Advantages of Using Hydroponic Grow Boxes
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 intended for indoor gardening. 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 are the particular benefits of this unique approach to gardening?
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. The basic difference among commercial grow boxes is the type of hydroponics system that was used: it could be passive or active. 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. Not soil but light, water and nutrients are the most vital elements that make plants grow. Using hydroponic grow boxes, nutrients can be delivered consistently through a water solution to which roots are constantly exposed, or through regular flooding. Excess oxygen in growing mediums contribute to root growth stimulation. In short, plants need not look for nutrients like they have to in soil. Rather, whatever energy is conserved can be spent on growth and fruit bearing.
No Soil-Related Issues
Soil-borne pests and pathogens bring disease and slow down plant growth as a result. Hydroponically grown plants have less issues concerning fungi, bug infestations, and the like. Growing mediums do not promote weed growth, which simply means there will be no unwanted plants competing for food and water. Non-uniform texture, bad structure, poor drainage and other similar issues cease to exist provided growing medium is maintained properly.
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 automatically moot, considering that no topsoil is used.
Indeed, with hydroponics, keeping a tab on the different variables involved in crop production becomes less of a chore. Some apps have even been to help you monitor the progress of your plants. All of this gives you full control over your garden from the time you plant the seeds all the way to harvest time.