Hydroponics Key Terms
Learn important hydroponics key termsNaturalist gardeners might raise an eyebrow at hydroponic gardening because of its nontraditional process of planting without the use of dirt. Hydroponics uses a growing solution instead of water, some type of stabilizer instead of water and an alternative light source than the sun. The benefit of this type of gardening is the never-ending growing period as opposed to dependence on the weather and limited growing season of the outdoors. Since it is different from traditional gardening, success with hydroponics does require knowledge of a few key terms.
Hydroponics systemThere are several different ways to grow hydroponically, and each has a specific hydroponics system. The systems are customized to the needs of the plant being sown.
High-intensity discharge metal halide light, HIDGrowing plants indoors requires a light source other than the sun. A high-intensity discharge metal halide light, or HID, is a low-heat, energy-friendly light. The HID emits more and better light for growing plants than other light options.
HeyditeHeydite, made of porous rock, is one of the many options for plant stabilization in hydroponics. Heydite is often used for plants needing a drip method of irrigation.
RockwoolRockwool is another of the most commonly used growing mediums used in hydroponics. Rocks are melted, processed and formed into cubes, similar in texture to fiberglass, to make rockwool.
Humic acidHumic acid is a type of additive used in hydroponics. It acts as a stimulant and growth accelerant.
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