There are six types of hydroponic systems that each addresses a different need of a potential grower. They are wick, water culture, ebb and flow and drip, NFT and Aeroponic. Every hydroponic system is a modification of one of these types of systems usually incorporating other aspects from the other techniques of a given system. While the needs of every plant are different and finding the right combination of this set of techniques is sometimes difficult it is key in finding the best methods for your growing goals.
In many instances people have a need for a growth apparatus in the home such as a hydroponic system; hydroponic growth systems incorporate water into the growth process. Seeds of the desired plant are placed in dirt and the dirt is placed into containers that are partially submerged in water that carries nutrients to the plants. These systems are usually very affordable and a great alternative to growing outside. In many cases there are adverse weather conditions such as rain or snow that can hamper or even outright prevent the growth of healthy plants. For those who wish to grow their own food this is an extremely unfortunate and unacceptable reality.
While many plants are resilient to the elements including bad weather other plants need to be housed inside where they can receive adequate conditions and nutrients. The temperature inside of a “grow room” often needs to be elevated in addition to a hydroponic system being in place. Something you do need to keep in mind about a hydroponic system is that the water being used to carry nutrients needs to be checked for Ph and other levels. When the water becomes dirty or requires more nutrients it must be changed in order to avoid any adverse effects with regard to the health of your plants.
Ph strips and other testing materials are necessary to keep handy while utilizing a hydroponic system, it is also a very good idea to keep your grow room sterile and free of any sort of contaminants. Once your plants begin to grow it is also important to keep an eye out for any insects that might eat the plant’s leaves or stems as they grow. There are many books available that can help to combat possible insect or microscopic contamination and often preventing such situations is much cheaper and easier than dealing with them after they come up. However it is not terribly expensive to combat an infestation, often insects can be defeated by introducing another insect such as a lady bug into environment to eat the insects that are eating your plants.
While it can have a bit of a learning curve utilizing a hydroponic system to grow your own food or other necessary plants can help a household to save money and live healthier. Most people would agree that this alone is worth the small investment in time and money that setting up a hydroponic systems involves. Remember to do your research and apply due diligence in order to get the most out of your investment.