20 Facts About Hydroponics

20 Facts About Hydroponics

From the ancient past to modern day

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While it may seem that hydroponics is a new phenomenon, this post demonstrates something curious. As a hydroponic grower, you are a part of an ancient tradition tracing back thousands of years.

Here are 20 random facts about hydroponics. Scan the list for something new to you. Enjoy!

  1. Hydroponics is old school, but newly modified. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (7th wonder of the world) was supposed to be a hydroponic garden.

  2. The Egyptian Pharaohs made sure that the fruits and veggies they relished were made using a hydroponic system.

  3. Farmers claim that hydroponically grown crops use up to 90% less water than traditional farming for the same crops.

  4. You can plant almost 4 times the crops with the same space as traditional farming.

  5. It’s possible to grow anything using sterile growing media with the combination of perfectly balanced pH, nutrient solution, and oxygenated water that are delivered directly to the roots.

  6. Hydroponic plants grow 2x faster than soil based plants as they are fed with the right amount of nutrients, water, and oxygen.

  7. Until 1936, hydroponics were practiced primarily in labs to research plant growth and how the root develops.

  8. During World War II, hydroponics were practiced using the gravel method to feed the US Armed Forces. Shipping vegetables and fruits to overseas outposts was not practical.

  9. The use of chemicals for hydroponically grown plants is minimal since one does not have to deal with soil based issues such as pests and soil borne diseases.

  10. Hydroponic systems are not limited to indoors but can be grown outdoors as well.

  11. Hydroponic systems can be set up using either natural sunlight or artificial grow lights that enact the role of the sun.

  12. Hydroponics is growing in popularity and has currently taken over half of the world including many states in the US such as Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Missouri, Arizona and more.

  13. According to one survey, there are more than 1,000,000 soilless culture units functioning in households of the US for growing food.

  14. There are hydroponic cabinets available that can help you to start growing the moment you install them.

  15. You can grow any type of plants both alkaline and acidic depending on the pH level in the water. You can check the pH level using readily available tester kits.

  16. Hydroponic systems require consistent monitoring. The grower must track the inside climate, type of grow lights used, nutrients, maintenance of plants, check for water leakage and more. Attention to detail is key.

  17. In case of power surges, you need to take prompt action so that the plants in the system do not suffocate.

  18. The preferred system of many DIY growers is the wick system. It is easy to design and cheap since there are no moving parts required.

  19. You can combine hydroponics with aquaponics and derive double benefits.

  20. You can prepare a hydroponic system using Mason jars.

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  • Amir Ali Shaikh
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