FAQ: All about Soiless Planting

What is soilless planting ? Soilless planting is a method of growing plants using clean water or clean water or clean organic mater with or without additional plant nutrients:

  • when clean water and nutrients are used, it is called “hydroponics”
  • when clean organic matter like peat, compost, organic extracts are used, it is called “organics”.

Are these plant nutrients harmful to our body ?

All plants need 16 elements to grow. They are C, H, O, N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Zn, Cu, Fe, Mn, B. Mo and C1. In nature, the plants derive these elements from the atmosphere or minerals in the soil. Most of the elements used in preparing nutrient solutions are derived from these naturally occurring minerals. As such, they are not only natural but also very safe. They are sometimes purified to remove the impurities.

Some of the hydroponically grown vegetables look pale and do not seem to taste well. How do they compare with the soil grown vegetables?

The color of the hydroponically grown vegetables is mainly due to the availability of sunlight during the growing period. If more light is made available, then the vegetables will look dark green and if less light is available, they will look light green in color.

The taste of a vegetable depends on the genetic make-up of the plant. Different varieties will have a different taste. here is practically no difference in taste between the same variety of a hydroponically grown vegetable and a soil grown vegetable. The feeling is more psychological than factual.

Is hydroponics technology a commercially viable technology?

Hydroponics technology is a “green technology” that makes use of the natural plant growth phenomena in obtaining better results from plants. It is a very viable commercial technology. The success depends on the efficiency of the management team.

There are many successful commercial operations around the world. Most airlines and fast-food chains used hydroponically grown vegetables. The cut flower industry, nurseries and the pharmaceutical industry are other sectors where this technology is practiced successfully.

Why is hydroponics getting more popular ?

When land, labor and natural resources get scare and when people look for healthy alternatives to farming and gardening, there is no better choice but to go for hydroponics.

  • It is a very clean and hygienic way of growing plants both in small and large scales
  • It is an ideal technology for “home farming”; it helps you to grow your own vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs etc…the way you like.
  • It is very educational, as young children can see and learn more about the wonders of the plants.
  • As you get immersed in this method of planting, it helps you to forget all your worries…so it is good for heart patients, sick and disabled people and people with a lot of stress in their work place.
  • It is also a “healthy lifestyle” for healthy people.

Hydroponics has been practiced commercially since 1940s. However, it is only quite recently that it become popular as a healthy life style for individuals and families.

How about the mosquito problem?

If the instructions in preparing the nutrient solution and maintaining their concentration in the hydroponics systems are carefully followed, mosquitos will never breed. This is because the ionic concentration in the solution is too strong for the wrigglers to survive.

  • It is a very clean and hygienic way of growing plants both in small and large scales
  • It is an ideal technology for “home farming”; it helps you to grow your own vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs etc…the way you like.
  • It is very educational, as young children can see and learn more about the wonders of the plants.
  • As you get immersed in this method of planting, it helps you to forget all your worries…so it is good for heart patients, sick and disabled people and people with a lot of stress in their work place.
  • It is also a “healthy lifestyle” for healthy people.

For more information:

Mother Earth Hydroponics in Cebu Suite
309 Garwood Park Hotel
Tel.: 253-1131 local 309 or cellphone no. 0916-4855176

For training and seminars:

Globalpinoy Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, Inc.
#6 Bayanihan Drive, Project 8, Quezon City
Tel: 926-0860, Mobile: 0920-4259973; 0928-7824987

sources: howtohydroponics.com, hydroponics.com.au, edu.gov.nf.ca, hydroponics-gardening-information.com

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