Hydroponics, or growing plants using water and no soil, is becoming a more and more popular gardening method. Hydroponics grow boxes are intended for indoor gardening. Grow boxes teach newbies how to apply hydroponics using all the elements required for self-contained plant growth, such as light, a nutrient system, and the rest. But what are the particular benefits of this unique approach to gardening?
Though pro gardeners can quickly put hydroponic grow box systems together from scratch, pre-packaged grow boxes will cut your setup and maintenance work in half. The key difference among commercially available grow boxes is the type of hydroponics system used – whether it is passive or active. In active hydroponic grow boxes, nutrients are delivered to plants using a pump; in passive types, the growing medium feed the plants.
Effective delivery of nutrients to plants lets them to grow 30 to 50 percent quicker and have bigger yields. Plants need water, light and nutrients the most – not soil – in order to grow. Using hydroponic grow boxes, nutrients can be delivered consistently through a water solution to which roots are constantly exposed, or through regular flooding. Excess oxygen in growing mediums contribute to root growth stimulation. In short, plants need not look for nutrients like they have to in soil. Rather, whatever energy is conserved can be spent on growth and fruit bearing.
Soil Issues Eliminated
Soil-borne pests and pathogens can delay plant growth through diseases they introduce. With hydroponically grown plants, issues like fungal and bug infestations are considerably reduced. Growing mediums do not promote weed growth, which simply means there will be no unwanted plants competing for food and water. Other soil problems, like poor poor drainage and inconsistent texture, which are all bad for plant growth, do not exist in a well-maintained growing medium.
Since hydroponic box systems are always reusing nutrient solutions, the need for water is significantly lowered as compared to conventional gardening requirements. And considering that such systems are closed and nutrients only end up used by the plants, there is possibility of fertilizers into the environment is rare. With the indoor environment and no-soil growing medium, the use of pesticides will be hardly needed. Since topsoil will not be used, topsoil erosion becomes moot.
Indeed, with a hydroponics setup, monitoring of the variables involved in crop production becomes a lot easier. You can even monitor the progress of your plants using specially designed apps. All of this provides you maximum control over your garden, right from the beginning, all the way up to harvest time.