If you are trying to figure out whether or not the world of hydroponics is right for you then you’re going to love this quick guide.
Below we dig deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics, including some that aren’t all that obvious – and some that aren’t discussed all that often – to give you a real clear picture of everything that this form of growing and gardening has to offer.
By the time you’re done with the inside information below you’ll have a much better idea of whether or not hydroponics is something you want to pursue.
Let’s dig right in!
The Advantages of Hydroponics
No Soil Necessary
Right out of the gate, the biggest benefit of hydroponics has to be the fact that you don’t need any soil whatsoever to grow pretty much any plant imaginable.
This means you have the opportunity to grow plants and crops in places that you couldn’t have grown them up before, including completely arid and desert areas or even those that are heavily contaminated.
The fact that NASA uses hydroponics to grow vegetables for astronauts in space is evidence enough that this is its biggest advantage.
Another huge benefit of hydroponics is that you are going to be working with a much more efficient means of growing and production. You can grow indoors, you can grow systematically, and you have a lot more control over the growing environment than you would have “out in the wild”.
Total Climate Control
According to Grow Supply Store, being able to totally control the climate of a hydroponic growing area gives you the ability to condition your plants and your crops in a way that just isn’t physically possible outdoors. You can control temperature, humidity, the composition of the chemicals in the air and water, light intensification, and so much more.
The Disadvantages of Hydroponics
Right out of the gate, hydroponics is going to require quite a bit of your time to get up and running – but it’s also going to require quite a bit of time on a day-to-day basis tweaking, testing, and optimizing the hydroponic environment for your plants to excel.
Outdoors plants can be left to their own devices for days or even weeks on end with absolutely no ill effect whatsoever. In hydroponic environments, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Your system is going to require day-to-day monitoring if you’re going to have any success at all.
Some Experience Necessary
Breaking into the world of hydroponics today is easier than ever before thanks to the wealth of knowledge, information, and training available.
At the same time, hydroponic growing is definitely a more technical approach to creating effective systems. You’ll need to troubleshoot a lot more while growing up a hydroponic environment than you would have growing outdoors. Any mistakes in the implementation of your hydroponic system can completely cripple it from the inside out. That can spell big trouble and a wasted crop – not to mention a lot of time, money, and energy wasted along the way.
System Failure Threats
While planting and growing outdoors certainly leaves you at the mercy of Mother Nature (and having to deal with all the uncertainty that the natural world brings to the table), the biggest risk factor you have to contend with in the world of hydroponics is a critical system failure – at any number of different critical systems – that can ruin everything from top to bottom.
If your crops outside aren’t getting quite enough sunlight, aren’t getting quite enough water, or aren’t planted in the most nutrient rich soil there are enough “support systems” in the natural world to produce at least some sort of return on your time and energy spent.
If, on the other hand, something happens to your hydroponic system and you deal with a critical failure – anywhere throughout the system – the odds are good that your entire planting season will have been lost for good and you’ll have to start over again from square one.
At the end of the day, there are obvious advantages and disadvantages to moving forward with hydroponics. The exciting thing about hydroponics is that there’s so much potential for it to become even more spectacular as time goes on!