Hydroponic Greenhouses Put Gardeners In Control - Build More Plants In The Same Space

by Jerrico_Usher

Hydroponic greenhouses are the best bet for higher yields, potently nutritious crops, and better, more efficient, use of space

People use greenhouses to carefully control growing conditions for their plants. Gardeners who grow in greenhouses can artificially create conditions to nurture specific plants. Plants grown in a greenhouse have a longer or healthier, less interrupted growing cycle.

A variation on this is the hydroponic greenhouse design. In many hydroponic greenhouses, gravel is used to support the roots instead of dirt. Gardeners use air or water as a growing medium. Some use a mixture that may include perlite, vermiculite, and rock wool. They add a mixture of nutrients in liquid form to nourish the plants.

The yield from using the hydroponic method is often much greater than from more traditional growing methods.

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Hydroponic Greenhouses

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Greenhouses or ‘glasshouses’ are  a structure that’s designed to attract heat faster than it is released and used for growing all kinds of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables. When setting up a greenhouse you need to first find a pollination method. Plants require pollination to thrive.

Bumblebees can be used for pollination, but many greenhouse growers are using methods like hydroponics to save space in the greenhouse instead.

People used to see hydroponic greenhouses as a less useful method. The technology was in it’s infancy and hadn’t been fully figured out and industrialized (as well as privatized). Today, the technology is thriving; affordable ways to do it are now possible including modular assemblies for building any sized hydroponic garden.

Many of the organic gardeners are using this method because it’s very powerful. Not only do you save room as the plants can be closer together and don’t compete for nutrients in the soil but it’s very efficient and easy to grow plants that are potent with nutrition, bigger, higher yield per capita and per investment dollar.

Any greenhouse can use hydroponics to grow plants. It is merely a method of growing plants using water and mineral nutrients with no soil.

The set up is quite different from soil but the format of putting plants in rows works just as well. You can add more plants in the spaces than when using soil.

You can also grow anything hydroponically- including plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even trees (possible not probable).

The advantages of using hydroponics include higher yields, faster growth, more aesthetic appearance, better flavor in fruits and vegetables, the systems are easy to use and you can grow plants all year long in a greenhouse.

This is how many organic gardeners are able to grow so much organic produce.

Resources

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Hydroton GMHT10L Hydroponic Grow Rocks, 10 Liter Bag

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Hydroponics Is A Precise Way To Grow Plants, Flowers, Herbs, and more

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In traditional gardens, soil is used to both suspend and bring nutrients to the plant. In hydroponic gardens, no soil is used. The advantage for gardeners is that they don’t have to lose any of their nutrients on producing healthy soil. They can use everything on direct support of the plants.

In organic gardening, the idea is to feed the soil, the soil will produce microorganisms and the plant will absorb everything it needs to thrive from the soil.

In hydroponic greenhouses the plants absorb everything they need to survive from the liquid fed to them. The liquid is a specially formulated solution designed to meet the plants nutritional needs.  Greenhouses allow you to monitor the amount of heat and light plants receive. There are many methods available to automate it.

In a hydroponic greenhouse this is all the more important because the plants need lots of light. You must take care not to flood the room with too much light because the light along with the normal levels of humidity encourage excessive amounts of algae to grow in the greenhouse. 

These greenhouses also benefit from structured irrigation systems. Success of the project depends on feeding the plants at the right time with the right amount of solution. Many people try to automate this process to the greatest extent they can. I don't blame them.

Gardeners commonly use hydroponics to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and strawberries. They tend to experience much larger yields on average with hydroponics than by contrast of growing the same plants in soil.

The higher yields are due to the solution of nutrients precisely mixed and sprayed on the plants roots if aerated, or directed at each plant. In soil the plants all have to compete for nutrients. You couldn't put too many together because they'd dry up the soil. In hydroponics, there is no soil and the nutrients fed to them directly and individually assure the crop is very healthy. Hydroponics end the cold war that soil creates with other plants!

The effort of running a hydroponics greenhouse is a bit more because the end result is pretty precise, but it's incredibly rewarding and if you sell your warez, this could be an easier way to grow more, sell more, and earn more. 

If you want to turn your regular greenhouse into a hydroponic greenhouse, all you have to do is add a hydroponics system like the Gh Aero Flo System 60 for large greenhouses or smaller systems/kits like the Econo brand. 

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Updated: 08/05/2012, Jerrico_Usher
 
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