Gardening is a lot of fun, but it can be tricky. Traditional soil-based gardening, for example, might seem easy enough but there are dozens of things that can go wrong. If you’re using quality hydroponic system supplies, however, and are open to more modern forms of gardening, you’re in for plenty of gardening success.
Some crops can actually grow twice as fast in hydroponics because of the ability to receive the correct amount of water, oxygen, and nutrients. There are a few specific types of hydroponics systems underneath the umbrella of hydroponics, including:
The Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)
This is a variation of hydroponics where a constant flow of nutrients runs across the roots of the plants. The nutrients can effectively flow downward because of a slight tilt directing toward the roots. Additionally, only the tips of the roots actually come in contact with the nutrient solvent, allowing the plant to acquire more oxygen and expedite the growth process.
Deepwater Culture (DWC)
This method of hydroponics is the easiest and most commonly used for growing plants. In a DWC system, the roots are suspended inside a nutrient solution equipped with an air pump to provide necessary oxygen and additional nutrients to each plant. Light should be kept away from this type of gardening because too much light will cause algae to grow lead to some major issues with the entire system.
Ebb and Flow
The ebb and flow technique (also known as flood and drain) is great for plant growing as well. This method operates by flooding the designated growing area with specially defined levels of nutrients. The nutrient solution slowly drains back into the reservoir after it reaches those specific intervals by a timer.
The drip method isn’t as efficient as the ebb and flow process, because flooding and clogging often occurs, but as long as you’re using a fast draining medium, you can avoid clogging. Additionally, there are other hydroponic system supplies that can help prevent clogging in all types of hydroponic layouts.
If you want to learn more about this advanced form of gardening or check out some quality hydroponic system supplies like fans, sump pumps, and more, give Healthy Harvest a call today.