Growing a garden is not always an easy task. Hydroponic gardening removes some of the guesswork and can reduce the failure rate of seedlings and plants.
Benefits of a hydroponic indoor grow system include: –
Better Control of Growth Requirements
With hydroponics, you can better perfect the entire process by controlling the pH, nutrient content, light, water, temperature, and space.
This effectively results in a higher yield and healthier plants.
Fewer Diseases and Pests
Unlike a garden cultivated outdoors, hydroponically grown plants rarely suffer from diseases or pests.
Studies have shown you can enjoy a larger harvest from hydroponically grown plants and that Tomatoes can yield 20% more than plants grown in soil.
Greater Water Conservation
People are surprised to learn that Indoor hydroponic garden systems often use far less water in areas that often suffer droughts. Studies have found that hydroponic systems that reuse water save ten times as much water as traditional farming methods.
With an indoor hydroponic garden that relies on stacking plants vertically, you can grow a considerable number of plants in an exceedingly small area compared to traditional farming methods.
Examining the Costs and Drawbacks of Hydroponics
Indoor hydroponic systems have costs that need to factor in when deciding if the system is worth it.
Reports have shown that the monthly cost of a hydroponic system can range from $40 to $150 per month. If you examine your electricity bill, you’ll notice that the statement shows how much you pay per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Studying the listed costs will give you an idea of how much your hydroponic system costs every month if you compare the expenses to earlier months when you did not have an indoor hydroponics system.
A hydroponic pump, lights, and heating will drive up your monthly energy costs. Remember, most plants grown hydroponically require a temperature range from 64F to 74F (18-23C), so you’ll need to run your home’s heating system during the winter months.
Initial Start-up Costs of a Hydroponic System
When hydroponic gardening, you’ll need to factor in the initial startup costs to purchase the items you need, such as:
- Lighting equipment
You can buy complete hydroponic garden kits that are small and made for an apartment, kitchen, or another space-limited area of your home. Such hydroponic kits are usually very affordable and easy to set up.
You’ll need to invest in nutrient solutions for your hydroponic system. The price of solutions varies depending on brand, formula, and size. You can usually buy the hydroponic nutrient solutions in quart and gallon-size jugs.