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.

Growing Orchids in a Hydroponic Garden

By Nigel Howell

How long have you been growing orchids for? If you are anything like me you would have fallen in love with growing orchids. But have you ever considered setting up your own hydroponic garden? Well, you may be surprised to know that it is a lot easy than you think and it can help you with your orchid care.

Let me start by explaining a little about hydroponic gardens. To put it simply, hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil. Instead of soil or compost, the roots of the orchids are placed in a mineral nutrient solution.

Hydroponic Book

Hydroponic systems have become very popular in recent years, not just for orchids but all plants in general. There are many advantages associated with growing plants/crops in a hydroponic system. These advantages are beneficial especially to commercial farmers where their livelihood depends on the success of a crop yield.

The soilless nature of hydroponics means that soil borne diseases are no longer an issue. How many times have one of your orchids developed a disease which originated in the soil and infected many orchids before you realised? This will not happen in your hydroponic garden which means there is less need for pesticides.

Not only do you not have to purchase any soil, you will no longer need to perform possibly the worst part of orchid care – weeding. Due to its nature, hydroponics removes this mundane task from your schedule.

As you will be aware, over watering an orchid is a very common mistake. Your hydroponic system will allow you to set up the correct watering schedule. You will also prevent waste by not watering weeds.

You can set up a hydroponic system almost anywhere. This means that if you have very little space you will still be able to set up your own garden. It also means that your climate will have less of an influence so you could try orchids which would never grow in ‘your’ type of soil.

Do you ever have problems getting your enough light to your orchids? Well, with a hydroponic system more of your orchid is exposed to light. As more of the orchid is visible, especially the roots, it becomes easier to make a quick diagnosis of any problems which will prevent disease from spreading.

Due to advances in science we now know the nutrients which ideally suit the orchid. This means that our orchids get everything they need to grow in the right quantities. So if you set your hydroponic garden up correctly, all your care will result in you growing beautiful orchids.


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