Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions instead of soil. Hydroponics systems use non-soil media such as gravel, peat, vermiculite Perlite, old rubber tires, rockwool and expanded clay aggregates. As a result plants draw the minerals directly from the water solution. Consumer demand for organically grown produce in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly through the year 2011, creating a $670 million market. You can easily build hydroponics using any number of hydroponics supplies available from around the world. There are three areas of Hydroponics that offer great business opportunities:
- Organic Hydroponics
- Commercial Hydroponics
- Wholesale Hydroponics
Buy hydroponics equipment and hydroponics supplies onlineThe Internet is a great way to find the right products for your hydroponics system, whether you are just looking for hydroponics information or want to purchase hydroponics lights.
Choose a medium for hydroponic growingYou can use old rubber tires or gravel for your hydroponics system, but you should be aware that different mediums work better for different situations and different crops.
Select the best mineral nutrients availableHydroponics allows you to have complete control over what minerals to feed plants and in what quantities. The end result is produce that is far superior in taste, color, size and nutritional value.
Maximize the space for your hydroponic businessCommercial hydroponics and wholesale hydroponics operations thrive by utilizing expansive greenhouses to cultivate their hydroponics grown produce. But the small hydroponics business owner has to engineer ways to use up existing space inside a room.
Consult with other Hydroponics growers and join trade groupsThe Hydroponics industry is made up of growers who have a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise willing to share their hydroponics information with others.
- If you need money to buy equipment, there are several great grant programs offered by the Department of Agriculture that are available to innovative agriculture businesses.