For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.

Disadvantages - Misconceptions

Hydroponics has been exaggerated as miraculous. There are many widely held misconceptions regarding hydroponics, and the following facts should be noted:

  • Hydroponics will not always produce greater crop yields than with good quality soil.
  • Hydroponic plants cannot always be spaced closer together than soil-grown crops under the same environmental conditions.
  • Hydroponics usually requires more expensive equipment than geoponics. Most hydroponic crops are grown in greenhouses or controlled environment agriculture.
    Hydroponics usually requires more frequent maintenance than geoponics. If timers or electric pumps fail or the system clogs or springs a leak, plants can die very quickly in many kinds of hydroponic systems.
  • Hydroponic produce will not necessarily be more nutritious or delicious than soil-grown produce.
  • Hydroponics usually requires a greater technical knowledge than crop growth in soil (geoponics).
  • For the previous three reasons, hydroponic crops are usually more expensive than soil-grown crops.
  • Solution culture hydroponics requires that the plants be supported because the roots have no anchorage without a solid medium.


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