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How Hydroponics Systems Work For You, Part 1: An Overview

Which hydroponics system will give you the most valuable flowers? Which hydroponics system will give you the most valuable flowers?

Hydroponics is the word we use for the gardening we do, but literally speaking, it isn’t an accurate word for our type of growing. The word hydroponics literally means “water working,” and was coined in the early 1900’s to describe systems in which plants grew with their roots dangling in water laced with chemical hydroponics nutrients.

Nowadays almost all forms of indoor gardening are described as “hydroponics,” even when plants are grown in soil.

Under the umbrella of hydroponics indoor gardening are different methods for delivering nutrients, water and oxygen into your plants.

The most primitive of these methods is soil growing. You’ll hear people talk about self-made “supersoil” that allegedly contains enough nutrition to power your plants for rapid grow phase development and a productive bloom phase. But this is a mirage.

Obviously, you can provide adequate nutrition and a healthy root zone using rich soil in an indoor garden. But serious high-value growers know that just using soil and water - even the richest soil - will not maximize growth and yield to the degree that using hydroponics nutrients and non-soil root zone approaches will provide.

Of course, if you are using hydroponics nutrients and rich soil, you can improve the performance of your plants as compared to using only rich soil and water. But to truly gain mastery over your plants’ performance, you need to use a hydroponics system and hydroponics nutrients. When you do that, you get the fastest possible growth, earlier flowering, faster floral maturation and heavier harvests. In short, you get the highest-value harvests.

Choosing which hydroponics system to use can be challenging. There are many types of systems and some of them you have to see in person in order to fully understand whether or not that system might be best for you. In this article and follow-up articles, we will discuss different hydroponics systems so you have a headstart on selecting the ideal one for your situation.

There are many major and minor differences between hydroponics systems, but for me, the most important difference is that some systems use a solid root zone media such as rockwool, coco coir and hydroton, while others use no root zone media at all.

When you use solid root zone media such as rockwool, your hydroponics plants are in a sterile soil substitute that holds and transfers water, oxygen and nutrition.

In contrast, when you use hydroponics systems such as aeroponics, your plants’ roots hang in an empty chamber into which a nutrient-enriched mist is periodically sprayed or misted.

This difference has a lot of implications for growers. In some circumstances, such as when you cannot ensure adequate electricity supplies, extra maintenance and attention that aeroponics systems require, you ought not to use aeroponics.

These are the kinds of hydroponics decisions that require analysis and planning based on the kind of knowledge you’ll get in our articles, so stay tuned to Rosebudmag.com.

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