Hydroponic gardening has become a favorite pastime for many people who like to eat fresh vegetables all year round. Right from novice gardeners to professional growers, hydroponics has become a favorite technique of cultivation for its simple usability. Here you are using water as a substitute of soil to plant your vegetables and fruits by keeping them in a nutrient and oxygen rich aquatic environment. To grow plants hydroponically you need proper hydroponic gardening supplies and to maintain appropriate nutrient levels, light, humidity and temperature of your grow room.
In this process, you need to place the plants in growing media such as rockwool, clay pellets, foam, gravel, peat or coconut fibers and then fed with a nutrient solution to make them grow. Since hydroponic growing requires less space, you can start growing your favorite fruits and vegetables at your home. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30 to 50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The extra oxygen in the hydroponic growing mediums helps to stimulate growth of the plants root. Fruits and vegetables that are produced in a hydroponic garden tend to taste better than produce in soil. ‘
It is important to provide plenty of lights to your hydroponic garden. If you are growing mainly vegetative plants, a metal halide lamp is ideal and if there are mainly flowering or fruiting plants, a high pressure sodium lamp would be perfect for your garden. As a hydroponic gardener, you can reap great benefits from adding fluorescent grow lights to your setup which are very useful for growing plants such as lettuce, spinach, or plants that need indirect light. Diseases that find soil the perfect breeding place are eliminated completely with general hydroponics growing systems.