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The Alluring Pros and Cons of Hydroponics

What are the Pros and Cons of Hydroponics Over Traditional Growing Methods?

The pros and cons of hydroponics gardening are numerous. Depending on what you are growing the pros of hydroponics may outweigh the cons. In 2023 many of the largest and most profitable Big Agricultural companies have started buying up many of the biggest indoor hydroponic growing facilities. The writing is on the wall and they see it! Many of the items you purchase from the supermarket are and now will forever be grown hydroponically. The pros are greater than the cons of hydroponically grown lettuce, leafy greens. microgreens, strawberries, tomatoes, and recently blueberries and raspberries.

 

Pros of Hydroponics

  • Grow anywhere
  • Grow year-round
  • Portability  (Take your garden with you if you move)
  • Water conservation/Reuse water (Use at least 20x less water than the conventional garden)
  • Reduces nutrient runoff into the environment and water systems
  • No pesticides (or fewer pesticides)
  • Needs Less space to grow
  • Less manual labor with automation
  • Plants grow faster in ideal indoor conditions
  • Depending on the system design, Can be easier to harvest
  • Easier than soil to balance the pH and Nutrients
  • No critters

 

 

Pros and Cons of Hydroponics
Pros and Cons of Hydroponics, Source

 

Hydroponics isn’t for everyone as it has its fair share of drawbacks and disadvantages. Having a hydroponic gardening system incorporates much automation to take the load off, but it isn’t a set-and-forget type of system, someone will still be required to be the gardener and put in the work.

 

Cons of Hydroponics

  • More expensive initial set up than conventional farming
  • Requires constant power and power back up
  • Need high-quality filtered water.
  • Diseases have the potential to spread quickly to other plants in the same system.
  • Mistakes in pH or Nutrient can be costly and deadly to your plants
  • Requires more attention to pH and Nutrient balance.

 

 

cons of hydroponics
Hydroponics A-frame Method, Spource

 

Conclusion

From the list of pros and cons, you should be able to make an informed decision if hydroponics gardening is right for you. Not so sure just yet? Need a little more info? Overall, hydroponics seems like it has more pros than cons and a clear advantage over traditional gardening. There are many different types of hydroponic systems available which may skew this pros and cons list a bit and make it seem even more intimidating or complicated than it really is but you’ll never know until you try. Perhaps start small with a simple Kratky or Deepwater culture system with one of your favorite plants to see if it’s for you.

 

 

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Penny

Hi there! I'm Penny a Marketing Guru turned Hydroponic Researcher and Farmer. For some time, I have been successfully growing & enjoying nutritious greens by applying hydroponic vertical farming technique. Now I want to share all the knowledge and skills I acquired through my many hours of research, experiments and mistakes so that maybe you don't have to.