With hydroponics, plants are able to thrive, in even the worst of conditions, because you as the grower have the ability to manipulate your room’s atmosphere. From temperature to humidity and even to CO2 levels, you are the ruler of the conditions under which your babies will grow.
The elimination of soil also means no more soil-borne disease. That’s something a lot of newbie growers do not realize, which is that most soil comes filled with pests right out of the store. Don't get me wrong, you can still have problems with pests and disease without soil, but it's a lot easier to maintain and keep your garden under control from the start with hydro.
Another benefit of growing in a hydroponic system is that water is delivered straight to your plants more efficiently. You can also grow your plants in closer proximity, so you make more efficient use of the space in your room, whereas soil and pots, depending on what size you use, can take-up a larger amount of space.
But it’s not all rainbows with hydroponics. Growing in hydro requires greater expertise, and there is much less margin for error, which is why I recommend that brand new growers start in soil. Get your chops down in soil before heading to hydroponics, or you might be permanently discouraged.
Hopefully this quick rundown can help you make the transfer from soil to hydro. Hobbyists might sustain their small operation in soil indefinitely, but I promise you most of the big boys and girls run a hydroponics system. That said, I know some very successful commercial growers who cultivate “super plants” in soil. But the question of growing styles is something for another column on another day.
Before you make the final decision to ditch soil, keep in mind it's a little pricier to buy a hydro setup. That said, in my experience, I have saved a good deal of money using hydro over the long run. Until next time fellow growers, Grow Big Or Go Home! xoxo
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