Have you ever placed a plant into a glass of water in the hope that it will develop roots? If you have, you’ve practiced a form of hydroponics.
Hydroponics is a branch of agriculture where plants are grown in water with added nutrients without the use of soil. In hydroponics, the nutrients are dissolved in the water or depending on the hydroponic system used, the plant’s roots are suspended in the nutrient solution so that the plant can derive the elements it needs for growth from there.
We’re so used to plants growing in the soil that we find anything else such as Hydroponics extremely extraordinary. But it’s true, Hydroponics, not only lets the plants grow without soil, it also helps it grow healthy and a lot better with perfect growth temperatures.
Is it hard to believe that plants can grow without soil? Let’s go back to basics –
We all have learned that plants grow through a process called photosynthesis, in which they use sunlight and chlorophyll to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen. In this whole process, never did anyone mention “soil” in there. This is the very proof that growing plants without soil is a possibility. The most important to the growth of a plant is water and nutrient which can be done without using soil through the very same process hydroponics.
Recently, PacketLabs visited Letcetra Agritech hydroponics farm in Karaswada Mapusa Goa.
A 1,500-sq-ft indoor farm in Goa that started in mid-2016. The company grows vegetables such as lettuce, oak leaf, lollo green, etc. It produces three tons of vegetables every month.
What attracted Letcetra Agritech towards this form of agriculture is that it limits the use of chemicals and helps cultivate healthy crops.
We were taken on a farm tour and, it was beautiful and amazing to see how this technology works! Brilliant is the word. We were explained and shown as to how nutrients are provided to the plants. Also, he explained to us the importance of the exact pH level. The most amazing part is that through this process you can also control the temperature of the room.
PacketLabs has now taken the initiative to start building a completely automated hydroponic lab on a small scale. Going forward, they plan to take this on a larger platform.
Nowadays, producing healthy food has become a real challenge given the problems like water scarcity, chemical infested soil and unbalanced weather conditions. Here is where hydroponics steps in and it seems to be the best choice for healthy farming – be it commercial or household.