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. Hydroponics grow boxes are particularly made for growing plants indoors. Grow boxes usually help newbies learn hydroponics more easily with the use of light, a nutrient delivery system, growing medium and everything else required to grow plants self-contained. But what exactly are the benefits of this unusual plant growth technique?
Though pro gardeners can quickly put hydroponic grow box systems together from scratch, pre-packaged grow boxes will cut your setup and maintenance work in half. 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 may be distributed regularly using a water solution that roots are soaked in, or through periodic flooding. Excess oxygen in growing mediums contribute to root growth stimulation. 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.
No Soil-Related Issues
Pests and pathogens in soil can hamper plant growth because of the diseases they bring. Hydroponically grown plants have less issues concerning fungi, bug infestations, and the like. As growing mediums do not encourage weed growth, undesirable plants competing for food and water ceases to be a concern. As long as the growing medium is maintained properly, other soil problems, such as poor structure and irregular texture, cannot exist.
Since hydroponic box systems are always reusing nutrient solutions, the need for water is significantly lowered as compared to conventional gardening requirements. 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. With the indoor environment and no-soil growing medium, the use of pesticides will be hardly needed. Topsoil erosion is a non-issue because the set-up will not require topsoil in the first place.
Indeed, with hydroponics, keeping a tab on the different variables involved in crop production becomes less of a chore. 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.