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Chrysanthemum Hydroponics
By Eric Anderton

What is hydroponics?
It simply means             :           Working with Water

Hydro-Water                 :           Ponos-Greek for Labour

A definition  : 
Soilless culture, art of growing plants without soil, in water impregnated with chemicals.

It's not a new concept
Hydroponics is not new, it is said that The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were a form of Hydroponics!

Hydroponics have come a long way since then especially in recent years. The technology has advanced tremendously through research and practice.

There is now a great industry worldwide fostered by economic and commercial advantage, in some cases by necessity.

Perhaps it is not realised that most of the salads, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and much other produce including flowers sold in our supermarkets have been produced using hydroponic culture.

Three largest zoos in the British Isles have Hydroponic units growing food for animals. Clean, fresh, nutritionally controlled, specialist crops, harvested to requirement and fed the same day. They do not do this just as an interesting exercise or as an added attraction, but for economic savings and environment advantages. No transportation costs and no waste.

Many countries in the world have water shortage, Hydroponics is a way of preserving those resources by re-circulation of water and nutrients.

The saving of fertiliser, less run off problems polluting water sources. This is very important in Holland, where excessive use of fertilisers has been banned.

It is predicted that the hydroponic Industry will continue to grow at a tremendous rate in the near future. Increase in world populations will result in food and water shortage. Advantages will be taken of more efficient ways of food production and conservation of resources.

We grow our Chrysanthemums as a hobby for pleasure. May I suggest we take advantage of the research and practice of Hydroponics to increase our interest and even apply some of the knowledge to traditional methods.

 

 

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