Water’s Role in Hydroponics

Water’s Role in Hydroponics

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Since 600 BC, humans have been developing systems of active soilless growing. It all started with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Since then, scientists and agriculturists have been evolving this system to grow plants bigger, better, and faster. Today, we see this method in large-scale agriculture and in tiny backyard gardens. This method of growing is called hydroponics.

 

Advantages of Hydroponics:

Hydroponics

Hydroponic is Latin for “working water.” This revolutionary system allows for an unprecedented level of control during the growing process. A plant is placed in a growing medium like perlite, sand, or coconut fiber. This medium does not supply nutrients to the plant itself. The nutrients will come from the water and fertilizer that is pumped through the system. A hydroponic system will require less water and create less waste than a traditional method of irrigation. Plants that were grown in a hydroponic system mature 25% faster and produce 30% more product than the same plant grown in regular soil.

The importance of raw water:

Plants rely on water and fertilizer to grow in a hydroponic system. Controlling the pH inherently allows the plants to best absorb the distributed nutrients. Luckily, using water instead of soil makes testing the pH of the water in the system simple and inexpensive. Pathogens in the water can cause drippers to become blocked. Before reaching the water lines, the water is typically sent through a settling tank for large debris and a sand filter for smaller particles.

 

Nutritionally deficient plants lead to nutritionally deficient people. It is important to handle produce with the same TLC placed on a person’s health; they are directly correlated. LinkPlus USA’s stainless steel pipes provide consistent water quality and efficiency in a hydroponic system. Other plumbing materials have been known to contaminate water after it has been filtered and treated, through leaching and material degradation. Our food grade stainless steel pipes contain a layer of chromium oxide which prevents the pipe from oxidizing with water. This resistant quality means cleaner water pumping through your system without particles of rust or chemicals from the pipe leaching into the water.