What is hydroponics?

November 9, 2018  |  Indoor Gardening, nutritower

Hydropo-what I hear you say? Hydroponics comes from the Greek hydro and ponos which literally means labor from water. Simply put, it is the art of cultivating plants without soil. Instead, hydroponics uses water, diluted nutrients as well as a neutral substrate that allow the root system to anchor and develop itself.

 

Although counter-intuitive, many plants will grow much better and faster when their roots are completely immersed in nutrient-rich, oxygenated water. Guess what? Your Nutritower™ hydroponics system enables exactly that: circulated, enriched water that flows through glass wool and volcanic rocks. A perfect match of conditions to grow your favorite vegetables.

 

But wait a minute, can we really do that, grow plants without soil? Is this some sort of science-fiction stunt? Well, the idea behind hydroponics has been around from quite some time now. In the 1600’s, scientists like Francis Bacon and John Woodward were the firsts to experiment successfully with cultivating plants using water only, an idea that was later picked up and applied to vegetable production by research scientist William Frederick Gericke from UCLA at Berkeley in the 1930’s.

 

Since then, hydroponic systems have been extensively developed and optimized. All the way from astronauts who use it to produce radishes while staying over at the International Space Station to you, which can now grow lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, and basil from your kitchen thanks to your Nutritower™ hydroponic system, hydroponics had revolutionized the way we grow our food. It is accessible, optimal, clean, safe and fun!

 

So please, thank Francis Bacon the next time you take a bite in your hydroponically produced strawberries. Keep on growing folks, stay tuned.

 

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