Hydroponics, the growing of plants without soil, is a fast growing industry and has become a reality for greenhouse growers in virtually all climates. Explanations for the recent boom of hydroponic related industries can be attributed to several factors. Some of the advantages of using hydroponics are:
Hydroponics allows more efficient use of the space available for growing. With Hydroponics, a typical garden is not needed. Many kits and systems currently available allow the grower the ability to grow fresh produce in a small space like a small yard, porch, balcony, or even confined indoor spaces when no outdoor areas are available.
The Earth’s population steadily increases each year while the availability of arable land dedicated to food production decreases. In addition, agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water. So it is important that we develop agricultural technology that helps to reduce the necessary resources while increasing production for a growing demand.
Hydroponics helps to offer several benefits to our environment by using considerably less water and soil as well as the reduced need for pesticides in farming and gardening.
Because growing seasons are different in every region, food production is generally restricted by those growing seasons. This is not the case with hydroponics. With the use of an indoor or greenhouse environment, a growing season can be extended or even eliminated. Hydroponic growers are able to take advantage of this benefit in the ability to grow produce for consumption and/or retail sale throughout the year.
Some additional benefits to hydroponics can be seen in faster grow rates, larger yields, and the ability for home growers to grow produce for personal consumption. With today’s fuel costs on the rise, it will also soon be more economical to grow produce in a local area versus transporting food from other regions.
Does Hydroponics make sense? Absolutely. That is why Roots to Bloom Hydroponics will continue to strive to sell the technology products needed for successful hydroponic growing.