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ABOUT hydroponics

Hydroponics is simply described as growing plants without soil. Hydroponics allows you to control more of the variables including pH levels, lighting and nutrients for optimal plant growth and produce yields. Water is the main method of delivering the nutrients to the plant’s roots, combined with growing media to help support the plant. Hydroponically grown plants dip their roots directly into nutrient-rich solutions, so plants get more of what they need much faster and easier. Hydroponic farming can be used in locations where soil conditions are too poor to support farming, or where space is limited. It can be done anytime and anywhere! 

GROWING MEDIA &

NUTRIENTS

The easiest way to encourage rapid root growth is by selecting a growing media that allows your plants to absorb as manny nutrients as possible (usually known as soil when referring to conventional grow methods), in this case hydroponics generally uses Coco coir, Perlite, Clay Balls or NFT (Nutrient Film Technique).

Coco Coir is much more aerated than normal soil, which means it doesn't hold as much water. This means you can feed the plants more frequently and increase nutrient delivery; which will result in faster overall plant growth. To learn more about Coco Coir visit our blog page.

benefits of

hydroponics

There are a number of benefits to Hydroponic farming including:

  • Use less water - 90% more efficient use of water 

  • Increase produce with faster growth times

  • No soil erosion

  • No chemicals, weed or pesticides

  • Grow all year round

  • Increase nutritional value

  • Decrease food miles

  • Farms can exist in places where soil is not favourable for food production

  • Less space - grow vertically 

LIGHTING &

VENTILATION

Light or sunlight is detrimental to plant growth. One of the primary benefits to growing outdoors hydroponically is the free light you get from the sun. In more traditional indoor farming setups, there are a number of lighting types to explore.

 

There are three main types of lights that hydroponic gardeners use to grow their plants. These are Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL); High Intensity Discharge (HID), which includes both High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) bulbs; and Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights. Depeding on your set up we can help you choose the right ones! 

A ventilation system is crucial to keep the CO2 content at optimal levels for the plants and produce to thrive.

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benefits

The benefits of Hydroponic farming is the ability to manage pH and nutrients to make sure plants are getting the exact nutrients they need.

 

The ability to grow indoors allows farmers to control temperatures and lighting schedules to improve plant production. Systems can be designed to make use of vertical space and increase planting density.

 

Hydroponics allow the ability to create farms in locations where soil conditions are too poor to support farming, or space is limited and a farm otherwise couldn’t exist.

SYSTEMS & PLUMBING

There are six types of hydroponic systems; Drip System, Ebb & Flow, N.F.T, Water Culture, Aeroponics, and Wick.

 

The plants roots need 3 things, water/moisture, nutrients, and oxygen. Each system varies in specifics of how they make water and air available to the plants root system. It's important to choose the right system for your plant and space. 

Larger scale farms and set up may require pluming and water circulation systems, so depending on your farm this is also really important.

sustainable hydroponics

Our Melbourne-based team is driven to create a positive and lasting change through sustainable Hydroponics systems. We’d love for you to join us on our mission to feed mankind in a way that values our precious natural resources and protects our planet, so why not shop our range of hydroponic products  or get in touch with us for more information on sustainable growing.

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