Hydroponics is simply the method of growing plants in water without soil. While the use of Hydroponics in gardening has realized a new popularity in recent decades, hydroponic gardening was used in ancient times as a preferred method of gardening dating all the way back to the Pharaoh's of Egypt and even biblical times. In fact, one of the most famous gardens in history, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, were thought to be hydroponic.
X Nutrient products are formulated with low salt high quality trace elements and minerals which make it an ideal nutrient for hydroponic growing systems. If you've ever used a water reservoir filled with nutrient treated water and notice a scaly build up around the top of the hydroponic reservoir, or an opaque cloud at the bottom of the water reservoir, what you are seeing is salt from the hydroponic nutrients. X Nutrients will not scale or show cloudiness because we only use the best available raw ingredients. Salts build up in your equipment clogging emitters, lines, and increase the wear and tear on you hydroponic system. X Nutrients will not only ensure your crops taste and smell like they should, it will also increase the life span of your hydroponic growing equipment.
There are many advantages to growing your plants hydroponically. You can yield more and harvest faster growing with hydroponic systems than that of soil and soil less gardens. In a hydroponic system the gardener is in complete control of exactly how much nutrients a plant is given and can adjust according to the portion of the life cycle the plant is in for maximized growth and yield.
There are several environmentally important aspect of hydroponic gardening to note. Whether they are DIY hydroponic systems or complete hydroponic systems ready for purchase, hydroponic systems require between 70-90 less water than traditional soil gardens. Another major environmental benefit to hydroponic gardening is that there is no nutrient runoff from these systems to pollute our natural water resources such as lake, streams, and rivers.
There are simple to use hydroponic systems and more complex systems with a wide range of options and combinations, hundreds of hydroponic styles of gardening exist! A simple starting point is to breakdown the six basic types of hydroponic systems. These six basics are; N.F.T. is short for Nutrient Film Technique, Aeroponic (which has it's own section o the home page), Drip either recovery or non-recovery, Water Culture, Wick, and the most common Ebb and Flow; also known as Flood and Drain. From these six different styles of hydroponic systems countless variations can be created in DIY hydroponic set ups for those on a budget, to more complex and larger production such as food production greenhouses.