[Guest feature] Hydroponics: Water-based farming that saves water?

Hydroponics, by definition, is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics does not use soil, instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as cocopeat, perlite or clay pellets. The basic premise behind hydroponics is to allow the plants roots to come in direct contact with water, containing the nutrient solution, while also having access to oxygen, which is essential for proper growth.

Hydroponics is a precision farming technique that allows for absolutely no pesticide to be added for any plant being grown.

The facts are the growing with hydroponics comes with many advantages, the biggest of which is the amount of water that Hydroponics lets you save. Most hydroponic systems work on the principles of re-circulation – allowing for great savings and no wastage. Hydroponic systems use upto 95% less water than conventional growing methods. Another factor is a greatly increased rate of growth in your plants. With the proper setup, your plants will mature faster and produce more than the same plants grown in soil as they do not have to work as hard to obtain nutrients. Even a small root system will provide the plant exactly what it needs.

Think of it this way: plant will focus more on growing upstairs instead of expanding the root system downstairs.

At FutureFarmsTM, the  focus is on commercial application of this technology. With our population increasing at unprecedented levels – it is integral that new and improved methods of production are available. Their Hydroponic solutions allows plants to grow 4x faster than any soil Farm could, over each acre. It is a great choice because it gives you the ability to meticulously control the variables that affect how well your plants grow. A fine tuned hydroponic system can easily surpass a soil based system in plant quality, nutrition and amount of produce yielded.

All of this is possible through careful control of your nutrient solution and pH levels. Their hydroponic system will also use less water than soil based plants because the system is enclosed, which results in less evaporation. In fact, hydroponics is better for the environment because it reduces waste and pollution from soil runoff.

If you want to grow the most nutritious, juiciest, cleanest plants you can possibly imagine, then hydroponics is the right choice for you.

DISCLAIMER: This guest feature was submitted by FutureFarmsTM, a Hydroponics based precision agriculture firm established in Chennai, India.

Published by Kshitij Tiwari

Roboticist, martial artist, solo traveler, environmentalist

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