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Hydroponics, growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium, is a growing area of commercial food production.
The word hydroponics is derived from two Greek words: ‚hydro‘ meaning water and ‚ponos‘ meaning labor. Hydroponic production can be with or without the use of an artificial medium (such as perlite, sand, gravel, peat, or sawdust) to provide mechanical support.
If you have ever suspended the pit from an avocado over water in a glass, or grown a sweet potato plant in water as part of a classroom experiment, you were using an elementary hydroponic system!
Although you may have only used water, a true hydroponics garden combines the use of water, a substrate, and a nutrient solution to grow plants quickly in far less space than a traditional garden.
The majority of hydroponic gardens are used to grow vegetables. However, this gardening method is also a great solution for creating unique flower gardens indoors or outdoors using a variety of container options.
Benefits of growing plants with a Hydroponic System
Investing in a Hydroponic system is a lot cheaper than buying all expensive compounds one needs to set up a traditional planting farm and it reduced production costs drastically.
Plants grown in a Hydroponic system yield 30-50 % faster than with traditional growing. The main difference are oxygen and nutrition that get directly to the plants roots.
Hydroponic growing activates a certain type of bioactive reactions in plants, therefore the plants are able to increase various antioxidant and vitamin levels in themselves.
As Hydroponic growing uses only water in a circuit, the fresh water need is more efficient than in traditional growing. 100% of the water used goes into the root system.
Most of the food waste worldwide derives from leafy greens in supermarkets and the supply chain as well as restaurants, as these wilt way too fast. Using hydroponics is using alive plants, therefore reduces the waste.
Most of the food worldwide has to be transported from A to B. With a Hydroponic growing system the food yields where it is used, the carbon footprint of every single plant grown is close to 0.
Hydroponics : what is the difference?
Hydroponics is a growing method by which plants are grown
in a tightly controlled environment without soil and with very little water required.
This method eliminates the use of traditional fertilisers such as animal manure, which has been identified as a source of E. coli and other diseases. Instead, nutrients are added to the water in small amounts . The water should contain oxygen and the plants need lighting for the activation of the growing process.
Water use is dramatically less than traditional agriculture and tightly controlled and monitored to provide the best and most essential nutrients to the plants in the safest and most efficient manner.
The controlled environment of the greenhouse protects the plants from uncontrollable outside elements such as adverse weather conditions and insects, helping to greatly minimise the need for pesticides and herbicides. Only organic pesticides and herbicides are used when needed. This means that the produce is fresh, safe, nutritious, and available throughout the year.
Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers or on vertically inclined surfaces.
It is the perfect solution to solve the problem of missing spaces, landmasses and arable land. Vertical farming eliminates agricultural runoff into water sources, significantly reduces use of fossil fuels from farm machines and the transport of crops, and makes use of abandoned or unused properties, such as empty warehouses and skyscrapers. There’s also year-round production with vertical farming, which can help keep up with the global demand for food.
We do not only offer consultation regardless of where our clients are located, we also offer highly innovative hydroponic growing systems, that we produce ourselves. (more on our own products)
Our work is founded on a rigorous understanding of every client’s needs, depending on the context and situation. We study market trends, emerging best practices all over the world. As the world, our clients and the needs are changing constantly, continually seek new and better ways to serve the best we possibly can.
Investing in hydroponics system is probably the safest way to ensure your return on investment. Food is one of the most crucial resources in the world. Without it, we could not survive. It will always be one of our most basic necessities. With the current global food shortages, coupled with a growing population, investments in food and agriculture will undoubtedly perform.
Investing in hydroponics allows you to gain exposure in an industry where the yields are high, far more so than in traditional agriculture, using the same amount of landmass. Web Farmer will assist you every step of the way and ensure that your growing space is optimised for both maximum output and returns. Owning a hydroponic system couldn’t be easier; you are given the flexibility to decide which of our equipment you want to use. We will help you to find the perfect space, the best crops, the optimal nutrients, and develop the best system for you. We will assist you every step of the way and ensure your hydroponic system is optimised for output and returns.
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