Hydroponics is an innovative method of growing your fruits and vegetables without having to deal with messy soil-based growing techniques. Hydroponics technically means growing in water, but often hydroponic methods combine a mixture of growing in water-base nutrient solutions and in organic or inorganic root-zone media. You need the perfect hydroponics source to make the best of your crop. The basics of hydroponics are light, air, water, temperature and nutrients.
Here are a few tips and simple tricks which can lead to bigger yields in your hydroponic garden:
- Lighting Solution: High-intensity discharge lamps are a popular method of lighting up hydroponic greenhouses presently; however, the operating costs of such lighting systems could be high, since they eat up a lot of electricity. To use them, you have to be setting up your hydroponics greenhouse in an area with low electricity charges. Otherwise, it is hard for vegetables grown thus to compete with what is grown in winter greenhouse in regions with good sunlight.
- Hydroponic System: Your hydroponics system should be supplied with enough water and also flushed regularly around harvests to keep it clean. Nowadays, hydroponics growers are very concerned about the quality of water they use, especially since large amounts of water are used in a small volume of growing medium. The interaction between dissolved chemical elements in the water and the properties of the growing medium that is suffused with water are vital to the process of growing hydroponic plants.
- Nutrients: Hydroponics growers must carefully select a mix of hydroponic nutrients to nourish their plants with. There are both chemical and organic nutrients that you can use on your plants. However, what you finally add to your hydroponic nutrient solution must be a careful selection of what your plants need most.