The hydroponics

The hydroponics

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What is hydroculture?

Hydroculture is a technique aimed at replacing the traditional substrate with an aqueous solution, without soil. The solution contains the nutrients necessary for the development of your plants and can take various forms, such as clay balls or mineral wool.

What is the advantage of such a technique?

The first advantage is watering: the substrate used always remains moist, and the space between each material allows the water to flow easily to the bottom of the pot or support. Hydroculture is therefore based on the principle of capillarity: water rises through the substrate which acts like a sponge. As long as the moisture remains trapped in it, there is therefore no need to water. Plants can therefore last for several weeks without watering! In addition, clay and mineral wool retain nutrients from the water: plant growth is optimized. Finally, the substrate is non-degradable and can be used for a long time. The repottings are therefore more spaced over time.

The limits of this system

Unfortunately, hydroculture also has disadvantages: not all plants are adapted to this system, and some may therefore suffer from it. In addition, it requires having larger pots and supports, because the substrate is bulky.