Although Hydroponics is fast emerging as one of the preferred methods of growing plants there are still quite a few misconceptions around hydroponics which makes growers skeptical in embracing this breakthrough technology. While internet with its vast repository of information made attempts to provide knowledge on hydroponics, it failed to break the chain of myths that still clouts this technology. Some of the most common myths on hydroponics are listed below:
Hydroponics isn’t simple
It is true that hydroponics was not always as simple as it is now. This is true with regards to preparation of the nutrient solution that needs to be prepared meticulously by using correct proportion of nutrients and water to fulfill the needs of your plants. However, with the availability of pre-mixed nutrients, the job has become lot easier and simpler. All you need to do is add the correct amount of water to the nutrient mix.
Hydroponics is some rocket science
Most growers associate hydroponics with some complicated scientific experiments because like most lab experiments, it includes troughs, tubes, meters and gauges etc. However, the truth is that hydroponics isn’t a rocket science. Any ardent plant lover can switch to hydroponics easily and practice growing plants using this process. There are various self starter kits available in the market with lucid instructions for beginners. Understanding the chemistry behind hydroponics is neither important nor essential in growing aromatic flowers and fruits with this method.
Tasteless and watery
Critics of hydroponics claim that the crops grown by this method are watery and have strong chemical flavor. However this claim is baseless as it is impossible to distinguish between crops grown by traditional methods and crops grown through hydroponics. Taste of any fruit or vegetable is essentially determined by the nutrients that the plant absorbs. As long as you provide the right nutrients your crop will not be tasteless or watery. In fact, hydroponics growers have more control over nutritional value and flavor of your fruits and vegetables.
Hydroponics is for indoors
Hydroponics is all about growing plants in a very controlled growing environment. As long as the environment is controlled, it can be practiced both indoors and outdoors. For outdoor plants, they are grown in green houses and are the most prevalent method used by commercial hydroponic growers. Growing plants in green houses can reduce damages caused by pests and harmful pesticides and increase the number of crop cycles in a year.
Hydroponics is expensive
To set up a hydroponics systems might not be inexpensive. However, the benefits that you reap through this method of planting can soon start giving you excellent returns on your investment on the set up. Some growers feel that the high intensity bulbs used in grow rooms can shoot up your electricity bill. However the truth is that the high intensity bulbs that are used in grow rooms are extremely cost effective.