Hydroponic at A Glance

Hydroponic is a combination of Greek words of hydro (water) and ponos (work). In other words, hydroponic is a planting method using water as the growing medium.

The advantages of hydroponic include, but are not limited to:

  1. Healthy crop
  2. Small area requirement
  3. Unaffected by season
  4. Clean growing practices
  5. Easy care
  6. Faster growth
  7. For everyone

There are also disadvantages for this method, such as:

  1. High overhead cost (esp. for industrial scale)
  2. Additional supporting equipment (optional)
  3. Additional knowledge for nutrient control

Hydroponic can be the main choice of farming when water is scarce because it is continously recycled in the system. Moreover, it provides free time for busy people because hydroponic does not require as much labor as conventional agriculture once the system is in place. Also, for people who are concerned about where their food comes from, this method provides a safe alternative because the use of pesticide is very minimal.

Other important factors to be considered for hydroponics are: sunlight, air, water and nutrients. Hydroponic nutrients usually come in two separate containers, labelled A and B, containing concentrated fertilizers to avoid salt sedimentation.

Hydroponic can be done in a simple way in a tub of water, using the wick system. Plants can be propped up in bottle caps using aquarium filter. Nutrients are provided for the whole lifecycle of the plants.

It’s time to try!