It’s important to know how the produce you sell is made and how it gets its nutrients. For the longest time, people primarily gravitated to produce grown using soil farming. It’s a reliable, traditional method for growing vegetables. However, recently, a new agricultural method has been implemented. This new method is known as hydroponics. What differences does soil farming have with hydroponics? Today, we will compare hydroponics with soil farming.
Hydroponics Uses Water More Efficiently
This is the method most people know. Produce is buried in soil, and the plants absorb water through the soil by extending their roots. The problem with this is that very little water reaches the roots. This results in wasted water, and the vegetables have to work harder to get their nutrients.
Hydroponics, on the other hand, has remedied this problem nicely. In hydroponic systems, plant roots have constant exposure to water. This means water is constantly available to them, and the water doesn’t get wasted by getting sucked into the ground. Because of this, overall water consumption using hydroponics goes down as much as 97% relative to soil farming.
Hydroponics Lets Vegetables Be Planted More Densely
In soil farming, plants have to grow larger root structures. This is because they have to work harder to get water. Because the roots extend so much, farmers have to place their crops far enough from each other to give the roots space. This means farmers can’t grow as many plants with the space they have.
Using hydroponics, that same space can grow more crops. This is because the root systems of plants grown using hydroponics don’t have to be as large since they already have water available to them. Since the root systems are smaller, the plants can be packed more closely together, significantly increasing production.
Hydroponics Have Grow Times Than Plants Grown With Soil
Hydroponics and soil farming also have different growing times. In soil farming, produce is dependent on being supplied with water, whether farmers are watering them or there is rainfall. They also require the manual addition of fertilizer.
Hydroponic plants don’t have this problem because they have constant access to everything they need: oxygen, water, and nutrients. Because they always have what they need to grow, plants grown with hydroponics can grow more consistently. Also, they have an ample supply of the resources they need to grow, allowing them to grow at a more rapid rate than crops grown using traditional soil farming.
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