Hydroponics, or growing plants using water and no soil, is becoming a more and more popular gardening method. In particular, hydroponics is meant for growing plants in an enclosed area. Grow boxes typically make it easy for learners to study hydroponics with light, a nutrient system, growing medium and all others required for self-contained plant cultivation. But what are the specific benefits of this revolutionary approach to plant growth?
Expert gardeners can readily build hydroponic grow box systems from nothing, but with pre-packaged grow boxes, you can take the guesswork out of the process. The key difference among commercially available grow boxes is the type of hydroponics system used – whether it is passive or active. Active hydroponic grow boxes rely on a pump to distribute nutrients to plants; passive types use the growing medium for feeding the plants.
When nutrient delivery to plants is optimal, they will grow as much as 30 to 50 percent faster and bring in higher yields. Not soil but light, water and nutrients are the most vital elements that make plants grow. With hydroponic grow boxes, nutrients may be distributed regularly using a water solution that roots are soaked in, or through periodic flooding. Root growth is partly stimulated by extra oxygen that comes from growing mediums. Therefore, plants no longer need to look for nutrients as they need to in soil. Instead, the energy that has been save will be spent on growth and fruition.
Soil Issues Eliminated
Soil-borne pests and pathogens can delay plant growth through diseases they introduce. With hydroponically grown plants, issues like fungal and bug infestations are considerably reduced. Growing mediums do not promote weed growth, which simply means there will be no unwanted plants competing for food and water. Other soil problems, like poor poor drainage and inconsistent texture, which are all bad for plant growth, do not exist in a well-maintained growing medium.
Since hydroponic box systems are always reusing nutrient solutions, the need for water is significantly lowered as compared to conventional gardening requirements. Note that these systems are closed, with most nutrients being absorbed by the plants, so fertilizers leaking into the environment is unlikely. With the indoor environment and no-soil growing medium, the use of pesticides will be hardly needed. Since topsoil will not be used, topsoil erosion becomes moot.
Indeed, with hydroponics, keeping a tab on the different variables involved in crop production becomes less of a chore. Some apps have even been to help you monitor the progress of your plants. All of this provides you maximum control over your garden, right from the beginning, all the way up to harvest time.