Hydroponic Crops

Definition - What does Hydroponic Crops mean?

A hydroponic crop refers to the yield that is grown (produced) in a hydroponic garden. The term hydroponic crops can also refer to any type of plant that can be grown easily using hydroponics. Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and cucumbers, for example, are all suitable hydroponic crops.

Hydroponic crops mostly include food crops rather than ornamental crops such as flowers, but many keen hydroponic growers are starting to grow flowers in addition to edible crops.

Hydroponic gardening is like no other type of gardening. In this method, plants are grown without any soil and are constantly fed a nutrient solution that is pumped from a tank (reservoir) and is most often continually recycled throughout the system.

MaximumYield explains Hydroponic Crops

Plants grown in a hydroponic garden are usually grown in trays that are slightly angled in order to allow the nutrient solution to flow back to the holding tank through gravity. The plants, which are grown without soil, are anchored in the trays with an inert material such as clay, sand, rockwool, or coco coir.

Hydroponic crops must be closely monitored and pruned specifically to produce high yields. Hydroponic crop yields can be up to 100 times higher than conventionally grown plants, when things like vertical systems and controlled environment agriculture are taken into account.

Hydroponic crops are those varieties that don’t require a lot of space and don't take an overly long time to grow. Lettuce, tomatoes, and beans are all excellent hydroponic crops, as are squash, melons, cucumbers, and leeks. Crops like corn or wheat, which require a lot of acreage in order to produce noteworthy yields, are simply not practical to grow in a hydroponic garden or system. Carrots are also unsuitable for hydroponics because they would require deep grow beds.

Hydroponic crop yields are cleaner and less likely to contain contaminants or pesticides. Because hydroponic gardens are most often grown inside, they’re not subject to the same pollutants or pests of a conventional garden or field.

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