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Buying Hydroponic Systems: A Quick Guide

by Donald Woods

Concerns about food production practices have sparked increasing interest in mindful and sustainable food growing practices. Consequently, this has led to the increasing preference for hydroponics, a system that entails growing plants without soil. Instead, plants are grown in nutrient-rich solutions. This soil-free growing concept is done indoors and has several benefits.

Improved growth, yield, climate control, space maximisation and flexibility, reduced water consumption, higher plant density, fewer pest issues and harvesting ease are the different ways you will benefit from hydroponics farming or gardening.

However, all these largely depend on how best you choose your hydroponics system. Here are expert tips to help you in your selection.

Think About The Space In Your Growing Site

How much space do you have? Hydroponics systems come in variable sizes, and knowing the amount of space you have for gardening when selecting one will always help you find the perfect fit. The amount of space you have will determine the number of growing buckets and pots your hydroponics system should have. Essentially, this will make the difference in the number of crops your hydroponics system can sustain.

Hydroponics systems are fitted with coolers, lighting fixtures, pumps, water reservoirs and more. Your intended growing site should have enough space to accommodate all these.

You may be better off starting with smaller hydroponic systems as a beginner. As you understand the ins and outs of hydroponics gardening over time, you can then use the knowledge to expand your farming and gain even more from it.

Consider Adaptability

Is the hydroponic system adaptable to changing gardening needs? Perhaps you have learnt the basics of hydroponics gardening after starting small and would like to expand. Will the hydroponics system keep up with your increasing gardening demands? Remember to ask about customisability and expandability when choosing one to save you the hassle and cost of investing in a new hydroponics system when the need to expand arises.

Decide Between Manual And Automated Systems

Several components that come with hydroponic systems like coolers, grow lights and pumps can be fully automatic or operated manually. The latter can be an excellent option if you are on a budget or want to be more hands-on with your temperature, lighting and water level controls. However, poor controls will often result in hydroponics gardening failure. Therefore, if you are a novice or lack time to monitor the growth conditions regularly, automation is the way to go for maximum efficiency.

For more information or supplies you need, turn to a local hydroponic shop.