It simply means
Working with Water
A definition :
Soilless culture, art of growing plants without soil, in water
impregnated with chemicals.
It's not a new
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
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
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