It is often said that the first man to use hydroponic systems for growing plants and vegetables was the Roman Emperor Tiberius during the first century, however we know with fairly greater certainty that only in the late 17th century did we start truly implementing hydroponics.
At first, the rudimentary hydroponics were merely a way of distributing water, however over the course of next four centuries they have evolved immensely. Today, we have six distinct hydroponic weed systems that have proven worthy over the years.
A hydroponic system is a growing technique that heavily (if not completely) relies on water delivering nutrients to the plants roots without any soil involvement. However, in some cases hydroponic systems are used more as a supplementary water distribution technique – primarily the Drip Irrigation systems.
Below you will see guides to each of the 6 different hydroponic systems, which parts you’ll need for them, how to assemble them and lots of other informative facts that we rounded up in one spot specially for you.
DWC – Deep Water Culture
These systems rely on the roots of the plants being submerged into water with nutrients dissolved and are quite easy to set up for first timers and beginners.
Plants in a wick system plunge their roots into wicks which are touching nutrient filled water, thus pulling water from them into the plant’s trunk and leaves.
Nutrients are pumped into a tray to form a thin film of nutrients constantly flowing with the roots submerged in them.
Ebb and Flow
Ebb and flow systems flood the plant roots one to several times a day. This periodical flooding gives the plants the nutrients it needs, but doesn’t damage roots.
Aeroponics is a system for growing plants in mist environment. Water is sprayed onto the roots through sprinklers which enrich the plant with oxygen and nutrients.
Drip irrigation relies on water being dripped onto the roots at the same time every day. It is more often implemented as a supplementary water distribution source.
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