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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a cultivation method where crops are grown on water. At the moment, mainly vegetables and herbs, but there are more and more experiments with other type of crops.
One of the main reasons for taking crops out of soil and growing them in water is that the growing medium water is much better to control and condition. In addition, negative consequences of soil diseases are excluded.
Hydroponics is an indoor cultivation process in conditioned greenhouses, where outside influences have no consequences for the cultivation. For this reason, Hydroponics can be used to cultivate in different seasons and different climates, continuously and in a controlled manner.
Finally, the Hydroponics cultivation systems ensure efficient use of space, higher production per m2 and considerable labor savings. Many Hydroponics production environments are highly automated.

Aquaponics and Aeroponics

In addition to Hydroponics systems, there are also Aquaponics and Aeroponics on the market. With Aquaponics the cultivation of crops is combined with the cultivation of fish. Feces from fish are used as nutrients for the crops. With Aeroponics, fog layers are used to grow plants.