Have you ever imagined planting your flower without soil? This seems strange at first but actually it’s very possible as long as you know how to do it. This method called “Hydroponic” is actually the growing of plants without soil and maximize other nutrients like water and lighting needed by plants to make them grow better and stronger. This method was initially introduced by Sir Francis bacon in 1967, which made an experiment with spearmint plant with a less-pure water.
The use of essential nutrients from water with the right amount of nutrient and minerals would flourish the flower normally. Some people don’t really believe that this method would work because most of them soil is the only element that keeps the plants alive. Actually, plant can survive without soil. Water is used to removes nutrients in the soil and when the water is absorbed, the nutrients will be absorbed automatically. Therefore, soil is not exactly the main factor in plant’s life; it’s the nutrient that the plants absorbed from the water that keeps them alive and healthy.
The advantage of Hydroponics
The main advantage of Hydroponics:
- Full control of the plants development.
- Stable and high production
This technique will guarantee a better growth of the plant as long as we give full control of its growth. The use of water would also facilitate the gardener to move around the plant. The gardeners/botanists could also manipulate almost every variable so that plants will grow as healthy as possible. The basic needs for Hydroponics technique is proper amount of pure water, carbon dioxide, enough lighting and other nutrients needed to make them grow faster and healthier.
Hydroponics for indoor plants.
To make your own hydroponic garden is possible. It’s relatively cheap and easy to implement.
Use an empty container like plastic bucket, flower pot for the plants or from unused items. Drill a hole in the side of the container and add a spigot so that you can have full control of the amount of the water in the container. Add a growing medium to hold sufficient available water. Plant your seed, add your nutrient-enriched water and violà…you have your own Hydroponic plant.
When the plant grow, do not forget to recycle the water twice a day for the nutrients reach all of the roots. In order that your plant will receive an adequate amount of sunlight, you can put them in the kitchen window sill at day time. At night it’s better to give an artificial lighting by putting them near task lighting to assure a perfect growth of the plant. However, you also need to set the lighting, too much heat coming from the task lighting (if you put them too close to the plant) it would create overheat and the plant will eventually die.
In the Netherlands, this method is famously practiced to grow marijuana. Although, to have super strong marijuana, the Dutch have to implement another technique called the “Advanced Hydroponics”. Which means manipulating the nutrients needed by the to create marijuana with stronger high-effect on human.
The marijuana will then plant in a room pumped with carbon dioxide into the hydroponics room. The plants require carbon dioxide in order to grow, and by providing an ample amount of the gas, plants will flourish. On the other hand, the cultivator increases the amount of artificial lights that mimic sunlight to assure that the plant receive an adequate proportion of lighting to improve their growth.
The water itself is also added by mixed nutrients to make the plants grew healthier and produce as much as flower as possible.