
Like manufacturing, agriculture /farming seems to tend to move toward higher-technology, more capital-intensive solutions to problems.
Hydroponics is that solution. Hydroponics is highly productive and suitable for automation.
However, the future growth of controlled environment agriculture and hydroponics depends greatly on the development of systems of production that are cost-competitive with those that use open field agriculture techniques.
Improvements in associated technologies such as artificial lighting and agricultural plastics, and new cultivars have better pest and disease control with lasting resistance which will increase crop yields and reduce unit costs of production.
Cogeneration projects, where hydroponic greenhouses utilize waste heat from industry and power plants, are already a reality and could expand in the next few years.
Geothermal heat could support large expanses of greenhouses in appropriate locations.
Hydroponics is a technical reality. Such production systems are producing horticultural crops where field-grown fresh vegetables and ornamental are unavailable for much of the year. The development and use of controlled environment agriculture and hydroponics have enhanced the economic well being of many communities throughout the world.
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