What is Hydroponics

We're so used to plants growing in fields and gardens that we find anything else completely extraordinary. However, not only will plants grow without soil, they often grow a lot better with their roots in water or very moist air instead. Add the components your plants may need in the form of specific nutrients and additives and the results can far outweigh conventionally grown produce.

Growing plants without soil is known as hydroponics. Many of the foods we eat from the supermarkets, such as vine tomatoes, are already grown hydroponically and not only taste far superior, the yields are far greater and the growing time is significantly reduced.

By dipping the roots into a nutrient rich solution they are able to suck up just what's needed without having to increase root density and because the roots are not so dense the plants have increased capabilities of multiplying in size, being easier to maintain and what's great is that you are able to grow wherever you may have space.

Grow anytime of the year... Eradicate soil borne pests and become a botanist in your own environment, the master of Control! Rather than at the mercy of our weather, which can be pretty unpredictable for the modern day gardener.

However, don't expect drawbacks because learning is a tool in order to accomplish!

Plants will always need attention and with our resources it's easy to determine what you need to do in order to put things right and prosper with your goals.

Time and effort are only wasted when you have learnt nothing from your experience and this is essentially what hydroponics helps to deliver, a better understanding, learning and partnership with mother nature.

What are the advantages of hydroponic versus soil grown plants?

  • No soil means no soil borne pests, diseases or weeds. Plants will maintain optimum nutrient and moisture levels in hydroponic systems, which offer several benefits:
  • Healthier, faster growing plants with significantly higher yields in less time. This is because hydroponic plants are able to use twice the nutrients that plants in traditional gardens are able too.
  • Plants that will be more disease resistant, as they are not stressed by drought.
  • Grow more plants per square meter. Smaller roots on hydroponically grown plants mean that the growth energy of the plant is concentrated on producing plant mass, rather than root mass allowing the grower to use space more efficiently.
  • Hydroponically grown plants never get root bound, so they do not need repotting.
  • Hydroponic produce has a longer shelf life than soil-grown produce.
  • Hydroponics is cleaner as you are not bringing soil into your home.
  • Hydroponic systems use less water than traditional gardens.
  • Hydroponic systems allow you to grow indoors all year-round.