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Hydroponics: An Innovative Guideline For Soil Less Gardening
By Jason Uvios
“Hydroponics” actually has a Latin origin. “Hydro” is related to water and thus hydroponics is something like “working with water”. Now it is a term used for agriculture and cultivation. Quite relevantly it is then a process of cultivation where water takes a lead. Indeed it is so because hydroponics is a practice of growing crops without the use of an inch soil. It is only water that is enriched with mineral contents essentially needed for the plant growth and better yield. This mineral rich solution replaces the natural soil and plants are grown in this solution.

Actually the matter of concern is not soil or solution on which the plant is grown. What are important are the essential nutrients and conditions for the growth of the plants. Wherever they are available, be it water or the soil plants can grow.

Role of soil

What happens in the soil?

If you have the answer of the above stated question, you can then understand that if the soil is not there how plants can still grow. As simple as it can be the soil becomes the medium to provide essential minerals and other nutrients and absorbent of water and thereby leads to the process of biological decomposition.

Biological decomposition is in fact the key process to convert the organic matter in the basic nutrients or salts required for the plant’s growth. The roots absorb the necessary nutrients from the soil and transfer to the different parts of the plants. If the


organic part of the soil is low then the process of decomposition is also slow and insufficient to meet the plant’s needs.

You must be clear by now what are the areas in the plant growth that are being supported by the soil. Now if those are supported by any other medium, can plants still grow in their usual way?

Hydroponic system

What happens in the hydroponic system? Actually the same nutrients that are decomposed and made by the soil over here are added to the water and made into a mineral rich solution. When the seedlings are put into this solution, they can avail a direct source of both nutrients and water from the same solution. Moreover the solution has a direct passage into the plant’s body through the roots.

You can thereby notice that scientifically the hydroponics supports the plant’s growth in a more balanced way. With longer roots and nutritious diet and additional light source apart from sunlight, the final yield is also great. Things are simpler and convenient.

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