Frequently asked questions
Q. What is hydroponics?
A. Hydroponics is the science of growing plants without soil. The plants thrive on the nutrient solution alone. The medium (rockwool) merely acts as support for the plants and their root systems, and perhaps to hold moisture around the roots. The growing medium, if any, is totally inert.
Q. What are the advantages of hydroponic versus soil grown plants?
A. No soil means no weeds or soil borne pests and diseases. Plants will maintain optimum nutrient and moisture levels in hydroponic systems, which offer several benefits: healthier plants, faster growing plants, and plants that will be more disease resistant as they are not stressed by drought. The root systems stay smaller on hydroponically grown plants, so the plant can concentrate its growth energy on producing plant mass, rather than roots. Allows the grower to have more plants per square foot of growing space. 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 clean.
Q. Can plants be grown organically and hydroponically?
A. Organic and hydroponic growers have typically regarded each other somewhat suspiciously. The two growing methods were at one time thought to be incompatible, however there is some common ground. Hydroponic growing is based on immediate and 100% nutrient availability. Organic farming traditionally requires seeds to be planted in soil based medians.
Q. What types of plants can be grown hydroponically?
A. Anything can be easily grown, but some plants prove to be more space efficient. Some plants we suggest are tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot chiles, lettuce, spinach, chard, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, beans, snow peas, herbs, flowers of all types and house plants.
Q. What about taste? Will the flavor compare to produce from my outdoor, organic garden?
A. You bet--perhaps even better! This is simply due to the fact that the hydroponically grown plants are getting everything they need, when they need it and the plants are not stressed.
Q. Do you really get better yields in less time?
A. Absolutely. The plants, receiving everything they need, tend to be healthier, faster growing and generally more productive.