Hydroponics is a type of gardening that allows plants to grow in nutrient based water solutions. Crops receive the nutrition they need from the solution. Since most forms of hydroponics gardening is done in indoor or controlled environments, the equipment used is much different from that used in conventional soil farming.
Specialised equipment is needed for indoor growing. They will vary depending on the system you choose to use. They include a reservoir, a pump and an aerator. The reservoir holds the water and nutrient solution. The hydroponics pump helps in spreading the solution around the plants’ roots. The aerator ensures oxygen circulation in the solution, helping the plants to thrive. To hold the plants’ crowns above the solution, a net or tray can be used.
After using the simple setup, you should take care of the hydroponics lighting requirements for the plants. Lighting is important for the plants growth. Direct sunlight is the most effective source that can be utilised. In its absence, grow lights are used. They imitate the full spectrum of the sun for the plants’ benefits. Examples of grow lights are LED lighting panels and CFL lamps (compact fluorescent lamps). The specific number of type of lights will depend on the number of plants you have and their life stage.
Green Spirit Hydroponics Equipment
The nutrients needed are readily available in their liquid form. Feeds are also used in the hydroponic growth process. Feeds contain supplements and additives that help plants to grow to their maximum. Access to a hydroponics forum will ensure that the correct information on feeds and nutrients is available for beginners.
A clean, well ventilated environment is important for the best results. Clean walls and floors are coated with reflective sheeting to insulate light and heat. Automatic timers regulate grow lights, air circulation and solution drainage. Hydroponics grow tents are increasingly becoming one of the most popular products we offer, as they are mobile and provide all the benefits of a grow room.
While hydroponics growing may be an expensive affair to start off with, all the effort is returned by an endless supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.