What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants in a solution of water and nutrients with or without inert growing media such as sand, coco, perlite, and hydroton. These media are used for supporting the plant and to keep the nutrient solution close to the roots. Hydroponic nutrient solutions are typically aerated because the roots need oxygen for respiration and growth.
What is Aeroponics?
A plant-cultivation technique in which the roots hang suspended in the air while nutrient solution is delivered to them in the form of a fine mist. Aeroponic systems utilize misters and sprayers that periodically spray the roots with aerated nutrient solution. This type of system is a little more difficult to operate but the rapid rates at which plants grow results in amazing yields.
- The biggest advantage with hydroponics is the increased growth rates so you get maximum yields in the shortest amount of time. With a properly set up system, your plants will mature faster and provide over 30% increased yields. Properly set up systems include maintaining control of light levels, pH, nutrient solution strength, levels of dissolved oxygen in water, ventilation, and pest control.
- Plants grown hydroponically always have an unlimited supply of water and nutrients which allows the plants to focus most of their energy growing shoots, foliage, fruits, and flowers.
- Plants can be grown hydroponically both indoors and outdoors
- Any plant can be grown hydroponically!
If you are not growing hydroponically, don't worry, Blue Planet Nutrients works excellent in soil as well!