Over the recent years, hydroponics, which calls for growing plants in water and without soil, has increased in popularity as a way to grow food. In particular, hydroponics is meant for growing plants in an enclosed area. Grow boxes typically make it easy for learners to study hydroponics with light, a nutrient system, growing medium and all others required for self-contained plant cultivation. But what exactly are the benefits of this unusual plant growth technique?
Expert gardeners can readily build hydroponic grow box systems from nothing, but with pre-packaged grow boxes, you can take the guesswork out of the process. Pre-packaged grow boxes mainly differ on the type of hydroponics system that was used to make them: active or passive. Active hydroponic grow boxes use a pump to bring nutrients to plants, while passive ones feed the plants using the growing medium.
Maximized delivery of nutrients to plants will make them to grow faster by up to 50 percent faster and produce larger yields. Contrary to what most people think, there are only three elements crucial to plant growth – nutrients, water and light – and soil is not one of them. With hydroponic grow boxes, nutrients can be provided consistently to the roots via a water solution in which they are soaked, or with routine flooding. The extra oxygen in growing mediums can help promote the growth of roots. Hence, plants have no need to search for nutrients, which they do in soil. Rather, whatever energy is conserved can be spent on growth and fruit bearing.
Zero Soil Issues
Pests and pathogens in soil can hamper plant growth because of the diseases they bring. With hydroponically grown plants, issues like fungal and bug infestations are considerably reduced. As growing mediums do not encourage weed growth, undesirable plants competing for food and water ceases to be a concern. Non-uniform texture, bad structure, poor drainage and other similar issues cease to exist provided growing medium is maintained properly.
With hydroponic box systems always reusing nutrient solutions, the need for water is considerably minimized if you compare it to the requirements of old-fashioned gardening. And considering that such systems are closed and nutrients only end up used by the plants, there is possibility of fertilizers into the environment is rare. The indoor environment and soil-less growing medium also requires little, if any, use of pesticides. Since topsoil will not be used, topsoil erosion becomes moot.
A hydroponics setup indeed makes it so much easier to keep track of the variables required in crop production. There are even apps whose special features let you monitor your plants’ progress more efficiently. All of this provides you maximum control over your garden, right from the beginning, all the way up to harvest time.