The word, Hydroponics, originated from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water and “ponics” meaning labor. The practice has existed for thousands of years. Hydroponic plants can be traced back to the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” in 600 BC.
Hydroponics is basically growing plants in a liquid based medium using water and various nutrient solutions, but no soil. The root system is able to grow and support the plant in various growing mediums such as gravel or rockwool. These mediums allow the roots to gain exposure to the growing solution and provide support for the plants.
The roots are able to absorb the nutrient solution through the growing medium. Most plants are able to grow in this manner. Plants grown hydroponically tend to grow faster and are stronger than plants grown in conventional soil. Using a hydroponic delivery method you can provide a plant with the ideal amounts of the nutrients that it needs.
Many people disagree over whether growing plants in hydro or soil produces the best quality buds. Hydro is definitely the best for producing plants the quickest with the largest yields using the least amount of space, however many people feel that more potent, better tasting buds can be obtained by growing in soil. With soil you do not need the harsh chemicals that you would use with hydro and this might contribute to a cleaner more naturally organic plant.
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