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There are many plants used for hydroponics, some of them are much more profitable to grow on a hydroponic farm than on traditional soil, an example could be lettuce that needs a lot of water. Different other plants for hydroponics ca be found to be as productive as on classical methods, but you must realize that not any kind of crop can be grown on a hydroponic farm. This is why a good evaluation is required before replacing soil cultivation. Almost all the plants for hydroponics can be grown on soil terrain with similar results, problems appear when soil doesn't allow vegetable growing.
Do plants for hydroponics have special growth requirements?
Any plant regardless of the growing medium has certain needs to grow. Plus, there are also many elements that adjust the growing factors. Parameters like air, water, light are universal, plants for hydroponics respects these principles. The difference is that if a plant always has enough nutriments at its root, it won't concentrate in developing its root, and the entire energy will be focused on blooming and fruit giving. Thus plants for hydroponics are not chosen because they are resistant, but thanks to their capacity to produce a larger crop if they are properly fed on nutrients.
Another common factor that plants for hydroponics and plants in regular cultures have is the air movement. The air circulation will ensure that the plant receives the needed amount of carbon dioxide. The indoor hydroponic systems use all sorts of ventilation methods to replace the air inside, thus preserving the good health of the plants.
If you want to choose plants for hydroponics farming you should be well informed about each plant nutrient and mineral requirements, owing to the fact that the combination of the two is the most important element in the hydroponic system. In gardening or agriculture many minerals are not used in the classical fertilizers because the soil already has a sufficient quantity, hence a surplus won't be necessary.
In the hydroponic system you have to provide all the resources necessary to the plant or else you risk losing the crops or getting poor quality products. So keep in mind not to use soil fertilizers in a hydroponic environment. Plants for hydroponics systems must be treated with solutions that have a pH varying between five and six, also pay attention to the evolution of the plants in the various stages.
Further on plants choice for hydroponics
Plants for hydroponics are more exposed and fragile to variations in the amount of chemicals in the nutrient solution. Maybe in the classical method the soil helps diluting the chemicals avoiding the root being burned, but here you may risk exposing the plant roots directly to hostile action. So if you are not an expert try choosing a plant more resistant to chemical variations or use ready-made nutrient solutions.
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