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The Benefits and Downsides of Hydroponics

Before we dive into the details of Hydroponics, it’s important to know about the pros and cons of this soilless cultivation method.
Why is it a viable solution for future agriculture farming when the soil growing is still in place?

Before we dive into the details of Hydroponics, it’s important to know about the pros and cons of this soilless cultivation method.
Why is it a viable solution for future agriculture farming when the soil growing is still in place?

Why Hydroponics?

Hydroponics come up with several obvious benefits that the soils cannot compare to. Let’s see.

Better growth rate.

It’s not uncommon to see that Hydroponically grown plants than enjoying a 20-30% better rate than those in the soil, grown in similar conditions.

Hydroponic & soil tomato growth comparison

This is because plant roots directly contact with the nutrients rather than searching for food in the soils. All of these energies will be instead consumed in its growth, and in producing fruits and flowers.

Growers are also in charge of the whole growing system – nutrients, temperature, lights, and so on. By this, you can provide with the ideal conditions that plants require.

Hydroponics saves water

It is estimated that agriculture consumes 80% of fresh water in the US.

Meanwhile, the FAO predicted that the food production would increase by 70% when the population hugely expands.

That would be a huge issue to deal with for future farming.

It’s when Hydroponics is adopted as a viable solution. This soilless growing method uses only 10% water in comparison to soil agriculture. It is able to do that because of its efficient recirculated system. Hydroponic plants get the sufficient water while the run-off ones are captured and get back to the system.

No soils needed.

This comes with two great benefits:
  
(1) You can grow crops anywhere whether in arable or heavily contaminated places. It saves the lands by growing plants in convenient locations like large-scale indoor greenhouses, or even in your apartment.

(2) All of the weeds and soil-related pests and disease are eliminated in a Hydroponic system.

Effective use of nutrients

All nutrients are added to the solution, and you are 100% controlling giving the specific amounts of foods (nutrients) that plants need. Unlike the soil, nutrients are not lost because they are held in the reservoir.

Potential Downsides of Hydroponics

Initial expenses

Upon starting, you are sure to make some investments to get necessary equipment for the system, including a hydroponic air pump, timer, lights, air filters, fans, containers, growing media, nutrients, and etc.

Technical knowledge and experiences.

Depending on the scale and types of your systems, you’ll need to own specific knowledge to set up, maintain and monitor. You’ll also need to know how plants work in Hydroponics. Don’t worry about these issues, because you’re reading this now.

System failure and power outage.

The plants are depending on you for their survival. In case a power outage happens, they face a great risk of death in a few hours when the plant roots are stopped watering and get dried.

Organic product debates.

There are still oppositions of many people about the USDA’s decision to get Hydroponically grown foods certified as organic. This is because it is still questionable whether Hydroponic plants will get microbiomes as they are in the soil.

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