Hydroponic Plant Systems - What, No Dirt?

 


Article by: Robert Mosse

Simply put, hydroponics , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! is the growing , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden of plants , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results without soil. , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC The word "hydroponics" comes from the Greek word hydro, which means "water" and ponos, which means "labor or water-working."

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All plant , Cattleya Orchid - Why They Are Not Popular leaves need light, , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly oxygen and carbon , Vacation Proofing your Garden dioxide. Plant , Water Ponds and Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your Backyard root systems require water, , Vacation Proofing your Garden nutrients and oxygen. When plants , Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design? are grown normally (in soil) water , Garden Feature - The Fish Dish takes nutrients from the soil , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers and carries them to the plant , Discover the Art of Topiary roots. The water , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio and nutrients are taken up by the roots , Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design? to feed plant , Science Can't Explain Everything! growth. Soil , Backyard Landscaping drainage then allows water , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio to be replaced by air , Science Can't Explain Everything! in the gaps between soil , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed grains. This supplies the roots , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? with oxygen.

Hydroponic Gardening:

In hydroponic plant , The Basics of Mulch systems, you dissolve the nutrients in water. , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips Soil , House Name Plates is replaced with a "growing medium" - a soil , An Autumn Garden for Halloween substitute - that holds the roots , Rubber Pond Liners and supplies them with water, , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden nutrients and oxygen.

You can deliver the nutrient solution a couple of ways: You can drip feed it to each plant, , The Magic Copier or you can flood , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice the root , Fall is the Time to Get Your Garden Trees and Shrubs Ready for Winter: Here's What to Do chamber, then drain it out. These methods require a pump , Patio Umbrellas and Beach Umbrellas. Practical and Appealing. and timer to circulate the nutrients through the roots. , Saving Seeds from Your Garden You can also grow , An Autumn Garden for Halloween the plant , Tips for Preparing a ing Bed roots in the air , Organic Hydroponics - Simplified by spraying them with a fine mist of nutrient solution, or grow , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? them by aerating the solution under each root , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips mass with an air , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers pump.

Actually, six basic types of hydroponic , Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit systems make up the basis of all hydroponic gardening. , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio
  • Wick
  • Water Culture
  • Ebb and Flow (or Flood , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! & Drain)
  • Drip
  • Nutrient Film Technique (N.F.T)
  • Aeroponic


Let's take a look at these 6 basic hydroponic plant , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain systems:

Wick

The wick system is the simplest and easiest to build of all the systems available. It is also passive, with no moving parts. It requires no electrical energy , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden source or special attention.

The nutrient solution is drawn into the grow , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! bed from the nutrient reservoir through the capillary action of wick material and absorbent grow , The Basics of Mulch media. When plants , Backyard Landscaping get very large, they may use nutrients faster than the wicks can supply them.

Water Culture

The water , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Gardens Are? culture is another very simple hydroponic , How To Keep Birds Off Of Your Patio Furniture system. Plants , Abatement Challenges of Non-Native Noxious Weeds grow with the roots , Garden Water Feature - The Fish Dish suspended in the nutrient solution. The structure that holds the plants , Landscape Wallpaper is usually made of styrofoam and floats directly on the nutrient solution. An air , Cattleya Orchid Plant - Why They Are Not Popular pump delivers the nutrient solution and oxygen to the plant , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? roots. The main disadvantage of a water , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results culture system is that it doesn't work well with large plants , Themes of Shade or with long-term plants. , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain

Ebb and Flow (or Flood , The Basics of Mulch and Drain)

The ebb and flow hydroponic , Organic s - Simplified system works by temporarily flooding the grow , An Autumn Garden for Halloween tray with nutrient solution and then draining the solution back into a reservoir. Usually the pump , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain is submerged and is connected to a timer.

The ebb and flow system can be used with a variety of growing , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice media. The entire grow , Abatement Challenges of Non-Native Noxious Weeds tray can be filled with grow , Tick Bites rocks, gravel , Hummingbird Migration or granular rock wool. You can use individual pots , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips filled with growing , Backyard Landscaping medium. This makes it easy to move plants , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results around or even move them in or out of the system.

Drip Systems (Recovery and Non-Recovery)

Drip systems are probably the most widely used type of hydroponic plant , ing Flower Bulbs for Springtime Blooms system. Basically, a timer controlled pump , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? delivers nutrient solution to drippers located at the base of each plant. , The Basics of Mulch In a Recovery Drip System the excess solution runs off and returns to the tank for re-use. A Non-Recovery System does not collect the run-off which therefore goes to waste.

Nutrient Film Technique - "N.F.T."

This is another very popular hydroponic , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? system. A constant flow of nutrient solution pumped from a tank flows over the roots , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life of the plants , Organic Hydroponics - Simplified in a tube or tray and then returns to the tank. The growing , Science Can't Explain Everything! medium is mostly air, , Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit plus whatever medium was used to grow , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC the plant , The Basics of Mulch from a seed , Cattleya Orchid Plant - Why They Are Not Popular or cutting (usually rock wool or perlite.)

Aeroponic

The aeroponic system is probably the most high-tech type of hydroponic gardening. , The Magic Plant Copier The growing , Fall is the Time to Get Your Garden Trees and Shrubs Ready for Winter: Here's What to Do medium is primarily air. , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? The roots , How To Keep Birds Off Of Your Patio Furniture hang in the air , Water Ponds and Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your Backyard and are misted every few minutes with nutrient solution. A timer controls the nutrient pump , An Autumn Garden for Halloween much like other types of hydroponic , Themes of Shade systems, except the aeroponic system needs a short cycle timer that runs the pump , Backyard Landscaping for a few seconds every couple of minutes.

Many growers prefer hydroponic plant , Hummingbird Migration systems and believe them to be a far more efficient way to provide water , Planting Flower Bulbs for Springtime Blooms and nutrients to their plants. , Saving Seeds from Your Garden Since food , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? and water , House Name Plates go directly to the roots, , This Fall, Give Your Trees Some TLC the plant , A Portable Perennial Garden is able to spend more energy , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! growing above the surface, producing more vegetation, larger fruit, , Rubber Pond Liners flowers , Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design? and vegetables. , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips

Copyright 2006 Robert Mosse
Robert Mosse is a gardening , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice and lawn , House Name Plates care specialist and author of the "Easy" Lawn , How to Conquer Caterpillars and Gardening , Tick Bites Book Series. Visit Robert at Lawn , Cattleya Orchid Plant - Why They Are Not Popular And Gardening , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower Tips for great, hands-on gardening , Water Ponds and Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your Backyard info... and get the Guide for 101 Gardening , Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design? Tips, completely Free at http://www.lawn-and-gardening-tips.com.

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